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This paper explores notions of disability worldwide and identifies those shaping the disability discourse and policies in Bulgaria. It reflects on how these policies relate to two of the major aspects of personal autonomy – autonomy of movement and access to employment.
In spite of major legislative changes in recent years, Bulgarian people with disabilities still face considerable barriers to social participation. Independent living is hampered by factors such as inaccessible architectural environment and transport services, inadequate system of disability assessment and assistance provision, and high rates of unemployment. Further steps for introducing changes in these areas should be accompanied by more rigorous monitoring and accountability standards, as well as by raising awareness of disability in the community.
DISABILITY AND AUTONOMY: THE CASE OF BULGARIA by Blagovesta Troeva is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
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Blagovesta Troeva works at the Department of English at New Bulgarian University, Sofia. She obtained her first Master’s degree in British and American Studies at Sofia University, Bulgaria. While her career develops in the field of foreign language teaching, she also has profound interests in human rights, anti-discrimination, inclusion and learning difficulties. She has completed the Erasmus Mundus Special and Inclusive Education – a joined Master’s programme of the University of Roehampton, London, Oslo University, and Charles University, Prague.