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Register for the Final Conference in Sofia !

The partners of the AJuPID project are organizing a final conference in Sofia.

It will take place on the 10th & 11th Marth 2016.



The results of this European project will be presented.

The research report about legislation and legal capacity in five countries will be discussed.

We will also discuss about several promising practices.

These practices aim at innovating support for persons with disabilities

and promoting their own decision-making.


Reknown international speakers have been invited to confront their ideas.

For example, there will be Prof. Quinn form the University of Galway.

There will also be Dimitris Nikolsky of the Council of Europe. 


This conference is open to persons with disabilities, supporters and service providers as well as all other actors in the disability field.


The Conference will be held in Bulgarian and English and participation is free of cost.

You can download the programme here.

You can register for the conference here

Publishing of the guide of promising practices

Paris, 1st Oct. 2015

A new guide of promising practices in access to justice and legal capacity is available.

It includes 12 exemples of supported decision making and reasonnable accommodation. 

It helps to understand concretly how support should look like to preserve the legal capacity of persons with intellectual disabilities. 

You can learn more and download the guide on this page. 

Major gaps in providing for equal access to justice

The partners of the project are working on a research report. We are trying to find out whether people with intellectual disabilities
enjoy full legal capacity and access to justice in five European countries.
These countries are: Bulgaria, Finland, France, Ireland and Hungary.


Here are some of the first results of the report:


  • National guardianship laws are not in line with the UNCRPD.

This means that the rights of persons with disabilities are violated.
Governments are struggling with changing their laws, so that
people with disabilities can fully enjoy their legal capacity and access to justice.


  • In many countries, alternatives to substituted decision-making are being developed.

Some countries, like Ireland and Hungary, have made a lot of progress.
They are changing the law to improve the rights of adults with intellectual disabilities.


  • Supported decision-making is slowly replacing substituted decision-making.

This means, that the will and preferences of persons with disabilities are considered.
Decisions taken by persons with intellectual disabilities will be better respected.
Governments are obliged to take immediate action to realise the rights of disabled persons.
However, progress is gradual and a little slow.


  • It is difficult for persons with disabilities to be heard in court.

Many courts do not provide support to people with disabilities in a court proceeding.
For example, courts do not foresee a speech therapist or a safe and quiet place,
so that the person with a disability can better communicating with the judge.


The full research report will be published on this website in June 2015.

Promising Practices in France

10 February 1015: In Paris, the partners of the AJuPID project got together to find out more
about promising practices in France.
These practices are ways to support disabled people in their legal capacity.
The practices also provide better ways to access to justice.
Here are some examples:

Legal aid for persons committed to a psychiatric ward

Sometimes people are put into hospital against their will.
They become patients in the psychiatric ward of the hospital.
A psychiatric ward is a place where people with mental health problems are treated.
It is very difficult for patients in such a ward to contact a lawyer and to leave the ward.


news legal aidIn France, the law was changed in 2011.
Now each patient is assisted by a lawyer,
if the patient is in the ward for more than 12 days.
The lawyer is free of charge for the person in the psychiatric ward.
The lawyer will help the person to assert his or her rights.
The lawyer is only accountable to the person, he or she represents.
The lawyer is independent from the doctor, the family or the legal guardian of the person.
The lawyer defends the will of the person only; he does not act in his or her best interest.


Lawyers that support people in a psychiatric ward are trained in a particular way.
They know about mental health problems and ethics.
Ethics are rules to help decide what is good and what is bad and to do no harm.

Social safeguard

The social safeguard, or MASP, is a way to support and protect people.
The MASP is a contract between a local authority and a person.
It can last for 1 year, and up to 4 years.
The person with a disability decides what the aim of the MASP is.
This is written down in the contract.
The MASP can support the person to manage money, to find employment or to keep healthy.


During a MASP, the person will get the support he or she needs.news social safeguard
The person is supported by social workers, therapists, employment counsellors and others.
Individual and group activities are proposed to the person.
For example, relaxation therapy, professional training or a course in household chores.
The MASP does not restrict the legal capacity of a person.


More promising practices from other countries will be published in a guide.
The guide will be available on this website in autumn 2015.

Promising Practices in Ireland

24 March 2015: In Dublin, the partners of the AJuPID project learned more about promising practises to encourage access to justice

and to support the legal capacity of persons with disabilities.
Here are some examples:

Self-Advocate Martin

news promising practices ireland

Martin Dooher is a self-advocate,who promotes the rights of people with an intellectual disability.

He is a member of the National Platform of Self Advocates
and the Galway Service Users' Council.
He wants to ensure that
Disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.
Martin has visited Finland and Rome to make his views heard.

Circles of Support

news circles of supportA Circle of Support is a small number of people
that regularly provide support to someone they care about.
The circle supports the person with disabilities
in taking decisions and in other tasks of everyday life.
The supporters are ordinary people close by,
such as family members, neighbours and friends.
At the beginning, a facilitator helps to establish the circle of support.
He or she helps the person with disabilities to identify
how they want to be supported by the circle.

Total Communication

news total communicationACE Communication was set up to encourage the use of
Total Communication in Ireland.
Total Communication is about supporting people
to understand and to be understood.
It's about communicating in different ways,
for example through signs, symbols, objects or photos.
ACE supports children and adults with communication difficulties
to create Accessible Communication Environments.
These are places where we can communicate to the best of our ability.
Information helps us to make choices, take control of our lives and be active citizens.
More promising practices from other countries will be published in a guide.
The guide will be available on this website in autumn 2015.