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Turning rights into reality! EASPD highlights the importance of support services in ensuring an accessible Europe

On 9th July EASPD Secretary General, Luk Zelderloo, attend the EPP Group’s “Day of the European Accessibility Act” to discuss the future implementation of the European Accessibility Act.
 
Hosted by MEP Lambert van Nistelrooij in the European Parliament, the symposium brought together stakeholders from the European Commission, civil society and academia.
 
Mr Zelderoo emphasised the role that support service providers play in ensuring an accessible Europe, highlighting that service providers are the bridge between specialised and mainstream sectors and can work to unlock the expertise these sectors hold.
 
Speaking about the event MEP van Nistelrooij said “Since the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has been adopted, it has been a long-term struggle to effectively implement these rights. Hence the debate on the European accessibility act together with academic, policy-makers and healthcare providers.”
 
The symposium was followed by the unveiling of the Prisma Photo Exhibition “PS LetMEbe” which show how support service users, employees, family and other stakeholders look at the rights of people with disabilities in current care.


Caption: Photo of panel discussion at the event ‘Turning rights into reality!’ and EASPD Secretary General Luk Zelderloo speaking
 

Editor's note

 
The European Accessibility Act was first proposed by the European Commission in 2015. The Act is a proposal for a law that would make many products and services in the European Union (EU) more accessible for persons with disabilities. Such products and services include computers and operating system; ATMs, ticketing and check-in machines; telephones and smartphones; banking services; e-commerce and services related to air, bus, rail and waterborne passenger transport.
 
The Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU has included the conclusion of the negotiations of the European Accessibility Act as a priority in its Presidency Programme, with the hope of creating a Single Market for the benefit of all.
 
To learn more about the European Accessibility Act click here or read EASPD’s Position on European Accessibility Act here.