Report on the legal capacity of people with disabilities published by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights has published a report which compares and analyses current European and international laws in the area of legal capacity of people with disabilities.
The report reveals that the legal capacity of people with disabilities, including people with autism, is restricted or removed under certain conditions in many EU Member States, despite the fact that the EU has ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
The report states that laws and policies regarding legal capacity of people with intellectual disabilities and mental health problems should be in accordance with the UNCRPD. This includes the principle that decisions should be made by people with disabilities with support from other relevant people, not by other people on behalf of people with disabilities.