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2-6 Human Rights: Governmental Attitude Regarding People withDisabilities




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This article is from the Bulgaria FAQ, by Dragomir R. Radev radev@tune.cs.columbia.edu with numerous contributions by others.

2-6 Human Rights: Governmental Attitude Regarding People withDisabilities

Disabled persons receive a range of financial assistance, including free
public transportation, reduced prices on modified automobiles, and free
equipment such as wheel chairs. However, as in other areas, budgetary
constraints mean that such payments have fallen behind. Disabled
individuals have access to university training and to housing and
employment, although no special programs are in place to allow them to
live up to their full employment potential. To date little effort has
been made to change building or street layouts to help blind or
otherwise physically disabled persons. At the end of the year,
Parliament passed legislation requiring the relevant Ministry and local
governments to provide a suitable living and architectural environment
for the disabled within 3 years. Also, policies of the Communist regime
which separated mentally and physically disabled persons, including very
young children, from the rest of society have persisted.

 

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