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Neravnopravnost osoba sa invaliditetom
Inequality of Persons with Disabilities

Author(s): Damjan Tatić
Subject(s): Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence
Published by: Centar za unapređivanje pravnih studija
Keywords: inequality; persons with disabilities; anti discriminatory law

Summary/Abstract: Disability is a social phenomenon whose concept is changing together with the development of the society and it is derived from the interaction of persons with physical and mental disabilities with society, as well as persons with visual, hearing and speech impairments. Those persons did not have an equal position in society due to different social barriers - physical, communication and psychological ones. Persons with disabilities are persons with congenital condition or acquired physical and mental disabilities or visual, hearing and speech impairments who, due to different barriers in the society are fully or partially limited in exercising life activities and equal participation in all aspects of social life. The existence of anti-discriminatory legislation represents a first and necessary step in the efforts of ensuring equality for people with disabilities. However, the prevention of discrimination can hardly guarantee the full inclusion of these persons in all aspects of social life. In many societies they were for years isolated, marginalised; thus, there is a need for positive discrimination measures in order to ensure the same starting positions for this vulnerable social group. It is necessary to undertake equal opportunity measures. In order to ensure equality of persons with disabilities the Act on Prevention of Discrimination of Persons with Disabilities must be consistently applied and a general anti discrimination statute should be adopted. Equal opportunity measures for persons with disabilities should be incorporated in legislation concerning education, employment, access to goods, services and other public institutions, public transport, information and communication, support services, social and health protection. All these measures should be taken in cooperation with the persons with disabilities and their organisations.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 168-179
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Serbian