It counsels persons with disabilities (PWDs) till they get to be able to live independent lives. It supports them “no matter what kind of disability they have” till they get to be engaged in an inclusive society. It is the BIZEPS, the first center advocating independent living in Austria.
“BIZEPS is the name of the organization,” said Markus Ladstätter, board member of BIZEPS, in an online interview. “One of our core values is that the people who are in charge at our center have disabilities themselves. In fact, most of our coworkers have disabilities.”
The Zentrum für Selbstbestimmtes Leben, as its name goes in Austria, literally translates to “center for independent living.” It does so by trying to convince the legislators in the country to adopt rules and laws that would protect PWDs from discrimination and push inclusion.
“Furthermore, we have the leading news website for daily news about disability topics in German language in Austria.”
BIZEPS was founded in 1994 by PWDs who used to participate in disability movements themselves. It is modeled after the International Independent Living Movement after the members met in the autumn of 1990.
“We are a cooperative of persons with various impairments that have set them the goal to fight through the political process for a barrier-free, inclusive society in which each and every one can live an independent life in the community of all people.” ~ BIZEPS
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