Improving access to services and participation of persons with disabilities

What we do

 Nothing for us without us – PWD raising issues of their concern at a co-design workshop

Persons with disabilities are arguably the most disadvantaged group in Armenia. Approximately five per cent of the population in Armenia (and one per cent of children), are recognized as disabled, and are eligible for a disability pension (35-45 USD), and a limited package of medical services. The unemployment rate among persons with disabilities is startlingly high according to official statistics – over 90%.  The majority of buildings and public transportation are not disability-friendly.

One of the biggest challenges that the policy-makers in disabilities are facing is determination of eligibility criteria for fair and efficient allocation of the existing resources for the realization of the rights of persons with disabilities. Precise description of impairments and problems of functioning and formal decision rules are essential in systems involved in defining eligibility of individuals for service.  In the current model of disability determination, albeit the classes of body functions and life activities serve as the source of documentation, alongside with the medical diagnosis, the descriptions are general in nature and lack criteria and decision rules for their application. The lack of specific criteria and decision rules precludes valid determination of who can be defined as having a disability.

The overarching goal of the Project is to contribute to the progressive fulfilment of the rights of persons with disabilities so that they receive services and support in accordance with their needs and have increased participation in social and economic life.

To this end, the UN Country Team will provide technical support to RA Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs to achieve the following objectives:

●       To develop criteria, tools and procedures, based on ICF (International Classification of Functioning), to operationalize the conceptual ICF model and determine eligibility for services, test it and pilot in one region

●       To develop a gender-responsive Methodology for Individual Rehabilitation Planning linked with assessment,  including a training and job market engagement component

●       To conduct a large-scale training for the professionals who will be involved in assessment and intervention planning processes, and for DPOs and Organization of Parents of Children with Disabilities.

●       To build the system capacity to increase the opportunities for economic participation of persons with disabilities 

Some results so far

In February – April 2015, retrospectively the ICF model has been tested among 38 people with disabilities. The results and most importantly the lessons learnt have paved a way for the preparation and implementation of prospective and pilot testing in July 2015 and January-February 2016 respectively.


Who finances it?

Total project budget for 2014-2016


$ 350,000


$ 110,000

The below table indicates the budget for UNDP implemented component 2014-2016

Donor name

Amount contributed per year


$ 1,070


$ 10,000





$ 67,287


$ 32,400






$ 18,316


$ 8,000

Delivery in previous fiscal year

Dec 2014

 $ 9,710

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