Validity Foundation - Mental Disability Advocacy Centre

Category: My Home, My Choice

Under this campaign, we call for recognition of equal citizenship of people with mental disabilities, including their right to make decisions about their own lives. Too often, people with mental disabilities are labelled as “incompetent” or are denied the right to decide by punitive guardianship systems. They may be denied the right to vote, to marry, to manage their own money, and even to decide where to live. Instead of systems based on restriction and control, we push governments to provide support to people to make their own decision – so that they can be the authors of their own lives.

Cover page of Report of Deinstitutionalisation and Life in the Community in Bulgaria

Investigating Bulgaria’s failed approach to deinstitutionalisation of persons with disabilities – new report

Validity, with the contribution of Bulgarian experts including persons with disabilities, has launched a globally relevant new report entitled “Deinstituionalisation and life in the community in Bulgaria“. The report points out that the Bulgarian deinstitutionalisation (DI) process has failed thousands of children and adults with disabilities in the country, condemning… Read More

Cover page image of the report called Insititutionalization, Disability and Ageing in the Czech Republic

Czechia: Mass institutionalisation of older persons with disabilities – new report

Validity together with its Czech partner, FORUM for Human Rights has launched a major new report on “Institutionalisation, disability and ageing”. The report focuses on the large-scale institutionalisation of older persons with disabilities in the Czech Republic, exposes the failures of government policy to implement policies that maintain dignity for older persons, and calls for a… Read More

Hungary: Lack of transparency prevents progress on independent living

Validity and our partners continue to advocate for concrete steps to enhance human rights protections for persons with disabilities in Hungary. However, we are concerned that a lack of transparency and accountability is preventing genuine progress on independent living. We call on both Hungary and the European Union to recommit… Read More

Council of Europe body finds Czech Republic responsible for violating rights of children with disabilities and Romani children through institutionalisation

The European Committee of Social Rights has today found the Czech Republic responsible for large-scale and discriminatory institutionalisation of children with disabilities and Romani children in early childhood care institutions, criticising the failure of the country to adopt and implement an appropriate deinstitutionalisation strategy. In a decision released today,… Read More