On the 27th and 28th of August 2015 the European Union was examined by the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which delivered recommendations to strengthen the EU’s 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 upon to present its implementation of the Convention to date. The outcome? More progress still needs to be made.
Autism-Europe fed into the recommendations given by the CRPD, notably through its own suggestions presented in the form of its Alternative Report on the EU’s progress, and via its reponse to the list of issues higlighted by the CRPD committee. Among some of the key suggestions taken on board were the need for concrete measures to remove the barriers disabled people face when accessing education, healthcare and employment. The full list of CRPD recommendations can be found here.