Disability strategy: EU should be the change it wants to see

Today (1 July 2020) Inclusion Europe contributed to a consultation on the next European Disability Strategy, organised by Helena Dalli, EU Commissioner for Equality.

Alongside other EU disability organisations Inclusion Europe recognises the significance of the strategy to date. And we know very well what we want from the next one. Clear direction matters.

What we expect from the future European Disability Strategy The European Disability Strategy should:  Address the importance of the right to make decisions; Establish clear targets to end segregation; Address violence against women with intellectual disabilities; Recognise the role of families in fulfilling rights and providing support to their relatives with disabilities; Connect to peoples‘ experiences and be easier to understand. Throughout the strategy, particular attention needs to be paid to:  Children with intellectual disabilities and their families; Women with intellectual disabilities; People with complex support needs and their families.

(Of course we are not the only ones to have high expectations.)

EU should be the change it wants to see

What I also believe to be important is the EU seizing this opportunity to facilitate progress – and to lead by example.

There are plenty of areas where EU can and should implement direct and profound change:

The EU can and should be a leader in inclusive, accessible practice.

The next disability strategy is as good an opportunity as any to start.

First published on LinkedIn 1 July 2020.