The ‘After Us’ law protects the handicapped who have been left without family

by Roberta Lunghini - 2016.06.16

In Italy, the Chamber of Deputies has given the final green light on the law called After Us. 312 votes for yes, and 64 no, with 26 abstentions. Also the amendments introduced by the Senate, which regulates the care and protection of people with severe disabilities who are alone after the death of their parents were included. This will apply also in cases where the parents are unable to meet such responsibilities. For the first time, there will be a Fund with a budget of € 90 million for the current year, € 38.3 million for 2017 and € 56.1 million per year as from 2018. This is a measure long awaited and welcomed by institutions connected with the handicapped but not without reservation: President of the FISH (Italian Federation for overcoming handicap) expresses concern about the deinstitutionalization of people with disabilities who are now living in segregated institutions: it is not enough to predict that the 'After Us' law also affects the process of de-institutionalization, but it is necessary to prevent those institutions who continue to exist, to be accredited, contracted and financed with public money.

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