The authorities plan to uphold the deinstitutionalisation process of people with disabilities and to establish new social services, both through European and national funds, declared the Labour Minister, Lia Olguta Vasilescu, informs a press release of the Labour Ministry and Social Justice on Friday.
With the occasion of the “European Day for Independent Living”, Lia Olguta Vasilescu visited on Friday Mihail Home, a Pilot Centre for Social Inclusion and the Centre for Independent Living Training in Mihailesti town, southern Giurgiu county, both managed by Pro Act Support organisation.
“We visited a model of deinstitutionalisation, an authentic example of good practice in integrating people with disabilities in the community. Such social initiatives must be backed and promoted by the state, representing true landmarks for the reform of the social protection system. We plan to support the deinstitutionalisation process of people with disabilities and to set up new social services both through European and national funds. We are also working on revising quality standards for these services, in order to keep up with the real needs of people with disabilities. I hope these measures will contribute to help the 18,090 people with disabilities located in residential centres build an independent life for themselves,” declared the Minister of Labour and Social Justice.
The European Network of Independent Living – ENIL, an association of organisations and people with disabilities at European level, declared May 5th as “the European Day for Independent Living”. This day has been adopted as a day for the acknowledgement of the rights, values of people with disabilities and the importance of their integration within communities.