Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities considered report of Lithuania

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities considered the initial report of Lithuania on its implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Presenting the report, Algimanta Pabedinskiene, Minister of Social Security and Labour of Lithuania, stated that Lithuania had inherited a lot of problems from the former state system, and recognized that some fields needed improvement. There were about 250,000 persons with disabilities in Lithuania, and the country was consistently moving from a medical disability assessment towards a bio-psycho-social model. In 2014, the Government had conducted a survey on the situation of women with disabilities, highlighting challenges they faced in different areas. It had prepared an action plan aimed at increasing assistance to children and educational assistance. Special measures for the integration of persons with disabilities in the labour market were envisaged. In 2014, an action plan was approved for the transition from institutional care to family and community-based services for persons with disabilities.

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