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· SPAS project
- Personal Assistance Project in Serbia. Personal Assistance Service is one of the most important support that enable independent living for persons with disabilities.
- The project aimed to help disabled people's organizations (DPOs) to develop sustainable capacities ... Project promoting cross disability movement and disability is seen as a human rights issue.
· Disability awareness in action
- In period 1997/1999, Center worked on collecting and translating information materials that would be helpful in the work of organizations of persons with disabilities in Serbia, since the way of funding these organizations by the Ministry began to take a new course - slowly transferred to the financing of specific activities and through projects designed to contribute to do the impact on decision-making, and building a campaign organization.
· Challenges of women with disabilities
- Center is also working on promotion the opportunities and capacities of persons with disabilities, and special place in the activities center is trying to put women with disabilities. Center published the translation of the book We can do it - stories of women with disabilities in developing countries, 1997. The added value of this book is that it is enriched by stories of women with disabilities from Serbia, Kosovo and Republic Srpska.
· First experience
- After joining the European network of centers for independent life of the (ENIL) CIL conducted the first study visit to the Center for Independent Living of Austria in May 1998, to get new ideas and experiences exchange on similar issues.
· Irish experience
- In cooperation with the Center for Independent Living of persons with disabilities in Ireland, CIL organized a group of young people, potential activists of the Centre, a study visit to conduct training in Ireland and part-time work as personal assistants for disabled members of the Dublin Centre, in 1999.
· Social model and removing barriers
- As organization that started in Serbia for the first time to promote the social model of disability CIL conducted a small campaign, with the help of Oxfam GB, with aim to published the translation of brochures to promote the social model approach, 2000.
· Building the Organization
- In new recognized activities, members of the CIL Serbia begun to implement the idea of establishment the network of local organizations / affiliates of the Center. Center established a branches in Smederevo, Jagodina, Krusevac, Nis and Leskovac.
· Experimental Service PA
- The experimental project carried Personal Assistance Service for 16 users in Belgrade. There was a study in which they and the short time we noticed significant changes in quality of life for people with disabilities, service users. Project was implemented from December 2000 until May 2001.
· Training of trainers
- Between September 2001 and May 2002, in cooperation with the Team TRI, Civic Initiatives CIL organized training of its activists in raising awareness about the problems of the disabled persons. The training was successfully completed and nine persons with disabilities became trainers.
· Conferences on Accessibility
-Starting from 2001. CIL organized Conferences on accessibility. Conferences were organized to mark the 3rd December and as from 2002 they acquire international character and each year gathered a large number of participants and lecturers from the region and the EU. The first conference title was " More accessible to 21st century", followed by the regional conference "Affordable in the 21 century-now! "(2002)," Access is a human right "(2003)," Access to the physical environment, information and communication and education "(2004) and" Freedom of Movement - (in) accessible right? "(2006).
· Disability studies
- From January to May 2002 this project was conducted in Smederevo and Belgrade for 19 persons with disabilities. Disability studies aimed at acquiring skills in negotiation, advocacy and lobbying for the rights of persons with disabilities. In the practical part of the project there was a practical task for participants - White spots booklet - search and promote the accessible public buildings in Belgrade and its promotion at the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade as part of the campaign and meetings with representatives of local authorities in Belgrade and Smederevo to modify existing regulations.
· PC course
- In September 2002 CIL organised a PC course for its members.
· How to ensure social inclusion
- In preparation the celebration of the 2003 as the European Year of People with Disabilities, CIL translated and published by the Madrid Declaration as a document to promote this Year. There were a numerous discussions with a focus on the famous sentence "Nothing about us without us" and further promotion of human rights of persons with disabilities. 2002.
· Key to equality
- In parallel with the publication of the Madrid Declaration, since December 2002. to December 2003 CIL worked on promoting other messages for 2003 - people with disabilities want equal rights, not charity, make a society for all, disabled people are active citizens, people with disabilities have the right to independent living ... Under this project CIL printed the UN Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities and distributed to all DPOs, NGOs, professional institutions, various ministries and individuals
· Are they doing it?
- Trying to pay equal importance to all aspects of life for people with disabilities CIL and MD Association from Cacak, organised serial of workshops on disability and sexuality from January until May 2003. Printed flyer was a part of project promotion.
· Serbia without poverty
- From August till November 2002. CIL participated in the work of a network of 20 NGOs in Serbia, who worked on activities related to the document for poverty reduction in Serbia. It was the study of poverty from the perspective of NGO participation in the consultative process through various information activities and exploring other NGOs with the definition of poverty and the process of adopting the Strategy for Poverty Reduction.
· Poverty II
- In 2003. CIL continued to work in another project of an NGO network dedicated to the harmonization of objectives to the draft Strategy and participation in various actions through which the citizens acquainted with the problems of poverty of different groups. CIL was particularly engaged in the development of the document which was dedicated to reducing the poverty of persons with disabilities.
· Gender, sex, disability
- Under this project CIL was working to further raise awareness about the phenomenon of sex and gender in the field of disability. The project was conducted from December 2003 until August 2004 organising several workshops in five cities in Serbia.
· Specificity of poverty of persons with disabilities
- In 2005 CIL implemented research project on specificity of poverty of persons with disability in Smederevo, Jagodina and Leskovac. Results were promoted through the Poverty Reduction Strategy explaining the additional costs of disability.
· Strengthening the capacity of activists and advocacy work
- With the partner organization IC Lotos from Tuzla, CIL conducted the project from September 2003 until April 2005 for DPOs activists. This was a regional project, which is a process of education and practical work included 32 persons with disabilities from 15 organizations from Serbia and Bosnia - both entities. Partner on this project was Catholic Relief Services (CRS). At the end of the project there was an Conference "Step towards Europe" which was attended by over 150 participants. The conference was the opportunity for the first time to discussed the creation of specific conditions in the field of disability as an integral part of general conditions for joining the European Union countries of Southeast Europe.
· From disability benefits to profitable employment
- International Labour Organization (ILO) organised the analyse of the position of people with disabilities in South East Europe from May to October 2005. CIL was ILO partner in Serbia and collected data on the different recipients of disability pensions, supplements on the basis of disability, the existence and the number of disabled employment programs financed by the Ministry of Labor.
· National DPOs - EDF / CARDS
- One of the specific product EDF-CARDS project is the establishment of the National Organization of Persons with Disabilities of Serbia. Serbia has become the third country in the region after Macedonia and Albania, who founded so-called umbrella organization or National Organization of People with Disabilities.
- At the suggestion of DPOs at national level, the Centre June 2005. took over the coordination of the project for capacity building and national umbrella organization for Serbia, which in the region conducted by the European Disability Forum EDF.
· STEP forward
- Realisation the documentary about the service of personal assistance.
The film premierre was 15th December 2005 in Media Centre. Film was also translated into English and multiplied on DVD format. This documentary was distributed in Serbia and neighboring countries whose organizations of persons with disabilities cooperate with CIL, Centers for Independent Living of European network. The film was shown in the official selection of the International Documentary Film Festival in Belgrade in April 2006.
· Campaign to promote the UN Convention on the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities
- The project was aimed as campaign to promote access to human rights and the presentation of the draft UN Convention on the Protection of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities. The campaign was implemented through the organization of round tables, debates and workshops in 10 towns in Serbia, the representatives of disability organizations, local and national authorities and the Faculties of law of Universities in Serbia. The campaign included the production and printing of brochures and leaflets on the Convention, which was also distributed to members of organizations of persons with disabilities, representatives of local and national authorities, professional community, students and representatives of the media and general public was informed about this through electronic and print media.
· Young activists of the Center for Independent Living of Serbia
- The goal of this project was to create conditions and motivation of young people with disabilities for social engagement and participation in the work of the Centre and other organizations of persons with disabilities in the territory of Belgrade. The project was supposed to enable the formation and development of a network of young people with disabilities, through their identification and sensitization for the realization of human rights of persons with disabilities. During this project, young people are met with a social approach to disability, human rights and discrimination, language, disability and philosophy of independent living of persons with disabilities.
· Contact organisations of civil society 2007/2009
- The aim of the project was to be in mutual consultations on current issues that lead to poverty of vulnerable groups and their families, to establish two-way communication between CSOs and Government Team for implementation of the Poverty Reduction Strategy. The project involved seven organizations that were contacts for vulnerable groups of society: the elderly, the disabled, children, Roma, youth, women and refugees.
· The gap between policy and practice - an analysis of social care services for people with disabilities
- This project, funded by the agency UNDP at 2006, aiming to explore the level of development and access to social care services for people with disabilities, aged between 18-64 years of age. Serbia actively participated in drafting the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted a law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability and the provision of social services at local level regulated by the Law on Social Protection (day care centers, home help, etc.) To determine the gap between policy and practice has done research that has had a quantitative and qualitative part of the part is about the difficulties the disabled face in accessing basic social services at the local level. The survey data will serve as a reference to steps that can and should be undertaken at both central and local levels to reduce the gap between policy and practice in providing services for the disabled.
· Comparison study on the quality of employment of persons with disabilities
- The project aimed to implement the research on quality of employment of persons with disabilities, in relation to their qualifications - qualifications, work experience and the amount of income, and whether the income that employees with disabilities to realize, is sufficient for their daily existence and how their in the structure of family income. The project has a special focus on gender equality, age structure, the representation of urban and rural populations and the family status of respondents. The project results were compared with a control group of 80 persons without disabilities with similar characteristics. The aim of the project, funded by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy in 2006, is encouragement of employment rate of persons with disabilities and creating specific conditions for their work, economic independence and their active involvement in the local community.
· From alternatives to the standardization of 2007/2008
- The aim of the project, funded by the Social Innovation Fund, was a contribution to reducing poverty and social exclusion of people with severe physical disabilities (PWDs), the preparation for the introduction of personal assistance services (PA), as well as innovative forms of social support for persons with disabilities in the social service system protection, enabling their social inclusion and the realization of human rights and dignity. Services were organized for service control group of 30 OSI in five cities in Serbia, with the preparation of manuals of procedures, quality standards, simulation scenarios for the implementation of regulatory mechanisms, STI should enable the development of models tested this service in cooperation with national and local authorities, and contribute to the development of sustainable systems of social services for people with disabilities, which will strengthen their potential and enable independent living in the community. It also was meant to reduce poverty and unemployment by 30 people who worked as PAs.
· White spots Belgrade
- The project was funded by the City Secretariat for Children and Social Welfare in 2007 and its aim was the promotion of construction without physical barriers, for ease of movement and use of public facilities in Belgrade for people with disabilities, as well as other citizens. This goal is realized producing the Guide through Belgrade, which make various groups of citizens (people who have mobility problems, the elderly, mothers with children in wheelchairs) as residents and visitors of Belgrade were familiar with the facilities, public spaces and facilities that are accessible to Belgrade. Content Guide included access to hospitals, health, social care centers, institutions of public importance (post offices, banks, municipalities) and cultural institutions. The project has also contributed to raising awareness about the necessity of creating the accessible environment and to provide outreach to persons with disabilities have problems in everyday life, both through development and dissemination of the Guide, and by promoting, organizing meetings and media campaigns.
· Development of advocacy capacity of DPOs in Serbia
- The project was funded by UNDP agency 2008 with aim to explore the existing capacity of DPOs in Serbia and their training needs in order to strengthen their capacity to initiate and full participation in the political changes necessary to achieve the rights of the disabled. Information on existing capacities and knowledge of DPOs in Serbia and documents on key advocacy tools (including knowledge of the monitoring and implementation of the Poverty Reduction Strategy, National Strategy on improving the position of PWD, National Strategy on the reform of social protection and appropriate action plans, under the UN Convention on the Rights of PWD) were examined to identify areas where they have a lack of capacity, including knowledge, human resources, and advocacy, organizational and management skills.
·Not so ordinary stories
The purpose of this project, funded by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy in 2008, was the presentation of positive examples of success stories of successful people with disabilities who will inform the general public with their abilities, change the stereotypes that exist about these people, promote the principle of equal opportunities and to empower and motivate other persons with disabilities to actively influence the exercise of their rights, through the development of publications, video clips and organizing forums and workshops.
Radionice i tribine su pokazale da su osobe koje su u njima učestvovale ohrabrene da iznesu nove ideje i imaju samopouzdanja u svoj potencijal, značajan za nove aktiviste koji uz dobru podršku svojih starijih kolega mogu da budu dalji nosioci aktivnosti i ostvarenja primera pozitivne prakse.
· PA Service in Belgrade
Personal Assistance Service, which is in various stages of a pilot project funded by the Government of the Republic of Ireland, through the project supported by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Social Innovation Fund and Catholic Relief Services, continued to a lesser extent, with the support of agencies such BCIF. This project also contributed to capacity building of the Center and other nonprofit organizations which enable them to deal with issues of social welfare and join the new system of licensing, accreditation and contracting services.
· NATIONAL DISABILLITY ORGANISATION OF PWDS – EDF/CARDS
One of main goals of the project was to establish the National Organisation of PWDs in Serbia .
After Macedonia and Albania , Serbia is the third country in the region who establishes umbrella organization or national disability organization. This was completed after two year of first EDF/CARDS project as a preparatory process. Founding assembly was held on June 22 1007. Now National Disability Organisation covers 13 national alliances of DPOs as a formal network with a legal status as it is case in many European countries.
- CIL Serbia has implemented the project "Involvement in the education of children with disabilities and employment of persons with disabilities" (Midway). Project partners are Catholic Relief Services - CRS, Center for Interactive Pedagogy - CIP, Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation - FASPER and the project is financially supported by USAID. The project was conducted in two tracks: mapping (identification) capabilities, needs and next steps necessary to promote employment of persons with disabilities and strengthen civil society's role in representing the rights of children with disabilities, especially in areas of inclusive education. This 18-month program (October 2008-June 2010) worked on deepening the inclusion of people with disabilities in economic and social life and to the identification information and means of promoting employment and by strengthening the capacity of civil society to publicly advocate inclusive education.
· Partnership and Development - Establishment of effective partnership models DPOs and the local community
- The overall objective was to establish a model of social protection in the interest of increasing the social inclusion of persons with disabilities, by developing effective partnerships with all relevant social actors in the local community. The project also provides capacity building of DPOs and decision-makers and actors in the local community to develop an integrated model of social protection and create support networks for the establishment and promotion of effective partnerships at the community level. The project was funded by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, lasted six months and was implemented in Leskovac and Smederevo, 2010.
· TOGETHER AGAINST DISCRIMINATION
- This project is aimed at raising public awareness on recognizing discrimination against persons with disabilities and encouraging active attitude towards the situations of discrimination through education about the general organization of the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination Act prevents expression of discrimination against persons with disabilities, ways to recognize discrimination and methods of responding to discrimination (ADR techniques, prosecute claims for discrimination, strengthening Ombudsman and the Commissioner for Human Rights) for activist organizations of persons with disabilities, representatives of local governments, judicial authorities, bar associations, human rights NGOs, journalists in six cities (Jagodina, Leskovac, Smederevo, Sombor, Subotica and Cacak) and the final conference in Belgrade.
· Belgrade for all
- This project is aimed at promoting the availability and positioning Belgrade as a tourist destination and the presentation of Belgrade as the capital accessible to all its citizens and guests. The purpose is to improve information access and availability of tourist sites and public buildings of Belgrade, people with disabilities and people with difficulties in movement and communication. Collecting the relevant information presented to the tourist offer of Belgrade, from airports and stations, through hotels and restaurants, to cultural and historic buildings and sports facilities for the citizens of Belgrade and guests with disabilities or mobility problems, who come as visitors. The project was funded by the City Department for the Economy and the partner was the Tourist Organization of Belgrade.
· We for Media - Media for us
- The project was planned as a school for local organizations CIL Serbia, who has contacts with media and would like to deal with in the future. During the school there was active learning about the basic techniques of media communications and public address: to write a statement for the press, giving a short interview, participation in TV and radio show, organizing press conferences and the like. The speakers were the coaches for public relations, journalists of print and electronic media from Production Group NETWORK that worked with participants on the spot on timely and objective coverage. The project was funded by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, 2010.
· Support Independent Living
- Within the Public Works CIL Serbia has got a project to train 48 persons from the unemployment register for a personal assistant duties. Public work was conducted in five cities in Serbia (Belgrade, Jagodina, Cacak, Nis and Leskovac) and in this way 48 persons with disabilities has their personal assistants. The project was funded by the Ministry of Economy and Regional Development through the National Employment Service.
· Advocacy Service PA for people with disabilities in the municipality of Novi Beograd
Through the efforts of advocacy through this project, we lobbied the local authorities in the municipality of New Belgrade to fund five personal assistants for five people with disabilities in 2011.
· Capacity building of DPOs in order to monitor implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD)
The project was implemented from December 2010 to January 2011. The overall objectives were: to build the capacity of DPOs to monitor respect for human rights and parliamentary work based on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The project is being implemented at work:
- Raising awareness and knowledge of DPOs on human rights guaranteed by the UN Convention
- Capacity building of DPOs to follow appropriate policies and practices in order to collect evidence of progress and obstacles in implementing the UN Convention
- Creation of basic capacity to participate in monitoring the implementation of the Convention and to prepare the preliminary draft of the shadow report on the implementation of the Convention
- Initiate ad hoc alliances with organizations dealing with human rights and the rights of children, to ensure that specific issues concerning women and children are also included
- Capacity building of DPOs for targeted advocacy activities concerning the areas of executive and legal authorities, to establish a suitable supporting framework as envisaged by Article 33 of the Convention
- Increased media coverage of the UN Convention and the specific role of DPOs in monitoring its implementation as set out in Article 35 of the Convention.
· Strengthening DPOs – With education towards new services and programs
This project is aimed to improve the status and social involvement PWDs through strengthening capacities of PWDs and their organisations for more responsible and efficient modeling their activities, service development and advocacy for better life of PWDs in accordance with Strategy for improvement the status of PWDs and CEPD.
Beside basic knowledge on project writing, education had components of advocacy with special review on disability issues and contribution of disability movement in improvement of this situation. That will enable DPOs to apply at different donors with projects that will be directed to organization building and qualitative contribution to local community.
This project lasted nine months and was funded from DILS program through Ministry for Labor and Social Policy.
Final Draft is a product of the alternative report on the status of persons with disabilities in Serbia...
· Mainstreaming Inclusiveness for Disabled Workers and Youth - (MIDWAY) Phase II
The overarching goal of the proposed program was that men, women, and children with disabilities are integrated into economic and social life in Serbia. Two strategic objectives of the project were:
Persons with Disabilities (PWD) have more options for meaningful employment - The primary aim of this strategic objective was to develop and present follow-up information, models and innovative approaches that will allow people with disabilities to remain in jobs in light of the National Employment Service's standard provision of 1 – 6 month incentives for employers (i.e., the incentive of releasing employers from having to pay benefits for newly hired PWD). MIDWAY II support to already established and operational Local Employment Coalitions will provide a key mechanism to advocate further for the implementation and monitoring of the Law on Professional Rehabilitation and Employment of PwD by DPOs. It will also establish sustainable and innovative mechanisms for linking disability advocates and mainstream employment stakeholders to develop and test support services for persons with disabilities such as personal and working assistants.
Civil society more effectively mobilizes for inclusive education - In accordance with MIDWAY's previous activities and based on the coordination of MIDWAY team worked with the Ministry of Education's strategic plans to increasingly invest in the development of educational professionals/staff, CRS partner, CIP-Center for Interactive Pedagogy in order to continue to work with parents to promote inclusive education
· PUBLIC WORK - Support for independent living
Center for Independent Living Serbia implemented the project within Public Works – Personal assistant service as a support to independent living of persons with disability. CIL trained 77 unemployed persons for PA job. This project was conducted in eight cities in Serbia ( Belgrade, Jagodina, Cacak, Nis , Kragujevac, Bor, Novi Sad and Leskovac). This way 77 persons with disabilities got the opportunity to function independently for six months and also had the opportunity to work or be engaged in some other way. Project was supported by National Employment Service.
· How to exercise your rights
Project idea was to empower people with disabilities and their organizations to recognize discrimination and gain knowledge on how to use various mechanisms and bodies to achieve the rights and protection from discrimination. Through the trainings on discrimination and the role of the Commissioner for the protection of equality and the Ombudsman, independent state bodies competent to act in cases of discrimination and violation of OSI, we worked on raising awareness of disabilities and DPOs on discrimination and encouraging their active attitude towards the situations of discrimination. Trainings were organized for CIL local organizations, other organizations of PWDs and representatives of local government in cities where there are local CILs.
· Advocacy activities for new social services in local communities – DILS programme
The aim of the project was improvement of participation of PWDs in their local communities through capacity building of DPOs for introduction of new social services on the local level. DPO representatives has been introduced with the aim, content, law regulations and own possibilities to provide social services in their respective communities. With CIL guest trainers they worked on capacity building, advocacy campaign and plans for advocacy activities for new social services recognised in their local community. Participants created the model for advocacy campaigns of DPOs for new social services in local community.
· Civil Society for Poverty Reduction in Serbia (CSPR)
CSPR was a strategic; three-year program implemented by a diverse coalition of civil society organizations representing Serbia 's most vulnerable communities: Roma, refugees/IDPs, elderly, disabled, youth, women and children. T he goal was to reduce poverty and increase economic stability among these groups by:
• Increasing civil society capacity to monitor government spending.
• Promoting government accountability, and closing the gap between policy and implementation, in meeting the priority needs of vulnerable groups.
• Removing policy and funding barriers preventing vulnerable populations from achieving their full potential.
• Increasing public participation, including vulnerable groups, in government decisions affecting their quality of life.
Activities took place in areas across Serbia with high concentrations of target vulnerable populations. ISC worked closely with the Poverty Reduction Strategy Implementation Focal Point and local partners to identify specific target municipalities. T he goal of the Civil CSPR program is to reduce poverty and increase economic stability among Serbia 's most vulnerable groups: Roma, refugees/IDPs, elderly, disabled, youth, women, and children. Our program contributed to the objectives of the G T F, as well as the Country Assistance Plan for Serbia , through the following objectives:
• Increase the capacity of CSOs and citizens to monitor national and local government spending to better organize and advocate for effective public policy legislation, implementation, and budgeting
• Promote government accountability and transparency in meeting the priority needs of vulnerable populations through legislative and budgetary channels.
• Close the gap between policy and practice in meeting the needs of vulnerable groups.
• Remove the policy and funding barriers holding vulnerable populations back from achieving their full potential.
• Strengthen the capacity of CSOs to propose and influence public policy legislation that meets the priority needs of their constituent groups.
• Advance Serbia 's progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals and EU accession requirements.
· Fighthing Discrimination / situational test
CIL Serbia is one of the civil society organizations which tried to establish a mechanism for initial situational testing of discrimination based on disability on the territory of Serbia.
Project staff attended the training to get familiar of how to determine the principles of situational testing and to better perform it in accordance with the Law on Prohibiting of Discrimination in Serbia.
This project lasted six months and is funded by the Office of the Commissioner for Equality.
· Social Policy Monitoring Initiative
This project aims was to strengthen the capacities of CSOs and develop sustainable mechanism for monitoring the implementation of Social Policy (new Law on Social Protection) focusing on needs and rights of 7 minority groups including children, youth, the elderly, women, persons with disabilities, refugees and internally displaced persons and Roma.
The project had two components - one related to strengthening the capacities of CSOs and citizens to engage in monitoring and policy making processes and the other related to the development of sustainable mechanisms for citizens participation in monitoring and policy making processes. More than 1000 CSOs and citizens from minority groups were involved in project implementation
The coalition of 7 organizations, each representing one vulnerable group and their organizations, monitored the implementation of the Law on Social Protection on national and local levels during 3-year period and advocated for introduction of sustainable mechanisms for participation.
· Nothing about us without us
The project aim was to increase the involvement of persons with disabilities in community life, stimulate their potential and encourage better social integration, developing personal capacity for constructive dialogue and communication with other people as well as expanding the network of social contacts, to increase the sensitivity of disability issues in the local community. The project was consisted from two-day training for 8-10 people with and without disabilities on skills of speaking and debating, forming three debate clubs in three cities with at least 10 PWDs and six non-disabled people, organising 18 - 24 meeting of the club in form of creative socio-educational workshops, organising three "test debate" in clubs and three public debate on issues related to human rights of people with disabilities in three cities in Serbia (Belgrade, Kragujevac and Nis) where are CILs local organizations based. The project was funded by the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Policy.
· Advocacy and disability awareness
The project was related to the improvement of working conditions and activities of Center for Independent Living Serbia. One of the main components of this project was promotion of disability and sharing of information through the CIL websites www.cilsrbija.org, www.osi-press.com, LinkedIn and FB profile. Another important component was the advocacy and capacity building of CIL local organizations in Smederevo, Kragujevac and Belgrade. The project wass funded by Catholic Relief Services, CRS.
· Combining the strengths: Jointly for political and economic empowerment of persons with disabilities - EIDHR
The main objective of the project was to increase political participation of persons with disabilities (PWD) and strengthen the role of disabled people's organizations (DPOs) in policy development. This aim was achieved through
Sensitize the members of the new Parliament on the concept of PWD rights and explore the possibilities of establishing the Parliamentary Caucus on Disability Increase participation and influence of PWD on revision and creation of new legislation from disability prospective with particular emphases on economic empowerment of PWD; Promote political participation of PWD and support the issue-based dialogue between DPOs and local political parties in three non-developed municipalities in order to promote PWD rights and their political participation..
Target groups in project are members of the parliament, political parties, DPOs and final beneficiaries are persons with disabilities The main partner in the project was National organization of DPOs Serbia and associate partners were: National Democratic Institute – NDI (international organisation), Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit – SIPRU (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Government of Serbia), CSO "Group 484" (Non-governmental organization)
· Disability employment Union platform
Project holder was Forum of Young people with disability and CIL Serbia was one of the partners. Project overall objective was to contribute to the development and respect of disability employment rights by strengthening the role of civil society organizations of persons with disabilities together with all relevant local stakeholders through development of innovative platform for disability employment policy monitoring and creation of the disability employment Union. This should enable civil society to become an effective force of democratic reform, ensuring political participation and representation of persons with disabilities in the employment policy advancement. Project was funded from Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia.
· Strengthening the competencies of professional associates in the service of personal assistants
The overall objective and the result of this project was realized education through an accredited training program for PAs in four cities in which local government finance this service (Sombor, Belgrade, Kragujevac and Nis) and Belgrade. This project contribute to the capacity building of local Centers in mentioned cities in terms that with the certain number of certified PAs Centres will be able to apply for obtaining a license for PA service provision. The certificates were received 61 personal assistants. The project was funded by the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans and Social Protection.
· Active and independent life of persons with disabilities with Personal assistant service
The project was implemented under the program for the promotion and development of social welfare services, improvement of their quality and enhancement the status of the most vulnerable groups of citizens.
People with disabilities who meet the legal criteria required for PA service benefited from PA service provided through this project.
Service was provided for Belgrade users in municipalities of Novi Beograd, Vracar, Zvezdara, Savski venac and Rakovica.
The project was funded by the City Secretariat for Social Protection.
· Social integration and improvement the quality of life of persons with disabilities, by strengthening their capacity and social engagement
The project aim was to improve the quality of life, social integration and the realization of human rights of PWD, by strengthening their capacity, networking and social engagement. Positive impact was to contribute to greater influence on policy, in accordance with art. 4 of the UN Convention on the Rights of PWD. Within the project there were five workshops on the importance of self-organization of PWDs and increasing activism in the local community. There were also a series of round tables focusing on accessibility issues, health and social care, education and employment with recommendations for improvement in these areas.
The project lasted for six months in 2015 and was funded by the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Welfare – Department for PWDs protection.
· With personal assistance to independent living
CIL Belgrade started project for providing personal assistance for group of PWDs in Belgrade - they are active people with disability, with an estimated 1 or 2 level of support, which are not able to satisfy some of the basic needs independently, who live alone or with elderly parents or family members who can not help them. The service was promoted and monitored.
The project lasted for seven months and was funded by the Ministry of Labour, Veterans and Social Protection, Department for family care. Partner on this project was Belgrade Center for Social Work and project was implemented in 2015.
· Active Independent Living with the support of personal assistance
The aim of this project was to provide support for independent living of persons with a high level of disability, through the personal assistance service.
The program provided support for six people with disabilities in Belgrade and was implemented by the Center for Independent Living Belgrade with the support of CIL Serbia, as part of its network.
The idea was also to develop action plan to bring back the Decision of personal assistant funding within the Social care system of Belgrade. This Decision was terminated in the spring of 2014 and the project was implemented through part of 2014 and 2015 with the financial funding from City Secretariat for Social Protection.
· Training for independent living and Personal assistance in practice
The project provided training for Independent Living for 20 potential beneficiaries of personal assistants (PA), in order to strengthen the capacity of PWDs for independent living services and the use of PA. It also provided PA service for 6 users, and appropriate individual practical support which the user is required to meet (personal needs and participation in working and social activities in the community to establish the greatest possible level of independence), in accordance with Regulations on Minimum Standards (Art. 99) and the criteria of the competition. The project was implemented in cooperation with the parent organization, the Centre for IL Serbia and support of City Center for Social Work.
· Against prejudice and discrimination - for equality
The aim of the project was to improve the equality of PWDs through trainings on discrimination and its recognition as well as the role of the institutions of the Commissioner for Protection of Equality, as an independent state body competent to act in cases of discrimination and violation of the rights of persons with disabilities, as well as legislation in the field of discrimination. Three trainings were organized with the participation of representative from the Office of the Commissioner for Protection of Equality, which provided information about the work of this body and the procedure to achieve protection from discrimination.
Participants were be PWDs, activists of local CILs and other DPOs.
· Strengthening political participation of persons with disabilities in the Republic of Serbia, project
Aim of the project was to strengthen the political participation of persons with disabilities (PWD) in Serbia by advancing their influence on legislative framework and the electoral process in order to enable the improvement of their human rights and social inclusion.
Specific Objectives were:
• To sensitize Members of Parliament (MPs) regarding disability rights, re-establish the Parliamentary Disability Caucus Group, explore possibilities for its institutionalization and improve participation and influence of PWD on revision and creation of new legislation from the disability prospective, both at the Parliament and Government level.
• To advance accessibility of the electoral process for PWD by joining ongoing electoral reform efforts and establishing collaboration with civil society, political parties and the Republic Election Commission on developing measures for ensuring greater accessibility of elections voter outreach campaigns for PWD
• To promote the rights and political participation of PWD at the local level by facilitating cooperation between Disabled people’s organizations (DPOs) and local government representatives in five underdeveloped municipalities across Serbia.
Project results were:
• Established cooperation between DPOs and Members of Parliament on the development and improvement of Disability Policy and creation of new legislation that includes PWD human rights provision.
• Raised awareness of MPs on PWD human rights provision and re-establishment of the Parliamentary Caucus on Disability Rights that included up to 8% of MPs, from both the ruling and the opposition parties.
• Measures for ensuring greater accessibility of PWD to election material and voting stations are created, data collection identified through joint efforts of relevant stakeholders including CSOs and Republic Election Commission.
• Members of Disability Caucus group and Republic Electoral Commission are informed and capacitated to advance political participation of persons with disabilities through gaining an insight in good practice examples in this field.
• Provided insight for MPs and members of REC and participating DPOs in functioning of Disability Caucus group abroad during the study visit, helped to use best practice example in work of Disability Caucus group and Election Commission for the development and improvement of Disability Policy and PWD human rights provision.
• Established communication between DPOs and local government in Negotin and Memorandums of Cooperation was developed and signed.
• A draft Action Plan for implementation of the MoC developed in Novi Pazar, Kladovo and Prijepolje
· SHESPSS project
Center for Independent Living of People with Disabilities Serbia was involved as a Project Partner on project funded by EU program Tempus - “Strengthening Higher Education for Social Policy making and Social Services delivery (SHESPSS)” coordinated by University of Nis. Duration of the project was three years.
The projects main objectives were to strengthen higher education in the field of social policy making and social services by developing new study programs, improving existing programs, establish effective links between academic programs and social and labour market needs, increased number and diversification of study programmes in the field of social policy and social services delivery with variety of courses offered, in accordance with social and labour market needs.