Membership in society, not charity
In view of this charity aspect, AFM-Téléthon campaigned for recognition of citizenship for people with disabilities. In 1980 the World Health Organization published an international classification of disabilities, emphasising the social disadvantage suffered by people suffering from deficiencies or disability. This led to the idea that a disability is not explained by the person's characteristics but by the obstacles he faces in order to lead a normal life as a full member of society: segregation, inaccessibility of public places and cost of technical aid, for example. In other words, the person is not disabled, but in a situation of disability because the environment is inadequate.
The fight continues
Based on these new approaches, the association defined an innovative principle for covering disability: the right to compensation for the social disadvantage linked to personal disability, which includes coverage for the assistance the disabled person needs. From the end of the 1990s, in collaboration with APF, AFM-Téléthon constantly pushed to obtain this advantage. In 2005, the law on disabilities finally included it. But the battle is not over. We still have to see it applied in full.