The European Disability Strategy (EDS) 2010-2020, adopted in 2010, cemented the European Union’s commitment to the full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), to which it is a party.
Through the EDS the EU aimed to empower people with disabilities so that they can enjoy their full rights and benefit fully from participating in society. With the end of the Strategy this year comes a new opportunity for the EU to reaffirm its commitment to the full implementation of the UN CRPD and provide a clear road map on how together European and national actors can work together to achieve this.
In light of the current negotiations on the European Disability Strategy post 2020 EASPD has released its key recommendations to help support and social care services fulfil their potential and contribute to the UN CRPD’s implementation.
Written with the support of its members the report proposes key recommendations for the EDS on the topics of:
- Early childhood intervention and education
- Inclusive Living
- Staffing issues and disability workforce
- Person-centred technology
The report calls for the European Union to continue to help to advance the development of quality community-based care and support services across Europe.
Speaking on the publication of the report and the EU’s future commitment to the rights of persons with disabilities Sabrina Ferraina, EASPD Policy Manager stressed that “a new European Union Strategy on Disability must help to consolidate the good work done so far by setting clear objectives and concrete achievements for the coming years to make the European Union more disability friendly paving the way for further developments at national and international level.”
To read the full report, click here.