Legal support in the field of handicap: why and how to access?

Anne Ketelaer Published in the journal : November 2020 Category : Droit et handicap

Summary :

Given that European and national legislation in the field of disability is particularly broad and complex, it is often misunderstood not only by persons with disabilities and their families but also by the general public, schools, public authorities, and politicians, in addition to public and private sector employers.

Moreover, persons with disabilities tend to face great difficulties in enforcing their rights. Inclusion starts with knowledge and respect of their most fundamental rights. This is the reason that has motivated the creation of DHEI, which is a new non-profit organization (NPO) that acts in the disability and inclusion field. As a legal support structure in the field of disability, this NPO seeks to make people with disabilities, their families, and healthcare professionals aware of the existing rights via two main axes: training courses in disability law and frontline legal assistance without cost for people with disabilities and their families. By combining both the human and technical aspects of the law, the DHEI actively works in collaboration with various network partners that share extensive expertise in the field of disability.

What is already known about the topic?

In their daily lives, persons with disabilities tend to face great difficulties in enforcing their rights to independence and social inclusion in fundamental areas, such as education, employment, residence area, legal capacity, and access to justice and health care. This is mainly due to a lack of reasonable accommodations in place.

What does this article bring up for us?

This article sheds light on the complexity and scope of legislation concerning the fundamental rights of people with disabilities. In addition, this report stresses the need for information, training, and support for people affected by disabilities. Inclusion begins first and foremost with the knowledge and respect of one's own, most fundamental rights

Key Words

Law, disability, legislation, inclusion, training courses