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European Accessibility Act

On the 2 December 2015 the European Commission proposed a European Accessibility Act, which will set common accessibility requirements for certain key products and services that will help people with disabilities at the EU level to participate fully in society. In September 2017 the Parliament adopted its final position on the Act before starting negotiations with the Council.

Autism-Europe considers the proposal for the European Accessibility Act has potential to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities throughout Europe. The proposal was published by the Commission on the 2 December 2015, and on September 14 2017, the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted in plenary session on the proposed amendments to the EU Accessibility Act, adopting their final position before negotiations begin with the Council.

After the European Commissions initial proposal, Autism-Europe published a response to the proposal outlining a number of key recommendations to ensure that the specific needs of autistic people are not overlooked in the future Directive.

Autism-Europe also fed into the European Disability Forum’s official response to the legislative proposal.

It followed on from recommendations given to the EU by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to swiftly adopt the European Accessibility Act with the participation of people with disabilities.

For several years now Autism-Europe has been advocating for EU legislation on the accessibility of products and services for persons with disabilities.

This video, produced by the European Disability Forum, explains why the European Union need a strong Accessibility Act.