The International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, is an opportunity to become aware of the benefits that the active participation of disabled people in all aspects of life brings to the whole society, the National Council of Disability Organizations wrote in the message on the occasion of the International Day.
According to them, Slovenian disabled people connect in disability organizations, which are not only a place to exchange experiences, but also contribute significantly to improving the situation of disabled people by implementing numerous programs and activities. The vast majority of representative and other disability organizations, within which 220 local associations also operate, participate in the mentioned national council.
In accordance with the principle Nothing about disabled people without disabled people and with the expertise and experience of disability organizations, they expect their representatives to be constructively involved in the processes of creating system solutions and other measures in all areas related to disabled people. The great importance of cooperation with disability organizations, was emphasized on Thursday with a traditional reception for representatives of disability organizations, which was hosted by the President of the Republic Borut PahorPresident of the DZ Urška Klakočar Zupančič and Prime Minister Robert Dove hosted at Brdo pri Kranje.
In recent days, the human rights ombudsman and defender of the principle of equality highlighted the necessity of an accessible environment for the disabled. The Ombudsman’s special report on the accessibility of social work centers for physically and sensory disabled people shows a worrying situation. Guardian Peter Svetina sees it as inadmissible that a decade after the law on equalizing opportunities for disabled people, they still often find themselves facing many obstacles in public institutions.
In the meantime, the defender of the principle of equality reminded the authorities that by December 11, 2025 at the latest, it must be ensured that existing facilities in public use will be accessible to everyone with disabilities. It is a deadline set by the Act on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities.
The General Assembly of the United Nations declared December 3 as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in October 1992. With it, they wanted to promote understanding of the issue of disability and strengthen public support in advocating for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.