The National Organization of Persons with Disabilities of Serbia (NOOIS) has these objectives in mind when it was established in Belgrade last June 22, 2007: centralize the republic’s PWD organizations, develop partnership with the “decision-makers” in the country, and establish cooperation with other PWD organizations in Europe and the world.
Under it are “full member organizations” that have as many as 450,000 members. These are the Deaf Union of Serbia, Union of the Blind of Serbia, Muscular Dystrophy Association of Serbia, Association of Paraplegics and Quadriplegics of Serbia, Union of Associations for Assistance to Persons with Intellectual Disabilities, Association of Labor Disabled Workers of Serbia, Association of Cerebral Paralysis and Polio of Serbia, Multiple Sclerosis Association of Serbia, Association for Assistance to Persons with Autism of Serbia, Association for Assistance to Persons with Down syndrome, and Center for Independent Living Serbia.
The NOOIS has helped in formulating the Law on Social Protection and its by-laws, the Law on the Use of the Serbian Sign Language, the Law on Rehabilitation and Employment, the Law on the Prohibition of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities, and the National Disability Strategy.
It also assists the Council for Persons with Disabilities of the Republic of Serbia as well as in the Council for Persons with Disabilities of the Ombudsman’s Office in monitoring the implementation of the adopted regulations. It watches out for cases of discrimination for the Commissioner for Protection of Equality to solve as well as to the Ombudsman’s office.
Furthermore, the NOOIS has worked to inform the public of Serbia about the status and rights of PWDS in its midst through these publications: The Guide through the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, The Strategy of Development and Promotion of Socially Responsible Business in the Republic of Serbia for the period 2010-2015, The fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Law on the Prohibition of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (proceedings), The Proceedings of the Summer School, The Prohibition of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities, General Comments 1 and 3 of the Committee for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and project proposals in accordance with EU rules.
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