Disability representatives locate “regression” in education

After the Lebenshilfe, the Diakonie and the Council for the Disabled don’t leave a good hair on the new action plan, which is intended to strengthen participation.

In addition to the severe criticism of the Lebenshilfe on the new National Disability Action Plan (NAP), another one is added this week: the Council for the Disabled and Diakonie also see a “step backwards”, especially in education policy. The UN Disability Convention has existed since 2006 and has been implemented in Austria since 2012 as part of the NAP. For 2022 to 2030 a new version will be decided these days. The Ministry of Social Affairs is responsible.

People have been waiting for the convention to be implemented for 14 years, “and it’s enough,” Klaus Widl, first vice-president of the Disability Council, said angrily at a press conference on Monday. The new NAB would not implement these again. This would ignore human rights. The plan has “no coherence” is “cosmetic and powerless”. You want to go out on the street now.

The plan should be “continuously supplemented”.

Diakonie director Maria Katharina Moser is similarly critical of the draft. Children with and without disabilities must be able to participate equally in the education system. The fact that the ÖVP Ministry of Education is sticking to special schools was recently described by Lebenshilfe Secretary-General Markus Neuherz as “educational policy of past decades”. But even the SPÖ Minister of Education had not abolished these.

When asked, the Ministry of Social Affairs refers to the cooperation with the federal states, ministries and representatives of the organizations for people with disabilities. The NAP is also “still in the final vote,” says a spokesman for “Press”. It is important that it is “a basic framework in terms of content” that is constantly being supplemented.

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