Electronsensitivity UK Banner

EHS in Sweden

Please also take the time to read Forced to Disconnect, an eye opening account of real sufferers surviving in Sweden.

in Sweden, electrohypersensitivity (EHS) is an officially fully recognized functional impairment (i.e., it is not regarded as a disease).

The electrohypersensitive people have their own handicap organization, The Swedish Association for the Electrohypersensitive. This organization is included in the Swedish Disability Federation (Handikappförbundens SamarbetsOrgan; HSO). HSO is the unison voice of the Swedish disability associations towards the government, the parliament, and national authorities, and is a cooperative body that today consists of 43 national disability organizations (where The Swedish Association for the ElectroSensitive is 1 of these 43 organizations) with all together about 500,000 individual members. You can read more on http://www.hso.se (the site has an English short version).

In Sweden, impairments are viewed from the point of the environment. No human being is in itself impaired, there are instead shortcomings in the environment that cause the impairment (as the lack of ramps for the person in a wheelchair or rooms electrosanitized for the person with electrohypersensitivity). This environment-related impairment view, furthermore, means that even though one does not have a scientifically based complete explanation for the impairment electrohypersensitivity, and in contrast to disagreements in the scientific society, the person with electrohypersensitivity shall always be met in a respectful way and with all necessary support with the goal to eliminate the impairment. This implies that the person with electrohypersensitivity shall have the opportunity to live and work in an electrosanitized environment.

This view can fully be motivated in relation to the present national and international handicap laws and regulations, including the UN 22 Standard Rules (since 2007 turned into a UN Convention) and the Swedish action plan for persons with impairments (prop. 1999/2000:79 "Den nationella handlingplanen för handikappolitiken Från patient till medborgare"). Also, the Human Rights Act in the EU fully applies.

In essence, the impairment is not caused by the person, but by the deficient/inferior environment.

Best regards,
Yours,
Olle

(Olle Johansson, assoc. prof.
The Experimental Dermatology Unit
Department of Neuroscience
Karolinska Institute
171 77 Stockholm
Sweden

&

Professor
The Royal Institute of Technology
100 44 Stockholm
Sweden)


Please make a donation using a credit or debit card, or Paypal:


LATEST ARTICLES
December 2012
Newsletter

ES Directory
Winter 2012-13

Ill health
from WiFi

Ill health from
smart meters

Smart meters and
electrosensitivity

ElectroSensitivity UK © 2013 | Registered Charity No. 1103018 | Valid XHTML Transitional 1.0Valid CSSAccessibility: Double-A Conformance Accessibility | Privacy Statement | Terms and Conditions