Art. 51, Ch. 2 of the Employment Promotion Act states that for every job created in which an unemployed person with a permanent disability can be employed, a subsidy is given to the employer for the time of this person’s employment, but for a period of minimal three months and a maximum of twelve months.
In 2016, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy created a National Disability Strategy 2016-2020, as well as an action plan for its implementation. Its purpose is to provide people with disabilities access to cultural life.
There are no specific strategies to support people with disabilities as professionals in the cultural labour market. However, there are organisations that seek to promote the participation of people with disabilities in cultural life, to find them employment in the cultural sector and to not marginalise them with regards to cultural access:
• Since 2017, the Sofia International Film Festival has a Cinema for the Blind programme that promotes the cultural consumption of people with visual problems.
• In 2017, the JAMBA online platform was created, which offers consulting services to provide a pre-service environment (training and educational courses) for people with disabilities, as well as follow-up recruitment for disabled people in Bulgaria. This includes the cultural sector.
Bulgaria ratified the UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2012. The purpose of this Convention is to promote, protect and guarantee all human rights and fundamental freedoms of persons with disabilities. In 2015, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy constructed an Action Plan of the Republic of Bulgaria on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2015-2020).