Disabled plan protest against social reform

Czechs with disabilities are set to protest government-proposed social reform outside the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs on March 22, the National Disability Council announced on Monday. The council says the proposal is ill-conceived and fears that disabled people could lose various subsidies and benefits. One of the reform measures calls for a change in how disabilities are assessed; according to the council, even people who require constant care could not be in the highest disability category if they are still capable of communicating. The draft reform also does away with reserved parking places for people with disabilities, public transport assistance, subsidies for purchasing automobiles and health aids.