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Development of services for persons with disability in Kosovo (emergency-transition- development)
Vision and Mission of HandiKOS Inclusive society, with full recognition of the rights and opportunities of PWD in Kosovo HandiKOS is an NGO that works on: Promotion and Prevention, service Provision as well as Full recognition and participation of PWD in Kosova.
General info for HDK Handikos – main DPO in Kosovo, is created in 1983 as APPCHK and renamed as Handikos in 1999 Handikos – main DPO in Kosovo, is created in 1983 as APPCHK and renamed as Handikos in 1999 Main Objectives: Active participation in including the interests of PWD during the process of creating policies for European integration and strengthening self- representation Ensuring, upgrading and sustaining service provision for PWD Increasing capacities and economical independence and of PWD
Emergency (pre conflict – during conflict and immediately after conflict period) In the emergency phase - originally responding to the humanitarian needs of persons with disabilities in the pre conflict period; during the conflict years, and immediately after the conflict Disability movement mainly represented by HDK Development CBR network through opening of CC and LAG to answer to specific emergent needs of pwd. Services delivered from this network = combination of service provision (through CC) & disability movement representing the political interest of pwd at local and national level (LAG + HDK HQ)
Emergency phase - cont Services for pwd provided in HDK CC & LAG: - - CC: primary physiotherapy; psychosocial activities; distribution of assistive devices - - LAG: identification of a new cases; registration; needs assessment; referral to CC & public structures; distribution of assistive devices; establishment of contacts with local authorities Establishment of a database for pwd (so fare registered some 18000 people)
Transition period In the transition period HandiKOS played crucial role to: empower pwd, DPO’s (evolution of focus groups to new DPOs: down syndrom, parents organization, muscular dystrophy,..) in advocacy for an inclusive society, based on the motto “Nothing about us without us!". Policy making - 2001 creation of CDF
Development Unification of disability movement - - Creation of National Coalition of dpo`s (2005) - - Production of national report on disability (2007) - - Creation of local coalitions of dpo`s Recognition of the role of dpo`s from authorities - - Creation of National council on disability composed by representatives of disability movement and governmental structures (2006) Mainstreaming disability into national and local policies - - Development of National Action Plan on Disability (2009- 2011) - - Creation of Local action plans in disability
Development Participation of representatives of dpo`s in the process of creation of new legislation: - - Law on pensions on disability - - Law on construction and spatial planning - - Law on social and family services - - Law on education - - Law on vocational trainings and employment - - Law on material support for families of children with disabilities - - Law an antidiscrimination
Challenges People with disabilities living in difficult situation The main service providers for remain DPOs Disability still not perceived as issue of human rights Difficulties in implementation of the laws - - Lack of human, financial resources - - Lack of strategies for implementation
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