Asia-Pacific Feb 28, 2013
The delegation of Turkmenistan, including members of the Mejlis, representatives of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population and the Deaf and Blind Society of Turkmenistan (DBST) visited the city of Helsinki (Finland) in mid-February 2013 to explore the Finnish experience of creating equal opportunities for people with disabilities enabling them to participate fully in social, economic, political and cultural life of their societies, reported Turkmenistan.ru.
The visit was organized within the framework of the joint project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the DBST “Advancement of Social Inclusion and Integration of Persons with Disabilities” with the financial support of the Government of Finland.
The delegation of Turkmenistan held meetings at the Finnish Parliament, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland “Kela,” the Ministry of Education and Culture, the National Council on Disability, the Social Services and Health Care Department of Helsinki, the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, the Abilis Foundation, the EU and UN Disability Forum, the Finnish Association of the Deaf Welfare and Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired. Following the exchange of knowledge and discussions, the members of Turkmen delegation improved their understanding of how Finnish public organizations provide services to people with disabilities and represent interests of this group of people.