Independent living and accessibility are rights of persons with disabilities every society has to provide, and system and state have to enable and support them. This is the message that was sent from the event on the occasion of European Independent Living Day and Global Accessibility Awareness Day, which was held in Podgorica on 15 May 2019.
„Life in the home or in the institution, segregated life and grouping of persons with disabilities is much more expensive for the society than independent living. Independent living is not a caprice, neither a fight for its reality developed as a result of ungratefulness and selfishness of persons with disabilities. It arise and exists as a real need to have a dignified, decent life.“, said Milenko Vojičić, president of the Assembly of the Association of Youth with Disabilities of Montenegro (AYDM) in his speech. He highlighted that for independent living it is necessary to have accessible environment, transportation, possibility to exchange information, appropriate orthopedic aids, assistive technologies and very often, a service of personal assistance.