On 30 March 2017, the European Union (EU) presented its draft indicators measuring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the European level. Alongside the European Disability Forum and other organisations, Autism-Europe was invited to the event to voice the perspective of persons with disabilities. We drew attention to the importance of leaving no person with disability behind and on having concrete indicators on disability.
EDF issued a position paper to outline why and how this could be done. They are calling on the EU:
- To systematically disaggregate data by disability;
- To bring back the references on disability in the EU indicators on SDGs, as it was in the UN global indicators;
- To lead in the application of the obligations under the UN CRPD in the context of the SDGs;
- To ensure the participation of persons with disabilities throughout the process.
Autism-Europe supports these recommendations and has contacted officials in the European commission following a stakeholder consultation held in March 2017.