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					  Action Plan for Integrating Persons with
          Disabilities or Incapacities




ANNUAL EVALUATION REPORT




   Performed by the Interdepartmental Group (CMR 120/2006, of September 21)

                                                              January 2008
CONTENTS
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1.        FRAMEWORK                                                                                12


1.1.      Introduction                                                                             12
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1.2.      Implementing the 1 PAIPDI 2006 – 2009: opportunities and difficulties                    14

1.3.      Global Monitoring and Evaluation System                                                  17

1.3.1.    PAIPDI Interdepartmental Group                                                           17

1.3.2.    Monitoring and Evaluating the Implementation of Policies                                 19




2.        INTERVENTION AND STRATEGIES FOR QUALITY OF LIFE OF PERSONS WITH
          DISABILITIES
                                                                                                   20


2.1.      Axis I - Accessibility and Information                                                   20
          Strategy for Promoting Universal Access to the Physical Environment, Buildings and
2.1.1.                                                                                             21
          Transports

2.1.2.    Strategy for Promoting Access to Communication and Information                           37

2.1.3.    Strategy for Promoting More Culture, More Sports and More Leisure                        42

2.1.4.    Strategy for Promoting a Society More Tolerant of Disabilities                           56


2.2.      Axis II – Education, Qualification and Promoting Employment Inclusion                    65

2.2.1.    Strategy for Education for Everyone                                                      66

2.2.2.    Strategy for Qualification and Employment                                                73

2.2.2.1   Action Measures - Intervention in Programs for Personal and Professional Development
                                                                                                   73

2.2.2.2   Line of Action – Intervention in Programs Related with the Job Market and Guaranteeing
          the Rights and Working Conditions of Workers with Disabilities or Chronic Diseases and
          Workers with a Lower Work Capacity
                                                                                                   77
2.2.3.    Strategy for Information and Vocational Training                                         81


2.3.      Axis III – Qualifying and Ensuring Dignified Living Conditions                           85

2.3.1.    Strategy for Protection and Social Solidarity                                            87
2.3.1.1   Line of Action – Develop Specific Measures and Actions Favouring the Quality of Life of
          Persons with Disabilities or Incapacities and helping their Families in Accessing Rights,
          Resources, Goods and Services                                                                 87

2.3.1.2   Line of Action – Reformulate and Modernise the Social Protection Model for Disabilities and
          Incapacities for a More Rational and Effective System Management
                                                                                                        91

2.3.1.3   Line of Action – Strengthen the Quality and Capacity of the Social Facilities Network for
          Persons with Disabilities, with Priority on Assistance Modes that Promote their Permanence
          in a Natural Living Environment                                                               98

2.3.1.4   Line of Action – As a Complement to the Social Protection System, Promote the
          Conciliation of Positive Differentiation Measures within the scope of Public Administration
          Policies                                                                                      102

2.3.2.    Strategy to Foster Better and More Innovation in the Rehabilitation System                    104



3.        Intervention conditions                                                                       106


3.1.      Strategy for Research and Development                                                         107

3.1.1.    Line of Action – Promote a Qualitative Change in the Current Research and Information
          System for Disabilities and the Respective Social Problems                                    107

3.1.2.    Line of Action – Exchange of Experiences and Developing closer Cooperation Relations
          between Portugal and Community, European and International Organisations                      114
INDEX OF TABLES


Table 1    Implementation Rate of Measures in the PAIPDI                                                   20

Table 2    Accessibility Guide Financial Expenses                                                          24

Table 3    Analysis of Passenger Growth per year until September 2007                                      30

Table 4    Analysis of Growth in Yearly Expenses Arising from Agreements                                   30

Table 5    Training – Accessibilities Financial Expenses                                                   37

Table 6    BEIJING Paralympics Games – Financial Expenses                                                  47

Table 7    ANNUAL PLAN – “Accessible Beach – Beach for Everyone” Project                                   48

Table 8    Financial Expenses – “Accessible Beach – Beach for Everyone” Project                            50

Table 9    Growth in the number of Portugal’s Accessible Beaches                                           50

Table 10   Financial Expenses – Cultural Events                                                            57

Table 11   Financial Expenses – Anti-Discrimination Campaigns                                              58

Table 12   Participation Growth in the “Alert School!” Contest from 2004/05 to 2006/07                     59

Table 13   Financial Expenses – Alert School Program                                                       60

Table 14   Training Program / 2007                                                                         62

Table 15   Financial Expenses – PNPA Disclosure Program                                                    63

Table 16   Audience Ratings of the “Consigo” Program 2007 – RTP 2                                          64

Table 17   Financial Expenses – CONSIGO Program                                                            65

Table 18   ICT (information and communication technology) Resource Centres for Special Education           70

Table 19   Cooperation Protocols for Setting Up the IMS-PD                                                 90

Table 20   Financial Expenses – IMS-PD                                                                     91

Table 21   Amounts Made Available and Amounts Spent at Hospital Institutions of the SNS (national health
           service) per Health Region                                                                      96

Table 22   Amounts Made Available and Amounts Spent by Social Security – ISS, IP / CDSS                    97

Table 23   Amounts Made Available and Amounts Spent by IEFP, I.P.                                          98

Table 24   Amounts Allocated by the MS and MLSS since 2002                                                 98

Table 25   New places in relation to the PARES I and PARES II projects and others in progress              102

Table 26   Financial Expenses – Publications                                                               112
MAPS INDEX


MAP 1   Location of Beach Zones which Received Awards in 2005                   50


MAP 2   Map of Accessible Beach Zones in 2006                                   51


MAP 3   Network of Reference Schools for Bilingual Education of Deaf Students   73
ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS


ACAPO       Associação dos Cegos e Amblíopes de Portugal (Association of Blind and Visually Impaired Persons in
            Portugal)

AFID        Associação Nacional de Famílias para a Integração da Pessoa Deficiente (National Association of
            Families for Integrating Disabled Persons)

AMA, I.P.   Agência para a Modernização Administrativa, I. P. (Agency for Administrative Modernisation, public
            institute)

ANDST       Associação Nacional dos Deficientes Sinistrados do Trabalho (National Association of Persons with
            Work-accident Disabilities)

ÂNIMAS      Associação Portuguesa para a Intervenção com Animais de Ajuda Social (Portuguese Association for
            Intervention through Social Assistance Animals)

ANQ         Agencia Nacional para a Qualificação, I.P. (National Agency for Qualification, P.I.)

AP          Administração Pública (Public Administration)

APPLA       Associação Portuguesa de Planeadores do Território (Portuguese Association of Territorial Planners)

APS         Associação Portuguesa de Surdos (Portuguese Association of the Deaf)

AR          Autonomous Region

ASSR        Assistant Secretary of State and of Rehabilitation

AT          Automobile Tax

CAHPAH      Fórum de Coordenação para a Deficiência (Disabilities Coordination Forum)

CAO         Centros de Actividades Ocupacionais (Occupational Activities Centres)

CCDR        Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional (Regional Development and Coordination
            Commission)

CCDRLVT     Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional Lisboa e Vale do Tejo (Tagus Valley and Lisbon
            Regional Development and Coordination Commission)

CCDRN       Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional Norte (North Regional Development and
            Coordination Commission)

CDSS        Centro Distrital de Segurança Social (District Social Security Centre)

CEFA        Centro de Estudos e Formação Autárquica (Town Council Studies and Training Centre)

CEFPI       Centro de Educação e Formação Profissional Integrada (Integrated Professional Training and Education
            Centre)

CEGER       Centro de Gestão da Rede Informática do Governo (Government Computer Network Management
            Centre)

CENJOR      Centro Protocolar de Formação Profissional para Jornalistas (Protocol Centre for Professional Training
            for Journalists)
CERCICA               Cooperativa para a Educação e Reabilitação de Crianças Inadaptadas de Cascais (Cooperative for
                      Education and Rehabilitation of Unadapted Children of Cascais)

CFP                   Centro de Física do Porto (Porto Physics Centre)

CGRIG                 Centro de Gestão da Rede Informática do Governo (Government Computer Network Management
                      Centre)

CH                    Care Homes

CIDEF                 Centro de Inovação para Deficientes (Innovation Centre for Disable Persons)

CIDM                  Comissão para a Igualdade e para os Direitos das Mulheres (Commission for Equality and for Women’s
                      Rights)

CIG                   Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality

CISV                  Association of Children’s International Summer Villages

CM                    Câmara Municipal (Municipal Town Council)

CMR                   Council of Ministries Resolution

CNO                   Centro Novas Oportunidades (New Opportunities Centre)

CP                    Caminhos-de-ferro Portugueses (Portuguese Railway)

CPUC                  Clube Português de Utilizadores de Cães-Guia (Portuguese Club of Guide Dog Users)

CRE                   Centros de Recurso Especializados (Specialised Resource Centres)

CRID                  Centro de Reabilitação e Integração de Deficientes (Centre for the Rehabilitation and Integration of
                      Disabled Persons)

CRP                   Centro de Reabilitação Profissional (Professional Rehabilitation Centre)

CRPG                  Centro de Reabilitação Profissional de Gaia (Professional Rehabilitation Centre of Gaia)

CTE                   Centro de Tecnologia de Edificações (Edifices Technology Centre)

D.G. ARTES            Direcção Geral das Artes (Directorate-General of Arts)

DEM                   Departamento de Engenharia Mecânica (Department of Mechanical Engineering)

DG   of        Town   Direcção-Geral das Autarquias Locais (Directorate-General of Town Councils)
Councils

DG of the Treasury    Direcção Geral do Tesouro (Directorate-General of the Treasury)

DGAIEC                Direcção-Geral das Alfandegas e dos Impostos Especiais sobre o Consumo (Directorate-General of
                      Customs and Special Consumer Taxes)

DGAJ                  Direcção-Geral da Administração da Justiça (Directorate-General of the Justice Department)

DGERT                 Direcção-Geral do Emprego e das Relações de Trabalho (Directorate-General of Employment and Labour
                      Relations)

DGES                  Direcção-Geral do Ensino Superior (Directorate-General of Higher Education)
DGFV        Direcção-Geral de Formação Vocacional (Directorate General of Vocational Training)

DGIDC       Direcção-Geral de Inovação e de Desenvolvimento Curricular (Directorate-General of Innovation and
            Curricular Development)

DGOTDU      Direcção-Geral do Ordenamento do Território e do Desenvolvimento Urbano (Directorate-General of
            Territorial Development and Urban Development)

DGS         Direcção-Geral da Saúde (Directorate-General of Health)

DGSS        Direcção-Geral da Segurança Social (Directorate-General of Social Security)

DGT         Direcção-Geral do Tesouro (Directorate-General of the Treasury)

DGTT        Direcção-Geral dos Transportes Terrestres e Fluviais (Directorate-General of Land and River Transports)

DGV         Direcção-Geral de Viação (Directorate-General of Traffic)

DL          Decree-Law

DRE         Direcção Regional de Educação (Regional Education Department)

DREA        Direcção Regional de Educação do Alentejo (Regional Education Department of Alentejo )

DREALG      Direcção Regional de Educação do Algarve (Regional Education Department of Algarve )

DREC        Direcção Regional de Educação do Centro (Regional Education Department of the Centre)

DRELVT      Direcção Regional de Educação de Lisboa e Vale do Tejo (Regional Education Department of Lisbon and
            Tagus Valley)

DREN        Direcção Regional de Educação do Norte (Regional Education Department of the North)

EAPN        European Anti-Poverty Network

EDeAN       European Design for All e-Accessibility Network

ERC         Entidade Reguladora para Comunicação Social (Media Regulatory Entity)

ERVC        Expertise Recognition, Validation and Certification

ESF         European Social Fund

EYEOA       European Year of Equality and Opportunities for All

FCT         Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Foundation for Science and Technology)

FENACERCI   Federação Nacional das Cooperativas da Solidariedade Social (National Federation of Social Solidarity
            Cooperatives)

FEUP        Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto)

FORMEM      Federação Portuguesa de Centro de Formação Profissional (Portuguese Federation of Professional
            Training Centres)

FPAS        Federação Portuguesa das Associações de Surdos (Portuguese Federation of Associations of Deaf
            Persons)

FPDD        Federação Portuguesa de Desporto para Deficientes (Portuguese Federations of Sports for Persons with
             Disabilities)

HAS          Home Assistance Service

ICF / WHO    International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health

ICS          Instituto de Ciências Sociais (Institute of Social Sciences)

ICT          Information and Communication Technology

IDP, I. P.   Instituto do Desporto de Portugal (Sports Institute of Portugal)

IEFP, I.P.   Instituto do Emprego e Formação Profissional (Institute of Employment and Professional Training)

IG           Interdepartmental Group

IHRU, I.P.   Instituto da habitação e da Reabilitação Urbana (Institute of Housing and Urban Rehabilitation)

IMS          Integrated Mobility Service

IMS-PD       Serviço de Informação e Mediação para Pessoas com Deficiência (Information and Mediation Service for
             Persons with Disabilities)

IMTT, I.P.   Instituto da Mobilidade e dos Transportes Terrestre (Institute of Mobility and of Land Transports)

INAG         Instituto da Água (Water Institute)

INATEL       Instituto Nacional de Aproveitamento dos Tempos Livres (National Institute for Utilisation of Free Time)

INE          Instituto Nacional de Estatística (National Statistics Institute)

INR, I. P.   Instituto Nacional para a Reabilitação (National Rehabilitation Institute)

IP           Public Institute

IPJ, I.P.    Instituto Português da Juventude (Portuguese Youth Institute)

IRT          Inventário dos Recursos Turísticos (Tourist Resources Inventory)

ISP          Instituto de Seguros de Portugal (Insurance Institute of Portugal)

ISS, I.P.    Instituto da Segurança Social (Social Security Institute)

LNEC         Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (National Civil Engineering Laboratory)

LPDM / CRS   Liga Portuguesa de Deficientes Motores / Centro de Recursos Sociais (Portuguese League of Persons
             with Physical Disabilities / Social Resources Centre)

LVT          Lisbon and Tagus Valley

MARDF        Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fishing

MC           Ministry of Culture

ME           Ministry of Education

MEI          Ministry of the Economy and Innovation

MELMRD       Ministry of the Environment, Land Management and Regional Development
MF           Ministry of Finance

MIA          Ministry of Internal Affairs

MJ           Ministry of Justice

MLSS         Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity

MPA          Ministry of Public Administration

MPWTC        Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communications

MSTHE        Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education

NEE          Núcleo de Estudos Estratégicos (Strategic Studies Nucleus)

NGO          Non-Governmental Organisation

NSR          National Secretary for Rehabilitation

NSRIPD       National Secretary for Rehabilitation and Integration of Persons with Disabilities

Off.         Office

OMM          Office for Media Means

ONGPD        Organizações Não Governamentais de Pessoas com Deficiência (Non-governmental Organisations of
             Persons with Disabilities)

PAIPDI       Plano de Acção para a Integração das Pessoas com Deficiências ou Incapacidade (Action Plan for
             Integrating Persons with Disabilities or Incapacity)

PARES        Programa de Alargamento da Rede de Equipamentos Sociais (Program to Expand the Social Facilities
             Network)

PCM          Presidency of the Council of Ministers

PMO          Plan’s Major Options

PNACE        Plano Nacional de Acção para o Crescimento e Emprego (National Action Plan for Growth and
             Employment)

PNAI         Plano Nacional de Acção para a Inclusão (National Action Plan for Inclusion)

PNE          Plano Nacional de Emprego (National Employment Plan)

PNPA         Plano Nacional de Promoção da Acessibilidade (National Plan to Promote Accessibility)

PNSI         Programa Nacional para a Sociedade de Informação (National Program for the Information Society)

POAT         Programa Operacional de Assistência Técnica (Technical Assistance Operational Program)

POAT / FSE   Programa Operacional de Assistência Técnica / Fundo Social Europeu (Technical Assistance Operational
             Program / European Social Fund)

POSC         Programa Operacional da Sociedade do Conhecimento (Operational Program for the Knowledge Society)

PP           Public Prosecutor
PSL                  Portuguese Sign Language

PT                   Portugal Telecom

PWC                  PriceWatersandCoopers

QREN                 Quadro de Referência Estratégico Nacional (National Strategic Reference Framework)

RDO                  Research and Development Office

RIICOTEC             Rede Intergovernamental Ibero-americana de Cooperação Técnica (Ibero-American Intergovernmental
                     Technical Cooperation Network)

RTP                  Rádio Televisão Portuguesa (Portuguese Radio Television)

SB                   State Budget

Sec. State Off.      Secretary of State Office

SEIA                 Secretary of State for Internal Affairs

SG-PCM               Secretary-General of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers

SIG                  Significant Interest Groups

SPO                  Strategy and Planning Office

SS                   Social Security

SST                  Secretary of State of Transports

STCP                 Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto (Porto Public Transport Company)

TER                  Empreendimentos Turísticos e Hotéis Rurais (Rural Tourist Complexes and Hotels)

TP, I.P.             Turismo de Portugal (Tourism of Portugal)

TT / SL              Transtejo / Soflusa

UIC                  Unidade de Investigação Científica (Scientific Research Unit)

UMIC                 Agência para a Sociedade do Conhecimento, I.P. (Knowledge Society Agency, Public Institute)

W3C                  World Wide Web Consortium

WG                   Work Group

WG EDR / CSE – INE   Grupo de Trabalho para as Estatísticas da Deficiência e da Reabilitação do CSE-INE (Work Group for
                     Statistics on Disabilities and Rehabilitation of the CSE-INE)

WHO                  World Health Organisation
1. FRAMEWORK



1.1. Introduction

      st
The 1 Action Plan for Integrating Persons with Disabilities or Incapacities (PAIPDI) for the 2006
- 2009 period was approved by Council of Ministers Resolution 120/2006, of August 31, published in
                         st
Diário da Republica, 1 Series, no. 183, of September 21.

                                 th
PAIPDI emerged from the 12 Constitutional Government’s program options which dealt with policies
for persons with disabilities on an individual basis and placed particular emphasis on combating the
exclusion of these citizens by creating conditions to guarantee their full participation in society.


PAIPDI maintains pace with developments in European and international policies and was a turning
point in the approach to issues related with disabilities in Portugal. Consequently, the respective
policies are now based on unconditionally defending the fundamental rights of persons with disabilities
or incapacities.


This new approach led to a policy transversal to the various government areas and to defining
objectives and goals for the various ministries coordinated by the Ministry of Labour and Social
Solidarity.


The plan’s multiplicity of measures and actions are coherently coordinated with and complemented by
the following five strategic priorities:


    1. 1.          Promoting human rights and exercising citizenship;
    2. 2.          Integrating issues on disabilities and incapacities in sectorial policies;
    3. 3.          Accessibility to services, facilities and products;
    4. 4.          Qualification, training and employment of persons with disabilities or incapacities;
    5. 5.          Qualification of human resources / training of professionals and strategic knowledge.


Fifteen months after the plan’s approval and within the context of the first global analysis regarding its
implementation, it may be concluded that a high rate of the stipulated measures have been
implemented.


On the other hand, there were obstacles in implementing the PAIPDI arising from the overall scenario,
such as the restructuring of Public Administration services resulting from the PRACE, the time spent
creating new organic structures and the delay in defining duties and competences assigned to the
respective services.


From a structural perspective, applying the PAIPDI faces the traditional difficulties met by programs
which are transversal to the various government areas and also faces resistance arising from
integrating issues about disabilities in some sectorial policies. This is, in fact, a central problem in
Portugal's governing system which is being overcome by defining policies and having them
implemented by the central and local administration. This approach makes it possible to fulfil the
national commitment of endowing Portugal with a competitive, dynamic and sustainable development
model based on policies of equal opportunities for everyone.


Within this context, implementing the PAIPDI measures which have not been completed yet will require
reinforced cooperation by the ministries and require having each ministry assume its responsibilities
and implement the respective measures by allocating the human and financial resources for
implementing the plan.


The first report begins by describing the new monitoring system and is structured according to the
systematic approach of the PAIPDI which is based on four fundamental intervention axes which, jointly,
will form a strategy for the quality of life of persons with disabilities or incapacities:


        1. 1. Accessibility and Information – Accessibilities; Communication; Culture, Sports and
            Leisure; and Awareness Raising.
        2. 2. Education, Qualification and Promotion of Employment - Education Inclusion;
            Qualification and Employment and Professional Information and Training.
        3. 3. Qualify and Ensure Dignified Living Conditions - Protection and Social Solidarity;
            Prevention, Rehabilitation and Qualification; and Quality and Innovation in Services and
            Organisations.
        4. 4. Research and Knowledge – Quality and Innovation in the Rehabilitation System,
            including statistical information.


According to CMR no. 120/2006 of August 31, application of the PAIPDI is monitored by an
Interdepartmental Group consisting of government representatives who guarantee its implementation
                                                                 st
and the suitability of its measures. Implementation of the 1 PAIPDI is continuously and technically
followed up by the National Rehabilitation Institute, Public Institute [Instituto Nacional para a
Reabilitação, I.P (INR, I.P.)], an entity controlled by the Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity.


Each ministry participating in the implementation of actions and measures comprising the Plan must be
responsible for the expenses arising thereof (point 4 of the recitals of CMR 120/2006, of August 31).

                                         st
The action proposals set forth in the 1 PAIPDI take into account the measures stipulated in some of
                             th
the strategic plans of the 17 Constitutional Government.
     •    ¬ National Employment Plan (PNE) from 2005 to 2008,
                st
     •    ¬ 1 National Plan to Promote Accessibility (PNPA),
     •    ¬ National Program for the Information Society – Connecting Portugal (PNSI),
     •    ¬ National Action Plan for Growth and Employment (PNACE) from 2005 to 2008,
     •    ¬ New Opportunities Program.


During the report and for each of the listed measures, indicators are proposed to assess their
implementation status more effectively. This assessment, essential for a policy evaluation methodology,
was not initially stipulated in the PAIPDI, and thus is now proposed in this report. Moreover, the report
proposes some readjustments of certain measures. This readjustment level arises essentially from
the previous periods.




1.2. Implementing the 1st PAIPDI 2006 – 2009: opportunities and
      difficulties

                                                        st
Preparing, approving and implementing the 1                  PAIPDI 2006-2009 imply the following underlying
Strengths, Opportunities, Weaknesses and Threats:



S – Strengths


1.   1)   Broad consensus on the pressing need to prepare a planning instrument to develop a global, integrated and transversal po
     equal opportunities and which aims to integrate disability issues in all sectorial policies within a mainstreaming perspective, invo


1.   2)   Political desire based on a new national qualification / rehabilitation strategy which aims to combat discrimination and ens
     incapacities and on the obstacles which they face, stipulated in strategic documents such as the National Action Plans for
     Employment 2006-2008 (PNACE).
O - Opportunities


1.   1)   General awareness of the need to improve actions for vulnerable groups, particularly including persons with disabilities or incapacities, lead


1.   2)   Recent approval of the 2006-2015 Action Plan for Disabilities, according to the Council of Europe, which is a strategic reference instrument
After publication of the PAIPDI, even with the difficulties in its implementation stage, there were a
number of initiatives and measures/projects which were structural and fundamental, not only for
changing attitudes and behaviours toward persons with disabilities and incapacities, but also for
creating solutions and favourable conditions for their social inclusion and participation.


On the other hand, the PAIPDI has created conditions and mobilised the various participants in the
various sectors that implement the measures and the resources arising from the stipulated policies and
strategies, for a joint work to be carried out in a coordinated and transversal manner.


The PAIPDI also brought about a more comprehensive knowledge of the measures, programs, projects
and actions in progress, by the various process participants, greater productivity from efforts and a
coordination of dynamic forces.


Within the scope of the Intervention and Strategies for the Quality of Life of Persons with
Disabilities, the measures already completed or in progress in the following Axes and Aspects are
worth highlighting for their importance, nature and impact on the short and medium term:


      •          Axis no. 1 – Accessibility and Information
            •    ⎫      Accessibilities
            •    ⎫      Communication
            •    ⎫      Culture, Sports and Leisure
            •    ⎫      Awareness and Information


      •          Axis no. 2 – Education, Qualification and Promotion of Employment Inclusion
            •    ⎫      Education
            •    ⎫      Qualification and Employment
            •    ⎫      Information and Professional Training


      •          Axis no. 3 – Qualifying and Ensuring Dignified Living Conditions
            •    ⎫      Protection and Social Solidarity
            •    ⎫      Prevention, Rehabilitation and Qualification
            •    ⎫      Quality and Innovation in Services and Entities


Within the scope of Conditions for Intervention and Implementation of the Plan:
             •   ⎫      Research and Development
1.3. Global monitoring and evaluation system


1.3.1. PAIPDI Interdepartmental Group

In compliance with CMR 120/2006, of August 31, in January 2007 the representatives of the various
sectorial ministries were appointed and are part of the Interdepartmental Follow-up and Monitoring
Group for the Implementation of PAIPDI 2006-2009. This group is coordinated by Luísa Portugal, the
Director of the National Rehabilitation Institute, by delegation of the Assistant Secretary of State and of
Rehabilitation, and consists of the following representatives:


           MINISTRIES / OFFICES                          REPRESENTATIVES                   INSTITUTION


Office of the Secretary of State for Internal                Teresa Pedro                   MIA / SSIA
Affairs
Office of the Secretary of State for Local               Nuno Marques Pereira              PCM / CEFA
Administration
Office of the Secretary of State of the                       Paula Alves                   PCM / CIDM
Presidency of the Council of Ministers
Office of the Secretary of State of Youth and        José Duarte Silvestre Cordeiro        PCM / IPJ, I.P.
Sports
Office of the Secretary of State of Youth and            José Gabriel Serrador            PCM / IDP, I.P.
Sports
Office of the Assistant Secretary of State of             Francisca Rebordão                MJ / DGAJ
Justice
Office of the Secretary of State of Land                     Vasco Folha                MELMRD / IHRU, I.P.
Development and Cities
Office of the Secretary of State of Tourism                 Jorge Umbelino                MEI / TP, I.P.

Office of the Secretary of State of Transports       Carlos Alberto do Maio Correia        MPWTC / SET
                                                        Joana Escobar de Lima

Office of the Secretary of State of Social                 Cristina Fangueiro             MLSS / ISS, I.P.
Security
Office of the Secretary of State              of        Leonardo da Conceição            MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
Employment and Professional Training
Office of the Assistant Secretary of State and               Ana Salvado                   MLSS / ASER
of Rehabilitation
Office of the Assistant Secretary of State of             Maria João Quintela                MS / DGS
                                                            Anabela Costa
Health
Ministry of Education                                       Luís Capucha                    ME / DGIDC
                                                           Filomena Pereira

Office of the Secretary of State of Science,                Cristina Jacinto              MSTHE / DGES
Technology and Higher Education
Office of the Secretary of State of Culture                 Orlando Farinha              MC / D.G. ARTES
Office of the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs                      Luís Santos Ferro                MPA / ICS




        st
 The 1 Meeting by the Interdepartmental Follow-up and Monitoring Group for Implementing PAIPDI
                                                                                                                   nd
 2006-2009 was held on February 14. Since many people did not attend the first meeting, a 2
                                                                                    st
 Meeting was held on April 17 covering the same goals as in the 1 Meeting, as shown in the table
 below:


 Meeting Date                         Objectives                          Attendance               Absentees



                     •           Presentation of the 1st PAIPDI;     MLSS/SS                MLSS
                                                                     ASER,                  IEFP, I.P.
                                                                     INR, I.P.,             MELMRD (IHRU, I.P.),
                     •           Establishing the work               ISS, I.P.              MPWTC (SET),
                         methodology to be implemented for                                  MIA (CEFA),
                         monitoring and evaluating the
                                                                     MSTHE (DGES),
   st                    implementation of measures;
   1 Meeting                                                         MJ (DGAJ),
14 February 2007                                                     MS (DGCS),
                     •           Distribution of documentation for   PP (IPJ, I.P.),
                         monitoring and evaluating the               MPA (ICS),
                         implementation of measures.                 MC (DGArtes),
                                                                     MIA (Sec.StateOff.),
                                                                     MF (DGAIEC),
                                                                     ME (DGIDC),
                                                                     PCM (IDP, I.P.),
                                                                     MEI (TP, I.P.)



                     •           Presentation of the 1st PAIPDI;      MELMRD,               MLSS
                                                                      PCM                   IEFP, I.P.
   nd                                                                                       MPWTC (SET),
  2 Meeting          •           Establishing the work                                      MIA (CEFA),
  17 April 2007          methodology to be implemented for
                         monitoring and evaluating the
                         implementation of measures;

                     •           Distribution of documentation for
                         monitoring and evaluating the
                         implementation of measures.




 This report was prepared under special follow-up by the indicated entities, which were asked to issue
 a status report about the measures arising from the respective sectorial responsibilities.



1.3.2. Monitoring and Evaluating the Implementation of Policies


 The following table summaries the status and results obtained until now in regard to the PAIPDI
 implementation rate. From a total of 111 measures, we may conclude that 25 were completed, 39 are
 in progress and 47 have not been carried out yet, taking into account that their implementation
 deadline ends in 2009.


                                                          Table 1
                               Implementation rate of measures in the PAIPDI

                                                                       MEASURES    MEASURES
                                                           MEASURES       IN         NOT
                                                           COMPLETE               IMPLEMENT
                                                              D        PROGRESS       ED       TOTAL
                                                                                      OR
                                                                                    WITHOUT
                                                                                  INFORMATIO
                                                                                       N
                                       STRATEGIES




            AXIS I           Accessibility            7                4              4
 II       Accessibility     Communication             3                3              0
PAR                         Culture, Sports
 T      and information     and Leisure               1                5              2
                            Awareness and
                            Information               1                4              1
 1                          Subtotal                 12               16              7                35
Inter
venti
 on         AXIS II         Education                 3                4              1
                            Qualification and
and        Education,       Employment                0                4             17
Strat
egie                        Information and
  s     Qualification and   Training of               0                0              5
 for      Promotion of      Professionals
Qual      Employment
 ity       Inclusion
  of                        Subtotal                  3                8             23                34
                            Protection and
Life        AXIS II         Social Solidarity         9                6              9
                            / Prevention,
                            Rehabilitation
          Qualify and       and Qualification
                            Quality and
            Ensure          Innovation in             0                1              1
                            Services and
            Dignified       Organisations
        Living Conditions
                            Subtotal                  9                7             10                26
                            Research and
 II                         Development               1                8              7
PAR
 T
 2
Con
ditio
 ns
 for
Inter
venti
 on                         Subtotal                  1                8              7                16
                            TOTAL                    25               39            47             111
2. INTERVENTION AND STRATEGIES FOR THE QUALITY OF LIFE
   OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES



2.1. AXIS I - Accessibility and Information


To ensure the right to equal opportunities and to build a "Society for Everyone," it is essential to have
policies and actions that promote Accessibility to Communication, Culture, Leisure Sports and that also
promote Greater Awareness by and Information to society at large.


Interventions in these areas make a decisive contribution to the social inclusion of persons with
disabilities or incapacities in society as citizens entitled to all rights.


Promoting accessibility to buildings, transports and to information technology and communication,
along with a change in attitudes by the general public, is an essential condition for exercising
citizenship rights and a guarantee of participation is social, economic, cultural and political life.


Current barriers are factors of social exclusion, which accentuate prejudices and create conditions
fostering discriminatory practices, thereby giving rise to discrimination against persons with disabilities
or incapacities.

        st
The 1 Action Plan for Integrating Persons with Disabilities or Incapacities 2006-2009 covers the
following fundamental and strategic initiatives to guarantee equal opportunities:


    •        ⎫      Approving and implementing the law of non-discrimination, which explicitly covers the
             issue of disabilities and incapacities.
    •        ⎫      Adopting the concept of Universal Design in all matters regarding the physical
             environment, transport, tourism, products and goods, communications/information, ICT
             networks and services which are accessible, useable and understandable, as a means of
             guaranteeing the value underlying the inclusive society and to strengthen the development
             model which simplifies everyone's lives.
    •        ⎫      Promoting "standardisation" in the sense of standardising and certifying goods,
             products and materials, as an essential practice for achieving an accessible society, and as an
             instrument promoting easier access to assistance technology.
    •        ⎫      Compliance with the Technical Standards of accessibility stipulated in Decree-Law
             163/2006, of August 8.
     •    ⎫      Approval of a National Accessibility Promotion Plan that covers the various aspects.
     •    ⎫      Define and establish the fundamental bases for a integrated and coordinated policy to
          promote accessibility during the 2006 to 2009 period, to function as a reference umbrella for
          initiatives by the various sectors of the Public Administration and players in Portuguese society.
     •    ⎫      Develop actions and coordinate efforts and initiatives in Public Administration, and
          actions for information and awareness-raising targeting the various agents participating in
          these matters, thereby systematically contributing to a gradual change in attitudes.
     •    ⎫      Create total accessibility in the Information Society.
     •    ⎫      Foster cultural, sports and leisure practices as activities that must be made accessible
          to persons with disabilities or incapacities for their inclusion and participation in society.
     •    ⎫      Perform studies to define social marketing strategies in the Disability and Incapacity
          System, taking into account current social attitudes toward this reality and forecast future
          problems, and promote harmony and national coordination of all initiatives aiming to meet the
          objectives of information and awareness about rights and duties of persons with disabilities or
          incapacities and their families.
     •    ⎫      Invest in training media agents and participation by media entities as a fundamental
          contribution to information about and visibility of this issue.


These strategies are carried out by developing the respective measures, of which we present
developments which have taken place.




2.1.1. STRATEGY for Promoting Universal Access to the Physical Environment,
          Buildings and Transports


Prevention Measures


1.   1.                              Preparing a Recommendations Guide to include universal
     design issues in the curricula of Public and Private Universities, Colleges and Technical
     Schools

          Responsible entities: MSTHE / DGES
          Partnerships: MLSS/ INR, I.P.
          Implementation Period: 2008-2009
          Indicator: Recommendations Guide.


     Taking into account that this measure will be developed in 2008/2009, two preparatory meetings
     will be held.




1.   2.                                Preparing a broad spectrum Technical Guide for accessibility in
     residential buildings in a situation of urban rehabilitation


     Responsible entities: MLSS/INR, I.P.
     Partnerships: MELMRD/IHRU, I.P., APPLA and LNEC
     Implementation Period: 2007
     Indicator: Technical Script.

                                                                                                     st
     This measure’s implementation began in 2006 and was carried out particularly during the 1 half of
     2007, with the design and publication of “Guia Acessibilidade e Mobilidade para Todos” (Guide
     on Accessibility and Mobility for Everyone) by INR, I.P.


     Since this is a disclosure and support instrument to facilitate the project and construction for
     "everyone," this guide complies with certain requirements, in particular: Easily understood
     language, supported by graphics and images, which involved intense partnership for:

          •   ⎫ Content design;
          •   ⎫ Graphic design and production of the guide;
          •   ⎫ Follow-up of the guide’s execution dynamics and coordination with the various entities;
          •   ⎫ A launch event was organised and mainly aimed to inform and raise the awareness of
              the general public and of town council technicians, in particular, and to publicly expose the
              problems arising from the lack of accessibility for persons with disabilities, including persons
              with limited mobility.


     Results:

     Writing and printing of 5,000 copies of “Guia Acessibilidade e Mobilidade para Todos” (Guide on
     Accessibility and Mobility for Everyone).
     Design and publication of flyers and posters.
     The guide launching event was disclosed nationally through press releases sent to national media
     channels. The national disclosure session took place on 6 June 2007 at the Artur Ravara Higher
     Institute of Nursing, at Parque das Nações – LISBON.




     The event highlighted the following topics:

          •        Principles, accessibility ideas, the concept of universal design,
          •        The practice of DL 163/2006 – formal presentation of the technical standards and
                 grounds,
            •        Presentation of the Accessibilities Guide and its functionalities,
            •        Strategic recipients: Technicians and project designers who play a role in shaping
                 public space and edifices, in particular town council members, town council technicians,
                 project designers, architects, engineers, planners, urban designers and private and public
                 promoters who participate in the construction of the city; associations, town councils, study
                 and training centres, district social security centres, health centres, cooperatives,
                 confederations, parliamentary commissions, federations, foundations, universities, higher
                 institutes and schools, associations of architects and engineers and ombudsmen.


       Disclosing the Guide:

            •        Number of copies distributed at the event (06/2007) – 189
            •        Number of copies already distributed by the Documentation Centre of the INR, I.P.          -
                 931
            •        Number of copies distributed by the IHRU, I.P. - 500


       INR, I.P. has also disclosed the guide at the various events (seminars, conferences, etc.) in which it
       participates, of which the following are highlighted:

            •        Forum by the Association of Architects of the North Region (June, 2007);
            •        Sixth Sports Meeting of Trofa (November, 2007);
            •        EAPN Regional Meeting – Castelo Branco (November, 2007);
            •        Seminar on In(equalities) of Opportunities by Persons with Disabilities – Figueiró dos
                 Vinhos (December, 2007).


       This measure is coordinated directly with the Instrument Training Program for Town Council
       Agents regarding accessibility and universal design.



                                                        Table 2
                                    ACCESSIBILITY GUIDE Financial Expenses


                                      Year of 2006

     INR, I.P. - : 23,595.00 €                                                              INR, I.P. –      4,761.03 €
                                                                                            IHRU, I.P. – 29,040.00 €
     Total:             23,595.00 €
                                                                                            Total:            33,801.03 €

                                      Total   57,396.03 €



1.     3.       Standardisation for and generalisation of applying the international accessibility symbol
in transport facilities


Responsible entities: MPWTC; Transport Operators
Implementation Period: 2006-2009
Indicator: Application of the international accessibility symbol

The management of INR, I.P. held meetings with some of the transport operators to promote the
development of this measure and of other measures related with transport accessibility. Through
this measure, the various transport operators have adopted the following actions:




•           Rail Transport:


    REFER
    Under its policy to modernise the public facilities and equipment at stations and stops, REFER
    has maintained standardised procedures for the utilisation of international identification signs in
    accessible routes and in the equipment used by persons with limited mobility.
    CP
    In its rolling stock and facilities, CP uses international symbols whenever such is applicable.




•           Road Transport:


    STCP
    All STCP vehicles with accessibility support systems were equipped with the international
    wheelchair symbol at the back and front.


    CARRIS
    For its public service fleet, Carris has standardised all the international signs in regard to
    transport equipment accessibility, covering the access conditions to the vehicle, conditions
    inside the vehicle and the vehicle's external conditions.


    According to the applicable legislation, town councils are responsible for signs or information at
    stops for passengers with special needs.


    In view of the initiatives in progress, it was concluded that public transport operators are aware
    and knowledgeable about the special needs of persons with disabilities and are progressively
    introducing international accessibility signs on their fleets.
1.   4.   Promoting a campaign targeting transport operators about the utilisation of innovative
     and non-discriminatory concepts for persons with special needs.


     Responsible entities: MPWTC / IMTT, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2007 - Proposal 2008-2009
     Indicator: Carrying out a Campaign


     Restructuring the Public Administration (PRACE) implied creating the Instituto da Mobilidade e dos
     Transportes Terrestres, I.P. (Institute of Mobility and of Land Transports) in 2007. According to this
     institute's activities, it plans to hold meetings as of 2008 with the various transport operators in
     order to conceive and develop this campaign.




Repair Measures


1. 5.     Carrying out an information program targeting Town Councils about the Technical
     Accessibility Standards for public edifices, housing and public roads


     Responsible entities: MLSS; MELMRD
     Partners: INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2007
     Indicator: Information Program


     Consequent to the publication of DL 163/2006, INR, I.P. provides information and consultancy
     to clarify doubts about interpreting and applying the new legal statute, through requests conveyed
     by town councils and by many other public or private entities and individuals, through notices,
     opinions, telephone contacts, electronic mail or in person.

     The publication and progressive disclosure of the “Guia Acessibilidade e Mobilidade para Todos”
     (Guide on Accessibility and Mobility for Everyone), published by INR, I.P., has been an important
     instrument for disclosing information and for support in this matter.


1.   6.   Adopting standards defining access by persons with limited mobility to sports grounds
     and enclosures.

     Responsible entities: PP
     Service: MLSS; IDP, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006 proposal 2008
     Indicator: Availability of Standards.
     The Technical Standards to be applied to this measure were approved by Decree-Law 163/2006, of
     August 8.


     IDP, I.P., through its local delegations, will launch a process to disclose and raise awareness in
     2008 and aiming to promote compliance with the technical standards stipulated in the said
     Decree-Law.




1.   7.   Progressive Creation of Support Services for passengers with special needs at
     infrastructures of public transport means.

     Responsible entities: MPWTC / Transport Operators
     Partners: MLSS / INR, I.P. and IPJ, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006 proposal 2009
     Indicator: Availability of support services at transport operators.


     In this measure, the various transport operators have been adopting the following actions:


     Comboios de Portugal (trains)
     Within the scope of the National Accessibility Promotion Plan (PNPA), it prepared information
     systems for routes and schedules on the Internet and on a flyer with the main information (in Braille
     and in large print).
     The rail network was equipped with an “Assistance Service for Passengers with Special Needs”
     (IMS – Integrated Mobility Service, centralised through telephone number 808 208 476).


     Metro do Porto (light rail)
     Metro do Porto is developing two community projects called Infometro and Navmetro, in
     partnership with FEUP and ACAPO according to the “POS – Conhecimento de Investigação”
     (Research Knowledge) applicable to communication with and routing of persons with special
     needs, in particular persons who are blind or visually impaired.


     The Infometro project aims to create a general information service for the Metro do Porto
     (underground) network to help passengers in any part of the city to reach the closest station and
     will provide information about the schedule of the transport means passing through that station and
     the respective maximum wait time.

     The Navmetro project extends the Infometro project’s functionalities into the interior of stations.
     Inside the station, the system will transform written information into sound information through signs
     that will lead passengers to their point of interest: Whether it be the ticket dispensing machine; the
     validation machines; the boarding platform; bathrooms or other facilities. Both projects will operate
     based on the use of a mobile telephone.
     Similar to these two projects, the Metro do Porto also has the Andante project that will be used to
     implement a low-cost tariff rate system.



     Transtejo / Soflusa and Metropolitano de Lisboa
     Within the scope of the PNPA, these two operators are developing measures to provide passenger
     information (electronic text sound information system about services and schedules, at terminals
     and inside vessels/vehicles, targeting the general public and for hearing and visually impaired
     persons and to be provided through the Internet, telephone and flyers).


     Metro Mondego
     Metro Mondego is developing a project for digital inclusion in public transport - the MIMO Project -
     which aims to:
          a. a.          Provide citizens with permanent access to public transport information, in particular for
               those with special needs;
          b. b.          Foster the general use of new technology.

                    nd
     In the 2            half of 2006, Metro Mondego held a conference “Information – A Vehicle for
     Inclusion” which presented the project and which was attended by transport operators,
     associations of citizens with special needs, various public figures and the media.




     The project involves public and private transport operators and associations of citizens with special
     needs and implies the existence of a multi-channel system allowing citizens to ask questions and
     obtain answers about routes, route conditions and costs, according to the following objectives:
          •            Until 2008, build a public transport database for the Mondego Region, which may be
               extended to the other regions.
          •            In the Mondego Region and until 2008, implement the multi-channel system, accessible
               through the Internet and other electronic means, which may be extended to other regions in
               the country.


     In August 2007, the entity responsible for this project held a meeting with INR, I.P., in which it was
     agreed that information would be provided about the project’s progress.




1.   8.       Implementing protocols with transport companies to decrease ticket prices for persons
     with disabilities.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
Partners: Transport Operators
Implementation Period: 2006-2009
Indicators: Number of trips and number of beneficiaries.


During 2006 and 2007, the Ticket Price Agreements in force signed with CP (Two for One and
Discount Agreement for Persons with Disabilities) were followed up.




“Two for One” Agreement

The protocol was signed in 1998 and aims to ensure that persons with disabilities, with an
incapacity rating equal to or greater than 80%, may be accompanied by a third person (with a free
ticket) on long-distance and intercity trains, except on suburban trains.


In 2006, there were 6,173 trips by passengers accompanied by a third person, a 20% rise over 205
(5,090).


Until November 2007, inclusive, and according to the available data, there were 6,295 passengers
accompanied by other persons, a number which has already surpassed that of the same period in
2006 – 5,603.




Agreement on Discounts for Persons with Disabilities

The Protocol signed in 2002 became applicable in 2003 and aims to reduce train ticket prices by
25% for persons with disabilities, with an incapacity level equal to or higher than 60% or persons
under risk of social exclusion, on any route, except in suburban routes of Lisbon and Porto.


    In 2006, there were 298 of these passenger trips, a 20% increase over 2005 (250). In 2007,
    however, there was a decrease in passengers/trips – 226 compared with 284 in the same
    period in 2006.


    These two agreements are under review and will be reformulated later, and the INR, I.P. and
    CP are working jointly for this purpose.




                                                 Table 3
                   Analysis of Passenger Growth per Year until September 2007


      “Two      Discount
                   for       Agreeme
                 ONE”        nt (Own)
                Ticket
                 Price
                Agree
                 ment
 Ye
     ar         2004             2005           2006            2007 a)    2004     2005              2006   2007 a)
     s
 No
     .
     of         4,410           5,090          6,173            6,295      343      250               298     226
     Tri
     ps
          a) INR, IP – Data collected until November 2007




                                                                 Table 4
                         Analysis of Growth in Yearly Expenses arising from the Agreements


               YEARS                          “Two for One” Agreement             Discount Agreement (Own)


                2004                                 38,975.68 €                           303.20 €


                2005                                 51,738.21 €                           550.69 €


                2006                                 52,979.91 €                           713.14 €


                2007                                76,763.27 € a)                        562.72 € a)

          a) INR, I.P. - Value determined until November 2007




1.        9.   Defining models for signs, information and ticket sales to be implemented for
          Underground, Train and Ferry stations to set up a unified and orientation passenger
          information system.

               Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
               Partners: MPWTC / Transport Operators
               Implementation Period: 2006-2007
               Indicator: Model for signs and information at the identified operators.


          The following actions were carried out or are in progress at the transport operators in regard to
signs and ticket sales:


REFER
  The signs currently in use at stations are based on the in-house standard “Sign Manual – Guide
  for the graphic application of signs at train stations, MT.CCA.001,” which generally complies with
  international directives, within the scope of the UIC.


CP
  Promoted accessibility to hearing and visually impaired passengers on the Internet.


Transtejo/Soflusa
  A study is being performed for placing signs on floor surfaces for visually impaired persons. This
  operator has contacted other transport operators in the metropolitan area and ACAPO to find the
  most suitable standardisation solution for all transport means.


  It must also be noted that Transtejo/Soflusa is currently preparing actions to train the employees
  of the TT / SL for the follow-up and service rendered to persons with disabilities or incapacities.
  The courses will be taught by ACAPO.


  Moreover and in order to comply with the new technical standards stipulated by Decree-Law
  163/2006 of August 8, Transtejo/Soflusa surveyed all the TT / SL facilities to identify barriers and
  to promote the elimination of these obstacles according to the requirements of the new DL;


Metro do Porto Network
  Since the network is very recent, most concerns about persons with special needs were already
  taken into account during the project design stage. Therefore, the vehicles, stations and public
  information /signs have very good accessibility levels.


  Metro do Porto makes an effort to critically analyse its actions and thus listens to the various
  complaints/suggestions by its clients with special needs, whether they refer to unique aspects at
  a particular station or the system’s general aspects.


  Within this context, we point out Metro do Porto’s creation of the Signs Manual. This manual
  aimed mainly to establish clear communication rules for underground passengers and other
  public transport passengers since it was conceived based          on an intermodal perspective. The
  plan is thus to standardise all the information/signs, whether applicable to stations, vehicles or on
  portable supports such as flyers, maps, etc.

  To this end, the manual was written in a composite language combining images (pictograms) and
  text, in compliance with the international colour codes applicable to message types (red – no
  access; yellow – danger; green – exit route; blue – route toward the transport).

  The pictogram referring to the international accessibility symbol is obviously included in the family
  of pictograms and is used throughout the system.


A study is being prepared for developing a Routing Model/System for Visually Impaired Persons.


Until 2006:
A work group was set up by initiative of INR, I.P., which included representatives of INR, I.P.,
ACAPO, REFER and Metropolitano de Lisboa, to develop a Routing System for Visually Impaired
Persons.

This group created a tactile floor surface system to help persons find their way in stations and for
which it designed prototypes to be tested.

This system, based on similar systems already used in other countries, essentially consists of a
number of tactile pavement surfaces applied at the floor level and that transmits a series of signals
that blind people can identify with their feet or cane;


In 2006
Tests were continued with tactile rubber floors with signs similar to that of the previously tested
model and already existing in the market. The underground stations of Carnide and Avenida were
used for the respective tests in the months of April, October and November.

In 2006, Metro de Lisboa also launched a tender to carry out a prototype made of ceramic material
of the previously studied routing system.


In 2007
The prototype was carried out and tested at the Underground’s Material and Workshops Yard, in
Sete-Rios (Lisbon), to evaluate the Routing System’s effectiveness and acceptance. The
respective prototype was subject to tests from February to July with the collaboration of ACAPO,
which supervised the experiment with a varied group of persons with various types of visual
impairment.

The final report on the System Model studied is in its final preparation stage.


After having been approved, this model is expected to be applied by other transport operators with
the appropriate adaptations to suit the transport type (Tagus River ferries, buses, etc.) and for other
public areas (e.g. pedestrian paths, museums).
1. 10. Promoting a 14% increase in the number of buses of Carris and STCP (Porto) totally
   accessible, for public transport and their assignment to specific routes according to
   demand by passengers with special needs.

   Responsible entities: MPWTC / Transport Operators
   Implementation Period: 2006-2009
   Indicator: Percentage of accessible buses


   The following growth was detected by the Lisbon and Porto Transport Operators:


   CARRIS

   CARRIS has 744 buses, 220 (30%) equipped with wheelchair ramps. During rush hours, 639 buses
   are used on 6 routes and of which 49 have wheelchair ramps.

   There are some limitations when assigning vehicles to routes: such as work at stops that must be
   performed by Town Councils and insufficient width of some streets which impedes vehicle
   circulation.

   Vehicles regarded as “totally accessible” must meet the standards stipulated in DL 58/2004, of
   March 19. Based on available data prior to the implementation of the PAIPDI (0.5%), CARRIS
   increased its fleet by 28.2% (0.5% - 29.7%) and in 2007 has already surpassed the 14% increase
   stipulated in the measure.


   STCP

   The “Easy Access Network” was set up in 2002 and was fully implemented until the end of 2006.

   By introducing the New STCP Network on 1 January 2007, which required adjustments on some
   lines arising from the process to monitor their performance and with the substantial renewal of the
   bus fleet at the beginning of this year (February), STCP suspended the Easy Access Network in
   order to redefine it and re-launch it in July of this year.

   In 2007, STCP had a fleet which included 279 diesel vehicles and 239 vehicles running on natural
   gas, whereby 252 vehicles (49%) are equipped with a ramp and 417 vehicles (81%) are equipped
   with a lower floor to provide wheelchair access. All vehicles with accessibility support systems were
   equipped with the wheelchair symbol at the back and front.

   Audiovisual information was placed on some buses of STCP in late 2002 and became general
   practice by the last quarter of 2003. Currently, the whole fleet has this facility, which is important,
   particularly for blind and visually impaired persons. Passengers travelling on the bus are informed
   of the next bus stop through audio information or through an electronic sign.
1.   11. Reviewing the regime applicable to guide dogs in order to expand its application scope
     to all dogs providing assistance

     Responsible entities: MLSS; INR, I.P.
     Partners: - MARDF / DGV
     Implementation Period: 2006
     Indicator: Statute Publication


     The review of the current regime began in 2006 and was completed with the publication of DL
     74/2007, of March 27, which stipulates the right for persons with disabilities to be accompanied by
     assistance dogs in accessing locations, transports and establishments of public access, revoking
     Decree-Law 118/99, of April 14.


     One of the objectives stipulated in the PAIPDI was carried out, recognising the general right of
     access by all citizens with sensorial, mental, organic and motor disabilities to be accompanied by
     assistance dogs to public locations, transports and establishments.


     The legal statute defines assistance dogs as follows: Guide dogs which accompany blind persons;
     hearing dogs for deaf persons and service dogs to help persons with motor difficulties and, also,
     within the scope of animal-assisted therapy.


     In Portugal currently there are only two NGO which have schools for assistance dogs: Associação
     Beira Aguieira de Apoio ao Deficiente Visual and ÂNIMAS – Associação Portuguesa para a
     Intervenção com Animais de Ajuda Social.

     The Portuguese Club of Guide Dog Users (CPUC), not being a school for Assistance Dogs, but
     whose activities are meant to assist persons requiring guide dogs, was founded in 2001 to
     promote guide dogs for blind and visually impaired persons and to defend their respective rights
     and interests.




Instruments


1.   12. National Plan to Promote Accessibility (PNPA)

     Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Partners: MELMRD / DGOTDU / IHRU.I.P; MPWTC / SET; MECTES / UMIC; MIA / DG Town
     Councils.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2009
Indicator: Statute Publication


This plan covers the various accessibility domains, in particular in the urban environment, edifices
and transports, and accessibility to information and to communication. It emerged consequent to
questionnaires submitted by INR, I.P. to town councils to analyse the implementation rate of DL
123/97, of May 22.


These questionnaires revealed a need to improve and guarantee the application of the legislation in
force and, on the other hand, the need to produce a structural instrument with measures fostering
global and integrated accessibility in all the policy's domains, thereby reflecting the transversability
of actions meant to improve the quality of life of citizens and, in particular, of persons with special
needs.


This plan was assessed by the Public Administration Services as a means of collecting and
analysing opinions issued by the participating higher powers and to include contributions to this
instrument’s text by the various pertinent sectors in order to improve it.


Accordingly, focus is placed on the cooperation and documents sent by the services of MELMRD
(IHRU, I.P., DGOTDU, CCDRN and CCDRLVT) and by MPWTC                   (DGTT, REFER, CP, CARRIS,
STCP, TRANSTEJO / SOFLUSA, Metro de Lisboa, Metro do Porto and Metro do Mondego and
Metro Sul) and MPWTC.


The PNPA was finally approved by the Council of Ministers of 21 December 2006 and published on
                                                             st
January 17 (CM Resolution 9/2007, Diário da República, 1 Series - no. 12).




A Disclosure / Information Program by PNPA is in progress (PAIPDI Instrument 1.4.4) which was
subject to a candidature to the POAT / ESF. The application has already been approved and the
respective actions will be implemented in 2008.
The disclosure costs are specified in the PNPA Disclosure Program (PAIPDI Instrument 1.4.4).


The results in 2007:

  •        15,000 PNPA books
  •        15,000 flyers
  •        12,500 posters


In 2008, a campaign will be carried out in addition to actions to widely disclose the information
materials.
1. 13. Accessibility Award to be periodically awarded to innovative projects at housing
   complexes


   Responsible entities: MELMRD / IHRU, I.P.
   Partners: MLSS / INR, I.P.
   Implementation Period: 2007-2009
   Indicator: Launching of the Award; number of participants/contestants


   In 2007, a Cooperation Protocol was signed between IHRU, I.P. and INR, I.P. to, among other
   actions, create and institute the Accessibility Award that will distinguish innovative solutions used
   to guarantee accessibility and mobility in the utilisation of residential buildings, for which the
   respective candidature regulations and jury members were determined.

   Consequent to the aforementioned, a contest process has already been launched to award works
   completed until 31 December 2007 and submitted through a candidature until 15 January 2008 by
   the very promoters.

   The first, second and third prizes will be in the respective amounts of: 6,000 €, 3,500 € and 2,500
   €, which the IHRU, I.P. will finance.


   The ceremony to award the 2007 Accessibility Award will be held in 2008.



1. 14. Training Program for town council agents regarding accessibility and Universal Design
   covering at least 80 municipalities


   Responsible entities: MELMRD / IHRU, I.P.
   Partners: MLSS / INR, I.P; APPLA; LNEC and CEFA
   Implementation Period: 2006-2009
   Indicator: Training Program; Number of Training Courses and Number of Trainees.


   The following actions were carried out for this purpose:

     •   ♣  Work meetings and sessions to plan training actions;
     •   ♣  Preparation of the Training Program on accessibility and universal design for
         professionals working for town councils;
     •   ♣  The design and preparation of 5000 copies of the “Accessibility and Mobility for
         Everyone Guide” (Measure 1.1.2), which was the support document for these training
         actions and for other actions carried out by town councils, association of architects and other
         entities.
     This Training Program covers a total of about 100 municipalities and includes 6 courses to be
     held. In principle, one course will be held for each region and in the areas corresponding to the
     CCDR, which are scheduled for the last quarter of 2007 and the first quarter of 2008.

           st
     The 1 Training Course, in accordance with DL 163/2006, of August 8, was held in Lisbon, in
     November at the Auditorium of INR, I.P. and was attended by 70 professionals of the town
     councils of Lisbon and Tagus Valley. Within the scope of the partnership, the enrolments were
     made on-line, through the CEFA site, and the schedule was disclosed on the site of INR, I.P., of
     IHRU, I.P. and of CEFA.

           nd
     The 2      Training Course was held on January 14 in Vila Real, for which 100 professionals
     enrolled. The remaining four training courses will be held in 2008.


                                                  Table 5
                          TRAINING – ACCESSIBILITIES Financial Expenses

                Year of 2006                                              Year of 2007


                                                    INR, I.P. – 1,337.05 € *
                                                    CEFA – 1,850.86 €
                                                    IHRU, I.P. - No information was sent about expenses
                                                                    Total 2007 – 3,187.90 €
                                                    st
     * Expenses for publishing a flyer and for the 1 Training Course held in November at INR., I.P.


1.   15. Accessibility Award to be periodically awarded to innovative projects in the transport
     sector

     Responsible entities: MPWTC / IHRU, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2009
     Indicator: Launching the Award.


     The MPWTC, through the Institute of Mobility and of Land Transports, I.P., in collaboration with the
     public operators and with IHRU, I.P., in 2008 will include the regulations for the contest to be
     launched in 2009 to attribute an award to innovative projects in the transport sector.




2.1.2. STRATEGY for Promoting Access to Communication and Information
Prevention Measures


1.   16. In coordination with UMIC, guarantee the application of rules for accessibility to web
     pages, particularly in Public Administration sites


     Responsible entities: MSTHE / PCM – Administrative Modernisation Agency and UMIC
     Partnerships: MLSS / INR, I.P; CGRIG; SGPCM
     Implementation Period: 2006-2009
     Indicator: Publication of Rules and the number of Public Administration Web Pages which apply
     Accessibility Rules.


     To guarantee their complete implementation according to PAIPDI, Council of Ministers Resolution
                                                                             st
     155/2007 was approved and published in "Diário da República," 1 Series, of October 2, which
     stipulated that:

       •        Government Internet sites or sites of the Central Administration’s public services and
           entities of an informative nature should, within three months, comply with level A content
           accessibility rules defined by W3C (World Wide Web Consortium);
       •        Government Internet sites or sites of the Central Administration’s public services and
           entities that also render transaction services should, within six months, comply with level A
           content accessibility rules defined by W3C (World Wide Web Consortium);
       •        Government internet sites and sites of the Central Administration’s services public
           entities to be created as of the applicable date of this statute must immediately provide the
           accessibility levels stipulated therein.


     The Secretary General of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, assisted by the Secretary
     Generals of the various ministries, is the entity competent to carry out the necessary actions for
     compliance with this legislation. The said resolution also stipulated the creation of a work group
     with consultancy functions to support SG-PCM, consisting of the following members:

       •   ¬ Agência para a Modernização Administrativa, I.P. (Agency for Administrative
           Modernisation) which coordinates;
       •   ¬ UMIC Agência para a Sociedade do Conhecimento, I.P. (Knowledge Society Agency);
           Instituto Nacional para a Reabilitação, I.P. (National Rehabilitation Institute);
       •   ¬ CEGER - Government Computer Network Management Centre.


     The WG met on a regular basis and, after defining the work methodology, immediately began
     implementing it.
   Therefore, the Secretary-General of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers requested the
   Secretary Generals of all ministries to promote a self-evaluation of the sites of all entities under
   their supervision and to indicate the date on which non-compliance with the accessibility rules
   would be solved.

   The tool Cynthia Says (http://www.cynthiasays.com) was recommended for the evaluation. Later,
   and since the free use of this tool is limited to one page, another tool was indicated as an
   alternative: TAW (available at http://www.tawdis.net/taw3/cms/es).

   However, it was also pointed out that the utilisation of the automatic correction tool does not totally
   avoid errors, such that manual corrections must also be made.

   Similarly, CEGER provided a site dedicated exclusively to facilitating the Central Administration’s
   public      services   and    entities   in   their   compliance      with    Resolution     155/2007
   (http://www.acessibilidade.gov.pt/ ).

   This site has provided assistance and clarifications to any doubts raised by the services.

   Four clarification sessions about these issues were also held at the INR, I.P. premises principally
   for the managers of the sites in question. The said sessions, led by UMIC, covered the Internet as
   a factor of exclusion / inclusion of users with special needs. About 100 persons attended the four
   sessions.

   The WG has presented three monthly reports that the SG-PCM has sent to the Council of
   Ministers. These reports are based on the self-evaluation forms that the Secretary Generals have
   also sent on a monthly basis.

   Currently, 162 of the 262 ministry information sites have been corrected to comply with level
   A. This performance corresponds to 62% of the goal for information internet sites of the
   government and of the central administration's public services and entities to, within three months,
   comply with level A content accessibility rules stipulated by W3C (World Wide Web Consortium).
   Sites not yet corrected will be corrected during 2008.

   In the future, the group expects to work on the methodology to maintain the achieved accessibility
   gains and certification.




1. 17. Creating a Braille Commission to promote the recognition and validation of the
   encodable sign-graphic material (Braille) and its various graphic applications.

   Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
   Partnerships: ME / DGIDC
   Implementation Period: 2007 proposal 2008
   Indicator: Publication of the statute that creates the Braille Nucleus.


   In March 2007, an exploratory meeting was held with representatives of ACAPO to set up a Work
   Group that would include persons of recognised merit in the field of visual impairment. After having
   been set up, the group will analyse, discuss and contribute to compliance with the measures
   stipulated in the PAIPDI and to analyse and propose objectives and a development methodology
   for a commission applicable to this area.

                 nd
   After the 2        meeting, on 2 May 2007, with the indicated members and entities of recognised merit
   indicated by ACAPO, the work group was requested to issue an opinion on the creation of a Braille
   Commission and other measures set forth in the PAIPDI.

   Subsequently, an ordinance project was prepared at INR, I.P to set up the Braille Nucleus within
   the scope of the INR, I.P., which was submitted to the supervising ministry and which is expected
   to be published in the very near future.




1. 18. Creating the Sign Language Commission to promote the recognition and proper
   functioning of the Portuguese Sign Language.

   Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
   Implementation Period: 2007 proposal 2008
   Indicator: Publication of the Statute that Creates the Sign Language Nucleus.


   In March 2007, an exploratory meeting was held with representatives of the Portuguese Federation
   of the Deaf (FPAS). At the meeting, a request was made to indicate public figures linked to hearing
   disabilities (deafness) in order to form a group of persons to reflect on, discuss and present
   contributions to analyse and propose objectives and a methodology to create a commission in this
   field, as stipulated in the PAIPDI.


   On 2 May 2007, a second meeting was held with the said members and entities of recognised merit
   indicated by FPAS, at which a request was made to issue an opinion on the creation of a Sign
   Language Commission and other measures set forth in the PAIPDI.


   Subsequently, an Ordinance project was prepared at INR, I.P. to set up the Sign Language
   Nucleus within the scope of the INR, I.P., which was submitted to the supervising ministry and
   which is expected to be published in the very near future.
Repair Measures


1.   19.   Developing and improving sign language in the public television service


     Responsible entities: MPA/ OMM / ERC
     Partnerships: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2009
     Indicator: Number of Television Broadcast Hours with Sign Language.


     According to the Television Law, approved by Law 27/2007, of July 30, the Entidade Reguladora
     para a Comunicação Social (ERC) (Media Regulatory Entity) is responsible for defining a number
     of obligations to monitor broadcasts by persons with special needs, particularly through subtitles,
     Portuguese sign language, audio-description and other techniques. The joint work is scheduled for
     2008 for this purpose.


     The “Voz do Cidadão” (Citizen’s Voice) program, featuring the Spectator's Ombudsman, broadcast
     a show covering the needs of spectators with disabilities.


     Note that the RTP 1 channel included sign language in its information program – “Portugal em
     Directo” aired on Monday to Friday from 18:00 to 19:00 hours. The RTP 1 channel has also
     maintained sign language as part of the "Bom Dia Portugal" program on Monday to Friday, from
     9:00 to 10:00 hours, the broadcasts of the Sunday Eucharistic and the broadcast time allocated to
     political parties during election periods.


     On the RTP 2 channel, sign language is usually included in the programs “Jornal 2” (news),
     “Parlamento” (parliament affairs), “Sociedade Civil” and “Consigo” (I can).




1.   20.   Increasing the range of television broadcasts susceptible of being understood by
     persons with disabilities through automatic subtitles, by making national operators more
     likely to sign protocols of this nature.


     Responsible entities: MPA/ OMM / ERC
     Partnerships: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2007-2009
     Indicator: Number of Television Hours of the various national operators that may be understood by
     persons with Disabilities or Incapacities.
     According to the Television Law, approved by Law 27/2007, of July 30, the Media Regulatory Entity
     (ERC) is responsible for defining a number of obligations which enable broadcasts to be
     understood by persons with special needs, particularly through subtitles, Portuguese sign
     language, audio-description and other techniques.


     Approval of art. 34, no. 3, of that law is covered by the implementation of PAIPDI insofar as, for the
     first time, the principle requiring television operators to gradually develop means by which persons
     with special needs may understand broadcasts has become legally applicable.


      Within this scope, a meeting was scheduled which is waiting confirmation from ERC.




Instruments


1.   21.   Reviewing and updating the National Program for Participation by Citizens with
     Special Needs in the Information Society.

     Responsible entities: MSTHE / UMIC
     Implementation Period: 2007 proposal 2008
     Indicator: Publication of the New Statute


     This instrument’s review is already in the final stage.




2.1.3 STRATEGY for Promoting more Culture, more Sports and more Leisure



Prevention Measures


1.   22.   Certifying accessible tourist facilities as a means of promoting their qualification.


     Responsible entities: MEI / TP, I.P.
     Partners: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2007-2009
     Indicator: Creating a Certification Instrument and Number of Certified Facilities
     This measure is to be developed in order to implement Measure 1.3.6 – Survey and publication of
     accessible tourism structures and equipments.


     Turismo de Portugal, I.P. (TP, I.P.) concluded that this measure’s organic structure was not
     sufficiently stable nor its priorities sufficiently defined for advancing with the measure.


     On the other hand, we are waiting for the publication of regulatory ordinances for some aspects of
     DL 163/2006 regarding accessibilities in rooms and bathrooms in order to begin the evaluation and
     certification. INR, I.P. will have to evaluate the alleged legal impediments. In the meantime, it has
     already prepared the work proposal which it sent to TP, I.P.


     TP, I.P. is of the opinion that the voluntary certification of complexes for accessibility and services
     for citizens with disabilities is a more advanced step, for which, however, it is available and
     committed with the collaboration of INR, I.P.


     Within this scope, the possible creation of 2 certification levels is under analysis.   One level, under
     mandatory compliance with DL 163/2006, clearly structural and specifically taking into account the
     physical conditions of accessibility and utilisation. The other, according to the quality of the
     rendered services, which is more difficult to implement, which may possibly be motivational in a first
     application but with mutating characteristics which must be taken into account.




Repair Measures


1.   23.    Integrating specific standards applicable to persons with disabilities or incapacities in
     the legislative and programmatic frameworks regarding sports in order to prevent
     discrimination, either in the access to sports activities in general or in relation to high
     competition sports.


     Responsible entities: PP / IDP, I.P.
     Partners: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2007-2009
     Indicator: Confirming the existence of anti-discriminatory regulations in sports legislation.


     The following developments have taken place regarding this measure:
     2006
       •       Presentation of the preliminary study on the financing model for sports and scenarios of
            change by the consultancy firm contracted for this purpose, PriceWaterhouseandCoopers
            (PWC). Approval of the scenarios by IDP, I.P.
       •        Submitting the first proposal to the supervising ministry to review Ordinance 393/97, of
            June 17, which regulates prizes awarded in high competition sports.


     2007
     Developing a financing model which covers, in relation to this measure, the following:
       •        Including the criterion “Integration Level of Disabled Participants" in the analysis of
            programs submitted by sports federations regarding most sports events and the organisation
            of regular competitive events.

       •        Including the criterion “Results of Excellence Obtained in the Last International Sports
            Events for Disabled Athletes" in the analysis of programs submitted by sports federations for
            high competition sports and national teams.

       •        Creating an action called “Increasing Equal Opportunities” for which the associations in
            general may obtain public financing. This action is meant to “foster the dynamics of projects
            that ensure equal opportunities for specific segments of the population, covering the inclusion
            of disabled athletes."

       •        Regulations by the supervising ministry responsible for the Basic Law for Physical
            Activities and Sports, which calls for a new assistance policy for High Performance, which
            includes issues of prizes awarded for sports merit, since the proposal submitted in 2006 is
            not very explicit about equality of prizes.


     Developing this measure suffered some setbacks arising from the lack of a legislative framework in
     accordance with the objectives to be attained, since the sports system does not hold a very
     favourable view on integrating disabled athletes in activities of federations covering the respective
     sport and also due to the already mentioned restructuring of IDP, I.P. The proposal to implement
     this measure is waiting for approval by higher powers.




1.   24.    Developing the new model for promoting and supporting sports and physical activities
     for persons with disabilities or incapacities, which covers applying technical and material
     compensation assistance according to their specific needs.


     Responsible entities: PP / IDP, I.P.
     Partners: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2007 proposal 2008
     Indicator: Defining the Model; Number of Technical Assistance Measures awarded per number of
     Athletes with Special Needs.


     In 2006, the preliminary study for the financing model for sports and scenarios of change was
     submitted by the consultancy firm contracted for this purpose, PriceWaterhouseandCoopers
     (PWC). Approval of the scenarios by IDP, I.P.


     In 2007, work continued to develop the financing model which, in relation to this measure, covers
     the issues identified in the previous measure (Measure 23).




1.   25.   Designing and implementing a new model for promoting and supporting the
     preparation and participation of athletes in the Beijing Paralympics Games.


     Responsible entities: PP / IDP, I.P.
     Partners: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2008
     Indicator: Designs of the New Model; number of Athletes Participating in the Paralympics Games
     compared with previous games.

     In December 2005 – Presentation of the initial proposal of multi-year regulations for the Beijing
     Project 2008.


     In 2006

       •       Holding of meetings with FPDD to agree on a final text.

       •       Preparation of documents, forms, internal procedures used as the basis for the agreed
           regulations and for presenting candidatures of athletes for integration in the project by FPDD.

       •       Signing and financial and technical implementation of the Program Contract for
           Preparing the Paralympics of 2006.




     In 2007

       •       Signing and financial and technical implementation of the Program Contract for
           Preparing the Paralympics of 2007, which does not include any support for the Paralympics
           Mission.   This fact resulted from budget problems. Support to the Mission will be carried out
           in 2008.

       •       Publication of the Basic Law applicable to Physical Activities and Sports that calls for
           setting up the Portugal Paralympics Committee, providing it with a legal status similar to that
           of its Olympic counterpart.

       •       Follow-up at consecutive meetings with the Portuguese Sports Federation for Disabled
              Persons, where the latter has reported on the progress of this process.

         •         Preparation of the New Financing Model of IDP, I.P. for Sports Federations that
              participate or will involve or come to involve sports for disabled persons in the respective
              sports categories.

         •         Preparing the protocol for 2008




                                                        Table 6
                                   BEIJING Paralympics Games Financial Expenses


                                        Year of 2006

     INR, I.P.     197,733.01 €                                                                  INR, I.P.:   195,538.33 €

                                                                                                 IDP, I.P.: 195,538.33 €
     IDP, .I.P : 197,733.01 €
                                                                                                 Total:        391,076.66 €
     Total:         395,466.02 €

                                     Total: 786,542.68 €




1.     26. Consolidating and progressively developing the Project “Accessible Beach – Beach for
       Everyone” in order to promote conditions of accessibility to ocean and river beaches
       throughout the country.



       Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
       Partnerships: IEFP.IP, INAG, DGT, CCDR / North / Centre / LVT/ Alentejo / Algarve and Town
       Councils.
       Implementation Period: 2006-2009
       Indicator: Growth in the number of Accessible Beaches



       This measure aims to make Portuguese ocean and river beaches more accessible to persons with
       motor difficulties so that the said beaches may be enjoyed by everyone (residents and tourists)
       including persons with disabilities and incapacities. Accessibility to beaches is a legal imperative
       stipulated in DL 163/2006, of August 8, which approved the Technical Accessibility Regulations for
       public buildings, establishments and facilities, housing and public means of transport.
  This project has been under implementation since 2005 under the coordination by the then
  NSRIPD and, currently, by INR, I.P., in compliance with an Annual Plan set forth by the various
  partners.




                                                             Table 7
                 ANNUAL PLAN – “Accessible Beach – Beach for Everyone” Project


              Meeting by the project team to evaluate the previous beach season and to prepare the
              following season.
 October        •     Preparation of the Evaluation Report.

November        •  Defining the responsibilities of each participant and 1st plan for the next beach
                   
                   season: Acquiring and distributing flags, preparing flyers and posters, other disclosure
                   supports and also logistic and training support if necessary.




December      Presenting and disclosing the progress report.




              Meetings by the project team in the 5 CCDR to program the beach season for that year.
              Regional meetings include town councils which work in coordination with the CCDR, beach
              concessionaires, etc.
 January      Those meetings also determine the beach intervention program by town councils, the dates
              for presenting the respective candidatures and the months in which the CCDR will carry out
              the inspections.
              Contacts with the Autonomous Regions to join the project.




February to
              Develop the planned interventions.
   April




              Define the provisory list of beaches subject to intervention and candidates to the “Accessible
   May
              Beach” award; start of beach inspections.



June / July
              After validating the required conditions, the final list is determined.
              At the start of the beach season, the flags are hoisted, most of them simultaneously with the
             Blue Flags. Some official ceremonies are held.




Including this Measure in the PAIPDI, to be implemented until 2009, aims to consolidate and
expand accessibility to the largest possible number of beaches. Three years after this project
began, we detected a progressive and significant increase in the number of accessible beaches
(an annual increase of 57.1% in 2006 and 24.6% in 2007).


In October and November of 2007, at the meetings between partners for the balance and planning
for the 2008 beach season, care was taken to introduce some innovation, in order to reinforce and
disclose the examples of good practices, in order to have an increasingly larger number of beaches
join the project. The Autonomous Region of Madeira will be contacted and encouraged to join the
project.


In the 2008 beach season, a total of 120 beaches are expected to be accessible.


Results


2005
Awards / Accessibility Flags attributed to 49 beaches:
  •        CCDR / North 8 accessible beaches (7 ocean and one inland);

  •        CCDR / Centre 10 accessible beaches (9 ocean and one inland);

  •        CCDR / LVT (Lisbon and Tagus Valley) 3 accessible beaches (3 ocean and one
       inland);
  •        CCDR / Alentejo 7 accessible beaches (5 ocean and 2 inland);

  •        CCDR / Algarve 21 accessible beaches (20 ocean and 1 inland);

  •        Azores 1 accessible beach (ocean).



2006
Awards / Accessibility Flags attributed to 77 beaches:
  •        67 ocean (66 on mainland and 2 in the Azores);

  •        9 river beaches (mainland).


9,000 information flyers were printed (CCDR, Tourism Regions, Tourist Information Offices, Town
Councils and Embassies).



2007
  Accessibility awards / flags were attributed to 96 beaches:
    •       82 ocean beaches (77 on mainland and 5 in the Azores);

    •       15 river beaches (mainland).


  11,000 information flyers and 1,500 posters were printed (CCDR, Tourism Regions, Tourist
  Information Offices, Town Councils and Embassies and hotel establishments through their
  association, Portugal Hotel Association).


                                                   Table 8
               Financial Expenses – “Accessible Beach – Beach for Everyone” Project

                                 Year of 2006

INR, I.P. – 3,390.40 €                                                                 INR, I.P. –  3,912.03 €
                                                                                         TP, I.P. – 1,171.00 €
TP, I.P. –      502.00 €
IEFP, I.P. – 600.00 €
                                                                                        Total:         5,083.03 €
Total:         4,492.40 €
                               Total: 9,575.43 €


                                              Table 9
 Growth in the number of Portugal’s Accessible Beaches [Fluviais – river, Costeiras – ocean]




                                               MAP 1
LOCATION OF BEACH ZONES WHICH RECEIVED AWARDS IN 2005
                     (see original)




                        MAP 2
        MAP OF ACCESSIBLE BEACH ZONES IN 2006
                                            (see original)




1.   27.   Survey and publication of the tourism area’s accessible structures and facilities
Responsible entities: MEI / TP, I.P.
Partners: MLSS / INR, I.P.
Implementation Period: 2006-2007 Proposal 2008
Indicator: List of tourist structures and facilities with accessibility.


This measure is being developed in close coordination with Measure 1.3.1 - "Certification of
accessible tourist facilities as a means of promoting their qualification."


According to the position notified in November 2007, TP, I.P. indicated that it was willing to have its
database include the fields necessary to identify accessibilities for utilisation by persons with limited
mobility, always in collaboration with INR, I.P.


Therefore, the “Access for persons with limited mobility” field was created in the database of the
Inventory of Tourism Resources (IRT) in the following perspectives:

Beaches,       Archaeological       Sites,      Basilica     Cathedrals,       Churches/Chapels/Shrines,
Convents/Monasteries, Castles/Forts, Palaces/Manor Houses, World Heritage, Museums, Public
Parks/Gardens, Windmills/Presses/Silos, Planetariums, Botanical Gardens, Buildings of Relevant
Interest, Zoos, Aquariums, Theme Parks, Cultural and Recreational Areas/Sanctuaries/Pilgrimage
Sites, Regular Exhibition Sites/Galleries, Auditoriums/Showrooms, Libraries, Football (grounds),
Horse    Riding    Centres,      Stadiums,    Leisure/Recreation      Areas,    Fairs/Bullfighting   Rings,
Recreational/Competition Swimming Pools, Theatres and Showrooms, Casinos, Aquatic Parks,
Bingo Halls, Cultural Auditoriums/Centres, Cellars/Wineries/Distilleries and Beer Breweries,
Shopping Centres, Spas, Youth Hostels, Holliday Centres – INATEL, Airports/Aerodromes and
Tracks and, lastly, Marinas.


Consequent to previous research, the field “Access for persons with limited mobility" was already
filled out for those resources according to the available information.


As for the “Record” database, and in relation to Rural Tourist Complexes and Hotels (TER), the
following fields were created:
  - Room for persons with limited mobility;
  - Access for persons with limited mobility;
  - Bathrooms for persons with limited mobility.


The Inspection Certificate is being altered for those complexes, so that it may be filled out with
information about "Access for persons with limited mobility" and bathrooms for persons with limited
mobility" (the current Inspection Certificate already includes the field "Room for persons with limited
mobility”), in order to check those requirements during the inspection and posterior input in the
database.
   For restaurant and bar establishments classified as of luxury and restaurant establishments
   classified as typical by Turismo de Portugal, the following fields have already been created:
     - Access for persons with limited mobility;
     - Bathrooms for persons with limited mobility.


   The Inspection Certificate is also being altered for these complexes, so that it may be filled out with
   information about "Access for persons with limited mobility" and bathrooms for persons with limited
   mobility.”


   Investigations are being carried out, in particular through the establishments’ sites, questionnaires
   and other means, for filling out the fields for classified establishments.




Instruments


1. 28.   Training Program to promote the qualification of professionals who operate in
   tourism, qualifying them to provide services to persons with disabilities or incapacities.



   Responsible entities: MEI / INFUTUR
   Partners: MLSS / INR, I.P.
   Implementation Period: 2006-2008
   Indicator: Training Program; Number of Courses and Training participants



   In 2007, INR, I.P. published a brochure called “Accessible Tourism, Tourism for Everyone," which
   became an important tool for improving the qualifications of tourism workers and a support for
   training courses to be carried out in 2008. In April 2007, the brochure began to be disclosed in
   Lousã and later INR, I.P. began promoting the said brochure at the various events in which it has
   participated.


   As for carrying out training courses, the instructors have already been selected (2 persons from
   INR, I.P. / RDO) and the training program and respective content are being defined.


   TP, I.P. agreed on the possibility to schedule 4 to 5 training courses, from January to April, for
   persons graduating from tourism schools in various locations across the country.


   Results:
   Publication – 3,000 copies of the brochure “Turismo Acessível, Turismo para Todos” (Accessible
   Tourism, Tourism for Everyone).
1.   29.   Creating a national cultural event to promote and disclose cultural and artistic
     production, which persons with disabilities or incapacities created and/or participated in.


     Responsible entities: MC / D.G. Arts
     Partnership: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2007
     Indicator: Holding the Event; Number of Participants and Number of Visitors.



     This measure aims to enhance and disclose artistic production by persons with disabilities as a
     means of raising the public's awareness about their capacities and by creating a national cultural
     event promoting and disclosing cultural and artistic production of persons with and without
     disabilities, in a partnership. This event targets the general public and persons with and without
     disabilities in particular.


     The Painting Show "Speakers Corner; at the same time and place, for a change…” took place
     in 2006 at the Art Gallery of the Ministry of Finance and of the Public Administration which opened
     on December 5 and exhibited 46 drawings, paintings and one video film. This show was
     promoted by MLSS and MC, and was carried out by INR, I.P. and by DG das Artes, under a
     partnership.


     The project’s innovative aspect was based on the joint presentation of works by 3 renowned artists
     and by 9 artists with disabilities in a rare opportunity as voiced by the commissioner, “intense
     co-existence, under the same roof and within the same walls, of many varied voices.”


     The disabled artists were appointed by CERCICA, LPDM/CRS and AFID, associations which also
     collaborate in this event.


     A catalogue (900 copies) was also prepared and distributed during the exhibition, and all copies
     were distributed long before the event ended.


     Despite the lack of time to prepare and disclose the exhibition, it received many visitors and was
     greatly praised. Initiatives such as this one are very relevant for promoting social and cultural
     inclusion and for changing attitudes and behaviours of society in general and of the cultural and
     artistic scene in particular. It is estimated that over 3,000 persons visited the event.


     This measure was planned in advance of the year in which it was held. However, due to its
     importance as a means of disclosing the artistic capacities of persons with disabilities or
   incapacities, it will be continued until 2009.




   In 2007

   Within the scope of the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All 2007, INR, I.P. promoted a
   European Cartoon Contest which challenged European artists to create caricatures of
   stereotypes, prejudices and all types of discrimination against gender, ethnic or racial origin,
   religion or faith, disability, age or sexual orientation.


   The initiative attracted 197 cartoonists from 33 countries. The contest also included a public
   exhibition at the Rossio Station from 24 October to 22 November 2007 and a catalogue with 200
   cartoons selected for display at the exhibition which attracted over 10,000 visitors.


   The European Commission regarded this initiative, among all member states, as the one which
   contributed the most to disclose the European Year.


   Note also that various private entities joined this contest as sponsors. DFJ Vinhos by using the
                         st   nd        rd
   winning cartoons (1 2           and 3 prizes) on the labels of its bottles; TAP by paying trips to the 3
   winners to Portugal for the award ceremony; Controlinveste by providing half a page to advertise
   the Cartoon Exhibition in the newspapers “Diário de Notícias,” “Jornal de Notícias” and "Jornal da
   Madeira" and radio spots on TSF; RTP [television channel] through an advertisement on RTP2;
   and REFER which provided free space at the Rossio Station for the exhibition.




                                                         Table 10
                                             Financial Expenses Cultural Events

                                               Events
                                                                                            INR, I.P. - 2006 – 12,010.26 €
Painting Exhibition
                                                                                            DG ARTES – 13,074.46 €

                                                                                            Total                      25,085.7
European Cartoon Contest


Total                                                                                       Total -                  25,085.72


                                         Total – 125,930.53 €




2.1.4. STRATEGY for Promoting a Society more Tolerant of Disabilities
Prevention Measures


1.   30. Developing national campaigns for the non-discrimination of persons with disabilities or
     incapacities.


     Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2009
     Indicator: Holding of campaigns.


     As part of this measure, the following initiatives were held in 2007:

       •        Campaign for Human Rights and Sexual and Reproductive Health: Carried out through
            a partnership with the Association for Family Planning, INR I.P. prepared 1 fact sheet about
            disabilities: Human Rights and Sexual and Reproductive Health and participated in the
            preparation of another fact sheet about “Equal Opportunities and Sexual and Reproductive
            Health.” These fact sheets targeted politicians, technicians, therapists, persons with
            disabilities, etc.

       •        European Year for Equal Opportunities, Campaign in which INR, I.P. participated (and
            which included organising a European Cartoon Contest referred to in Measure 1.3.8)

       •        “All Different, All Equal” campaign by the Council of Europe

       •        National Commemorations of the International Day of Disabled Persons

                                                      Table 11
                                 Financial Expenses – Anti-discrimination Campaigns

                                       Year of 2006

INR, I.P. – 7,671.40 €                                                                        INR, I.P. – 1,187.41 € (CNDIPCD
                                                                                             INR, I.P. – 9,356.55 € (AEIOT)
Total:         7,671.40 €
                                                                                             Total:         10,543.96 €
                                        Total: 18,215.36 €


           This table reveals the expenses by INR, I.P. on the “National Commemorations for the
           International Day of Persons with Disabilities or Incapacities and Commemorations of AEIOT.
           Expenses on the remaining campaigns are included in the aforementioned measures.




1. 31. Consolidating and developing the "Alert School!" Project.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Partners: ME/DRE (Mainland and Autonomous Regions); MIA / Civil Governments
Implementation Period: 2006-2009
Indicator: Annual evolution in the number of participants in the program; number of schools;
number of works; number of participating teachers.


The “Alert School Program!” began in the 2003/2004 academic year as part of the activities for the
European Year of Persons with Disabilities 2003 and, in 2006, became one of the measures of the
PAIPDI to ensure its growth and impact among students and respective communities.


This program aims to raise awareness of primary and secondary students and to mobilise them
regarding issues of disabilities, in particular the combat against the different forms of discrimination
faced by persons with disabilities or incapacities and which compromise their rights to equal
opportunities and full enjoyment of citizenship.

“Alert School!” includes a contest which awards prizes, through which students, supervised by
teachers, are encouraged to complete works which identify and create an inventory of multiform
barriers (urban design, architectonic, communication and social) at their schools, streets or
neighbourhood,     on    transports    or   other    public   spaces     and    propose     elimination
solutions/commitments as stipulated in the respective regulations.


To carry out this project, INR, I.P. obtained the sponsorship of the Mello Group (until 2006) and of
the AUCHAN Group, from that date until the 2006/2007 academic year.

Results

The “Alert School!” contest has raised the growing interest of schools and of surrounding
communities. Participation has grown in 2006/2007 compared with 2005/2006 and previous years,
when comparing the number of works submitted for the contest and the participating schools or
when comparing the number of participating students and teachers.


                                             Table 12
    Participation Growth in the “Alert School!” Contest, from 2004/2005 to 2006/2007



                                   Name                                                                    2003/04
  Submitted Works        119




 Applicant Schools       56




Participating Students   1128




Supervising Teachers     145




   Winning Works          -
From a territorial perspective, that is, when comparing the district/regional location of the
participating schools, in 2006/2007 and in 2005/2006, there were no noted differences: 16 districts
and 1 Autonomous Region in each of these academic years, although there were some occasional
“exchanges.”


This contest has had a very positive impact on awareness raising, in which the following is
highlighted:

  •          Active student participation and intervention, not only in taking an inventory of
      barriers (social, communication, urban-related and architectonic), but also in presenting
      solution proposals and initiatives for improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities or
      incapacities;

  •           The pedagogic dimension of the “Alert School!” Program/Contest, revealed by its
      integration in the project area of competing schools and by the creativity and quality of most
      of the distinguished works;

  •           The highly positive dynamics, whether regarding the participating schools or in their
      communities, raised the awareness concerning many barriers which compromise
      accessibility and participation of persons with disabilities or incapacities and, in particular,
      awareness of alterations that must be made and the feasibility of carrying them out, at times
      through simple solutions not requiring large investments;

  •          The testimonials of students, teachers and other persons about various distinguished
      works, as well as commitments assumed/signed with local agents to make alterations and
      adaptations in favour of accessibility;

  •           The overall activities carried out in partnership with civil governments and their
      coordination of actions on a district level, including setting up juries and their respective
      operation, which contributes to a stronger and more in-depth territorial dimension such as the
      collaboration by the Regional Directorates of Education;

  •           The impact of the prize awarding events at the district / regional and national level,
      as well as the national prize awarding ceremonies organised by INR, I.P. which have been
      disclosed by various media channels;

  •          The convergence of efforts between public and private entities and the sense of
      social responsibility, revealed in particular by the collaboration either, at the beginning, by the
      José de Mello Group or, later, by the Auchum Group (Jumbo / Pão de Açucar), which has
      greatly contributed to this contest’s positive impact.
                                                        Table 13
                                    Alert School Program Financial Expenses


Expenses/Years        2003/2004           2004/2005            2005/2006           2006/2007


Financed by the       20,043.34 €         25,911.79 €          20,804.69 €         30,000 €

Sponsor


Financed by INR,      7,591.76 €          15,175.81 €          16,201.41 €         25,524.91 €

I.P. - OSS/SB


Total                 27,635.10 €         41,087.60 €          37,006.10 €         55,524.91 €




Repair Measures


1.   32.   Investing in the training of media agents, promoting specific actions for the purpose,
     in particular through CENJOR


     Responsible entities: MPA / OMM / CENJOR
     Partners: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2009
     Indicator: Training Program; Number of Training Courses and Number of Trainees.



     Since it is known that the media plays an important role in raising the awareness of public opinion
     for social causes, as a strategic point, a decision was made to focus on mobilising media agents for
     the issue of equal opportunities for persons with disabilities or incapacities. This measure aims to
     train / raise the awareness of media agents and to involve media entities in providing a
     fundamental contribution to information about and visibility of issues regarding disabilities and
     incapacities in order to create the necessary conditions for a change toward favourable attitudes
     and social representations toward the practice of non-discrimination.


     Through the media’s participation, particularly through specific training actions for this purpose, the
     aim is to have a media which is more aware of problems faced by these persons and fundamentally
     aware of their capacities and potentials and rights, in the perspective of obtaining a positive
     alteration in the approach currently made to disabilities and incapacities. Within this context, and
     starting in March 2007, the technicians of OMM / CENJOR and of INR, I.P. jointly reflected on and
     structured the measure and defined the action strategy for 2008.
     Responsibilities by CENJOR

       •       Ensure that the training action is disclosed

       •       Provide journalists with the necessary information

       •       Ensure that persons enrol in the training action

       •       Provide catering for the 4 days



     Responsibilities by INR, I.P.

       •       Define the Training Course topics

       •       Select and invite instructors

       •       Provide contacts of instructors, a bibliographic note and an explanatory summary of the
           course topic to CENJOR

       •       Provide the auditorium for the course

       •       Provide a mini dossier to newspaper press rooms, list of NGO's, partners and all useful
           information for journalists



                                                   Table 14
                                           Training Program/2008

        Training Course Topic                      Time
Introduction to Issues of Disabilities -
                                                 2:00 h
current perspectives
The Role of NGO’s                                2:00 h
Rights of Persons with Disabilities
                                                 3:00 h
Ethical Issues of Disabilities                   4:00 h
Accessibility                                    4:00 h

     Location: Auditorium of INR, I.P., located at Av. Conde Valbom,63, Lisbon


     The first training course for journalists about the problem of integrating persons with disabilities will
     take place in February 2008.




Instruments

1.   33. Developing a disclosure/information program about PNPA

     Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
    Implementation Period: 2006-2007 proposal 2008
    Indicator: Information Program


    A Disclosure / Information Program by PNPA is in progress, was subject to a candidature to POAT
    / ESF and has already been approved. The respective courses are in the implementation stage and
    will be completed in 2008.


    This measure involves the following actions:

              •        Publication and distribution of 15,000 PNPA books
              •        Publication and distribution of 15,000 flyers and 12,500 posters


    A public event is planned for 2008.




                                                    Table 15
                               Financial Expenses – PNPA Disclosure Program


              Year of 2007

INR, I.P. –            10,925.87 €
(25%)
PO AT / ESF –     32,777.62 € (75%)


          Total: 43,703.49 €




1. 34. Qualifying the "Consigo" (I can) television program RTP2


    Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
    Service: MPA / RTP
    Implementation Period: 2006-2009
    Indicator: Investment to Improve the Program’s Conditions; Increase Audience Ratings.


    INR, I.P. renewed the writing team in order to meet the goals laid out in the PAIPDI and
    consequent to the internal restructuring measures arising from the new Organic Law.
    Along with this initiative, the CONSIGO program’s image was altered, in particular its credit titles
    and tabs, which are now suitable to the new image of INR, I.P. The Institute’s new image was
    shown on the display windows of the Ministry of Education during the month of December 2007.
  These measures made it possible to consolidate the audience ratings of the CONSIGO program
  which has remained one of the most-watched programs on Sunday mornings on RTP2.




                                                   Table 16
                 Audience Ratings of the “CONSIGO” Program 2007 – RTP2

                   Thousands of          Consigo Share
  Months                                                      RTP2 Share
                   Spectators %               %
  January                  51.28               3.6               5.3

  February                 67.48               4.4               5.5

   March                   65.50               4.5               4.2

    April                  64.38               4.9               5.2

    May                    65.33               4.1               4.6

    June                   70.10               4.6               5.4

    July                   69.18               4.7               5.2

   August                  88.15               6.6               5.9

 September                 81.30               5.1               5.8

  October                  84.37               5.7               5.6

 November                  69.60               5.5               4.7

 December                  82.58               6.1               4.8




                 Audience Ratings of the “CONSIGO” Program 2007 – RTP2




                                                   Table 17
                                   Financial Expenses – CONSIGO Program


                                    Year of 2006

INR, I.P. – 152,266.40 €                                                            INR, I.P. - : 173,030.00 €
                                                                                    RTP -            173,030.00 €
     RTP -          152,266.40 €                                                                  Total:   346,060.00 €

     Total:         304,532.80 €

                                     Total:   650,592.80 €




1.     35.    Creating an annual disabilities and incapacities “Journalism Award” distinguishing the
       media’s social responsibility

       Responsible entities: MPA / OMM
       Service: MLSS / INR, I.P.
       Implementation Period: 2006 proposal 2008
       Indicator: Launching the Award.


       Due to current budget constraints and in view of this initiative’s desired impact, it was thought
       reasonable to delay its implementation until 2008.




2.2. AXIS II – Education, Qualification and Promoting Employment
Inclusion



Education, professional training and work are fundamental aspects in the process of qualification,
rehabilitation and participation.

                                                            th
“More and better education” – a strategic goal of the 17 Government Program repeated in the Major
Options of the 2005-2009 Plan and in the current Plan - PAIPDI 2006-2009, presupposes and implies
promoting access to and success in education, from pre-school education to higher education.


As for education, one of the greatest modern challenges lies in having schools meet the needs of all
students, regardless of their physical, intellectual, social, ethnic or cultural condition, valuing the
differences, regardless of their origins and manifestations.


Within this context, it is crucial to overcome some constraints still faced by students with Special
Education Needs of a prolonged nature, in regard to access conditions and attendance of education
establishments by making those conditions suitable to their specific characteristics and needs.
Despite the previous progress, the students with disabilities and incapacities are still in a situation of
social disadvantage compared with the remaining population.


To alter this situation, PAIPDI 2006-2009 is based on defining and adopting a number of strategies to
improve the offer in pre-school education, at the various education levels and categories and in
professional training, in a coordinated manner and as a complement, rendered operationally feasible by
implementing and developing structural measures.


Of those strategies, the following are highlighted:




For Pre-school Education, and Primary and Secondary Education:

    •   ⎫                A new legislative framework which reformulates the support policy for students
        with special education needs;
    •   ⎫                Conciliating strategic differences so that, in a district and suitable manner, the
        special needs of students are met within a perspective of education fairness and to promote an
        inclusive school.




For Higher Education:


    •   ⎫      Reinforcing the support policy for students with distinct special needs, including the
        legal restructuring of the admission framework and, for the purpose, taking into account, not
        only the access stage for the respective courses, but also the attendance at education
        establishments in which they enrolled, whether public or private higher education
        establishments.


For Professional Training and Employment:

    •   ⎫      For professional training, streamline and foster the available training to meet the needs
        of the normal working world but also the specific characteristics of persons with disabilities or
        incapacities, providing easier and sustained access to employment, are the main goals of this
        Intervention Axis which, in addition to Education, also covers Training and Work;
    •   ⎫      As for employment, it is necessary to increase the activity and employability rates of
        persons with disabilities or incapacities, by endowing the policy instruments with the necessary
        adaptation and innovations such that they maintain pace with an evolving society, the job
        market and the new professional fields;
    •   ⎫      As for Professional Training, the goals laid out and the forecast perspectives in that
        important domain are related with the need to endow the system with qualified professionals
        certified to carry out new professions.
2.2.1. STRATEGY for Education for Everyone



Prevention Measures


1.   36. Achieving compatibility and unification between technical assistance to students within
     the scope of education structures and the supplemental system for Awarding and Financing
     Technical Assistance.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Partners: ME; MS; MLSS / ISS, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2007-2008
     Indicator: Inclusion of the ME in the System for Awarding Technical Assistance / Assistance
     Technology.


     To develop this measure, which also includes PNAI 2006-2008, it was deemed necessary to
     expand the Technical Assistance follow-up group’s mandate, coordinated by INR, I.P., so that it
     could also include, in addition to DGS, IEFP, I.P., ISS, I.P. and INR, I.P., a representative from the
     Ministry of Education, in order to analyse expanding the supplemental system to the educational
     context.

                                                                   nd
     However, Order 26 950/2007, of November 26 of the DR, 2            Series, created a new WG to prepare
     a proposal of legislative, regulatory and technical solutions for the supplemental system for
     Technical Assistance / Support Technology, including its expansion to the education context, within
     the scope of the ME. It is also stipulated that, within 3 months, as of the operation start of the new
     WG, that it submit a report with the requested information.


     This measure is closely linked to Measure 3.1.2.4 - Review of a supplemental system for financing,
     prescribing and awarding technical assistance and the design of a new integrated system (Axis III).




1.   37. Preparing and disclosing a welcome manual about the support available through higher
     education institutes for students with disabilities or incapacities, including a code of good
     practices.

     Responsible entities: MSTHE / DGES
     Services: MLSS / INR, I.P.; GTAEDES
     Implementation Period: 2006-2007 Proposal 2008
     Indicator: Publication of the Manual


     In April 2007, DGES launched a questionnaire for all higher education institutions and analysed the
     replies that will be used as the reference for the manual’s contents. This measure will be put into
     operation in 2008.




Repair Measures


1.   38. Preparing a new legislative framework which covers the assistance policy for students
     with permanent special education needs, by reviewing Decree-Law 319/91, of August 23,
     and other similar statutes.

     Responsible entities: ME / DGIDC
     Implementation Period: 2007
     Indicator: Statute Publication


     The applicable legislation was analysed and a proposal was prepared for alterations to Decree-Law
     319/91, of August 23, and its other regulatory statutes. The new statute, Decree-Law 3/2008, was
     approved by CMR on 27 September 2007 and published on 7 January 2007.


     The statute defines the specialised support to be rendered for pre-school education and during
     primary and secondary education in the public, private and cooperative sectors. It also aims to
     create the conditions to adapt the education process to the special education needs of students
     with significant activities and participation limitations in one or various aspects of life, arising from
     functional and structural alterations, of a permanent nature, resulting in ongoing difficulties in
     communication, learning, mobility, autonomy, interpersonal relationships and social participation.




1.   39. Expanding specialised units at reference schools for assisting students with
     multi-disabilities and autism spectrum.

     Responsible entities: ME / DGIDC
     Implementation Period: 2006-2009
     Indicators: Growth in the number of units per education level and number of children covered.


     2005/2006 academic year
     Data not available.
     Note: In 2005/2006, there were no units specialised in multi-disabilities. There were support rooms which
       received students with altered mental functions.


   2006/2007 academic year
   72 Units
   337 Students


   2007/2008 academic year
   Multi-disabilities
       163 Units
       827 Youths / Children
   Autism
       99 Units
       494 Youths / Children




1. 40. Consolidating and developing the Resources Centre model in the process to reconvert
   Special Education Institutions; b) implementing 25 Resource Centres for special education
   needs in reference groups.

   Responsible entities: ME / DGIDC
   Implementation Period: 2006-2008. Proposal until 2009
   Indicator: Number of Reconverted Schools and number of covered students; growth in the
   implementation of resource centres.


     As for the process to re-orientate private special education institutions, a strategic document was
         written and work began to prepare the candidature terms for the first selection of 20
         Resource Centres which are expected to act in close collaboration and support with the ICT
         Resources Centres at schools.


     b) Implementation of the measure began in January 2007 when the schools were identified by
         DRE. Visits/meetings were made/held at 25 schools. From January to March, individual
         reports were written for these meetings/visits. A survey of the necessary conditions and
         resources was also performed.


   Operation standards were prepared for the Resource Centres. Data were collected from a query
   at these schools and a first survey was made of the necessary basic equipment for these
   centres.




                                                  Table 18
                             ICT Resource Centres for Special Education
     Similarly, and in coordination with the measure to create the ICT Resource Centres, the protocol
     signed with the PT Foundation is in progress and, through the ASTRO project, is contributing to
     equipping the Resource Centres.

     Under these circumstances, we will have 12 centres operating partially in the 2007-2008
     academic year, with the equipment supplied by the ASTRO Project. DGIDC will take measures to
     assign human resources to make the centres more dynamic.


     The substantial supply of technology, through QREN, is expected to take place only in 2007, with
     the consequent assigning of human resources to all Resource Centres.


     In July 2007, the Ministry of Education, through DGIDC, published a brochure called “Normas
     Orientadoras - Centros de Recursos TIC para a Educação Especial (Orientation Standards - ICT
     Resources Centres for Special Education).




1.   41. Increasing the availability of school manuals and of various talking books in digital
     format for blind and visually impaired students.

     Responsible entities: ME / DGIDC
     Implementation Period: 2006-2009
     Indicators: Growth in the number of School Manuals and Talking Books in digital format.

                                                   st
     The following took place in 2006 and in the 1 half of 2007 to implement this measure:


     In 2006
     DGIDC PRODUCED 24 school manuals and talking books in Daisy format through the protocol
     signed with the Vodofone Portugal Foundation and Porto Editora; DGIDC had 3,650 school
     manuals and talking books in digital format prepared for transcription into Braille.
     In 2007:
            st
     In the 1 half it produced
       •             10 school manuals and talking books in Daisy digital format.

       •             20 school manuals and talking books in Daisy digital / audio format.

       •             90 school manuals in digital format ready for transcription into Braille through the Braille
           Fácil Program.

                nd
     In the 2        half it produced

       •             An evaluation was performed of the functionality and quality of 11 school manuals
           produced in the Daisy digital format and of 10 talking books / children’s-juvenile literature
           produced in the Daisy digital audio format.

       •             Production started for 134 school manuals and talking books in digital format for Braille
           and 40 school manuals / talking books / children’s-juvenile literature in the Daisy digital audio
           format.

       •             105 school manuals / talking books were distributed, which were produced in the Daisy
           digital format, and 20 school manuals / talking books produced in the Daisy digital audio
           format.


     The goal set for 2007 was reached and surpassed, whereby DGIDC produced 3,896 school
     manuals, talking books and others, in daisy digital format, daisy audio format and text
     format for conversion into Braille.




1.   42. Legal implementation of a support policy suitable for students with special needs who
     attend public or private higher education.

     Responsible entities: MSTHE / DGES
     Partnerships: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2007 Proposal 2008
     Indicator: Statute Publication




Instruments


1.   43. Consolidation Program for Bilingual Education of Deaf Students: Portuguese Sign
     Language and Portuguese Language, by preparing a Sign Language Program.

     Responsible entities: ME / DGIDC
     Implementation Period: 2007
Indicator: Number of severely profoundly deaf students attending schools and kindergartens which
are part of the Education Support Units for Deaf Students in Pre-school Education, Primary
Education and Secondary Education.


The measure began to be implemented in June 2006 by contracting a team of writers and by
coordinating the preparation of the PSL Program for Pres-school education and up to grade 4 of
Primary Education.

                                                                              st
The final version of the PSL Program for Pre-school Education and the 1 Cycle of Primary School
was completed in early January of 2007.

                                                                         nd
A team of authors was set up to prepare the PSL program of the 2              cycle of Primary School in
January 2007, and the program proposal was presented at the end of April 2007.

                                                                               rd
Setting up the team of authors and developing the PSL Program for the 3 cycle of Primary School
began in May 2007.

The filming / recording process was completed along with the composition of the story in PSL “O
Rato e a Lua" (The Mouse and the Moon) for DVD production in March 2007.

The script was written for the story in PSL and the filming carried out for the story “Little Red Riding
Hood" in April 2007.

In June 2007, a DVD was created with the two stories in PSL.

A network of Reference Schools was created for Bilingual Education of deaf students.


                                              Map 3
         Network of Reference Schools for Bilingual Education of Deaf Students.
                                           (see original)
2.2.2. STRATEGY for Qualification and Employment


Consequent to the publication of Ordinance 637/2007, of May 30, which restructures and regulates the
organisation of central and regional services of IEFP, I.P., the professional rehabilitation area is no
longer integrated as a unit in the Employment Department. It is handled by the two technical
departments, Employment and Professional Training, according to the specific objectives of individual
measures.


This new means of viewing professional rehabilitation implied re-assigning teams and duties,
reorganising processes and clarifying responsibilities. Similarly, and also consequent to the alteration
being performed through the National Qualifications System, alterations to the training model for
persons with disabilities were and are being determined to make the system compliant with the new
context of change. The conditions are now being met to carry out the various projects and measures
stipulated in the PAIPDI with the adjustments which come to be necessary.




2.2.2.1.    Line of Action
           Intervention in programs for Personal and Professional Development



Prevention Measures


1.   44. Generalising   and   improving    the   program    and    methodologies     of   professional
     information, evaluation and guidance.
     Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2008
     Indicator: Number of protocols signed; number of training actions carried out; number of persons
     covered.


     A new draft for the measure is proposed:

     Developing    an   evaluation    methodology      (production    capacity    and/or   professional
     orientation) according to the ICF/WHO included in the Professional Information, Evaluation
     and Orientation program.


     Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2008-2009
     Indicator: Developing the methodology, number of persons evaluated according to this method




1.   45. Implementing a curricula organisation methodology for persons with disabilities and
     without conditions to access complete professions.


         Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
         Implementation Period: 2006-2008


     It is proposed that this measure be eliminated since it will be incorporated in measure 48.




1.   46. Developing distance training courses in entrepreneurship for persons with disabilities,
     using information and communication technology to stimulate their business initiative.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2008

     It is proposed that this measure be eliminated since it will be incorporated in measure 56.




Repair Measures


1. 47. Creating conditions of accessibility to courses and actions for the general public and
     which are carried out by Direct or Participated Management Centres, Corporate Training
     Centres or under the responsibility of the Ministry of Education in partnership with the
     Centres of Specialised Resources accredited by IEFP, I.P., which must ensure the frequency
     of actions in functional rehabilitation, pre-training, complementary support and adaptations
     of the training areas.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2008


     A new draft for the measure is proposed:

     Creating conditions of accessibility to and attendance of courses and actions of initial or
     ongoing training for the general public in partnership with the Resource Centres accredited
     by IEFP, I.P.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2008-2009
     Indicator: Number of trainees with disabilities included in regular training courses




1.   48. Developing a methodology to certify the expertise of persons with disabilities according
     to the National Professional Certification System.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2008


     Taking into account the National Qualification Agency’s new duties, it is proposed that the measure
     be altered through the following proposal:


     Having the National Qualifications Catalogue include qualification trajectories adjusted to
     persons with disabilities or incapacities.


     Responsible entities: MLSS / ME - ANQ
     Implementation Period: 2008-2009
     Indicator: Adapting the catalogue and applying it to persons with disabilities or incapacities.
     Number of training actions carried out according to this methodology; percentage results of
     integration of certified trainees through this methodology.




1.   49. Creating 6 Expertise Recognition and Validation Centres, providing specific coverage to
     certain disabilities and creating adapted methodologies.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / Office ASER;
     Partnerships: ME / DGICD; / MLSS / DGFV / INR, I.P. / IEFP, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2008
     Action carried out in 2006/2007

       •       Signing of Cooperation Protocols between the Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity
           and the Ministry of Education, and local and specialised resource centres and a number of
           professional rehabilitation centres supervised by IEFP, I.P. within the context under which the
           responsibilities of the various parties were defined, to be part of CNOs (new opportunity
           centres) which promote and guarantee access to recognition, validation and certification of
           expertise by persons with disabilities, arising from alterations to the physical-functional,
           sensorial and/or intellectual structures and functions.

             •   ♣      Cooperation Protocol between the Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity and
                 the Ministry of Education and the college Colégio António Aurélio da Costa Ferreira –
                 Casa Pia de Lisboa.
             •   ♣      Cooperation Protocol between the Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity and
                 the Ministry of Education and the Gaia Professional Rehabilitation Centre.
             •   ♣      Cooperation Protocol between the Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity and
                 the Ministry of Education and the Centro de Novas Oportunidades da Arrábida
                 (Arrábida New Opportunities Centre).
             •   ♣      Cooperation Protocol between the Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity, the
                 Ministry of Education and the Coimbra Cerebral Paralysis Association.


     To develop this project, a Follow-up Commission was set up which is coordinated by the ASER
     office and which also includes ANQ, DGIDC, IEFP, I.P., INR, I.P. and the respective entities.

     It is proposed that the initial measure be altered:

     Creating a national reference instrument to provide persons with disabilities and
     incapacities access to the system that recognises, validates and certifies competences,
     whilst also creating 5 New Opportunities Centres to test and validate that instrument.


     Responsible entities: MLSS
     Partnerships: DGICD; ANQ / INR, I.P. / IEFP, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2008
     Indicator: Create a reference instrument, number of New Opportunities Centres created, number
     of persons with disabilities or incapacities certified by the New Opportunities Centres (CNOs).




1.   50. Organising support for accessibility to ongoing lifelong training trajectories for persons
     with disabilities, to update competences through support by Local and Specialised
     Resource Centres. Coverage for 9,650 persons.
     Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2008

     It is proposed that this measure be eliminated since it will be included in measure 47.




Instruments


1.   51. Evaluating the program for the transition from school to working life in coordination with
     the Ministry of Education.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
     Partnership: ME / DGIDC
     Implementation Period: 2007


     A new draft of the measure is proposed:

     Creating a program for the transition to active life through the various qualification training
     measures available.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
     Partnership: ME / DGIDC
     Implementation Period: 2008-2009
     Indicator: Creating the program, number of youths covered




1.   52. Developing an intervention program to re-adapt persons to work at 10 Professional
     Rehabilitation Centres across the country. Coverage of 800 persons (remove this goal)


     Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2008
     Indicator: Number of Workers Covered by the Work Re-adaptation Program


     The Labour Code’s regulations applicable to occupational diseases and work accidents are
     currently being discussed in parliament. The law to be applied will have an impact on the
     implementation methodology.




2.2.2.2. Line of Action
         Intervention in programs related with the job market and guaranteeing the rights
         and working conditions of workers with disabilities or chronic diseases and
         workers with a lower work capacity.



Prevention Measures

1.   53. Reinforcing the self-employment support system for persons with disabilities, by
      helping them to organise their own project during the first 3 years as of the start of their
      activity.

         Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
         Implementation Period: 2006-2008
         Indicator: Number of persons covered by the Self-employment Creation Program.

Measure to be eliminated since it was absorbed by the general measures.


1.   54. Establishing protocols with large national companies defining their participation in
     hiring persons with disabilities or incapacities according to corporate social responsibility
     policies. Coverage for 20 companies, 400 internships and 200 professional integrations.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2008 proposal 2006-2009
     Indicator: Number of protocols signed, number of internships and number of professional
     integrations.


     Number of protocols signed: 2
           - Milenium BCP
           - EPAL




Repair Measures

1.   55. Creating small companies consisting of various persons with disabilities as partners or
     companies associated with other persons or entities, whereby the support to be awarded
     may be multiplied by the number of persons with disabilities.


     Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2008
     Indicator: Number of companies and number of persons covered by the measure
     It is proposed that this measure be eliminated.




1.   56. Developing complementary entrepreneurialism training to acquire expertise and
     know-how in business initiatives. Coverage: 1,000 trainees. Eliminate target


     Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2008 Proposal 2008-2009
     Indicator: Number of persons with disabilities certified in entrepreneurialism; number of
     entrepreneurialism courses covered by the reference and developed at CFPs and CRPs.


     Consequent to the development of a platform adapted and accessible to persons with disabilities in
     general and specifically for persons with visual and/or motor disabilities, within the scope of the
     National Program project for Participation of Citizens with Special Needs in the Information Society
     (Digital Inclusion) with follow-up by IEFP, I.P., a proposal was made for an experimental application
     for the platform for 4 professional rehabilitation centres involving 60 persons with disabilities.




Instruments


1.   57. Updating the amounts stipulated for hiring assistance.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2007


     It is proposed that this measure be eliminated.



1.   58. Expanding the scope of hiring assistance to all active employment measures.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2008


      It is proposed that this measure be eliminated.



1.   59. Generalising assistance for employment (particularly for adapting work stations and for
     eliminating architectonic barriers) to all active employment measures, thus allowing
     persons with disabilities to have access, for example, to the professional internship
     measures.
     Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2008


     It is proposed that this measure be eliminated.



1.   60. Cumulative employment assistance which may also be cumulative with any other
     assistance.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2007

     It is proposed that this measure be eliminated.




1.   61. Redefining the regulations applicable to the protected employment program and
     respective technical and financial assistance.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2007 proposal 2008
     Indicator: Statute Publication




1.   62. Implementing a new methodology to evaluate production capacity, which encourages a
     transition to the labour market, coordinated with the new program of work positions
     supported in the Labour Market and, whenever justified, coordinated with the Assistance
     Program for placement and pos-placement follow-up. Coverage applicable to 6,000 persons.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2008



     Actions in 2006/2007
       •       Instruments and methodologies were created to evaluate the production capacity;
       •       The instruments and methodology were applied experimentally;
       •       A first training course was carried out for technicians of Employment Centres and
           Resource Centres;
       •       A legislation alteration proposal was also prepared.


     This measure should be eliminated since it will be absorbed by measure 44.
1.   63. Regulations applicable to the Placement Support and Post-placement Follow-up
      Program.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2007
     Indicator: Statute Publication; number of information/awareness raising actions; number of
     agreements and protocols signed; number of persons covered.


     The following measure alteration is proposed

     Reinforcing intervention for the Placement Support and Post-placement Follow-up Program


     Implementation Period: 2008-2009
     Indicator: Number of information/awareness raising actions; number of agreements and protocols
     signed; number of persons covered.




1.   64. Regulations applicable to rights and working conditions of workers with disabilities or
     chronic diseases and workers with a reduced work capacity.

     Responsible entities: MLSS
     Partnership: INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2007. Proposal 2008
     Indicator: Statute Publication


     Consequent to the November 2007 presentation of the White Book about labour relations, a statute
     project is being prepared which will be presented within the context of the Labour Code review.




2.2.3. STRATEGY for Information and Vocational Training


Prevention Measures


1.   65. Developing    training   actions   for   Employment      Centre   technicians    assigned     to
     professional rehabilitation (2 technicians per employment centre, 1 vocational guidance
     counsellor and 1 employment technician) endowing them with greater expertise and
     know-how in this area.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2008


     A new draft for the measure is proposed:


     Developing training actions for technicians of employment centres and professional training
     centres, endowing them with the expertise and knowledge in this area to improve service
     and follow-up.


     Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2008
     Indicator: Number of trainees covered




1.   66. Qualifying professionals who will offer personal services and social follow-up at social
                                                                                             st
     security centres through training courses in sign language for listeners. 1                  stage, 40
                      nd
     technicians; 2        stage, 40 technicians

     Responsible entities: MLSS / ISS, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2009
     Indicator: Number of technicians covered by sign language training courses.


     An analysis is in progress regarding the conditions and necessary means for the feasibility of
     holding the PSL course, according to a training plan suitable to the reality of social security, which
     may cover all the reference technicians.




1.   67. Developing training actions for technicians and managers of professional rehabilitation
     entities and for instructors of professional rehabilitation training actions.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2008 Proposal 2006-2009
     Indicators: Number of training actions carried out; number of technicians covered


     Year of 2006
      st
     1 half of 2007
     Holding a pedagogic enhancement training action for instructors to renew the professional aptitude
     certificate of 12 deaf instructors from the Portuguese Association of the Deaf.
      nd
     2 half of 2007
       •       Preparing the proposal for the Reference Design of Ongoing Pedagogic Instructor
           Training: “Developing Instructor Expertise for the Professional Training of Persons with
           Disabilities and Incapacities;"
       •       Launching the tender to award the Reference Design of Ongoing Pedagogic Instructor
           Training: “Developing Instructor Expertise for the Professional Training of Persons with
           Disabilities and Incapacities;"
       •       Designing a database to support the questionnaire to characterise the human
           resources assigned to professional training and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities and
           incapacities financed by IEFP, I.P.   and the diagnosis of their training needs;
       •       Designing a means to help persons correctly fill out the database “Training Needs
           Survey" targeting Professional Rehabilitation Entities/Centres;
       •       Sending the database to all national rehabilitation entities in order to diagnose their
           training needs applicable to human resources assigned to the professional training and
           rehabilitation of persons with disabilities and incapacities, financed by IEFP, I.P.       and
           preparation of the consequent training plan.




1.   68. Creating a legislative framework to standardise the training of technicians for
     re-education through horse hippotherapy.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Partnerships: MADREP / MS
     Implementation Period: 2006-2008
     Indicator: Statute Publication


     After a first analysis of the measure, it was decided to expand it so that it would include
     re-education technicians using other animals and not those exclusively resulting from hippotherapy.


     Therefore, the measure now focuses on professionals for re-education through zoo therapy due to
     its growth and since it covers a broader concept. In a first stage, a survey was carried out covering
     international and national measures on the matter. Contacts were also made with organisations in
     the field in order to obtain a perspective of the actual reality. Consequent to this measure, a work
     methodology will be presented along with a proposal to systematise the legislation to be prepared
     about the matter.


     Therefore, it is proposed that the measure be replaced by the following one:


     Create a legislative framework for training technicians for zoo therapy re-education.
   Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
   Implementation Period: 2008
   Indicator: Statute Publication




Prevention Measures


1. 69. Implementing a Pool of Portuguese Sign Language (PSL) Interpreters, thereby providing
   deaf persons with access to training and employment services and providing qualified
   interpreters to entities and organisations.


   Level and coverage 40 PSL interpreters.

   Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
   Implementation Period: 2006-2007 proposal 2008-2009
   Indicator: Number of deaf persons relying on the pool of PSL interpreters; number of entities and
   organisations relying on the pool of PSL interpreters; number of services relying on the pool of PSL
   interpreters.


   2006/2007
   A regulations project was prepared, and the necessary instruments are being prepared for an
   experimental implementation at pilot employment centres. Measure delayed until 2008.
2.3. AXIS III – Qualifying and Ensuring Dignified Living Conditions



Persons with disabilities or incapacities and their families are today the most vulnerable to poverty and
have the greatest exposure to exclusion problems arising from a lack of autonomy, self-esteem and
family resources. These problems are extended to their families, particularly in situations of greater
gravity or complexity, for which there are few solutions and which are not very suitable to their real
needs.


The public social protection system is an essential instrument for supporting and promoting persons
subject to greater vulnerability and, as such, the said system must provide a solution suitable for the
needs of persons with substantial functional limitations and also suitable for their families.


In this matter, PAIPDI established the following priority strategies by stipulating a number of measures
to be developed from 2006 to 2009, of which the following are highlighted:




Prevention, Rehabilitation, Qualification, Protection, Social Solidarity


   •     ⎫                                         Reviewing the current legislative framework covering
         social benefits for persons with disabilities by Social Security's Family Protection Subsystem
         should imply creating a new integrated and personalised benefit model combining greater
         coordination between regimes and social action and call for intervention and support by a
         properly qualified technician;


   •     ⎫      Alter the current legal regime on interdiction and disqualification such that the said
         regime allows persons of age who, due to a limitation or alteration in their mental functions, are
         unable, in a clear and autonomous manner, to make decisions about themselves or their
         assets, or of properly expressing them or executing them, must benefit from a protection regime
         safeguarding their legitimate interests, and which guarantees that they are heard on and
         participate in all measures to be taken, except in cases in which the gravity of the incapacity,
         properly proven, impedes them from doing such;


   •     ⎫      Create an Information and Mediation Services Network for Persons with Disabilities or
         Incapacities – SIMPD, to render specialised service and information to those persons, their
         families, technicians and professionals and the general public;
  •    ⎫       Create an Integrated Technical Assistance Financial System – involving Health,
       Education, Social Action, Employment and Professional Training – sustained by a global
       approach to the attribution process which takes into account information, evaluation,
       prescription, attribution, follow-up, training, adaptation, maintenance, substitution, return, loan
       and rent and which allows for individual and integrated evaluations of their functional capacities
       and limitations and of the social, family, school or professional context affecting these persons.

       This new system implies reviewing and reformulating the procedures in force in order to improve
       the quality of services rendered to citizens, to rationalise available resources, to maximise
       results and to eliminate identified constraints:


  •    ⎫       Create new responses for providing residential housing combined with other assistance
       benefits, concretely, home assistance in accordance with decentralised and local plans that
       establish priorities according to a suitable relation between needs and resources and which
       increases the capacity of already existing solutions within the scope of the PARES Program.


  •    ⎫       Early intervention for the primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of disabilities or
       incapacities, through a better coordination between the health, social security and education
       sectors and private institutions;


  i.   ⎫       Review the National Incapacities Table within the context of the WHO reference chart
       stipulated in the ICF, and the consequent reformulation of the current evaluation systems and
       certification of the disabilities or incapacity, either for the purpose of eligibility to social benefits,
       including those arising from a work accident or occupational disease, or for tax benefits and
       exemptions;


  i.   ⎫        Use and integrate synergies arising from work carried out by the Social Network
       operating in the field of disabilities and rehabilitation;




  i.   ⎫        Approve the Framework Law of the ONGPD.




2.3.1 STRATEGY for Protection and Social Solidarity



2.3.1.1. Line of Action
          Develop specific measures and actions favouring the quality of life of
           persons with disabilities or incapacities and helping their families in
           accessing rights, resources, goods and services.



Prevention Measures


1.   70. Creating and implementing a reference technician at District Social Security Centres
     who will be properly qualified and act as a mediator assisting persons with disabilities or
     incapacities and their families and who will foster the development and implementation of
     an individualised plan.


     Responsible entities: MLSS / ISS, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2007 proposal 2008
     Indicator: Number of Reference Technicians per District Centre.


     District Centres were asked to identify 2 technicians who, due to their training and/or know-how in
     this theme and because of their intervention with persons with disabilities and their families, could
     play the said role of Reference Technician.


     The process to identify those professionals is nearly complete. Currently and nationwide, there
     are about 31 reference technicians who hold a university degree in Social Services. However,
     there is also a representative number of professionals with academic training in Psychology and
     Occupational Therapy, with experience in rehabilitation matters.


     In order to improve the qualification of the identified Reference Technicians, a plan was made to
     hold a specific training course - Sign Language Course to provide those technicians with
     knowledge to facilitate communication with deaf persons, according to their needs.


         As such, after having analysed the conditions and means necessary for holding the PSL
         course, according to a suitable Training Plan adapted to the reality of Social Security, it was
         decided to go ahead with the said course in 2008.




1.   71. Creating a service for persons with disabilities at the 18 District Social Security Centres
                 st                                                                   nd
     (CDSS) - 1       implementation stage at the CDSS of Lisbon and Porto; 2              implementation
     stage at other CDSS.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / ISS, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2009
     Indicator: Number of Service Offices.


     This measure is currently being implemented under the responsibility of the Citizen Service
     Department of the ISS, I.P., whereby the Porto District Service Office is currently being
     implemented in coordination with the Lisbon District Social Security Centre, at the Alameda
     Service Office.


     The goal is to equip this centre with all the resources necessary for providing service to persons
     with disabilities or incapacities and to provide a solution to the whole theme related with Social
     Security products for this target group. There are 3 physical service offices and one self-service
     office.


     The first Service Office has been operating in Lisbon since December 2007.


     However, the general service indicators do not make it possible to identify the population with
     disabilities or incapacities.




Repair Measures


1.   72. Expanding an information and mediation service network for persons with disabilities
     and incapacities and their families within the scope of Town Councils - Town Council
     Offices (IMS-PD) by signing Partnership Agreements / Protocols between the MLSS and the
     Town Councils.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2008
     Indicator: Growth in the number of IMS-PD created at town councils


     2005
     Protocols were signed to set up SIM-PD with the following town councils: of Alijó, Braga and
     Trofa.


     2006
       •        The logo of the IMS-PD network was designed and a film was made to present the
            project;
       •        The IMS-PD operation Organisational Guide was prepared and approved;
       •        A new database was created for rendering the services, accessible to the existing
            IMS-PD;
       •        The project was disclosed through personal contacts and in writing to 22 town councils;
      •       A training course was held at the Maria Cândida da Cunha Training Centre (INR, I.P. -
           Malvazia) attended by 8 technicians assigned to 5 IMS-PD;
      •       Protocols were signed to set up IMS-PD with the following town councils: Beja, Évora,
           Lousã, Portalegre, Odivelas and São Brás de Alportel.


    In 2007
      •       A training course was held at the Maria Cândida da Cunha Training Centre (INR, I.P. –
           Malvazia) attended by 13 technicians assigned to 8 IMS-PD;
      •       Flyers and posters were produced (annex 4);
      •       Protocols were signed to set up IMS-PD with the following town councils: Silves,
           Lousada, Faro, Oeiras, Guarda, Aveiro and with the Junta Metropolitana do Porto (Porto
           Metropolitan Council) (SIMPD which covers the area of Greater Porto).




                                                 Table 19
                     Cooperation Protocols for Setting Up the IMS-PD


                                      Protocols Signed                   Protocols Being Prepared
                                                                             (December 2007)

                          Aveiro; Beja; Braga; Évora; Faro;         Coimbra; Leiria; Santarém; Setúbal
                          Portalegre; Guarda
                                                                    Total: 4
District Capitals
                          Total: 7


Metropolitan Areas        Porto Metropolitan Area


                          Total: 1

                          Alijó; Lousã; Lousada; Odivelas; S.       Amadora; Cascais; Coruche; Lagos;
                          Brás de Alportel; Silves; Trofa; Oeiras   Loures; Marco de Canavezes; Sintra;

Other Town Councils                                                 Torres Vedras


                                                                    Total: 8
                          Total: 8


          TOTALS                            16                                       12




                                                    Table 20
                                         IMS-PD Financial Expenses


                                     Year of 2006
INR, I.P. – 40,656.00 €                                                                   INR, I.P.   - 12,649.14 €

                                                                                          (Flyers / preparation of a new film
(Database; Film and training course)


                                   Total: 53,305.14 €




     It is proposed that the measure be replaced by the following:


     Creating an information and mediation services network for persons with disabilities in the
     district capital centres


     Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2009
     Indicator: Growth in the number of IMS-PD created in the 18 districts




1.   73. Creating a Single Counter at the physical service structures of the IEFP, I.P.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2009


     It is proposed that this measure be eliminated.




1.   74. Review the current legal regime of interdiction and disqualification by approving and
     implementing a new legal representation regime and associated matters regarding persons
     of age and minors in situation of incapacity which safeguard their legitimate interests and
     their rights and liberties.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Partnerships: MJ
     Implementation Period: 2006-2007 proposal 2008
     Indicator: Statute Publication


     INR, I.P. presented a project for the statute that is being analysed.
2.3.1.2. Line of Action
           Reformulate and modernise the social protection model for disabilities
           and incapacities for a more rational and effective system management.



Prevention Measures


1.   75. Reviewing the current family benefits systems in the event of disabilities and
     preparation of a new legal regime.


     Responsible entities: MLSS / ISS, I.P.
     Partners: DGSS
     Implementation Period: 2006 proposal 2008
     Indicator: Publication of the legal mechanism.


     At the start of 2006, INR, I.P. sent a study completed in December 2005 to the supervising ministry
     of assessment. The study covered proposals about the New Family Benefits System in the Event of
     Disability and was a basis for deciding on and approving the legal device.




1.   76. Evaluating the development of Early Intervention and the application of Joint Order
     891/99, of October 19, which approved the Regulatory Orientations of the IP for children with
     disabilities or in risk of serious development retardation and for their families.



     Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Partnerships: MS / DGS; ME / DGIDC; MLSS / ISS, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006
     Indicator: Report Submittal.



     As for Early Intervention, its evaluation in the experimental period for the application of Joint Order
     891/99 was the responsibility of the a Interdepartmental Group (IG), created according to joint order
     30/2006, of January 11, coordinated by the National Secretariat for Rehabilitation and Integration of
     Persons with Disabilities (NSRIP), which included representatives from three sectors (Health,
     Education and Social Security).
     This group evaluated the overall development of early intervention during the experimental period
     of applying joint order 891/99, of October 19, and its effects on the development of early
     intervention in our country, within the terms stipulated in the said order.



     In November 2006, a detailed report was submitted to the respective supervising ministries
     containing a set of recommendations and proposals in addition to the evaluation itself about the
     implementation of Joint Order 891/99 applicable to the country and identification of the main
     constraints and facilitating factors.




1.   77. Enhancing and consolidating the IP model, making alterations and readjustments to the
     current model according to the evaluation products and in order to reinforce its quality and
     suitability to needs.



     Responsible entities: MLSS / ISS, I.P.
     Partnerships: ME / DGIDC; MS / DGS
     Implementation Period: 2007
     Indicator: Statute Publication




     It is proposed that the measure be replaced by the following:


     Reviewing Joint Order 891/99, of October 19, and applying a new national early intervention
     system with tri-party sectorial action, in order to cover the population with disabilities and
     incapacities of 0 to 6 years of age.


     Responsible entities: MLSS / ME / MS
     Implementation Period: 2008
     Indicator: Publication of the statute and number of children covered per number of children with
     disabilities and incapacities.




Repair Measures


1.   78. Reviewing a supplemental system for financing, prescribing and awarding technical
     assistance and designing a new integrated system.
Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
Partnerships: ME / DGIDC; MS / DGS
Implementation Period: 2006-2007 Proposal 2008
Indicator: Report Submittal.


Within the scope of supplemental financing, the Ministries of Health of Labour and Social Solidarity
decided, similar to previous years, and through Joint Order 12 370/2007 published in Diário da
               nd
República, 2        series, no. 117 of 20 June 2007, to provide an overall amount made available for
2007 of twelve million three hundred seventy-six thousand three hundred and thirty-nine euros (€
12,376,339), whereby € 6,000,000.00 was contributed by the Ministry of Health and € 6,376,339.00
by the Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity, of which:


  •       3,822,379.00 €, originated from the budget of the Social Security Institute, I.P. (ISS,
      I.P.), and was distributed among the District Social Security Centres (CDSS) to finance the
      technical aid prescribed by the Health Centres and Specialised Centres;


  •       2,553,960.00 € originated from the budget of the Employment and Professional
      Training Institute, I.P. (IEFP, I.P.) used to finance the technical aid indispensable for
      professional training and employment, including access to transports.




On 20 December 2007, Order 28936/2007 was published which discloses the regulation standards
for implementing the supplemental financing, in particular by defining the prescribing and/or
financing entities and their procedures and distributes the available amounts through Joint Order 12
                                                nd
370/2007 published in Diário da República, 2         series, no. 117 of 20 June 2007, among the various
bodies and entities.



The Follow-up and Evaluation Group for the Supplemental Financing of Technical Aid / Assistance
Technology has suggested that some alterations be made to improve the procedures and to
diminish the difficulties faced by the population so that the respective persons may participate in
equal circumstances with other citizens.



It has been detected that there is a growing need to use products and facilities (technical aid /
support technology) requiring ongoing investment by the competent entities along with a political
commitment to and understanding of the disclosed needs.



This work group’s successive annual evaluations have revealed various problems and obstacles for
  the proper operation of this system since, although called "supplemental," from the beginning it has
  been functioning as the “actual” financing.


                                                                        nd
  However, Order 26 950/2007, of November 26 of the DR, 2                    Series, created a new WG
  coordinated by INR, I.P. and that will prepare a proposal of legislative, regulatory and technical
  solutions for the supplemental system for Technical Assistance / Support Technology, including its
  expansion to the education context, within the scope of the ME. The WG will also include, in
  addition to DGS, IEFP, I.P., ISS, I.P. and INR, I.P., a representative from the Ministry of Education.
  It is also stipulated that, within 3 months, as of the operation start of the new WG, it will submit a
  report with the requested information.



  This measure is closely linked with Measure 2.1.1 – Compatibility and unification of awarding
  technical assistance to students within education structures with the supplemental system for
  Awarding and Financing Technical Assistance (Axis II).




  The amounts made available for 2007 and the amounts made available and used in 2006 were as
  follows:




                                                 Table 21


Amounts Made Available and Amounts Spent at the Hospital Institutions of the National Health
                                   Service (SNS), per Health Region




    Health             Technical         Budget Amount                               Budget Amount
                    Assistance/Sup                               Amount Spent
   Regions                                       2006                                     2007
                         port                                        2006
                      Technology
                         (nº)


     North                      6,100           1,617,349.25 €      1,811,944.86 €       1,862,000.00 €



    Centre                      6,658           1,318,905.51 €      1,273,181.45 €       1,300,000.00 €
         LVT                   5,709            2,484,852.25 €            2,191,310.48 €       2,441,000.00 €



        Alentejo                 481             120,265.05 €              164,206.51 €         110,000.00 €



        Algarve                  521             .458,62794 €              392,744.69 €          287,00.00 €



         Total                19,469            6,000,000.00 €            5,833,387.99€        6,000,000.00 €




                                                 Table 22
          Amounts Made Available and Amounts Spent by Social Security – ISS, I.P. / CDSS




CDS                 2006                 2007

    S              Budget              Processed        Available           Implem.         2.30%           Budget
                                                                              Rate          Reinf.

Avei                                   219,397.00                                                          224,443.00
ro                    219,397.00 €                €              0.00 €       100.00%      5,046.00 €                €

                                       126,984.04                                                          129,994.00
Beja                  127,071.00 €                €          86.96 €           99.93%      2,923.00 €                €

Brag                                   266,894.67                                                          273,534.00
a                     267,384.00 €                €        489.33 €            99.82%      6,150.00 €                €

Brag                                   128,706.68                                                          135,040.00
ança                  132,004.00 €                €      3,297.32 €            97.50%      3,036.00 €                €

Cast
elo                                    118,119.98                                                          120,837.00
Bran
                      118,120.00 €                €              0.02 €       100.00%      2,717.00 €                €
co

Coi                   208,397.00 €     208,397.00                0.00 €       100.00%      4,793.00 €      213,190.00
mbr                               €                                                   €
a

Évor                     166,316.10                                          170,153.00
a        166,327.00 €             €        10.90 €    99.99%    3,826.00 €            €

                         286,581.93                                          293,298.00
Faro     286,704.00 €             €      122.07 €     99.96%    6,594.00 €            €

Gua                      121,545.90                                          124,343.00
rda      121,547.00 €             €         1.10 €   100.00%    2,796.00 €            €

Leiri                    148,224.84                                          152,591.00
a        149,160.00 €             €      935.16 €     99.37%    3,431.00 €            €

Lisb                     617,609.39                                          635,706.00
on       621,414.00 €             €     3,804.61 €    99.39%   14,292.00 €            €

Port
aleg                     123,407.20                                          126,251.00
re       123,413.00 €             €         5.80 €   100.00%    2,838.00 €            €

Port                     510,905.00                                          522,656.00
o        510,905.00 €             €         0.00 €   100.00%   11,751.00 €            €

Sant
aré                      127,106.90                                          140,666.00
m        137,504.00 €             €    10,397.10 €    92.44%    3,162.00 €            €

Setú                     168,428.00                                          172,302.00
bal      168,428.00 €             €         0.00 €   100.00%    3,874.00 €            €

Vian
a do                     119,458.00                                          122,206.00
Cast
         119,458.00 €             €         0.00 €   100.00%    2,748.00 €            €
elo

Vila                     107,330.23                                          117,266.00
Real     114,630.00 €             €     7,299.77 €    93.63%    2,636.00 €            €

Vise                     144,563.83                                          147,903.00
u        144,578.00 €             €        14.17 €    99.99%    3,325.00 €            €

TOT                      3,709,976.6                                         3,822,379.0
AL      3,736,441.00 €           9€    26,464.31 €   99.29%    85,938.00 €           0€
                                               Table 23
                Amounts Made Available and Amounts Spent by IEFP, I.P.
                          Budget Amounts          Amounts Implemented
                                (€)                        (€)          No. of Beneficiaries




      2006                 2,000,000.00 €            2,420,074.01 €             490




                                               Table 24

                    Amounts Allocated by the MS and MLSS since 2002



                     Ministry of            Ministry of Labour and
   Year                                                                       Total
                       Health                  Social Solidarity
   2002            3,092,546.95 €               4,888,219.40 €          7,980,766.35 €

   2003            3,169,860.00 €               5,010,425.00 €          8,180,285.00 €

   2004            3,274,466.00 €               5,175,769.00 €          8,450,235.00 €

   2005            3,339,955.50 €               5,279,284.50 €          8,619,240.00 €

   2006            6,000,000.00 €               5,736,441.00 €          11,736,441.00 €

   2007            6,000,000.00 €               6,376,339.00 €          12,376,339.00 €




The physical and financial implementation of the supplemental financing of technical assistance,
with reliable results about the national reality, may be evaluated only after improving the
information collection instruments and supports to be used by the prescription and financing
entities.


This PAIPDI measure aims to review the system in force and propose another model whose
operation is more effective and efficient, without the current model’s constraints and weaknesses.


This review covers the various participating sectors, in particular Health, Social Security,
     Employment, Professional Training and, as of now and to expand the system to schools, it also
     includes Education. As an indispensable condition for greater assistance to persons with
     disabilities/incapacities, the currently expanded Interdepartmental WG aims to create a more
     coherent and fairer operation resulting in greater coordination between the system’s supervising
     ministries.


     Order 26 950/2007, of November 26, was published at the end of 2007 and broadens the mandate
     of the Follow-up Group for the Supplemental System of Technical Assistance / Support Technology
     and appoints it to review the system and to prepare a proposal of legislative, regulatory and
     technical solution for the system in force and stipulates that the group must include a
     representative from ME/DGIDC. The INR, I.P. continues to be the entity coordinating the process.




1.   79. Applying the new financing model, prescription and assigning technical assistance.


     Responsible entities: MLSS; ME; MS
     Implementation Period: 2008
     Indicator: Statute Publication




2.3.1.3. Line of Action
           Strengthen the quality and capacity of the social facilities network for
           persons with disabilities, with priority on assistance modes that
           promote their permanence in a natural living environment.



Prevention Measures


1. 80. Regulating the operation of Occupational Activity Centres (CAO)

     Responsible entities: MLSS / DGSS
     Partnerships: ISS, I.P.; INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006
     Indicator: Statute Publication


     Publication of Ordinance 432/2006, of May 3, which regulates socially useful activities, referred to
     by Decree-Law 18/89, of January 11, and the conditions for assigning monetary compensations to
     users of occupational activities centres as specified in article 10 of the said decree-law.
1.   81. Regulating the operation of Care Homes and Independent Homes

     Responsible entities: MLSS / DGSS
     Partnerships: ISS, I.P.; INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006
     Indicator: Statute Publication


     Normative Order 28/2006, of May 3 – Regulations for the Organisation, Installation and Functioning
     of Residential Structures for Persons with Disabilities.




1.   82. Regulation by DL 18/89, of January 11, applicable to occupational activities to achieve
     compatibility between the regime stipulated by it with the transition to an active life by
     youths with grave disabilities or incapacities and recognising social utility tasks.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / DGSS
     Partnerships: ISS, I.P.; INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006
     Indicator: Statute Publication


     Publication of Ordinance 432/2006, of May 3, which regulates socially useful activities, referred to
     by Decree-Law 18/89, of January 11, and the conditions for assigning monetary compensations to
     users of occupational activities centres as specified in article 10 of the said decree-law.




Repair Measures


1. 83. Implementation in stages of 20 Autonomous Residences, with priority given according
     to detected needs.


     Responsible entities: MLSS / ISS, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2009
     Indicator: Number of Projects Approved for Building Autonomous Residences


     According to the PARES program, this measure had the following results:
      st                                                                                     nd
     1 Notice that candidatures may be submitted (Order 10 516/2006, of May 11 - 2                 Series First)
     with an allocation of 350,000 €. Contracts were signed for 9 Autonomous Residences for 36
     persons.
      nd
     2 Notice (Order 944/2007, of January 18) with an allocation of 3,640,000 €. By order to re-assign
     the amounts of the SESS, the allocation was of 9.1 million euros. Notices were issued to sign
     contracts for 25 Autonomous Residences, with 155 new places.
     Total approved residences: 34 Autonomous residences.




1.   84. 15% capacity increase of Care Homes for persons with disabilities.


     Responsible entities: MLSS / ISS, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2009
     Indicator: Number of places in Care Homes based on the number of residential places in 2004.


     Within the scope of PARES:
      st                                                                              nd
     1 Notice that candidatures may be submitted (Order 10 516/2006, of May 11 – 2         Series) with an
     allocation of € 3,500,000. Contracts were signed for 10 Care Homes for 162 places/beneficiaries.

      nd
     2     Notice (Order 944/2007, of January 18). Allocation of 3,640,000€. By order to re-assign the
     amounts of the SESS, the allocation was of 9.1 million euros. Notices were issued to sign
     contracts for 22 Care Homes, with 411 new places.


     Places under execution prior to and during the PARES: 262
     Total places approved in Care Homes: 573 + 262 = 835 new places
     Installed capacity in 2004 = 3,745 (15% = 562 places)




1.   85. Increasing the capacity by 30% of the Home Assistance Service (HAS) for persons with
     disabilities or incapacities, in order to increase and qualify the solution, as a means of
     discouraging institutionalisation.


     Responsible entities: MLSS / ISS, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2009
     Indicator: Number of places in Home Assistance Service based on the number of places covered
     by home assistance service in 2004.

                                  st       nd
     In 2006/2007, through the 1 and 2          Stages of the PARES, 210 places were created in HAS, a
     34.59% increase in installed capacity in 2007 compared with 2004. Whereby the installed capacity
     in 2004 was of 607 places.
1. 86. Increasing the capacity of Occupational Activities Centres (CAO) by 10% for persons
     with disabilities.


     Responsible entities: MLSS / ISS, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2009
     Indicator: Number of places in CAO based on the number of places in CAO in 2004.

                                 st
     In 2006/2007, through the 1 stage of the PARES, 178 places were created. During this period,
     there were 502 other places being built prior to and during the PARES, for a total increase of the
     installed capacity of 680 places. The installed capacity in 2004 was of 10,135 places.




Instruments


1.   87. Program to Expand the Social Facilities Network (PARES)

     Responsible entities: MLSS / ISS, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2007
     Indicator: Opening of candidatures to the program


                                                 Table 25
          New places in relation to the PARES I and PARES II projects and others in progress
Occupational Activities Centre




Care Home + Autonomous Residences




Home Assistance Service
2.3.1.4. Line of Action
           As a complement to the social protection system, promote the
           conciliation of positive differentiation measures within the scope of
           public administration policies.



Prevention Measures


1.   88. Creating a new National Disabilities Table according to ICF/WHO, and defining a
     standardised and coherent system to evaluate the functional status of persons and their
     incapacities and limitations.


     Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Partners: ME; MS; MF
     Implementation Period: 2008. Proposal 2009
     Indicator: Adapting the TNI to ICF of WHO



     According to the publication of DL 352/2007, it is proposed that the measure come to have the
     following description:


     Adapting the National Disabilities Table according to ICF/WHO, and defining a standardised
     and coherent system to evaluate the functional status of persons and their incapacities and
     limitations.


     Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Partners: ME; MS; MF
     Implementation Period: Proposal 2009
     Indicator: Adapting the TNI to the ICF of WHO
Repair Measures

1.   89. Giving continuity, on a broad basis, to the review of the insurance systems for
     disabilities or incapacities, involving the sector's economic agents.


     Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, IP
     Partners: MF / DG Treasury; APS; ISP; ANDST; FORMEN




     Implementation Period: 2007-2008
     Indicator: Publication of a statute containing clauses covering the rights of persons with disabilities
     and incapacities.


     During the period of public discussion about the law project regarding the “Insurance Contract,”
     proposals were presented by CNRIPD based on conclusions in the report by the work group which
     was previously set up in INR, I.P. and in coordination with Law 46/2006, of August 28, which
     punishes and prohibits discrimination against disabilities.




1.   90. Evaluating Decree-Law 103-A/90, of March 22, referring to the exemption of the
     Automobile Tax (AT)

     Responsible entities: MF
     Partners: - MLSS; INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2007
     Indicator: Statute Publication


     Law 22-A/2007, of July 29, makes an overall reform of the automobile tax, approving the Vehicle
     Tax Code and the Sole Circulation Tax Code, and simultaneously eliminates the automobile tax,
     the municipal automobile tax, the circulation tax and the trucking tax. This law includes the review
     of Decree-Law 103-A/90, of March 22, referring to the automobile tax exemption.


     The new law which revoked Decree-Law 103-A/90 redesigned a new legal regime on the
     exemption for persons with disabilities which, within the legal terms, greatly improved access to
     and enjoyment of this tax benefit.    Articles 54 to 57 of the CISV provide very exact regulations on
     this exemption. The alterations imply a clear enhancement of the exemption content with a direct
     benefit for persons with disabilities or incapacities.
1.   91. Contribution to works to adapt homes and thereby eliminate architectonic barriers, of up
     to 3,000 € per home. Coverage of 500 homes/year.

     Responsible entities: MELMRD / IHRU, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2007- 2009
     Indicator: Number of persons covered who have disabilities or incapacities.




1. 92. A 20% growth in grants for initiatives to promote Low Cost Housing. Coverage of 1,000
     homes/year.

     Responsible entities: MELMRD / IHRU, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2007- 2009
     Indicator: Number of persons covered who have disabilities or incapacities.




1. 93. A 10% growth in the rate of contributions to rehabilitation works supported by INH.
     Coverage of 750 homes/year.

     Responsible entities: MELMRD / IHRU, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2007- 2009
     Indicator: Number of persons covered who have disabilities or incapacities.




2.3.2. STRATEGY to Foster Better and More Innovation in the Rehabilitation
System



Repair Measures


1.   94. Approve the Framework Law of the ONGPD

     Responsible entities: MLSS / ASER
     Implementation Period: 2007 proposal 2008
     Indicator: Statute Publication
1.   95. Developing a consultancy services project in collaboration with IEFP, I.P. to support the
     management of ONGPDs, thereby helping the sector’s professionals to update their
     expertise and whilst also promoting development of the respective managers’ capacities.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / IEFP, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2009
     Indicator: Project and number of participating NGO


     A new name for the measure is proposed:


     Developing a consultancy program to support the management of NGOs and thus
     strengthen the quality of rendered services.


     Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2008-2009
     Indicator: Program and number of participating NGOs
3. INTERVENTION CONDITIONS


The state will guarantee the rights of persons with disabilities or incapacities through its structures /
sectorial departments or through partnerships to be formed with other entities, in compliance with the
principles stipulated in the constitution of the Portuguese Republic and in accordance with the Base
Laws of the Regime for the Prevention, Qualification, Rehabilitation and Participation of persons with
disabilities, Law 38/2004, of August 18, and will promote the development of policy measures which are
effective and suitable to needs.


The PAIPDI 2006-2009 emerges as an instrument of excellence for placing those policies into practice.
As such, and complementing the strategies to guarantee the equal opportunities defined in Axes I, II
and III, the government’s current policy gave priority to two major strategic lines, in particular,
Research and Development and Information and Knowledge Management.


Accordingly, this plan covers a number of structural measures of which we highlight the following:


   •   ⎫       Support / incentive to research in areas applicable to disabilities and incapacities;


   •   ⎫       Issues regarding Universal Design, ICT, TA (support technology), information and
       statistics systems, the creation of disability and incapacity indicators and designing evaluation
       methodologies and measurement tools are a priority;


   •   ⎫       Creation of a Technical Assistance Internet Site consisting of a database – national
       catalogue of technical assistance for on-line management (available on the Internet), for queries
       according to entities, products or types of technical assistance, by key words, by the
       International Classification of Technical Aids - ISO or by product brands;


   •   ⎫       Application of the Universal Design to be included nation-wide for edifices, transports,
       products, special goods and services based on inclusive technology which satisfy the greatest
       number of users;


   •   ⎫       Consolidation and expansion of the National Network of Centres of Excellence and
       Design for All and Electronic Accessibility in order to instigate an action plan applicable to
       architecture and engineering and to define the standardisation requirements necessary to
       promote the rule of Universal Design;
     •   ⎫       Design and develop an Integrated Information System consistent with the conceptual
         model of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health – ICF (WHO,
         2001) and that, consequently, provides a basis for making a decision on intervention policies in
         the various domains of prevention, qualification, rehabilitation and participation;


     •   ⎫       Implementing the ICF in Portugal, due to its transversal relevance for the modernisation
         and universal framework of policies and practices and, as such, guarantees the development of
         equal opportunities and respect for human rights;


     •   ⎫       Promoting information and knowledge, and the respective disclosure through various
         means, with emphasis on electronic supports and the use of ICT as an essential means of
         attaining innovative approaches to effectively improving the quality of life of persons with
         disabilities or incapacities.




3.1. STRATEGY for Research and Development



3.1.1. Line of Action
         Promote a qualitative change in the current research and information
         system for disabilities and the respective social problems.



Prevention Measures


1.   96. Defining a number of indicators on disabilities and incapacities according to
     international parameters and their transversal and sectorial application


     Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Partnerships: PP / INE
     Implementation Period: 2006-2007 proposal 2008-2009
     Indicator: Creating a multidisciplinary work group and adopting the indicators.


     Defining consistent and relevant social indicators in this area requires, on one hand, stabilising a
     conceptual armature regarding the issues of disabilities and their combination with the political
options and strategies on a national level and, on the other hand, the search for convergence and
harmonisation with the international reference framework, in particular with the framework issued
by the Council of European for the EU.


In this sense, INR, I.P. has performed a detailed study and analysis of the new classification
system of WHO - International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health - ICF and has
developed various initiatives to raise awareness and promote its national implementation, in the
dual role of conceptual armature and common language for issues regarding disabilities and
incapacities, thereby aiming to strengthen the adoption of a bio-psychosocial model in these areas.


Since 2004, and particularly in 2006 and 2007, INR, I.P. has been working intensively to enhance
and provide technical support to the various public entities so that they may adopt the ICF, in
particular by:

  •          Collaborating in the planning, organisation and holding of various events of
      enhancement, reflection and debate about the ICF;

  •          Holding training courses requested by various entities;

  •          Developing a study group, in partnership with FENACERCI for the practical application
      of the ICF / Setting up of a Training Model to disseminate the ICF;

  •          Developing information and training instruments to disseminate the ICF in various
      formats such as the translation and publication of the Portuguese version of the "Beginner's
      Guide for a Common Language in Functioning, Disability and Health - ICF" by WHO, which
      was published by INR, I.P. (NSRIPD) – NSR Notebooks number 19;

  •          Introducing the sub-menu about the ICF in the new site of INR, I.P.




In 2007
As for collecting and systematising indicators on disabilities and incapacities, which presuppose an
integrated and transversal system of collecting and processing the information, contacts have
already been made with INE (national statistics institute), through which INR, I.P. pointed out the
respective requirements raised by the PAIPDI, and for which INE expressed its willingness to
participate.


A comprehensive list of indicators was drafted and sent for analysis by the heads of INR, I.P. This
list was also assessed by the Work Group for Statistics of Disabilities and Rehabilitation of
CSE-INE (GTE DR/CSE – INE).


Based on the social indicators for social cohesion which have been proposed by the Council of
Europe (see the COE publication "Concerted Development of Social Cohesion Indicators" and,
     specifically, aiming to achieve a conciliation with the work in progress at the COE about social
     indicators for disabilities, INR, I.P. will take actions and develop the mechanisms necessary for
     stabilising a number of indicators to monitor the success of transversal human rights policies and
     measures and to assist in the planning. As soon as it is stabilised, the list will be sent to INE so that
     it may continue the action stipulated in the PAIPDI.




1.   97. Developing the action by the Interdepartmental Work Group for Statistics on Disability
     and Rehabilitation (GTEDR), by decision of the CSE, in the follow-up and implementation of
     the ICF.

     Responsible entities: PP / CSE / INE – Coordination of the WG – INR, I.P.
     Partnerships/WG: Sectorial Statistics Department
     Implementation Period: 2006-2008.
     Indicator: Implementing the ICF within the scope of the Statistics of INE



     During 2006, within the scope of activities performed by the Work Group for Statistics on
     Disabilities and Rehabilitation – GTEDR – work was performed to collect, analyse and apply the
     concepts of the ICF and of other concepts that are part of the philosophy of this WHO instrument.


     In 2006, INR, I.P. participated in 11 meetings by the WG DR/CSE-INE, as the coordinating entity,
     to promote compliance with the objectives and mandate defined for the WG. In 2007, INR, I.P.
     participated in 11 meetings of WG EDR/CSE-INE, at which it continued the work to collect, analyse
     and apply concepts of the ICF of WHO, in order to set up a final list for application in collection
     operations for the National Statistics System.


     The report on the concepts is in the preparation stage, along with the report on the mandate of the
     WG, which must be presented in 2008.




Repair Measures


1.   98. Promoting the creation and consolidation of an Integrated Statistics Information System
     at the various Public Administration sectors to standardise and compare the collected data.


     Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Partnerships: PP / INE; MLSS / SPO
     Implementation Period: 2006-2009
     Indicator: Integrated Statistics Information System.


     The PAIPDI has set forth this measure as crucial to obtain a proper characterisation of persons
     with disabilities or incapacities, of the situations/problems/needs which they face, the available
     means and solutions, providing the necessary qualitative and quantitative information for an
     informed political decision.


     Therefore, the necessary conditions must be created for developing the measure and which require
     reinforcing the Statistics Sector of INR, I.P. with the appropriate means.


     In 2007, INR, I.P. has already began contacting INE to create and consolidate an integrated
     statistics information system in the various Public Administration sectors to standardise and
     compare the collected data (meeting held on March 14).


     This measure will be implemented in the period for financing the Operational Program of Human
     Potential/QREN.




1.   99. Publishing and disclosing scientific works which make essential contributions to
     qualifying solutions in the system for integrating persons with disabilities or incapacities.


     Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2009
     Indicator: Number of publications.


     The analysis and selection criteria are being reviewed for the future selection of the candidatures
     for writing scientific publications and works at INR, I.P. and for preparing regulations applicable to
     the publication criteria.


     Publications in 2006
     Books: “A Personalidade da Mãe Prematura” [The Personality of the Premature Mother] by Teresa
           Botelho and “Escola para Todos” [School for Everyone] by Francisco Carvalho.
     Notebooks: “Acessibilidade para Pessoas com Mobilidade Condicionada em Edifícios e
           Habitações” [Accessibility for Persons with Limited Mobility in Buildings and Homes] by Carla
           Cachadinha; “Contributos para uma Política de Reabilitação das Pessoas com Deficiência”
           [Contributions to a Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities] – INR, I.P.; “As Regras e as
           Práticas - Factores Organizacionais e Transformações na Política de Reabilitação
           Profissional das Pessoas com Doeficiência” [The Rules and Practices – Organisational
           Factors and Transformations in the Professional Rehabilitation Policy for Persons with
           Disabilities] by Carlos Veloso Botelh (2005/2006).
      Publications in 2007
      The books “A Reintegração Socioprofissional das Pessoas com Deficiências Adquiridas por
      Acidentes de Trabalho” [The Socio-professional Reintegration of Persons with Disabilities Caused
      by Work Accidents] by Rui Aragão Oliveira and “O Anuncio da Deficiência da Criança e suas
      Implicações Familiares e Psicológicas” [The Announcement that a Child is Disabled and its Family
      and Psychological Implications] by Joaquim Gronita, are in the completion stage.
      The completion and respective distribution will take place in 2008.




                                                   Table 26
                                   Financial Expenses on Publications

                                    Year of 2006                                                                   Y


     INR, I.P.: 30,000.00 €                                                               INR, I.P.: 83,000.00 €

                          Total (2006/2007) – 113,000.00 €




1.    100.          Launching a regular publication to disclose topics and contributions of a
      scientific nature, studies and good practices, within the scope of participation by persons
      with disabilities or incapacities.

      Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
      Implementation Period: 2007. Proposal 2008
      Indicator: Launching of the Publication


      This measure is in progress and its implementation arises from developments in the new organics
      of INR, I.P. Contacts have already been made with IEFP, I.P. to re-qualify the “Integrar” (Integrate)
      magazine.


      A quarterly e-news will be created to disclose actions carried out by the National Rehabilitation
      Institute, I.P. (INR, I.P.). This institutional newsletter will inform, attract and gain the loyalty of
      content information disclosure. The e-news will be sent to the list of interested parties by e-mail
      since it is a far-reaching means of communicating with new public segments. Forecast to start in
      early 2008.




1. 101.             Enhancing a National Network of Professionals and Rehabilitation and
      Accessibility Engineering Centres.
     Responsible entities: MSTHE / DGES
     Partnership: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2007-2009
     Indicator: Number of entities that integrate or which are part of the Network; number of
     professionals who acquire higher education in Rehabilitation and Accessibility Engineering.



     This measure is being worked on by MSTHE/DGES. At a meeting on 9 May 2007 with
     representatives of the MSTHE/DGES, INR, I.P. placed this measure into a framework and gave its
     perspective and suggested that SUPERA may be a liaison entity.


     The measure will be developed in 2008.




Instruments


1.   102.           Enhancing the Maria Cãndida da Cunha Research and Training Centre


     Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2009
     Indicator: Implementing the indicated activities.


       •          Rehabilitation Museum – Study and design of the museum to be performed during
            2008.
       •          Training Program – the training plan for 2008 is already structured and will be disclosed
            through the new site of INR, I.P.
       •          Bank of Recovery Technical Assistance – in the study and design stage.
       •          Other national rehabilitation reference structures.


     This measure will be implemented in the framework of financing for the Operational Program of
     Human Potential/QREN.




1. 103.             Redefining the Observatory of Disabilities / Incapacities, already created, and its
     implementation.


     Responsible entities: MLSS / ASER
     Implementation Period: 2006 proposal 2008
     Indicator: Enhance activities in 2008, after carrying out the contest selection procedures for filling
   the position of the middle management of INR, I.P.




1. 104.        Creating a Scientific Council for Disabilities.

   Responsible entities: MLSS / ASER
   Implementation Period: 2006 proposal 2008
   Indicator: Creating the CCD


   To be developed within the scope of the new organic structure of INR, I.P.




1. 105.        Awarding the Maria Cãndida da Cunha Scientific Merit Prize in coordination with
   the Jaime Filipe Prize

   Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
   Partners: MLSS / ISS, I.P.
   Implementation Period: 2007-2009
   Indicator: Awarding the prize in a coordinated manner.




1. 106.        Reviewing and renewing the current protocol between INR, I.P. and the
   Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) to support rehabilitation research projects.

   Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
   Partnerships: MSTHE / FCT
   Implementation Period: 2007 proposal 2008
   Indicator: Signing of a new protocol


   Commitments:
   FCT presented a project to update the Cooperation Protocol and INR, I.P. sent the topics covered
   by financial aid (Accessibilities, ICF, WHO, Quality of Rehabilitation Services, Ageing and Quality of
   Life and Developing PSL).


   The plan called for publishing the notice in September, so that candidatures could submit their
   application in October. The protocol is, however, waiting to be signed at MSTHE, and is thus
   expected to be launched in 2008.
3.1.2. Line of Action
            Exchange of experiences and developing closer cooperation relations
            between Portugal and Community, European and international
            organisations.



Instruments


1.   107.         Participating in the negotiation of the International Convention for Promoting and
     Protecting Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities, of the United Nations.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2007.
     Indicator: Signing of the convention.


       •        Completion of negotiations in August 2006.
       •        Approval of the final text by the General Meeting in December 2007
       •        Signing of the convention on 30 March 2007
       •        Translation of the convention in 2007


     On 13 December 2007, the United Nations General Assembly approved the Convention on the
     Rights of Persons with Disabilities, whose text resulted from 5 years of meetings by the Ad-hoc
     Committee set up for that purpose.


     On March 30, Portugal’s Assistant Secretary of State and of Rehabilitation signed the convention
     and the respective optional protocol at the United Nations head office, New York.


     INR, I.P. completed the translation of the Convention and Optional Protocol into Portuguese, which
     will be submitted by MNE to the Parliament for ratification.


     INR, I.P. and ONGPD have disclosed the convention at conferences and work sessions.


1.   108.         Following up and monitoring the Action Plan for Disabilities of the Council of
     Europe.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2009
     Indicator: Meetings and reports
     In 2006, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted the recommendation that
     created the Action Plan for Disabilities 2006-2015. INR, I.P.: represented Portugal in the plan's
     Writing Group until 2005, when it was completed, and in the preliminary preparation work and
     created the European Coordination Forum (CAHPAH).
     INR, I.P. provided the translation of the Action Plan on its institutional Internet pages (former
     NSRIPD and Council of Europe) and promoted its disclosure in the media.


     At the ceremony to launch the Council of Europe Action Plan, Portugal was represented by the
     Assistant Secretary of State and of Rehabilitation and by INR, I.P. at the Conference of Ministers
     held in St. Petersburg.


     The Action Plan on Disabilities/Incapacities by the Council of Europe for 2006-2015 aims to set
     forth the Council of Europe objectives for the next decade regarding human rights,
     non-discrimination, equal opportunities, full citizenship and participation of persons with
     disabilities/incapacities within the framework of a European policy on disabilities.


     Aiming to implement the Action Plan, the CAHPAH – Coordination Forum for Disabilities – which
     will provide support to all Member States in the form of recommendations, opinions and specialised
     information, a work that is very similar to that performed by CD-P-RR (Committee extinguished by
     the Secretary General of the Council of Europe).
     During the first meeting, in April 2007, Portugal's representative was appointed by the members of
     the CAHPAH as a permanent representative of the Bureau of CAHPAH.

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     The 1 National Report about the development of policies on disabilities in Portugal was prepared
     and sent to the Secretariat of the Council of Europe.


     lNR, I.P. represented Portugal in the groups of experts who negotiated the following Resolution
     Recommendations: ResAP(2007)3 “Attaining full participation through the Universal Design” and
     ResAP(2007)4 on “Education and social inclusion of children and youths with autism spectrum."


     In 2008/2009, INR, I.P. will continue to ensure Portugal’s participation in Work Groups and in
     CAHPAH and in the work to develop and disclose the Action Plan.




1.   109.        Participating in the activities by the European Commission’s High Level Group
     on Disability Issues.

     Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2009
     Indicator: Meetings and Activities


     INR, I.P. represents Portugal in this Commission Group and participated actively in the work carried
     out in the following domains:

       •        Monitoring the process to ratify the United Nations International Convention in favour of
            Rights of Persons with Disabilities and of the Optional Protocol;
       •        Mainstreaming of disability in the open method of coordination for social protection and
            inclusion;
       •        Parking Card of persons with disabilities;
       •        European Year of Equal Opportunities for everyone 2007;
       •        Monitoring the implementation of the European Disability Action Plan;
       •        Launching the European “Design of all” initiative;
       •        Parking Card for persons with disabilities;
       •        Quality of services of general interest rendered to persons with disabilities;
       •        Study on specific risks of discrimination against persons in a situation of greater
            dependence or with complex needs.


     Portugal was also represented by the Assistant Secretary of State and of Rehabilitation in the
     informal council on disability issues held during the German presidency and at various initiatives
     that took place during the Portuguese presidency: Opening of the European Year of Equal
     Opportunities for All and initiatives promoted by EDF and CES.


     Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the creation of indicators
     on disabilities across Europe and the quality of social services were the priority topics of the
     Portuguese presidency in regard to integration and participation of persons with disabilities.




1.   110.         Establishing partnership and exchange networks of national and international
     research entities.


     Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2009
     Indicator: Cooperation Projects.


     As part of this measure, the following are highlighted:



       •        Reactivation of the national participation in RIICOTEC;

            Each country, through a communication by the competent authorities to the Executive
            Secretary of RIICOTEC, appoints two delegates for the Plenary, one per action sector,
            elderly persons and persons with disabilities, who will be represented.

            The representation will be performed by the government body in charge of formulating the
            sectorial policies and of coordinating their implementation. Within this context, and through
            the efforts made through the Portuguese-Spanish Protocol, Portugal nominated the National
            Rehabilitation Institute, I.P. (INR, I.P.) and the Social Security Institute (ISS, I.P.) to be part of
            RIICOTEC.
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            In 2007, the 9 RIICOTEC Conference was held in Valencia (Spain), in which Portugal again
            participated in the work as a network member. INR, I.P., as Portugal’s representative for
            disabilities, presented the country’s respective information about the current situation and
            advances made in programs, policies and legislation in favour of persons with disabilities.

            By request of the Executive Secretary, the Statutes of RIICOTEC were also translated into
            Portuguese at INR, I.P.



       •        Implementing       the activities stipulated in the Portuguese-Spanish Protocol

            Within this scope, meetings were held (one on 12 December 2006 and another on 13
            September 2007) between the Portuguese and Spanish representatives in order to
            implement the clauses included in the protocol for 2007, in particular the following:


              •   -          Preparation of the document on “Compilation of policies related with persons
                  with disabilities.” The document has been completed. We are waiting for remarks by
                  Spain before disclosing the document.


              •   -          Collaborate in the disclosure of the International Convention on the Rights of
                  Persons with Disabilities of the United Nations. Since the convention is in the
                  ratification stage in both countries, it was decided not to hold the joint disclosure event
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                  yet. However, when the 9             RIICOTEC Conference was organised, both countries
                  agreed to dedicate a panel to the convention.




1.   111.         Coordination       with   the        European   Network     “European      Design     for   All
     e-Accessibility Network – EdeAN,” created consequent to the “e-Europe 2002” Action Plan
     by the European Commission.


     Responsible entities: MLSS / INR, I.P.
     Implementation Period: 2006-2009
     Indicator: Activities
INR, I.P., as the National Contact Centre of EDeAN, took measures to enhance the National
Network and to inform the European Network.

2006

It promoted the expansion of the National Network to new members. It prepared a candidature to
the Transnational Project “DFA@e Inclusion of EDeAN,” to be developed from 2007 to 2009.
This project aimed to promote general information in design for everyone and electronic
accessibility, the collection of good practices in Portugal in this matter, their disclosure through a
manual and organising an event.


It participated in various initiatives of the European EDeAN such as newsletters, forums and a
range of information about occurrences which took place in Portugal, etc.




2007

In September, INR, I.P. participated in a meeting by the members of the DFA@eInclusion in Bonn
and also developed the following actions:
  •        Continued the work to disclose all actions which take place in the European network at
       all national partners;
  •        Collaborated with UMIC and CRID in a seminar to present the results of the projects
       developed within the scope of POSC in Leiria;
  •        Maintained its participation in network initiatives, in particular in the SIG (Significant
       Interest Groups) and in Newsletters.

				
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