The four principles of disability policy
The four principles of disability policy together with UN’s disability convention, which Denmark ratified in 2009, make the basis of DHF's work.
Since 1993 we have had the four principles of disability policy in Denmark, which were introduced in connection with a resolution by the Danish Parliament. The principles suggest that all public institutions live in accordance with these principles. In 2009 Denmark has, aside from the principles, ratified UN’s disability convention. Denmark has as quickly as possible hereby committed itself to live in accordance with the convention’s intention and articles.
Compensation is given to get passed barriers, which prevent children, teenagers and adults with a disability to participate in social life on equal terms.
Compensation is for instance given as an assistive device – a wheelchair, an artificial limb or a car for PWD's, but is also given as personal assistance, home help or an escort service.
The road to equal possibilities requires concrete actions in all phases and situations of life. Individual compensation compensates and takes the individual’s decreased functionality as the starting point, while collective compensation makes the community open and accessible for all.
Compensation must ensure the same starting point for all of us. With that, PWD's are in the same situation as others and can show off their abilities like every other. This also means that the extent is different for each person and situation of life.
The principle of sector responsibility is about liability in the disability area. People with handicap are, just like everyone else, a part of the society and all sectors. Therefore all public authorities are responsible for, that their offer and service are accessible for PWD's as well.
The principle of solidarity reflects, that social services – also on the disability area – primarily are free to use for the citizens who need help. The Danish welfare system wants all of us to contribute and invests in the community, so everyone, with a need of compensation, can contribute to the community while living a decent and healthy life.
Equality of treatment is that everyone should have equal options to realize their dreams and potentials. We are all born with different backgrounds and qualifications, for instance with decreased functionality, which the community compensates for, to make us equal.