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Facilities and needs of people with disabilities

This summer, the BSI, in collaboration with the Centre de Droit Public (CDP, ULB), the Département d’Économie Appliquée (DULBEA, ULB), the Autisme en Contexte – Théorie et Expérience center (ACTE, ULB) and the Kenniscentrum Welzijn Wonen Zorg, launched a study commissioned by the COCOF to map the demand for and the services provided to people with disabilities in Brussels.

Since the sixth state reform in Brussels almost all governmental levels (the federal state, COCOM, COCOF, VG, FWB) are involved in the support of persons with disabilities. Given the multitude of competent authorities and types of services, there was a need for a clear overview of the services for persons with disabilities in Brussels.

The mission of the BSI consists of two parts. In the first part, a legal analysis of the institutional and material law of people with disabilities will be presented, followed by an inventory of all the services* for people with disabilities currently present in BCR (support services, reception and housing structures, adapted workplaces, day centres, education, etc.), as well as the profile of the users of these services (e.g. according to disability, residence, age, gender, etc.). It will also look at any obstacles people face, such as financial barriers or waiting lists. The second part will map the needs of people with disabilities, with a special focus on people with autism spectrum disorders. Based on these two parts, a series of recommendations will be formulated for the policy concerning persons with disabilities.

*The focus of this study lies on the supply on the French-speaking side + the bilingual supply. A study on supply and demand on the Dutch-speaking side was completed last year by the VUB Knowledge Centre WWZ.

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