THE SEMINAR ON DISABILITIES – WORLD WITHOUT BARRIERS

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011

Conference Room 124: Lazarski University

ORGANIZERS:

Embassy of the State of Qatar

Lazarski University

Institute for the Studies of the Middle East, the Gulf & Africa

Coorganizer: Development Policy Fundation

Media Patron: Rzeczpospolita

 

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Programme: 10:00 – 12:00 Hours

 

10:00-10:10 Mr. Juliusz Madej, President of Lazarski University

Opening speech

 

10:10-10:30 Dr. Khalid Ali Al Noami, Chairman of Arab Union of the Blind, President of the Gulf Association for Human Rights

 

10:30-10:50 Mr. Jaroslaw Duda, the Secretary of State, the Government Plenipotentiary for the Disabled People

Polish government’s efforts and initiatives in proposing and implementing policy towards disabled people

 

 

10:50-11:00 Coffee Break

 

 

11:00-11:05 Ms. Sylwia Szparkowska, moderator, medical journalist and health issues expert, Rzeczpospolita daily

 

11:05-11:20 Mr. Marek Sołtys, President of Foundation TPSW (the Society of The Friendship of Mad Wheelchairman)

Is Poland friendly towards disabled people? – implementation of European Union directives

Or European and Polish policy choices towards disabled people – case studies

* na życzenie udostępniam prezentację
POBIERZ:czy polska jest przyjazna ON

 

11:20-11:40 Mr. Wojciech Soczewica, Human Rights Defender/Human Rights Defender Office, Poland

Protection of disabled people’s rights – Polish Ombudsman’s perspective

11:40-12:00 Representative from the Polish Association of Disabled People

Experience sharing – practical perspective

 

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The purpose of the Seminar on Disabilities organized in cooperation with the Embassy of Qatar and under media patronage of daily Rzeczpospolita is to review Polish policies on disability in the wider context of disability policies designed and implemented in the European Union. 

 

The last decades saw efforts to promote common approaches and patterns between the member states of the European Union within the social policy and the increasing convergence of Polish strategy towards the disabled people with a view of unifying the policies and adopting EU standards and norms.

 

 

The one-day Seminar on the Disabilities will not only provide opportunity to critically reflect on the legacies of the past relating to anti-discrimination initiatives and market regulations but will also address the needs of the people with disabilities today and point to directions the efforts should go to improve the situation of the the disadvantaged by providing universally applicable solutions – regardless of geographic lines and divisions.

 

 

 

The Policy on Disability in Poland 

 

A. Practices of the Past – Old Thinking, Overcoming Stereotypes

 

B. Forms of Promoting Positive Attitudes and Tolerant Behavior Towards Disabled People

 

Case study:

Portal Gazeta.pl (one of five Polish major Internet portals) as the first Polish information service which started cooperation with “The Visibles” project in the pursuit of the main goal, that is to draw public attention to the problem of the access to websites by the disabled, mainly by blind and visually impaired people who, as a result of discrimination, are prevented from full participation in social, cultural and political life.

 

C. Social Campaigns for Blind and Sight Impaired People in Poland

 

D. Pursuit of Equality of Opportunity for People with Disabilities – the Polish Lesson

 

 

 

The European Union Disability Strategy: Legal Framework and Initiatives 

 

A. Equality of Opportunity for People with Disabilities – A New Community Disability Strategy 1996

 

B. High Level Group of Member States’ Representatives on Disability – Advise the Commission with a view of:

 

- empowering people with disabilities for participation in society, including the severely disabled, while paying due attention to the needs and interests of their families and carers,

 

- mainstreaming the disability perspective into all relevant sectors of policy formulation and implementation ;

 

- enabling people with disabilities to participate fully in society by removing barriers ;

 

- nurturing public opinion to be receptive to the abilities of people with disabilities and towards strategies based on equal opportunities.

 

C. European Day of Disabled People

 

D. Budget Line B3-4111

 

E. Joint Declaration on the Employment of People with Disabilities.

 

F. Corporate Social Responsibility towards People with Disabilities

 

 

GUEST SPEAKERS:

 

 

QATAR:

 

Special Guest:

Dr. Khalid Ali Al Noami, Chairman of Arab Union of the Blind, President of the Gulf Association for Human Rights

 

H.E. Mr. Hadi Al-Hajri, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Poland

 

 

POLAND:

 

Representative from the Health Ministry delegated by H.E. Minister Ewa Kopacz

 

Mr. Jaroslaw Duda, the Secretary of State, the Government Plenipotentiary for the Disabled People,

Polish government’s efforts and initiatives in proposing and implementing policy towards disabled people

 

 

Ms. Sylwia Szparkowska, health issues expert, Rzeczpospolita

European and Polish policy choices towards disabled people – practical case studies

 

 

Mr. Artur W. Wroblewski

European strategy and legal framework

 

 

Human Rights Defender/Human Rights Defender Office

 

 

Representative from the Polish Association of Disabled People

 

 

Representative from the National Association for the Rights of Disabled People

 

Development policy Foundation (Polish NGO)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZDJĘCIA:

Artur W. Wroblewski (organizator, odpowiedzialny za Seminarium) – DZIĘKUJEMY!