In Greece

I found a Greek website devoted to persons with disabilities. Both the left side column (at the top) & the right side column (at the bottom) provide access for English speakers.  Disability Now http://www.disabled.gr/lib/

There is also, in Greece, a National Foundation for the disabled http://www.eiaa.gr/index.htm, but its English page doesn’t work. If you know Greek, feel free to explore it.

I found it at the Hellenic Resources Network website: http://www.hri.org/

I also found, for what its worth, A U.S. State Dept. Report on Human Rights In Greece: People with Disabilities: Legislation mandates the hiring of disabled persons in public and private enterprises employing more than 50 persons. However, the law is reportedly poorly enforced, particularly in the private sector. The law states that disabled persons should number 3 percent of staff in private enterprises. In the civil service, 5 percent of administrative staff and 80 percent of telephone operator positions are reserved for disabled persons. Persons with disabilities have been appointed to important positions the civil service, including that of Secretary General of the Ministry of Welfare.

The Construction Code mandates physical access for disabled persons to private and public buildings, but this law too is poorly enforced. Ramps and special curbs for the disabled have been constructed on some Athens streets and at some public buildings, and sound signals have been installed at some city street crossings. Since 1993 the Government has been replacing old city buses with new ones with stairs specially designed for the disabled. Officials say that the new Athens subway lines under construction will provide full access for the disabled.

(from a 1996 report, released by the Dept. of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Jan. 30, 1997) http://www.hri.org/docs/USSD-Rights/96/Greece96.html#Section5 Also . . .

Click on 33: [33] Athens prefecture hosts con’f on innovative support methods for people with disabilities. Also . . .

A Greek government website on “People with Disabilities & the Mass Media” http://www.ameamedia.gr/en finally . . .

An interesting analysis by an Australian Disability Advocacy Association on Greeks, their history in Australia, and their cultural attitudes towards people with disabilities: (take special note of the stories of Daniel and George- toward the bottom of the page) http://www.mdaa.org.au/publications/ethnicity/greek/general.html The Greek Orthodox Church in Australia, you may recall, has a very good ministry to persons with disabilities, Estia http://www.estia.org.au/. And in the U.S.A. there is the Challenge Liturgy Ministry http://www.goarch.org/en/archdiocese/departments/outreach/min-challengeliturgy.asp in which “right worship,” the central matter for Orthodox Christians, (receiving the Lord Jesus Christ) is made accessible. Good things are happening, in terms of service to persons with disabilities. among Greek Orthodox Christians, here and there. And there may be much more, in Greece and the Diaspora, that I have not yet found.

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