Serbia, at your service!

It has been on the news lately: theatres in Serbia will no longer be off limits for the deaf. The change will happen on February 29 so that all people with auditory impairments in Serbia—in Belgrade, particularly—will be able to enjoy the plays that will be simultaneously translated into sign language in Zvezdara. “Theatre is seeing and hearing,” its artistic director was reported saying. “If you ‘turn off’ the sound, there is a far lesser impact.”

Serbia is a militarily neutral state. It has an upper-middle economy enriched by its service, industrial, and agricultural sectors. Aside from the Serbs comprising 82.86% of the country’s populace, there are 40 other nationalities living side by side in the country such as the Hungarians, Bosniaks, Roma, Yugoslavs, Croatians, Montenegrins, Albanians, Slovaks, Vlachs, Romanians, Macedonians, Bulgarians, Bunjevci, Muslims, Rusyns, Slovenes, Ukrainians, Gorani, Germans, Russians, and Czechs.

According to the last census in 2002, the Republic of Serbia has 7,498,001 inhabitants (excluding Kosovo and Metohija). It has no official figure on how many of its populace has disabilities but Serbia guarantees all of its citizens to have the same rights and duties and enjoy full ethnic equality as the other.

Proof of this is its law on professional rehabilitation and employment of persons with disabilities. Not only does it aim to promote rehabilitation and employment, it also ensures gender equality among PWDs. The details, expenses and criteria just have to be prescribed by and in the mutual agreement of the minister in charge of employment issues, minister in charge of health issues and minister in charge of pension and disability insurance issues.

“To tie a person down and leave him in bed for life is tantamount to torture.” ~Eric Rosenthal

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of UNICEF CEESIS

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