Too much of the law, said Left party parliamentary leader Dietmar Bartsch, would leave seriously disabled people at risk of "being stuck in a home." The dream of self-determination The law could potentially have a major impact: some 10.2 million Germans (more than 10 percent of the population) live with some form of disability, of which 7.5 million are categorized as "seriously disabled." Designed to implement the United Nations' 2008 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the point of the law was to re-organize disability benefits in a way that aids self-determination.

It's much harder to find ways for people to live independently in the community." While the sports world celebrates the skills of disabled athletes at the Paralympics, the art world is following suit.

A traveling exhibition in Germany displays impressive sculptures and paintings by impaired artists.

Critics point out the raises wouldn't be transparent to taxpayers.

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Now, seriously disabled people will be allowed to keep a considerably bigger personal fortune and still be eligible for benefits - 25,000 euros ($26,600), and going up to 50,000 euros by 2020 - and a partner's income will no longer be taken as a factor.

Furthermore, the government has also introduced new financial incentives for firms willing to employ people with disabilities.

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Germany has a fairly good reputation among European countries for the participation of those with disabilities in society - its access regulations, for instance, are fairly advanced.

But as Miles-Paul explained, Sweden has been more successful in getting rid of big institutions - disabled people are much more likely to live in their own homes or smaller shared apartments.

But Ottmar Miles-Paul, spokesman for the "," was very unhappy, and alleged that after some initial talks, rights groups had been shut out for nine months while the bill was drawn up.