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Disability voices

We, 50 million disabled citizens ...
 
We must mobilize to strengthen non-discrimination legislative measures until the full integration of disabled persons in society will become a reality.
 
We must do so simply because disability is a human rights issue,
simply because disability is an issue that concerns us all.
 
At dawn of 21st century, we still face discrimination on a daily basis
  • We face discrimination and prejudice on a daily basis and in all fields of life
  • We do not enjoy equal access to education, suffer high unemployment rates and often live on a low income
  • We cannot move around freely, go to work, to a restaurant, to theatres, cinemas, libraries, shopping, meet friends, or any other daily activity, due to inaccessible public transport and environment infrastructure
  • Free movement in the European Union is just an ideal for us due to national legislative barriers preventing us to settle in another EU country
  • more than 200.000 disabled citizens in Europe are forced to live in closed institutions deprived of the most fundamental human rights

The European Union has the responsibility to work for and protect the rights of all its citizens, with no distinction

  • the right to equal access to education
  • the right to equal treatment in employment
  • the right to equal recognition before the law and equal protection before the law
  • the right to social protection, health and long-term care services
  • the right to live independently in the community
  • the right to access public transport, buildings and other architectural infrastructure
  • the right to access information and communication technologies and services
  • the right to access products and services for daily use

Read EDF Declaration on disability rights in Europe, click here

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