DisABILITIES Civic LAB
DisABILITIES Civic LAB is an online compendium of scenarios build by YWwD in those workshops in Romania, Greece and Spain. In this way young women with disabilities are co-creators of an innovative tool that could be used as a source of inspiration for other vulnerable women. Compedium has 2 main parts:

a) 14 scenarios build by YWwD;

b) apart from these scenarios based on the real obstacles/problems of YWwD, the compendium also contains the practical guidelines for practitioners: what means a scenario, how to build one, what elements to include, what techniques can be used, tips to increase the level of involvement of young people in the construction of a scenario.

Scenario 9

Lack of knowledge and awareness of disabled people about their own rights and obligations

The problem identified in the community:

Lack of knowledge and awareness of disabled people about their own rights and obligations.
Most people with disabilities are not aware and do not know their rights or where to go, when they understand that their rights are being denied.


WHERE?

The problem manifests itself in the field of human rights/the rights of persons with disabilities.


WHY?

Causes:
1.  Disconnection of people with disabilities from the wider context of which they are a part. On the one hand, the community, families tend to keep them "hidden", with low visibility, without understanding their potential. On the other hand, the disabled themselves do not dare to be more visible, more present in the manifestation of their rights.
2.  The shortage of experts for supporting&assiting people with disabilities of different age categories: children, young people, adults.
3.  At the community level, there is no optimal approach to identify and promote those voices of children and young people with disabilities, who are successful in what they do, are role models, have self-confidence and fully manifest their potential, in order to show the other disabled people what it means to know your rights - concrete examples from their immediate reality are the most convincing.


HOW COULD WE CHANGE THE SITUATION ?

Possible solutions:
a) Conducting periodic awareness campaigns regarding the rights of people with disabilities - these campaigns should mainly target people with disabilities, then the families they belong to, as well as educational institutions. The main objective of these campaigns should be knowledge and understanding of their own rights, which people with disabilities have in various areas: education, mobility, accessibility, employment, free time, etc.
b) Increasing training and education opportunities for people interested in specializing in the field of disability, as well as increasing the financing of these training programs.
c) Increasing the level of cooperation and correlation between different institutional actors in the community (public authorities, NGOs, youth centers, schools, informal groups, etc.), through concrete, continuous projects, and activities (not just occasional and random!) to bring to the plan visibly disabled people, to capitalize on their own abilities.

Date: 5 March, 2024
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