Implementation of strategy for integration of disabled persons in the field of culture
The Government of Montenegro has at the end of 2007 adopted the Strategy for integration of disabled persons in Montenegro for the period 2008-2016. It is the first strategic document by which the actual state in which are the disabled persons analyzed, along with a series of measures and recommendations that should be undertaken in order to improve their status. The document comprised, among others, the field: culture, sport and recreation, as well as the field referring to the status of the disabled persons in civil society. Through document mid-term projection of the state and status of the disabled persons in this field has been created, having as goal to strengthen creative potential, paticipation in cultural events and improvement of accessibility of cultural contents.
The basic characteristics of measure refer to the need for more intensive inclusion of disabled persons into cultural events by transcending inaccessibility to cultural objects, stimulating of the continuity in promotiong their creative potential, increased participation in cultural programs which authors are the disabled persons or programs realized in cooperation with relevant subjects in culture.
The expected results refer to improved cultural policy and contribution to overcoming of prejudices and obstacles in more qualitative approach to cultural contents, and more active participation in different cultural programs and projects; Stimulated level of awareness about needs of sensible groups and, in general, higher level of social inclusion.
Continuously from the budget of Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare.
The process of evaluation of measure has been conducted at national level through annual reports of Ministry of Human and Minority Rights on realization of Action plans for carrying out the Strategy. The level of involvement of persons with disabilities in cultural events, in one part, is determined by legal restrictions regarding intervention of accessibility on objects that are protected by cultural heritage, then by lack of finances of national and municipal institutions as well as other organizations to organize to the full extent and support the development of artistic potential of persons with disabilities. Therefore, this process requires continuity and intensive stimulating of policy of development of programs from the field of culture intended for this population.