Start Date Ongoing End Date
 
 
01 JUL201431 JUL2019
Program Status
Programme budget
US$ 549,506
The programme

An integrated social service reform process launched by the Government of Armenia in 2012 created an institutional platform for the alignment of the disability assessment model in the country with a rights-based model informed by the CRPD and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). The precursor to this was the introduction of inclusive education in Armenia and the revision of assessment tools for learners with disabilities within the education sector based on the ICF. This highlighted the need for developing a common approach and understanding around disability and harmonizing service delivery across sectors – education, health, employment and social protection –  as disability is multidimensional and addressing the rights of persons with disabilities requires  an intersectoral approach. This resulted in a ministerial commitment to a multidimensional assessment of disability in line with  the ICF. The UNPRPD Project that commenced in October 2014 aimed to operationalize this commitment.  The project is supporting a nationwide transition to a new disability assessment process and stronger linkage of the assessment process to allied service delivery based on a rights-based understanding of disability, as well as  a roadmap for inclusion of persons with disabilities  in all spheres of life.

Armenia

Approach

The overarching goal of the project was to contribute to the progressive fulfilment of the rights of persons with disabilities so that they receive services and support in accordance with their needs and have increased participation in social and economic life.

To this end, the UN Country Team provided technical support to MoLSI to achieve the following objectives:

To develop criteria, tools and procedures, based on ICF, to operationalize the conceptual ICF model and determine eligibility for services, test it and pilot in one region.
To develop a gender-responsive Methodology for Individual Rehabilitation Planning linked with assessment, including a training and job market engagement component.
To conduct a large-scale training for the professionals who will be involved in assessment and intervention planning processes, and for DPOs and Organization of Parents of Children with Disabilities.
To build the system capacity to increase the opportunities for economic participation of persons with disabilities.
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