Accessible Homes and Open Communities for People with Disabilities

Date: 
Jul 30, 2012

 

On paper, Romania has made great strides to protect the rights and improve the lives of people with physical and mental disabilities. In 2006, a legal strategy for the social inclusion of people with disabilities was adopted, and more recently the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities was ratified.

Sadly, to date, little has been achieved in terms of the deinstitutionalization of adults with disabilities and the development of community-based alternatives. Institutions for adults with disabilities continue to be built – albeit smaller in size, though with the same limited capacity – with the justification that people with moderate and profound mental disabilities cannot live in the community.

One of the leading organizations advocating equal treatment of people with disabilities is the Open Society Mental Health Initiative. Together with the Institute for Public Policy, they’ve worked to bring the lack of real progress to light and advocate for deinstitutionalization to be an absolute priority at the national policy and implementation levels. 

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