A typical organisation model has central organisation with a main office, a general assembly, a central board and regional and local branches. The largest organisation is the one for people with rheumatism and has approximately 60 000 members. The smallest organisation is for deaf-blind people, with almost 600 members.
The basis for all work at HSO is that everyone is equal and that everybody has the right to decide over their own body and life. The goal is a society for everyone, characterized by solidarity, equality and participation. To achieve this, political initiatives are required in many fields; medical care, support services, education and training, labour market policy, physical planning, culture and information. Almost every political issue has a disability aspect. A main task for the disability movement is to inform about this and to influence decision makers and the general public. One way of exerting such influence has been the developing of Agenda 22.
Agenda 22 is to realise the UN Standard Rules by drawing up disability policy plans in communities, counties and businesses. The method has been developed by the Swedish disability movement. Guidelines in English are available on how local authorities can work with Agenda 22.
The Swedish Disability Federation: - Is a member of the government's disability council.- Has separate meetings with any minister it wishes to approach on a specific issue.- Is a member of official governmental inquiry committees.- Receives reports from governmental inquiry committees with the right to comment officially. - Has extensive informal contact with governmental officials, groups and committees.
Swedish Disability Federation is a member of the European Disability Forum (EDF), an umbrella organisation representing about 37 million people with disabilities in Europe. The EDF protects the human rights of people with disabilities in dialogue with the European institutions and other European authorities.To the EDF website www.edf-feph.org
Five times a year the 39 presidents of the national disability orgnisations meet to discuss and decide on important disability policy questions and organsational matters. One of the meetings constitutes the Annual General Assembly.
The Board prepares the meetings and draft decisions of the Presidents' Meetings and implements their decisions. The Board also has the power to decide on behalf of the Swedish Disability Federation when the Presidents Meetings not are convened.
The Chairman of the Board is elected by the general assembly, and is also a full member of the Presidents' Meetings, which she chairs. Since 1991 the Chair works on a full time basis. She has the right to make statements on the behalf of the Swedish Disability Federation but is obliged to report to the Presidents Meetings on all hes statements.
Most of the political work in the Swedish Disability Federation is prepared in organised networks where every member organisation has the right to be represented by any person they elect.
In all counties and most municipalities there are associations of local disability organisations. They are organised in approximately the same way as Swedish Disability Federation.
Swedish Disability Federation is funded by:- Membership fees from all member organisations. - Financial support from the state. All Swedish national disability organisations receive financial support through the national budget, decided by Parliament. - Income from information materials, conferences, legal consulting. - Project subsidies. - State subsidies to employers for employees with disabilities.
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