Across the world, advocacy and activism have created greater access for people with disabilities. One successful technique is to study well-developed laws and regulations of other countries to understand the scope for progress at home. That is just what PILnet’s pro bono partners did for Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia’s Accessible Kazakhstan project team. Lawyers compared legislative practices in Germany and Japan about accessible construction standards and violation complaint procedures and investigated other legal methods to ensure public and corporate compliance.

With this expert research, the organization is now developing trainings and drafting recommendations for practices within the public and private sectors in Kazakhstan — an act to move us all one step closer to a more fair and equitable world.