The insights of Mincho Koralski – Executive Director of the Disability Agency – told by him on January 15th in BNT’s morning bloc are impressive with their delays, alarming with the lack of up-to-date knowledge of disability policies, as well as the many internal contradictions in the profundity of a senior government official with influence in political decision-making.Read More
In December 2014, the European Network for Independent Living, issued one wonderful and very useful book called Mythbuster. In it are busted all myths associated with the independent living and the disability, which persist in Europe and here as well. Center for Independent Living assessed the value and the usefulness of the book, as well as the need for such accurate reading nowadays in Bulgaria. In the occasion of the International Day of Disabled Persons (Dec ,3rd), we offer to the attention of our readers the Mythbuster translated into Bulgarian. We wish you a pleasant time with the interesting and beautifully illustrated edition of ENIL and CIL.
Response from the Parliamentary Group of the Socialist Party Regarding the Draft of the Law On the PA
Hello friends! At the end of September we sent to all MPs in the 43rd National Assembly the draft of the Law on the personal assistance (developed more than five years ago by a group of people with disabilities and their organizations), with the idea to lobby for its rapid consideration by the commissions and plenary. Until now we only had a call from the office of MEP, Mr. Slavi Binev, today we received the following response from the parliamentary group of the Socialist Party.Read More
On 03.11.2015 was held the annual General Assembly meeting of CIL. Kapka Panayotova, as chairwoman of the association, presented the CIL’s activities in 2014 and during the ten months of 2015. Was held discussion of the work plan for 2016 and also were elected seven new members of CIL, which previously were submitted an application for membership. The meeting ended with an informal coffee break. More about CIL’s projects can be found on our website under “About us – Annual Reports”.
New Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria And Old Bill for Personal Assistance of People With Disabilities
Today, at 11:00 a.m. we had a meeting with the new Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria – Mrs. Maya Manolova. At the meeting we provided her with the bill for personal assistance, which has been made by our team of experts more than five years ago and presented in 2009 without any result to the then Chairman of the Parliament – Mrs. Tsetska Tsacheva. Mrs. Manolova received the bill and pledged to give most of her energy to discuss it in the Parliament. We left the meeting with moderate expectations, since unfortunately, we know very well Bulgarian politicians.
Today, at 1:00 p.m. at the office of the CIL was held a meeting with one of the candidates for mayor of Sofia, Mr. Kadiev. We discussed the problems with the accessibility of the environment, with transport – urban, specialized and metro, with Personal Assistant’s regulation and with the mechanism for the election of the deputy mayors.Read More
Friday, the 13th of June 2014…
In the center of Oslo, right in front of the Norwegian Parliament, the next edition of the traditional annual Pride Drive takes place. Hundreds, but REALLY HUNDREDS!, people with disabilities from all over Norway come together under the slogan “Proud, Strong, Visible” to make a statement to the public, but also to make their claims to the state for respect for their fundamental human rights, for personal assistance and for equality as citizens.
And we know very well how we dreamily sigh about their way of life – they have so much more than the right things of which we can only dream here – personal assistance, civil rights, equality, accessibility and yet… hundreds go out on the streets every year to claim they are proud, visible and strong because they are together!Read More
The government is proposing changes to the Disability Integration Act , but not to these which are needed by the people. This is called an imitation of activity – you are doing something to brag that you have done the job. The thing is seemingly safe – facilities for enterprising Bulgarians who want to be entered in the register of specialized enterprises. No matter that these businesses are inherently harmful to people with disabilities and costly to the state: people with disabilities have almost no employment in them, and tax breaks and subsidies benefit their government and nationally represented organizations. However, this is not commented on in the reasons for the bill; this is not investigated and analyzed because it is explosive. A strange reaction (or lack of such) on the part of people living on the edge of poverty – without income and without work.
The situation with the intention of Minister Hasan Ademov regarding pensions and benefits for people with disabilities turned out to be quite different – a sensible and ill-considered undertaking. The news in the press (an article in 24 hours) has blown up the social networks and drowned the minister in a storm of muddy comments.
You can find our position on these issues on our blog.
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