On the 15th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), the European commission announced the launch of the Disability platform that gathers representatives from EU member states, civil society and the EU institutions. The objective of this platform is foster close cooperation to combat discrimination based on disability, in line with the UNCRPD obligations.
Autism-Europe is one of the 14 civil society organisations selected to take part in the Disability Platform, alongside representatives from EU Member States and the European institutions. We will work together with the aim that persons with disabilities can fully enjoy their rights in line with the UNCRPD. Autism-Europe will ensure that the views of autistic people and their families are represented in this important forum.
Disability Platform: a flagship initiative of the Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The Disability Platform is one of the flagship initiatives of the Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Following its adoption by the European Commission on 27 October, all EU Member states have put forward their representatives. Fourteen civil society organizations active in the field of disability have now been selected through an open call for applications. The Disability Platform replaces the existing High Level Group on Disability. It is an expert group to support the implementation of the Strategy for the rights of Persons with Disabilities.
A forum to exchange and work together at the EU level
The Platform launch is the beginning of a process to discuss relevant policy developments, exchange experiences and good practices, and reflect the diversity of disability.
The Platform also provides a forum to engage and work together in the preparation of policy initiatives or legislative proposals in the field of disability and establish cooperation and coordination between the Commission and the Member States and stakeholders.
All members of the Disability Platform can be found in the Register. The first meeting took place on Wednesday, 15 December 2021.