VdK President Ulrike Mascher: National action plan to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities does not go far enough
"This is not a big step yet," says President of the VdK Germany Social Association, Ulrike Mascher, about the National Action Plan for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. "Despite a ten-year period of action, the present draft only contains a catalog of measures that is limited to short-term actions and projects. You will find no future-proof concepts for inclusion in vain."
Mascher's criticism met in particular that the proposed measures were subject to funding reservations. "It is about the implementation of basic rights for people with disabilities. That must not be a question of the budgetary situation," stated the VdK President unequivocally.
The current version of the action plan does not contain any legal guarantees. Without corresponding changes in the books of the Social Code, in the Disability Equality Act and in the other relevant laws, he threatens to atrophy to a well-intentioned declaration of intent, Mascher continues. For example, the current draft law by the Federal Ministry of Labor to improve the performance of labor market policy instruments does not take into account the special concerns of older, severely disabled people and severely disabled young people. "The announced austerity measures will lead to significant deterioration in funding opportunities. This contradicts the binding concept of inclusion," warned Mascher. She also sees an urgent need for action in the further development of the Ninth Social Code (SGB IX), especially in the areas of rehabilitation and occupational integration management. "These problem areas have to be addressed systematically in the course of the action plan. For this, it is quickly necessary to bring German law into line with the goals of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities," the VdK president said.
In order to achieve inclusion, much closer cooperation between the federal government and the states is needed. This is particularly important in the case of measures aimed at jointly schooling children with and without disabilities, which so far have been the sole responsibility of the federal states.
Tomorrow's Europe-wide protest day for equality for people with disabilities is a good occasion to finally implement the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the interest of 8.7 million people with disabilities in Germany, including 7.1 million severely disabled people. This also includes the expansion of accessibility: "As long as disabled people have difficulties getting into offices, doctor's offices, cinemas and theaters or using public transport without obstacles, the goal of equal participation in everyday life for this large population group is far from being achieved", said Mascher. (Michael Pausder)