Woman, standing, and man, in a wheel chair, outdoors, looking into the camera.
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Markus Pettersson (right) and Anitra Ikonen at the demonstration in Stockholm. Credit: Ulla Engberg/Sveriges Radio
Demonstration in a square, where there is also a Christmas tree.
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There were demonstrations in 14 towns around Sweden. Credit: Ulla Engberg/Sveriges Radio
Sign by a wheel chair, in a crowd. "I also want to go to a party without my mum".
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"I also want to go to a party without my mum". Credit: Ulla Engberg/Sveriges Radio
Placard with the words 'Save LSS'.
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'Save LSS' - the law that is supposed to make it possible for disabled people to 'live like others'. Credit: Ulla Engberg/Sveriges Radio
Man in front of a crowd, outdoors.
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Mikael Klein, Swedish Disability Rights Federation. Credit: Ulla Engberg/Sveriges Radio

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

5:16 min

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.

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