Who are we?
Lithuanian Disability Forum (LDF) is the largest Lithuanian organization representing the interests of various disability groups. LDF unites 15 organizations which represent a combined 300 000 persons with disabilities, their families, as well as temporarily disabled people.
LDF was founded in 2001, with the goal of uniting organisations that represent different disabilities and making a combined effort to change disability policies in Lithuania.
What are our aims?
Our collective aim is for persons with disabilities to have equal opportunities to take part in all areas of life: education, job market, public and political life.
Inclusion of persons with disabilities is guaranteed by high-quality and purposeful assistive services within the community, which provide the possibility to live independently, choose place of residence, educational institutions, employment, and forms of leisure and public life.
One of the key goals of LDF is the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Lithuania. This international document was passed in 2006 and ratified in Lithuania in 2010.
What do we do?
LDF monitors the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), submits reports to international and Lithuanian institutions, participates in making decisions related to disability politics on both national and regional level.
The organisation also files complaints on violations of rights of disabled persons, prepares legal claims. A lot of attention goes towards improving the image of persons with disabilities, as well as informing and educating the public.
LDF fields of activity
LDF and its members are active participants in almost all disability-related policy fields. We are especially active in segments which are undergoing political changes or reforms. The Forum is not being proactive on certain issues, yet nevertheless gathers information on the current situation and presents their point of view.