On the 27 and 28 August 2015 the European Union was examined by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which delivered recommendations on how the EU could strengthen its approach to upholding the rights of those with disabilities in Europe.
The EU ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities back in 2010, and was recently called to present its implementation of the Convention to date. The outcome? Much more progress still needs to be made.
Autism-Europe fed into the recommendations given by the CRPD, both by participating in a delegation which met with the CRPD in Geneva, and through its own suggestions presented in the form of its Alternative Report on the EU’s progress as well as its response to the list of issues. Among some of the key suggestions taken on board was the need for more concrete measure to remove the barriers disabled people face when accessing education, healthcare and employment.
The delegation present in Geneva also consisted of the European Disability Forum, Inclusion Europe, European Network of (Ex) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, Mental Health Europe, European Network on Independent Living, CBM / IDDC, European Federation of Hard of Hearing People, International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and the European Union of the Deaf.