Inlusiveness and Disabilities

Project facts

Project promoter:
Center for Independent Living
Project Number:
BG-ACTIVECITIZENS-0008
Status:
In implementation
Initial project cost:
€134,900
Other Project Partners
Alpha Research Ltd
Equal Partnership Foundation
Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" - Faculty of Philosophy

Description

Bulgarian disability policies are developed in a political and populist manner, without any analyses and surveys of their efficiency and effectiveness, and at odds with the principles and values of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ratified by Bulgaria in 2012. Our project aims at developing a methodology for monitoring disability policies that can provide objective and scientifically based evidence of how appropriate the respective policies are. Following a number of analyses carried out, the need of in-depth reforms in the social field will be demonstrated, reforms that can be the foundation of decision-making, formulation of public policies and holding a debate about the degree of social inclusion of people with disabilities. The planned activities, i.e. a sociological study, an empirical data analysis, publication of reports, public events, meetings with politicians and opinion leaders, aim to change attitudes and achieve public consensus about the reforms of disability policies. An inclusion index of people with disabilities will be developed under the project and it will be tested and systematically applied in the future so that the project outcomes will remain sustainable after the two years of planned activities as well. In addition, a research community will be set up under the project and researchers will be equipped with the tools to monitor disability policies aimed at the social inclusion of people with disabilities. The project is a joint effort of a coalition including two NGOs of people with disabilities, Sofia University and a private sociological agency. This organizational architecture is an example on its own of the manner in which cooperation in the area of disabilities should take place, combining the interests of people with disabilities, the scientific potential of the academic community and the entrepreneurial spirit of the business.