Federation of Disabled Persons' Associations
The goal of the National
Federation of Disabled Persons' Associations (MEOSZ) is to achieve equal
opportunities and full participation in the society for all persons with
physical disability living in Hungary by representing, protecting and promoting
their interests and advocating for their rights.
As member of the National
Council of Disabled Persons' Organisations (FESZT), MEOSZ has been striving
together with the three other national NGOs - the national federations of
the blind, of the deaf, and of the mentally disabled persons - to achieve
the same goal for people with disabilities.
MEOSZ was established by people
with physical disability in 1981 and it is still controlled by them. It
is one of the largest and most powerful NGOs for public use in our country,
built up and working democratically.
Within the 85 member associations
540 local groups are working throughout the country. The total number of individual
members amounts to 190.000 .
Working groups and sections
within the Federation:
Working Group for Legislation
contribute to the work of the Board in initiating amendments or new laws
to improve the opportunities and living conditions of disabled persons,
and they provide legal advice to individuals, as well as legal training
to leaders of the member associations.
The Working Group of Human Rights
help disabled persons in case of discrimination.
Sections according to certain
Section of young people
Section of women
The Circle of Artists
Rolling Dancers - dancing
group composed by people in wheelchair
The activity of the Federation
is determined by voluntarism. Regular administrative work is carried out
by paid staff. Most of the volunteers and the paid staff are disabled people
Fields of activity:
Carrying out expert work in
the course of improving legislation and in many other fields.
Making efforts to raise awareness in the society and among disabled people by PR work, our newspaper
HUMANITÁS, by actions and different events.
Promoting creation of facilities
for employment, education, culture, sport, leasure time activities, which
are otherwise not available for disabled persons.
Promoting creation of support
services, like personal assistance, transportation, peer counselling, information
service, etc. Maintaining such a service in the Headquarter of MEOSZ
Organising regular events, like
Day of Equal Opportunities in May, National Balaton Meeting of disabled
people in August, National Abilympics, National Cultural Festival
Organising training seminars
regularly in different topics for leaders or for the staff of member associations,
Organising 3 to 12 month training
by the MEOSZ Institute for Distance Learning and Teleworking in computer
skills, in English language, in business skills, in leadership, etc.
Based on ceertain laws and regulations
MEOSZ has taken part in some State duties, like awarding financial support
to people with disabilities for adapting their flats to their needs (to
make them accessible), or for solving the difficulties of transportation.
We strive to get closer to
Europe in the disability field as well. MEOSZ has been member of FIMITIC (www.fimitic.org),
of DPI-Europe (www.dpi.org) and of EDF (www.edf-feph.org). Through our cooperation within Central and East
European NGOs of disabled persons, we help each other to solve difficulties,
to raise awareness, to achieve appropriate legislation for equal opportunities
and full participation.
In line with the accession
process to the EU we consider it to be important to take part more actively
in European activities of the Disability Movement by exchanging experiences and information.
MEOSZ is maintained by some state support and membership fees, activities are financed by projects. All member
associations and working groups, sections have their own budget.