Members of the Organization of People with Muscular Dystrophy discuss the issues they face and potential solutions.

Organizata e Personave me Distrofi Muskulare (The Organization of Persons with Muscular Dystrophy)

At a two-day workshop called “We have rights, too” 30 diverse people with disabilities discussed state services and challenges faced. Participants concluded that respect for their rights had improved slightly, but much work remained for their full integration into social life.
The Organization of Persons with Muscular Dystrophy organized the discussion, which resulted in three conclusions:

  • Law enforcement for people with disabilities, including campaigning for their rights and respecting the administrative regulation for their access to public institutions 
  • The right to education as a vital human right
  • Advocate to relevant ministries to support people with disabilities through the social assistance scheme

The workshop also provided a space for the participants, who were from different regions of Kosovo,to exchange experiences regarding thechallenges they face and how they access assistance.
“We were together there with people with different disabilities, coming from different municipalities, having seminars about the rights of this category of people, and different sport and entertainment activities,” said Resmije Rrahmani, a member and one of the founders of the organization.

The project, supported by the KWN Kosovo Women’s Fund, seeks is to improve the lives of people with disabilities, particularly those with muscular dystrophy through rehabilitation, recreational and sports activities, information and awareness-raising.

The initiative also enabled people with muscular dystrophy to meet other people facing similar issues.
“Through this project we had the opportunity to express our abilities, discuss, play together and have fun,” said Yllka Berisha, a member of the organization. “For example, I tried to play darts.It is normal that I had difficulties, but I had a lot of fun.It was a magical game for me.”

“There should be more activities like this so that we can attract people with disabilities who have problems and needs related to health, economic situation and education.We should use civil society as a tool to sensitize the public to the problems we face,” said Agron Kube, a member of the NGO.