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Approved projects: Strategic projects in programme Human rights

About project

  • Executer: Resource Centre for People with Mental Disability 'ZELDA"
  • Project title: I want to be among YOU
  • Regions of execution: Latvia
  • Project budget: 94 864.60
  • Project status: Closed
  • Cooperation partners from donor countries:
  • Project contact person: Ieva Leimane-Veldmeijere, e-mail:, ph. 67442828

The aim of the project is to provide the equal access to justice for people with mental disabilities, thus reducing public prejudice and improving opportunities to integrate into the local community.

 The goal of the project will be achieved by:

1) Providing free legal aid to at least 160 persons with mental disabilities and 80 relatives or representatives of various institutions, as well as providing support in strategic litigation. The analysis of legal consultations will provide an opportunity to prepare a report concerning the main problems faced by persons with mental disabilities;

2) Preparing a handbook for law enforcement representatives on reasonable accommodation for persons with mental disabilities, thus ensuring an effective rights protection mechanism, including access to the court system;

3) Conducting a research on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the local community, while moving to independent life after leaving a long-term social care institution;

4) Developing and piloting a training program, aimed to improve the understanding and knowledge of the various local service providers (at least 60 participants) regarding providing services to people with mental disabilities, thus mobilizing local communities to support people living with mental disabilities on the municipal level.

As a result of the project, persons with mental disabilities involved in the project activities will be more informed about the possibilities of protection of their rights, as well as will improve their ability to protect their interests. This will promote self-determination and self-advocacy of people and enhance their participation in society. Improving the knowledge of the various local service providers, as well as the representatives of the law enforcement system about working with adults with mental disabilities, will ensure the availability of various services, including the access to the court system, and prevent the possible human rights violations.



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