As government talks inch along, disabled rights movement waits for change

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The disability rights movement is getting restless, waiting for changes they hope a new government will bring.

On Monday, on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, people gathered in a dozen towns and squares around the country, from Gällivare in the north to Malmö in the south, to protest against the stricter interpretation of LSS, the law that is supposed to give people with certain disabilities access to personal assistance so that they can take part in society and 'live like others' as the law puts it.

In 2016, the centre-left government commissioned a review of LSS and how it could be made financially viable in the long term. New guidelines were also issued to the social insurance agency Försäkringskassan, regarding how to assess individual cases.

This has resulted in a stricter implementation of the law, with many seeing the amount of time they get with a carer being cut, and over a thousand people do not get this kind of assistance at all anymore.

At Monday's demonstration at Norrmalmstorg in Stockholm, Radio Sweden spoke to Markus Pettersson, who has seen his time with a carer cut by ten hours per week.