The Recommendation on the "Council of Europe Action Plan to promote the rights and full participation of people with disabilities in society: improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in Europe 2006-2015" was adopted by the Committee of Ministers (CM) of the Council of Europe (CoE) on 5 April 2006.
It is addressed to the governments of all 47 member states of the Council of Europe. The fundamental goal of the Action Plan is to help member states reinforce anti-discriminatory and human rights measures. This will enhance equal opportunities and independence of people with disabilities and guarantee their freedom of choice, full citizenship, active participation in the community and improve their quality of life.
The Plan provides a flexible framework for political decision-makers in order to produce a tailor-made roadmap for innovative disability legislation, policy and practice. It contains 15 action lines, including participation in political, public and cultural life, education, information and communication, employment, accessibility to the built environment and transport. It also draws attention to the needs of women and children with disabilities and severely disabled people in need of a high level of support.
The promotion, implementation and follow-up of the Plan is overseen by the European Coordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH).
EASPD holds a participatory status within the Council of Europe, granted to NGOs which are representative in the field of their competence at European level and which through their work are capable of supporting the achievement of the CoE. EASPD is therefore involved in the work of the CoE on disability and participates in the 4 meetings a year in Strasburg. Moreover, EASPD is part of the CAPAH, monitoring the implementation of the Action Plan.
After its publication, EASPD reacted to the Action Plan with a Position Paper. The paper focussed the importance that affordability, accessibility and availability of mainstream services for persons with disability play in the Plan’s implementation.
EASPD also produced an EASY TO READ version of the Council of Europe Action Plan.