|Social Rights and Research Association: Monitoring Group for Disability Rights 2|
Grantee: Social Rights and Research Association
Purpose: Ensuring that persons with disabilities can fully enjoy their rights, without being exposed to discrimination
Grant Amount: 169,986 TL
Project Partner: Istanbul Bilgi UniversityPeriod: 15 July 2014 – 13 July 2015
It is not sufficiently monitored to what extent the legislation on disability rights is implemented in Turkey. Therefore, the complaints and suggestions cannot properly be justified and problems remain unsolved.
"It is either direct or indirect discrimination when you find yourself unable to walk on a sidewalk which is not suitable for you and given a poor excuse that 'Our budget hasn’t allowed us to make necessary alterations'; or when your child cannot enroll in a school with the excuse 'I cannot bear the responsibility of a child with disabilities'; or when you are faced with exclusion disguised as a favor 'We would hire you if we could, but the workplace conditions are not suitable for you. We will still pay you but don’t come to work, you don’t need to'. The Monitoring Group for Disability Rights aims at 'mirroring the state' by emphasizing that the opportunities given to persons with disabilities are not a favor but the exercise of a human right.
"As the president of an association for six years, I used to think that association work was all about providing aid and socio-cultural activities. My perspective changed completely when I got to know TOHAD and became more aware of what they do in their pursuit of disability rights and advocacy. Thanks to the project, we started to advocate our rights as well-informed and well-equipped individuals with higher awareness."