Persons with disabilities have the same rights as other people. Policies for persons with disabilities shall build on equality and equal status, self-determination, involvement, participation and inclusion.

The Ministry of Culture and Equality is responsible for national equality and anti-discrimination legislation, which, among other things, prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Furthermore, the Ministry has an overall responsibility for coordinating the Norwegian Government’s policies regarding persons with disabilities in relation to the other government ministries. The sectoral government agencies are responsible for their own sectors.

Civil society organisations are important consultative bodies in relevant political processes, including the drafting of action plans and strategies.

Furthermore, the Minister holds annual policy round table conferences with the Norwegian Federation of Organisations of Disabled People (FFO), the Norwegian Forum of Disabled Peoples’ Organizations (SAFO) and the Norwegian Association of Youth with Disabilities, as well as other government ministers regarding relevant topics. At these round table conferences, the Minister elaborates on policies in this area. The three organisations also cooperate with the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufdir), on behalf of the Ministry, to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities each year on 3 December.

The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufdir) is the Directorate for the Ministry

Bufdir is the Ministry’s Directorate for policies regarding persons with disabilities. The Directorate has its own information site regarding disabilities. Bufdir works to improve the living conditions and living situations for persons with disabilities.

Bufdir’s duties include: