In conjunction with its local partners, Handicap International is supporting associations for people with disabilities. The goal of these associations is to influence the decisions made about people with disabilities. The project aims to turn these associations into independent actors, separate from civil society. They must therefore learn to represent all people with disabilities and not just their own members. To achieve this, Handicap International is organising various activities, including training courses and seminars. In 2010, the rights of people with disabilities were enshrined in the new constitution. Handicap International and its partners are also raising awareness among the Angolan authorities to ensure that they comply with the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. The current laws, which are meant to protect people with disabilities, still go unheeded all too often.