ADRF in partnership with the National Federation of Associations of Persons with Physical Disabilities(MEOSZ) in Hungary, the association Quip from the Czech Republic and Association Institute for Independent Living in Poland is  implementing the project “ Network for equal recognition before law of persons with disabilities in Albania, Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland”.

Project focus area is Public Policy, Legislation and Justice, Creating common advocacy strategies addressing regional issues.

The project aims at enhancing the participation of civil society organizations and persons with disabilities in advocacy actions, legislative and policy engagements required to ensure the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). This project focuses specifically on non-discrimination (article 5), equal recognition before law (article 12) and independent living (article 19) and more specifically to their inter-section. 

The project brings together like-minded civil society organizations from ViseGrad countries, creates and strengthens networks of organizations between Albania and ViseGrad countries to share their experiences, best practices, challenges and achievements with regards to the three above-mentioned topics from which all participating organizations would benefit. 

The network would further increase and strengthen competencies of CSOs, DPO-s and persons with disabilities at national levels to strategically advocate and monitor the actions undertaken in the framework of UNCRPD and their impact so far through different tools.

Given that non-discrimination, recognition before law and independent living entail persons having access to a range of rights, including labor rights, education rights, voting rights, and so on, the issues that this project seeks to address goes beyond non-discrimination, recognition before law and independent living.

The main methods of implementation for this project are: desk-based research (analysis of current law in co-applicant countries and compliance with international human rights standards including EU law and policy), b) targeted advocacy approaches (to ensure co-operation from a broad range of stakeholders), c) collection of best practices (to influence tailored implementation practices for each country as per needs)The partnership will improve the capabilities of the stakeholders involved to further serve as resources for other future initiatives. The project will identify good practices not only locally but also worldwide.

This project is co-financed by  the Government of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia,  through Visegrad Grants, from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.

Project Coordinator: Albanian Disability Rights Foundation


Project Partners:

1. National Federation of Associations of Persons with Physical Disabilities, Hungary


2. Quip, Czech Republic


3. Association Institute for Independent Living