The Confederation of the Persons with Disabilities has carried out various activities especially on the basis of advocacy, organization and education, since its establishment. The Confederation, which carries out projects with an equal and accessible life philosophy for the persons with disabilities, continues its activities by cooperating with many institutions and organizations in the field of human rights of the persons with disabilities.
The first comprehensive project, “Combating Discrimination Against Disabilities: Advocacy and Monitoring Project” was implemented in the period of 2011-2014. The period which continued until the end of 2017, has witnessed an increase in the number and quality of projects, activities and actions. This project was successfully completed. After that, a project was carried out, funded by National Agency (Ulusal Ajans), titled “Share Education and Culture”. A European Union project titled “Let’s Overcome the Barriers by Talking” was one of the significant actions within this period.
In this period, the Confederation of the Persons with Disabilities, whose capacity to carry out projects has strengthened, has attempted to transform this accumulation into further studies in line with the needs and priorities of the disability movement.
The “Rights-Based Struggle and Disability Organization: Past to Tomorrow Workshop” organized in Istanbul on 14-15 May 2016 was a period point in this sense. By analysing the results of this workshop, a project was developed: “Active Citizenship Our Right: Towards Turkey Disabled Persons Assembly” project was born with financial support from the European Union.
“Combating Discrimination Against Disabled People: Advocacy and Monitoring Project”
was supported by the Central Finance and Contracts Unit within the framework of the Social Integration of the persons with disabilities, started in August 2013 and was completed on August 14, 2014. As a result of the project, a Reference Policy Document was prepared, guiding the institutions and organizations operating in the field of disabled people, and two thousand copies were printed and distributed.
“Share Education and Culture Fuse Citizens Project” which aims for solidarity and culture exchange between Ankara and Diyarbakır, was supported by Ankara Development Agency and Karacadağ Development Agency. Communication skills training was provided to 60 people with disabilities and their families in both cities, and it was aimed to strengthen the dialogue between the cultures.
“Let’s Overcome the Barriers Project”. The Confederation of the Persons with Disabilities started this project within the Social Integration and Employability Grant Program of Disadvantaged Groups with the support from the Ministry of Labor, on 20 October 2016. 140 persons with disabilities from Elazığ, Batman, Mersin, Bursa, İstanbul, Kayseri and Amasya were trained, during 27 days, as Call Center Operators. The participants had gender and civil society trainings as well.
“Active Citizenship is Our Right: Towards Turkey Assembly of Persons with Disabilities Project” funded by the European Union, started on December 2017. Local Disability Councils were established in 54 provinces with the participation of local disability organizations, relevant public bodies, local governments and unversities. This project will be completed in June 2021. Please see details on www.turkiyeengellimeclisi.org.tr by June 2020.