What we do

The Observatory on Disabilities, with advisory functions, provides scientific and technical support to local authorities’ policy-making process regarding disabilities and, more precisely, awareness raising in the metropolitan context, thus aiming at improving the effectiveness and appropriateness of the policies adopted by local bodies.

In particular it deals with:

  1. promoting the implementation of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities rubber-stamped in New York on December 13, 2006;

  2. drawing-up a local action plan for the promotion of rights and integration of persons with disabilities, thus implementing regional, national, and international legislation;

  3. promoting the collection of statistical data and the production of research into the relevant topics;

  4. drawing-up a report on the state of implementation of disabilities policies and the impact assessment of the Convention on a local scale.

The Convention brings about a profound change in cultural, legal, and scientific approaches to persons with disabilities at national, European, and global levels by strongly demanding respect for their human rights. Consequently, it requires the Observatory to cast new light on the way the different issues concerning disability and persons with disabilities are interpreted and addressed.

The method

Undoubtedly social research is based on both quantitative and qualitative data. Nevertheless, we think the latter ones are more useful to comprehend the actual level of enjoyment and exercise of human rights for persons with disabilities in Reggio Calabria metropolitan area.

Our activities include surveys, interviews, data collection within ad-hoc agreements signed with local actors, also together with different associations.

Besides, the people concerned can bring their own ideas on the monitored areas by filling in specific forms we have designed in compliance with the Convention. All these activities give us a reliable picture of the extent to which the human rights enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), are enjoyed and exercised within the University’s Community.

Monitored areas

It is not possible to monitor all the areas covered by the UNCRPD in Reggio Calabria metropolitan area which includes 99 municipalities. Therefore, we have decided to monitor only 12 areas, some of which correspond to some specific requirements for inclusion:

  1. living independently and being included in the community (UNCRPD, Art. 19)

  2. non-discrimination (UNCRPD, Art. 5)

  3. accessibility (UNCRPD, Art. 9)

  4. personal mobility (UNCRPD, Art. 20)

  5. respect for home and the family (UNCRPD, Art. 23)

  6. local implementation of disability policies (UNCRPD, Art. 4)

We have decided to monitor 6 more areas (among the ones dealt with by the UNCRPD) which in our opinion are important because of their close link to the local context (I to III), or to the “Mediterranea” University (IV to VI).

  1. Natural risk management and disability (UNCRPD, Art. 11)

  2. Health (UNCRPD, Art. 25)

  3. Habilitation and rehabilitation (UNCRPD, Art. 26)

  4. Education (UNCRPD, Art. 24)

  5. Access to knowledge and cultural events (UNCRPD, Art. 21 and Art. 30)

  6. Work (UNCRPD, Art. 27)