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Federal Participation Law: "Paragraph 99 makes a self-determined life impossible"


The Federal Participation Law (Bundesteilhabegesetz, BTHG) is intended to regulate the legal status of people with physical and so-called intellectual disabilities. In June of this year, the bill was passed in the Cabinet and will take effect in January 2017. Yet there are many who are critical of the amendments.
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Photo: People with disabilities during a protest campaign in Berlin, Germany; Copyright: Jörg Farys |

Politics and legal issues


Living a self-determined life in an inclusive society is an established human right, according to the UN-CRPD. With the ratification of the UN-CRPD the countries commit themselves to adjust their political legislation to the fundamental principles of the UN convention. But what does it really look like? Get to know more in the Topic of the Month October.
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Photo: Many people with disabilities in a huge cage - during a protest event; Copyright: Andi Weiland |

We won't stand for this! – Protests against the Federal Participation Law


Nothing about us without us – this slogan, as defined by the UN-CRPD, is being brought up time and again. In Germany, it is currently more at the forefront than ever before because decisions made at the political level experience heavy backlash. People with disabilities adamantly and loudly protest on the Internet and on the streets against the upcoming Federal Participation Law.
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The Federal Participation Law: hotly debated


It will take effect on January 1, 2017: the new Federal Participation Law (Bundesteilhabegesetz, BTHG). It is intended to fundamentally improve participation in society and encourage the self-determined life of people with disabilities. Yet never before has a bill caused so much backlash. Activists are demonstrating for their rights and are protesting the law.
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EU takes positive steps to end book famine


The European Commission’s proposal to implement the Marrakesh Treaty into EU law now has to be discussed by the European Parliament and the Council. If there is an agreement, the EU will ratify the Marrakesh Treaty facilitating access to published works for persons with are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled, including persons with autism.
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Health care: Vocational training reform designed to inspire new talent


Three for the price of one: in the future, training programs in pediatric, patient, and geriatric care are to be consolidated based on this principle. The so-called Pflegeberufsreformgesetz (English: Health Care Profession Reform Act) was already passed on January 13, 2016, by the German government. What does this reform mean for the future of health care services?
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