Democracy and participation, Social inclusion

Active environment for people with disabilities

Active civic environment for people with disabilities in small settlements


Who is behind this?

Maria Marinova

LAG Lyaskovets and Strazhitsa


Who is joining forces?

LAG "Tutrakan-Sivo pole"'



Idea pitch

Creating an active civic environment for people with disabilities and their families in small settlements through targeted impact on groups and partnerships and restoring dialogue between stakeholders. There is a need to promote European values: Human Dignity, Freedom, Democracy, Equality, Rule of Law and Respect for Human Rights. The project will form an active civil position and develop activities and initiatives aimed at promoting and respecting basic human and civil rights.

Where will your project idea take place?

Lyaskovets - Strazhitsa, Veliko Tarnovo region, Central Northern Bulgaria

What is the local challenge?

The full and equal exercise of all rights by people with disabilities has been violated in small settlements. This requires an active, focused and consistent policy, as well as uniting the actions of the responsible institutions and the active participation of civil society. In the rural areas of Bulgaria there are no effective practices that would direct public attention to people with disabilities, prevent discrimination on the grounds of "disability", ensure their full and active participation in all areas of public life and promote respect for their rights. Most of today's human rights concerns affecting people with disabilities are related to discrimination. People with disabilities have exactly the same human rights as people without disabilities; however, they are subject to direct.

How does your idea strengthen democracy and active citizenship at a local and community level?

Creating an active civic environment for people with disabilities and their families in small settlements through targeted impact on groups and partnerships and restoring dialogue between stakeholders.
Implement non-discrimination activities and appropriate adaptation that needs to be done for people with disabilities for their place in civil society. Appropriate adaptation means, where necessary, making the necessary changes and alterations so as not to create disproportionate or unbearable difficulties so that people with disabilities can enjoy their human rights and fundamental freedoms on an equal footing with others.

Who are you doing it for?

The project is addressed to the following groups:
People with disabilities aged 18 to 65 as follows:
- Sensory impairments (sensory)
- Hearing impairment
-Motor impairments
-Intellectual (learning) difficulties
-Permanent damage
Number of the target group: over 3000 inhabitants in the small settlements.

How do you plan to get there?

The approach for joint participation and active involvement will be used.
It is achieved through specific methods such as: implementation of joint activities between people with disabilities, local government and the NGO sector; Bottom-up method; direct participation method; equal access to information and expression of opinion.

What are the expected results?

The target group will be empowered, giving the opportunity to initiate independent actions and proposals for their own benefit and for the benefit of the whole public.
The expected result is to achieve:
• non-discrimination
• full and effective participation and inclusion in society;
• respect for differences and acceptance of people with disabilities as part of human diversity and the human race;
• equal opportunities;
• accessibility;
• equality between men and women;
• respect for the developing abilities of children with disabilities, respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their identity.

How does your initiative contribute to strengthening democracy in Europe?

The project is implemented in a region with a number of restrictions for people with disabilities. The project will actively support the EU's international efforts to promote democracy and human rights.
The project will help promote contemporary democratic values such as pluralism, tolerance and informed debate in isolated rural areas and small settlements.
Increasing the civic participation of people with disabilities in the public life of small settlements by exploring the forms of public control over the institutions and supporting the informed choice of the citizens through various initiatives and online means.

What is your story?

The idea is a natural continuation of the NGO's work with vulnerable groups so far.
The mission of the organization is: Improving the quality of life in the territory of Lyaskovets - Strazhitsa, by diversifying employment opportunities, improving the technical and social infrastructure and services for the population and strengthening the cultural traditions of the local community.

€ 43120,-

Funding requested from Civic Europe

€ 43120,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Personnel costs - 29 560,00 ЕUR
Travel and accommodation costs - 2 800,00 EUR
Public relations- 960,00 EUR
Consumables and Materials - 4 500,00 EUR
Rentals - 1 000,00 EUR
Online application - 3 800,00 EUR
Indirect costs - 500 EUR

What do you need from the Civic Europe community?

We would like to receive advice from organizations that have implemented similar projects. Let these tips serve us as a good practice and example. We will also expect opinions to improve the idea and suggestions for joint activities.



Idea created on May 26, 2020
Last edit on May 26, 2020

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