The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published three reports about the topic “from institutions to community living”. Discussions are under way at the European Union (EU) and national levels about how best to realize this transition.
The United Nations has agreed that people with disabilities have the right to live independently and be included in the community. This agreement is written down in article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). But the discussion is also about having the choice how you are supported.
Support means you have access to a range of services, including personal assistance, which help you to live and take part in your community. The EU gives money to help countries move people from living in institutions to living in the community. FRA thinks that all EU countries should have plans to move people out of institutions so they can live independently in the community and they should involve people with disabilities in making these plans.
There’s a great variety in the way countries are planning to tackle the issue. But what’s certain, is that countries need good local social services if they are going to support people to live independently in the community
Read the reports here:
These easy-to-read reports follow the FRA's previously published reports on "from institutions to community living".
Read them in full here.