Bill to revise fundamental law of persons with disabilities approved: "Barriers in the society" to be excluded

July 29, 2011

The definition of a person with disability was reviewed, and the bill to revise the fundamental law of the persons with disabilities to request the administration, etc. for the consideration to remove a social barrier was passed, and approved unanimously in the House of Councilors plenary session on July 29. The enforcement is scheduled on August 5.

It is a part of the development of legal systems necessary for the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopted in the United Nations General Assembly in 2006.

In the amendment bill, the definition of a person with disability was reviewed. The phrase was added that the person with disability is in the state to confront a considerable limitation in daily life and the social life because of the social barriers such as systems and habitual practices. Any barrier is on the side of the society as the reason why the person with disability is not able to realize social participation.

In the basic measure, the consideration, etc. is obligated to secure the means of communication to meet the needs of the person with disability such like preparing the voting station accessible for the voter with disability, sign language requested at a judicial procedure including the trials.

The education policy for children with disabilities differs in the municipality educational board across the country. The revised law says that the board needs offer enough information to the parents and guardian, and respect their intention as much as possible".

The "Persons with Disabilities Policy Board" will be set up in the Cabinet Office within one year after the act enforcement. Representatives from the persons with disabilities and the experts with academic backgrounds will observe how effective the basic plan for the persons with disabilities is, and also the mechanism that they can recommend to the Prime Minister will be made.

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