Lithuania has registered 24,000 people with epilepsy, of which 20% are employed, 30% have a specialty and 37% have only their disability pension as a source of income.
The researches done by LESIA (Lithuanian Association for the Integration of People with Epilepsy) showed that people with epilepsy are being discriminated in the areas of education, vocational training and employment.
Lithuania has done a lot for the integration of the disabled, but people suffering from epilepsy are still being overlooked and rejected.
With this project, LESIA will conduct an analysis of the laws in the social sphere in the light of the UN Convention of the Disabled. Surveys will be carried out amongst people with epilepsy regarding the following:
- satisfaction of their needs;
- treatment quality;
- quality of life;
- laws impact on epilepsy patients for the acquisition of specialty and employment in the free labour market analysis;
In this study, the result will be the evaluation of existing laws and draft amendments for consideration and adoption by Parliament of Lithuania.
The project will receive US$5,000 from the Promising Strategies Program.