The disabled account for 12% of the total population, which is almost three times the population of Split, Reiner said in his message.
“It is up to us to ensure that disabled persons have access to all civil, political, social, cultural and economic rights,” Reiner said at the start of Friday’s sitting of the Sabor.
“May marking this day fulfil its objective and contribute to improving the quality of life for disabled persons, alleviate the consequences of their social exclusion and raise public awareness of their presence in the community and of the problems they encounter,” Reiner said, recalling some of the steps Parliament has taken to assist disabled persons.
Following a motion by MP Ljubica Lukačić (HDZ), since October 2017 plenary sessions of the Sabor that are aired on the public television HRT have been interpreted in sign language, and the rostrum has been adapted for disabled MPs.
Reiner recalled that Croatia was the third country in the world to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. “That shows the ability and need of Croatian society to ensure equal opportunities for this special vulnerable section of the population.”
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