We are a team of the executive bureau of NGO “BelAPDIiMI”. We have been working together for more than 20 years. A professional attitude and independence, a sustainable and authoritative standing at the public and government levels, observance of the world’s best practices and international acknowledgement is the guarantee of the quality of our work. Our team annually reflects on its work with the aim to evaluate and analyze the results and make plans for the future.
2017 was a fruitful and significant year for our organization. We’ve been lobbying interests of persons with disabilities over the last 5 years and we’ve managed to achieve big results. Thus, the Law of the Republic of Belarus “On social services” has been amended. According to the Law, day stay departments for persons with severe, multiple disabilities will be founded (are being founded) in every Territorial Centre of Social Services.
Workplaces for persons with disabilities are being created and their right to work is being enjoyed thanks to the activity of the unitary enterprises of NGO “BelAPDIiMI” which were established within the projects of the organization. Another important result of our work is that a status “social enterprise” has been enshrined in the National Action Plan for the implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for 2017-2025 in the Republic of Belarus.
NGO “BelAPDIiMI” comprises 52 primary organizations from all over the country. In 2017, 9 primary organizations started providing social services new for Belarus. For example, social patronage, social respite care and family clubs.
Our ambitious goal for the next few years is to change the public disability paradigm and replace the “medical model” approach by the “social model” one, that is to use the individual approach. It is a long-term difficult process to change the public opinion. It requires constant education, awareness-raising activities and introduction of new models of behaviour. Such a goal can be achieved only thanks to constant and close cooperation with the government, other non-governmental organizations, international organizations, mass media and business community.
Our team expresses sincere appreciation and gratitude for our joint fruitful work to our partners, sponsors and all the people who care and are always ready for cooperation. We can create an inclusive society, where every person with his peculiarities is of great value, only thanks to joint efforts and specific actions.”
We are glad to present you a report on the activity of NGO “BelAPDIiMI” in 2017.
You can read/download the report here