REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                     
                                                                                
                               LAW                                              
            ON THE SOCIAL INTEGRATION OF THE DISABLED                           
                                                                                
     The Supreme  Council of the Republic of Lithuania, following               
both the  Basic Provisional  Law of the Republic of Lithuania and               
the principles  of humanism and justice, seeking to implement the               
rights of  the disabled as guaranteed in international documents,               
and recognizing  that integration of the disabled into social and               
State life is an indicator of civilization, adopts this Law.                    
                                                                                
                            Chapter 1                                           
                       GENERAL PROVISIONS                                       
                                                                                
     Article 1. Objectives of the Law                                           
                                                                                
     1. The  Law on  the Social Integration of the Disabled shall               
regulate the establishment of disability, medical, vocational and               
social rehabilitation  for disabled  persons, the  adjustment  of               
conditions for  the disabled,  as well  as  the  development  and               
education of  the disabled,  and shall  establish legal, economic               
and organizational  guarantees for  the occupational,  vocational               
and social rehabilitation of the disabled.                                      
     2. This  Law shall apply to disabled persons who permanently               
reside in  the Republic  of Lithuania and have been recognized as               
disabled in  accordance with the regulations set forth in Chapter               
2 therein.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 2. Principles of Social Integration of the Disabled                
                                                                                
     1. In the Republic of Lithuania, the disabled, regardless of               
the cause,  character and  degree of  the manifestation  of their               
disability, shall  be  entitled  to  the  same  rights  as  other               
residents of  the Republic  of Lithuania. The state shall provide               
additional assistance  and guarantees  to  disabled  persons  who               
cannot exercise their rights independently.                                     
     2.  Public  and  State  structures  shall  be  open  to  the               
disabled. Disabled  persons shall  participate in deliberation of               
all questions connected with their life and activities.                         
     3. Disabled  persons shall  be protected  from all  types of               
exploitation, discrimination and abusive or scornful behaviour.                 
     4.  Disabled   persons  shall   live  in   families  or   in               
environments which  compensate them,  and may  not  be  put  into               
special medical  institutions or institutions of care and welfare               
without their  consent or without the consent of their parents or               
guardians.                                                                      
     5.  Disabled  persons  shall  receive  medical,  functional,               
psychological  and  pedagogical  assistance  in  their  place  of               
residence, with  the exception  of cases  which  necessitate  the               
provision of assistance in special institutions.                                
     6. Disabled  persons shall  be developed  and educated; they               
shall  gain  a  profession,  shall  work  and  engage  in  useful               
activities   according    to   their   ability,   interests   and               
opportunities.                                                                  
     7. During the preparation of Governmental and other national               
programmes, specific  needs of  the disabled  shall be taken into               
consideration.                                                                  
     8. The  disabled, their  parents and  guardians, as  well as               
public organizations  of disabled  persons shall be provided with               
information and  skilled consultation concerning their rights and               
legitimate interests.                                                           
     9. Disabled  persons shall perform their duties according to               
their ability,  skills and  knowledge. Disability does not exempt               
an individual  from liability  for his  or her  actions, with the               
exception of cases provided for in laws.                                        
     10. The  Republic of  Lithuania shall  develop  and  promote               
international  cooperation   for  the   solution  of   disability               
problems.                                                                       
                                                                                
                            Chapter 2                                           
       ESTABLISHMENT OF DISABILITY. DISABILITY STATISTICS                       
                                                                                
     Article 3. Disability                                                      
                                                                                
     1.  Disability   is  the  condition  of  an  individual,  as               
established by  competent institutions, which due to a congenital               
or acquired  physical or  mental  defect,  totally  or  partially               
incapacitates the  individual from  taking care of his private or               
social life,  from enjoying  his rights  and from  fulfilling his               
duties.                                                                         
     2. According  to the  degree  of  manifestation,  disability               
shall be  divided into  three groups (I, II and III). The loss of               
general or  vocational capability  to work  shall be expressed in               
percentage.                                                                     
     3. Medical  and  social  criteria  of  disability  shall  be               
regulated by  the Ministry  of Health  and the Ministry of Social               
Security of the Republic of Lithuania.                                          
                                                                                
     Article 4. Establishment of Disability                                     
                                                                                
     1. Disability shall be established :                                       
     a) for  children  who  are  under  16  years  of  age  -  by               
commissions of medical and social experts from State institutions               
of  treatment   and  prevention   as  well  as  from  specialized               
institutions whose  bylaws shall  be approved  by the Ministry of               
Health of the Republic of Lithuania; and                                        
     b) for  individuals who  are 16  years of age and older - by               
state commissions  of medical  and social  expertise whose bylaws               
shall be approved by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.               
Hereinafter, the commissions indicated in subparagraphs a) and b)               
shall be referred to as commissions establishing disability.                    
     2. Commissions establishing disability shall adopt decisions               
concerning the following questions:                                             
     a) the  fact of  disability, its  character, cause,  time of               
origin, group,  term, and  degree of the person's loss of general               
or vocational capacity to work;                                                 
     b)  the   means  for  the  medical,  vocational  and  social               
rehabilitation of the disabled person;                                          
     c) the conditions and character of the development, training               
and work of the disabled person;                                                
     d) the  necessity of  permanent  nursing  for  the  disabled               
person; and                                                                     
     e) special compensational means for the disabled person.                   
     3. The  decisions  of  commissions  establishing  disability               
shall be  obligatory for  institutions (boarding homes), services               
of social  security of local governments, employers, institutions               
of development,  training, and  special institutions  of medical,               
vocational  and   social  rehabilitation  of  the  disabled,  the               
disabled themselves, and their parents and guardians.                           
                                                                                
     Article 5. Participation of Concerned Persons during the                   
               Establishment of Disability                                      
                                                                                
     During  the   establishment  of  disability,  the  following               
individuals may participate with the right of a consultant:                     
the physician  treating the  individual, the  representatives  of               
employers, institutions of development and training, institutions               
of social  care and  welfare (boarding homes), services of social               
security of  local governments  and public  organizations of  the               
disabled.  The   procedure  for   their  participation  shall  be               
                                                                                
regulated  by   the  bylaws   of  the   commissions  establishing               
disability.                                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 6. Certificates of Disability                                      
                                                                                
     1. The  certificate of  disability  shall  be  the  document               
confirming disability  and providing the possibility to enjoy the               
rights, guarantees and privileges secured in this Law, other laws               
and executive acts.                                                             
     2. The  form of  a disability  certificate and the procedure               
for its  issuance or  confiscation  shall  be  regulated  by  the               
Ministry of Social Security of the Republic of Lithuania.                       
                                                                                
     Article 7. Disability Statistics                                           
                                                                                
     1. Disability  statistics shall  be compiled  regularly. The               
forms and  procedure of statistical computation shall be approved               
by the  Department of  Statistics under  the  Government  of  the               
Republic of  Lithuania on  the recommendation  of the Ministry of               
Social Security.                                                                
     2. Public  organizations of  disabled persons  may conduct a               
public calculation  of disablement.  They shall have the right to               
receive information according to the procedure established by law               
from  state  statistical  institutions  as  well  as  from  other               
services.                                                                       
     3. Statistics  of disablement  shall be  made public  if the               
laws do not provide otherwise.                                                  
                                                                                
                            Chapter 3                                           
   MEDICAL, VOCATIONAL AND SOCIAL REHABILITATION FOR DISABLED                   
                PERSONS AND THEIR MEDICAL, SOCIAL                               
                     AND TECHNICAL SERVICES                                     
                                                                                
     Article 8. The Objective and Means of Medical, Vocational                  
               and Social Rehabilitation for Disabled Persons                   
                                                                                
     1.  The   objective  of  medical,  professional  and  social               
rehabilitation for  disabled persons is the removal, alleviation,               
or stabilization of disability, the development of their physical               
and mental  abilities, their  integration into work, professional               
and public life.                                                                
     2. Medical  means of  rehabilitation for  the disabled shall               
include:  medical  care,  treatment  at  hospitals,  sanatoriums,               
special institutions  and at  home,  the  supply  of  medication,               
recreational therapy  of motion,  speech, and hearing, as well as               
occupational and other kinds of therapy.                                        
     3. Vocational  and social  means of  rehabilitation for  the               
disabled  shall  include:  assistance  in  acquiring  profession,               
speciality and  trade, the  creation and  protection  of  a  work               
place, retraining,  qualification  improvement,  prosthetic  aid,               
provision  of   orthopaedical  means   and  deaf-mute  and  blind               
facilities as  well as  other compensational  facilities, aid for               
the disabled to adapt to life, as well as psychological and other               
aid,  and   adaptation  of   conditions  for  both  specific  and               
additional needs of disabled persons.                                           
                                                                                
     Article 9. Implementation of Medical, Vocational and Social                
               Rehabilitation for the Disabled                                  
                                                                                
     1. The  implementation of  medical,  vocational  and  social               
rehabilitation for  the disabled shall be carried out by: medical               
institutions, social  security  services  of  local  governments,               
institutions  of   social  care  and  welfare  (boarding  homes),               
institutions of  development and  education, the Labour Exchange,               
employers,  public   organizations  of   disabled   persons   and               
enterprises belonging  to them,  special institutions of medical,               
professional and  social rehabilitation  of the disabled, as well               
as other institutions and organizations.                                        
     2. Individuals  who  carry  out  medical,  professional  and               
social rehabilitation  of the  disabled shall  collaborate in the               
organization and  implementation of an individual program for the               
rehabilitation of  the disabled,  shall inform the public as well               
as disabled  persons themselves  about the means which aid in the               
integration of  the disabled  into work, professional, and public               
life,  and   shall  effectively  use  the  experiences  of  other               
countries and engage in international cooperation.                              
     3.  The  activities  of  medical,  professional  and  social               
rehabilitation  of   disabled  persons  shall  be  organized  and               
coordinated   by    the   physician    treating   the    disabled               
(rehabilitation  specialist)   as  well  as  by  social  security               
services of local governments.                                                  
                                                                                
     Article 10. Provision of Medical and Social Services to the                
               Disabled                                                         
                                                                                
     1. Medical and social aid for the disabled shall be provided               
in general  and special  treatment institutions,  institutions of               
development, education, social care and welfare (boarding homes),               
as well as at home.                                                             
     2. Health  institutions shall provide aid to the disabled on               
a priority basis.                                                               
     3. Upon  the wish  of disabled  persons,  their  parents  or               
guardians, medical  and social  aid shall  be provided in special               
public social  care and  welfare institutions (boarding homes) or               
in private  institutions of  social care  and  welfare  (boarding               
homes) belonging to religious and other public organizations.                   
     4. Disabled  persons for  whom the  necessity  of  permanent               
nursing has been established shall be provided medical and social               
aid at  home, with the exception of cases when it is necessary to               
provide such aid in special institutions.                                       
     5. Provision  of medical  and social  aid for  the  disabled               
shall be  organized by the physician treating the disabled and by               
social security services of local governments.                                  
                                                                                
     Article 11. Prosthetic Aid for the Disabled, their Provision               
               with Orthopaedical Means, and Deaf-mute, Blind,                  
               and other Compensational Facilities                              
                                                                                
     1. The  procedure and  terms for the provision of prosthetic               
aid and  the supply  of orthopaedical  means, deaf-mute and blind               
facilities and  other compensational  facilities to  the disabled               
shall be  established  by  the  Government  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
     2. The Ministry of Social Security shall organize prosthetic               
aid,  provision  of  orthopaedical  means,  deaf-mute  and  blind               
facilities, as  well as  other compensational  facilities for the               
disabled.                                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 12. Requirements for the Planning, Construction and                
               Reconstruction of Towns, Settlements, Public                     
               Buildings and Dwelling Houses                                    
                                                                                
     1. Upon  the planning,  construction, and  reconstruction of               
streets, squares,  parks, parking  lots, lines  of communication,               
public buildings, institutions of treatment, dwelling houses, and               
cultural or sporting facilities situated in towns or settlements,               
it is  necessary to  adapt them  for the  specific needs  of  the               
disabled.  Such   requirements  shall   be  established   by  the               
Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                                        
     2.  The   aforementioned  objects  which  have  been  built,               
reconstructed or  expanded shall be adopted for exploitation only               
                                                                                
upon the  fulfillment of adaptation requirements for the specific               
needs of the disabled.                                                          
     3. The  Government of  the Republic  of Lithuania as well as               
local  governments   shall  ensure   the  implementation  of  the               
aforementioned requirements.                                                    
                                                                                
     Article 13. Programs for the Medical, Vocational and Social                
               Rehabilitation  of the Disabled Incentive for                    
               Providing the Disabled with Compensational                       
               Facilities                                                       
                                                                                
     1. The Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall prepare               
and implement  the governmental  programs and  local  governments               
shall prepare and implement territorial programs for the medical,               
vocational and social rehabilitation of the disabled.                           
     2. Privileges  prescribed by laws and acts of the Government               
of the  Republic of  Lithuania and  local  governments  shall  be               
applicable   for   enterprises   which   produce   compensational               
facilities for the disabled.                                                    
                                                                                
                            Chapter 4                                           
DEVELOPMENT, EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL GUIDANCE FOR THE DISABLED,                
              THEIR CULTURAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES                              
                                                                                
     Article 14. Development, Education and Vocational Guidance                 
               for the Disabled                                                 
                                                                                
     1. Disabled  persons shall  be  developed  and  educated  in               
institutions of development and education situated in their place               
of residence,  at home,  or in  special institutions taking their               
abilities, interests,  and physical  and mental  conditions  into               
consideration.                                                                  
     2. If  the commissions  establishing disability  do not hold               
otherwise, institutions  of development  and  education  may  not               
refuse to  accept a disabled person on the basis of that person's               
disability.                                                                     
     3. In  accordance with  the  procedure  established  by  the               
Ministry of  Culture and  Education of the Republic of Lithuania,               
disabled  persons   shall  be  provided  with  special  means  of               
development and  education; they shall have places designated for               
studying adapted to them.                                                       
     4. Disabled  persons shall  be  developed  and  educated  in               
special  institutions   pursuant  to   the  findings  of  special               
commissions as  well as  commissions establishing  disability, by               
the consent of their parents or guardians.                                      
     5. By  the consent  of their  parents or guardians, disabled               
persons shall be developed and educated at home in the event that               
their development  and education  in special  institutions is not               
possible.                                                                       
     6. Disabled  persons shall  be advised  in the selection and               
acquisition of  a profession  in general and special institutions               
of development  and  training  in  accordance  with  the  program               
prepared by the Ministry of Culture and Education of the Republic               
of  Lithuania  and  taking  into  consideration  the  capability,               
interests, and  physical and  mental condition  of  the  disabled               
person.                                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 15. Promotion of the Development, Education and                    
               Vocational Guidance for the Disabled                             
                                                                                
     1. In  accordance with  the  procedure  established  by  the               
Government of  the Republic  of Lithuania  and local governments,               
specialists who  work with the disabled shall be granted material               
incentives.                                                                     
     2. Allocations  shall be  paid from  the State Budget of the               
Republic of  Lithuania for  the preparation  of special  means of               
development and  education, text-books  for the disabled, special               
programs of  development, educational and vocational guidance, as               
well as for the training of specialists.                                        
     3. In  cases when  admission to colleges and institutions of               
higher education is based on equal conditions, the disabled shall               
be admitted on a priority basis. Colleges, institutions of higher               
education, and  public  organizations  of  disabled  persons  may               
establish additional  favourable terms  and  procedures  for  the               
admission of disabled persons to their respective institutions.                 
                                                                                
     Article 16. Cultural Activities, Sports and Recreation for                 
               Invalids                                                         
                                                                                
     1.  National   and  international   sports,   cultural   and               
recreational events  for the  disabled shall  be organized by the               
Ministry of  Culture and  Education, the  Department of  Physical               
Training and  Sports under  the Government  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania, and  other institutions  and  organizations,  together               
with public organizations of disabled persons.                                  
     2. Local  sports, cultural,  and recreational events for the               
disabled shall  be organized  by local  governments together with               
public and other organizations.                                                 
     3.  Organizers   of  sports,   cultural   and   recreational               
programmes and  events must  adapt them for the specific needs of               
the disabled,  taking into  consideration economic  and technical               
capacities.                                                                     
     4. Medical requirements for sports for the disabled shall be               
established  by  the  Ministry  of  Health  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania. Recommendations  concerning sporting  methods for  the               
disabled shall be prepared by the Department of Physical Training               
and Sports under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                   
     5. Profit (income) tax reliefs provided for in laws shall be               
applicable to  enterprises having  the status  of a  legal person               
which allocate  part of  their profit (income) for the social and               
medical rehabilitation  of  the  disabled,  for  the  design  and               
manufacturing of technical means provided to the disabled free of               
charge, or  for the  satisfaction of  their cultural and sporting               
needs.                                                                          
                                                                                
                            Chapter 5                                           
              INTEGRATION OF THE DISABLED INTO WORK                             
                                                                                
     Article 17. Employment of the Disabled                                     
                                                                                
     1. Disabled  persons shall choose jobs taking their physical               
and mental  condition, professional  skills  and  interests  into               
account,  or  shall  take  up  other  activities  which  are  not               
prohibited by  laws. If  a  disabled  person  has  the  necessary               
qualifications, an  employer may  not refuse to employ him or her               
or discriminate  against him or her in any other way for the sole               
reason of invalidity.                                                           
     2.   Competent    governmental   services,    taking    into               
consideration the findings of commissions establishing disability               
concerning the  conditions and  character of  work  for  disabled               
persons, shall  issue permits  (licenses)  on  a  priority  basis               
enabling them  to engage  in  economic-commercial  activities  or               
other types of activities and business which is not prohibited by               
law, in  cases when  such permits  (licenses) are  necessary.  In               
accordance with  the procedure  established by  the Government of               
the Republic  of Lithuania,  disabled  persons  may  be  provided               
credits on  favourable terms for engagement in the aforementioned               
activities or organization of business.                                         
                                                                                
     Article 18. Hiring Disabled Persons                                        
                                                                                
                                                                                
     1. Disabled  persons shall  either be  employed in  ordinary               
working places or in working places furnished specially for them.               
Requirements for  the working places of disabled persons shall be               
established by  the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Social               
Security of the Republic of Lithuania.                                          
     2.  For   the  employment   of  the   disabled  and  on  the               
recommendation of  the Labour  exchange, local governments shall,               
on a  yearly  basis,  establish  for  employers  quotas  for  the               
employment of the disabled or for the establishment of additional               
working places which shall comprise no less than 2 percent of the               
total number of employees if the latter is not less than 50.                    
     3. The  Labour exchange  may equate  the employment  of  one               
disabled person  whose integration  into work requires particular               
efforts of the employer with the employment of no more than three               
disabled persons.                                                               
     4. Employers who do not fulfil the quotas for the employment               
of the  disabled or  for the  establishment of additional working               
places for the disabled shall pay additional contributions to the               
Employment Fund  in the  manner prescribed  by  the  Law  of  the               
Republic of Lithuania on the Employment of Residents. The payment               
of additional  contributions shall  not exempt employers from the               
obligation to employ disabled persons.                                          
     5. If  the Labour  Exchange or  disabled  persons  have  not               
applied for  employment, employers  may employ  other persons  in               
working places  reserved for  disabled persons under fixed period               
employment contracts  which shall  be terminated when the need to               
employ a disabled person turns up.                                              
     6. Employers  who fill  the quotas for the employment of the               
disabled or  for the  establishment of  additional working places               
may  receive   subsidies  from   the  Employment   Fund  for  the               
establishment, furnishing  and adaptation  of working  places for               
disabled persons.                                                               
     7. Pursuant  to the  decision  of  commissions  establishing               
disability,  employers   must  either  hire  persons  who  become               
disabled due  to occupational  injury or vocational disease while               
working in  the enterprise,  institution, or organization of said               
employers,  or   transfer  such  persons  to  another  job  which               
corresponds to the condition of their health.                                   
                                                                                
     Article 19. Restrictions on Dismissing Disabled Persons from               
               Work                                                             
                                                                                
     Employers may  only dismiss inculpable disabled employees on               
their own  initiative  upon  receiving  consent  from  the  local               
government social  security  service  and  sending  the  disabled               
employee a  4-month written  notice of the anticipated dismissal.               
Consent from  the local  government social maintenance service is               
not necessary  if the  enterprise is being liquidated by the will               
of the employer.                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 20. Working Conditions, Work Time and Vacation Time                
               for the Disabled                                                 
                                                                                
     1. Working  conditions shall be created for disabled persons               
pursuant  to   the  findings   of  the  commissions  establishing               
disability.                                                                     
     2.  If   the  findings   of  the   commissions  establishing               
disability do  not provide  otherwise, disabled  persons may,  on               
their own  wish, be  exempt from  working overtime,  on holidays,               
rest days and at night.                                                         
     3. Disabled  persons shall  be granted  35 calendar  days of               
annual vacation.  Disabled persons,  parents of disabled persons,               
and  guardians   caring  for   disabled  persons  who  have  been               
determined to be in need of permanent nursing shall be granted 30               
calendar days of unpaid vacation at any desirable time.                         
                                                                                
     4. If  the parents  or guardians caring for disabled persons               
who have  been determined  to be  in need of permanent nursing so               
wish, they shall be provided by employers with work at home, work               
according to a flexible schedule, or short working days (weeks).                
                                                                                
     Article 21. Incentive for Enterprises Belonging to Public                  
               Organizations of Disabled Persons                                
                                                                                
     1. Tax  reliefs as  well as  privileges prescribed  by other               
laws shall  be applicable  to  enterprises  belonging  to  public               
organizations of disabled persons.                                              
     2. Privileges  and preference rendered in State orders shall               
be applied  to enterprises  belonging to  public organizations of               
disabled persons.                                                               
     3. The  Government of  the Republic  of Lithuania  may grant               
enterprises belonging to public organizations of disabled persons               
the exclusive right to produce certain types of production.                     
                                                                                
                            Chapter 6                                           
              MATERIAL GUARANTEES FOR THE DISABLED                              
                                                                                
     Article 22. Pensions, Benefits and other Payments for the                  
               Disabled and their Parents and Guardians                         
                                                                                
     1. The  amount of  pensions and  benefits, the procedure for               
their payment,  and other  terms shall be established by the Laws               
of the  Republic of Lithuania on the Improvement of the Provision               
of Pensions  to Residents,  on State  Social  Insurance,  and  on               
Income Security of Residents, as well as by other laws.                         
     2.    Local    governments,    enterprises,    institutions,               
organizations and  public organizations  of disabled  persons may               
pay disabled  individuals, as well as their parents or guardians,               
supplementary regular  or lump-sum  benefits  as  well  as  other               
allocations.                                                                    
                                                                                
     Article 23. Housing Provisions for Disabled Persons                        
                                                                                
     1. The  Government shall  assist families in which there are               
Group I  or Group  II invalids,  as well as disabled children who               
have been  determined to  be in need of permanent nursing, in the               
provision of  housing on  favourable terms  and pursuant  to  the               
procedure established by law.                                                   
     2. Requirements  for the  design and construction of invalid               
housing shall be established by the Government of the Republic of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 24. Privileges for the Disabled and their Parents                  
               and Guardians                                                    
                                                                                
     1.  Disabled   persons  who  have  been  recognized  by  the               
commissions establishing  disability as  incapable  of  work  and               
whose  family  members  are  also  incapable  of  work  shall  be               
compensated for  public utilities  as  well  as  usage  of  fuel,               
electric  power   and  telephone  in  the  amount  and  procedure               
established by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                     
     2. Laws,  directives of  the Government  of the  Republic of               
Lithuania, and  decisions of  local governments  shall  establish               
transportation, trade, service, and other privileges for disabled               
persons and their parents and guardians.                                        
     3. Disabled  children, Group  I invalids,  and persons  (one               
person) accompanying them, as well as persons who became disabled               
due to  the aggression which took place on January 11-13, 1991 or               
the events  which followed,  shall use  all types  of  government               
municipal (regional)  local  transport,  with  the  exception  of               
taxis, free  of charge.  They shall  receive a  50%  discount  on               
intercity transport, with the exception of taxis.                               
                                                                                
                                                                                
                              Chapter 7                                         
   ORGANIZATIONAL GUARANTEES FOR THE SOCIAL INTEGRATION OF THE                  
  DISABLED. FINANCING OF SOCIAL SECURITY FOR THE DISABLED. THE                  
                          INVALID FUND                                          
                                                                                
     Article 25. Public Organizations of Disabled Persons                       
                                                                                
     1. The main goal of public organizations of disabled persons               
shall be  to represent  and  defend  the  rights  and  legitimate               
interests of  the disabled,  their parents  and guardians, and to               
integrate disabled persons into work and public life.                           
     2. Public  organizations of  disabled persons shall have the               
rights of  a legal  person as  well as  the right  of legislative               
initiative in the person of their national bodies.                              
     3. Public organizations of disabled persons shall:                         
     a) carry  out and  support medical,  vocational  and  social               
rehabilitation, development  and training, as well as medical and               
social services for the disabled;                                               
     b)  organize  sports,  tourism,  recreational  and  cultural               
activities, and international cooperation of the disabled;                      
     c) control  the implementation  of this  Law and  other laws               
which regulate public relations of disabled persons; and                        
     d) participate  during the  establishment of  disability and               
control the establishment of disability.                                        
                                                                                
     Article 26. The Lithuanian Council of Invalid Affairs                      
                                                                                
     1. The  Lithuanian Council  of Invalid  Affairs, functioning               
under the  Government of  the Republic of Lithuania, shall strive               
to provide assistance in the implementation of this Law and other               
laws which  regulate public  relations of  the disabled,  and  to               
secure the participation of disabled persons during consideration               
of all  issues related  to their lives and activities. The bylaws               
of the Lithuanian Council of Invalid Affairs shall be approved by               
the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                                    
     2. The  Lithuanian Council  of Invalid  Affairs shall assist               
the Government of the Republic of Lithuania in the preparation of               
the government  programme  for  medical,  vocational  and  social               
rehabilitation of the disabled, shall control its implementation,               
shall assist  in drafting laws and other standard acts related to               
the life  and activities  of the  disabled, shall  dispose of the               
Disabled Fund,  shall  organize  international  cooperation,  and               
shall solve other issues.                                                       
     3.  Territorial   councils  of   invalid  affairs   may   be               
established in towns and regions.                                               
                                                                                
     Article 27. Financing of Social Security for the Disabled                  
                                                                                
     1. The  main sources  of social  security for  the  disabled               
shall be  the State  social insurance  funds, the State Budget of               
the Republic of Lithuania, and local government budgets.                        
     2. In  order to  finance social  security for  the disabled,               
funds of  public organizations  of disabled persons, the Disabled               
Fund, employers,  the Employment  Fund, charitable organizations,               
individual persons and other funds may be used.                                 
                                                                                
     Article 28. The Invalid Fund                                               
                                                                                
     The Invalid  Fund shall  be an  additional  source  for  the               
financing of  social security  for the  disabled which  shall  be               
founded and managed by the Lithuanian Council of Invalid Affairs.               
The procedure  for the founding and use of the Invalid Fund shall               
be established  by the  Lithuanian Council of Invalid Affairs. In               
order to  supplement the  Invalid Fund, the Lithuanian Council of               
Invalid Affairs may organize lotteries and auctions in accordance               
with the established procedure. It shall be prohibited to use the               
capital of the Invalid Fund for purposes which are not related to               
social security of the disabled.                                                
                                                                                
                              CHAPTER 8                                         
       CONTROL OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS LAW. SETTLEMENT OF                 
  DISPUTES OF DISABLED PERSONS. LIABILITY FOR THE VIOLATIONS OF                 
                            THIS LAW                                            
                                                                                
     Article 29. Control of the Implementation of this Law                      
                                                                                
     According to  their competence,  the implementation  of this               
Law shall  be controlled by the ministries and departments of the               
Republic of Lithuania, as well as by local governments and public               
organizations of disabled persons.                                              
                                                                                
     Article 30. Settlement of Disputes of Disabled Persons                     
                                                                                
     1. Disputes  which arise  between  disabled  persons,  their               
parents and  guardians and  employers,  local  government  social               
security services, and other institutions and organizations shall               
be settled in court if laws do not provide otherwise.                           
     2.  Disputes   which  arise  between  disabled  persons  and               
commissions of  medical and  social expertise shall be settled by               
the Conflict Commission under the chief expert of the medical and               
social examination  of the  Republic of Lithuania, which shall be               
comprised   of    highly   qualified   expert-physicians,   other               
specialists,  and  representatives  of  public  organizations  of               
disabled persons. The activities of the Conflict Commission shall               
be regulated  by the  bylaws of  state commissions  of the  State               
Medical and Social Examination.                                                 
                                                                                
     Article 31. Liability for Violations of the Law on the                     
               Social Integration of the Disabled                               
                                                                                
     Enterprises and institutions and their officials, as well as               
citizens and  other persons  who have  violated the provisions of               
the Law  on the  Social Integration  of  the  Disabled  shall  be               
subject to  administrative, criminal,  disciplinary  or  material               
liability under the laws applicable in the Republic of Lithuania.               
                                                                                
Vytautas Landsbergis                                                            
President                                                                       
Supreme Council                                                                 
Republic of Lithuania                                                           
Vilnius                                                                         
28 November 1991                                                                
No.I-2044