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Inclusive Living


Article 19 of the UN CRPD establishes the equal right of all persons with disabilities to live in the community, with choices equal to others. Nevertheless, independent living is only possible when the necessary support services and systems are made available, as well as when staff is adequately trained to support individuals through empowering and human rights-oriented approaches. Through EASPD, members exchange on the best ways to support individuals for them to be able to fully participate in the community as active citizens.

Good housing practices with the availability of support, personal assistance schemes, as well as effective policymaking at all levels, an analysis of the future challenges in social care and an increased cooperation with other European networks on housing for vulnerable groups are all ways to implement de-institutionalisation and grant a more independent life to persons with disabilities.

Inclusive Living

What EASPD is doing

EASPD is committed to:

  • Facilitate the development and availability of support services in the community
  • Support the transition from institutional care to community-based services
  • Collaborate with NGOs, policy makers, associations, parents and families, towards inclusive living
  • Support individuals to fully participate in the community as active citizens
  • Enable enjoyment and monitoring of human rights in the domain of Article 19 of the UN CRPD.


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