Persons with disabilities: 10 years after the law, what is accessibility?

The law on accessibility for people with disabilities, adopted 11 February 2005, France provided in 2015 a 100% accessible. The objectives are far from being required, and associations give voice.

The vote of the law, in 2005, the objectives were ambitious and realistic, and one could hope for people with disabilities an easier life. In the name of non-discrimination, several points were developed to provide more equal opportunities for all, reforming the previous law, which dated from June 30, 1975.

Today, the objectives are not required and even, according to some associations, is the great retreat.

Provided that the law

A summary of the five main objectives, as can be read on the official website Public Life:

  • the creation of a right to compensation which allows the assumption by the community of disability-related expenses. The text specifies that the payment of this benefit, called "universal", subject to conditions of age and income, will be gradually expanded, within 3 to 5 years, to all disabled persons regardless of age and salary ;
  • school integration, by establishing the principle of schooling in the nearest facility for disabled children and the establishment of the necessary facilities to enable disabled students continuing education and the right to a regular assessment of their skills and their needs;
  • employability: the law provides a system of incentives and sanctions burdened to enforce the legal requirement to use a quota of 6% disabled people in the public sector and in private companies over twenty people;
  • enhancing accessibility, regarding access for disabled people to public spaces, transportation systems and new built environment. Incentives and sanction mechanisms are also planned;
  • administrative simplification with the creation of departmental homes of disabled people where the different existing committees will be merged into a "single window", the Committee on rights and autonomy of disabled people.

Associations angry

The Association of paralyzed France, the APF, denounces, "despite some progress, feelings of injustice, bitterness and despair".

In detail:

  • the number of places, accessible transportation and services are not at all widespread, as the law in 2005 gave hope;
  • unemployment of disabled persons is itself in great increase;
  • many people with disabilities live below the poverty line.

To better express themselves, associations - 70 in all - gathered in a Collective for a France available, which calls for a demonstration on 11 February.

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