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“Giving Disability a Voice: Empowering the Disability Rights Movement in Armenia”

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Since Armenian independence in 1991 the context of civil society changed radically when non-governmental organizations (NGO) began to develop. A large number of Armenian NGOs were founded to serve as a response to society’s needs, including targeting people with disabilities (PWD). In 2011 the “Disability Advocacy Coalition”(DAC), was established gathering 22 disability NGOs to join their efforts to raise the voices of PWD in the society and at decision making levels. Among the active disability organizations in Armenia, the majority are organizations for PWD and only a minority are true Disability People’s Organisations (DPOs) ,i.e. organisations led by PWD themselves.

Many of these DPOs established in the last 6-8 years, are lacking experience in running their organizations and leading advocacy efforts, and thus remain weak and underdeveloped, or often relying on the skills of very few individuals within the organisation (mainly those without disability).This project will strengthen the Armenian disability movement to promote equal rights and opportunities for people living with different forms of disabilities in all parts of the country. This will be done through enhancing the institutional and programmatic capacities of the DAC Coaltion and of its 22 members. The project also will support the increased representation of Armenian DPO's in DAC, making the Coalition a powerful platform for voicing the needs, concerns and rights of PWD at all levels of decision making and social life in Armenia.

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Development Objective: To strengthen the disability rights movement in Armenia in order to promote equal rights and equal opportunities for people with disabilities in independent living, employment, education and freedom to make their own choices.

Project Objective1: The Disability Advocacy Coalition (DAC) becomes a strong platform for Armenian Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) through increased representation and improved institutional and programmatic capacities.

Project Objective 2: The DAC umbrella is recognized as a national platform of disability organizations with DPO’s taking leadership, and voicing the needs, concerns and rights of people with disabilities at all levels of decision making and social life.

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