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Bioethics and autonomy of persons with disabilities on the principle of subsidiarity

Mario Bebek ; University of Applied Health Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia
Marija Brdarević orcid id ; University of Applied Health Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia

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People with disabilities are capable of employment, but employers do not employ them enough. These facts have a significant influence on their quality of life as well as their self-perception. The principle of subsidiarity as part of applied bioethics can cause social changes and help address this problem. Demographic factors are devastating to the quality of life and work of people with disabilities. The negative effects of the moral crisis in the society point to the disagreement between the material and spiritual, moral and prevailing value system of society and affect the most vulnerable groups, namely persons with disabilities, in their education, work and personal life. Joint synergy between bioethics and practice is a journey towards the autonomy of people with disabilities. The public has to help and allow people with disabilities to be perceived as equal members of society. A positive outcome cannot be achieved without applying the principle of subsidiarity.


bioethics, competence of persons with disabilities, subsidiarity principle, teamwork and multidisciplinary approach

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