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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-04-30

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


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  • [01] PRESIDENT - DISABLED PERSONS - MEASURES

  • [01] PRESIDENT - DISABLED PERSONS - MEASURES

    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias said on Friday that the government was promoting a series of measures and actions towards the full implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities.

    Addressing an event in Nicosia to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Pancyprian Organisation of the Blind, President Christofias said the social integration of persons with disabilities demanded support, the assessment of their needs, securing independent living and access in all sectors, training in order to join the labour market, and the provision of technical and other facilities.

    President Christofias said that a significant step towards achieving the professional and social integration of persons with disabilities was the recent passing of a law concerning the employment of persons with disabilities in the broader public sector.

    He also pointed out that a significant instrument in promoting and protecting the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities was the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was expected to be integrated in national legislation within the first six months of 2010.

    Specifically for the blind, President Christofias said there have been significant improvements, mainly concerning allowances, and pointed out the need to take measures towards unhindered access to communication and information through technology.

    ``Our aim should be a society, which is open to diversity. We are all different. We all have different needs. However, we can all live together and more importantly we can all work together for a better future, with an advanced sense of solidarity with and support to those who are in need,`` he concluded.


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