Saint-Petersburg Commissioner defended rights of visually impaired persons

13 February 2017

With assistance of the Commissioner for Human Rights in Saint Petersburg Alexander Shishlov the right of visually impaired persons to free social rehabilitation has been reinstated.

In summer 2015, the Commissioner received a number of petitions from persons with visual impairments, who complained about inaction of the Centre for Medical and Social Rehabilitation of Visually Impaired Persons. They reported that the organisation had been refusing to provide free rehabilitation services, such as training in Braille reading.

The Commissioner initiated a prosecutorial inspection which revealed non-compliance of a regional legal regulatory act with the federal legislation.

As a result of joint actions of the Commissioner and the Prosecutor’s Office of Saint Petersburg the Government of Saint Petersburg introduced the necessary amendments allowing visually impaired persons who cannot work to receive free social services.

Adapted from the Press Service of the Commissioner for Human Rights in Saint Petersburg

Photo: open sources

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