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Peru approves new law on people with disabilities

16 January 2013

On 24 December 2012 in Peru, a new law was passed which aims to ensure the inclusion and participation of people with disabilities in society. Peru is therefore one of the first countries to have introduced legislation in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The most important provisions of the new law include:

  • People with disabilities are entitled to support within their communities
  • People with disabilities have the right to inclusive education
  • 5 per cent of people working in the public sector and 3 per cent in the private sector should be people with a disability
  • Any job vacancy left by a person with a disability should be covered by another person with a disability
  • All public transport must be accessible to people with disabilities
  • In congressional elections, political parties and electoral alliances have to include at least 10 per cent of persons with disabilities
  • In developing their participatory budgets, regional and local government must prioritise projects and initiatives led by people with disabilities
  • The law also requires that the members of the board of National Council of People with Disabilities (CONADIS) include an advisory council of people with all different sorts of disabilities. Thanks to advocacy work by Sense International (Peru) this will include a representative of a deafblind organisation.

For the first time, deafblindness will have a voice in national public policy discussions on disability.

First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 11 October 2017