December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. In 2017, our government defined the rights of persons with disabilities under the Constitution of Georgia, and the new law on the rights of persons with disabilities adopted in 2020 opened new opportunities, Georgian Parliament Speaker Shalva Papuashvili wrote on Facebook.
“Today, with just a few days left before the European Council grants Georgia the status of a candidate for the European Union, the role and commitment of disabled individuals in these processes are particularly noteworthy. This includes our wounded military personnel who, having defended global peace in hotspots around the world, now represent our homeland as successful para-athletes on the international stage.
The 2024 state budget will bring important news – the social rehabilitation and child care program will increase by 10 million GEL, marking a record increase, reaching 76 million. The sub-programs of this initiative create sustainable and robust services for disabled individuals with various needs, and the enhanced social package will impact all categories of disabled people.
However, despite progress in various areas, it is essential to always remember that providing equal opportunities for people with disabilities requires daily efforts. Quick and correct decisions are made through the active participation and involvement of people with disabilities themselves,” Speaker Papuashvili said.