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All but one of the EU Member States, and the EU itself, have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), committing themselves to achieving independent living for persons with disabilities. Realising this goal requires a meaningful and sustainable shift from institutional to communitybased living arrangements. This, in turn, calls for both deinstitutionalisation strategies and for effectively coordinating the different actors involved in making deinstitutionalisation a reality. However, putting in place political commitments and implementation structures is just one element of the process.
The other two reports in FRA’s three-part series dedicated to this topic look at other important factors: budgeting and financing, and measuring outcomes for persons with disabilities. Taken together, the three reports provide important insights that can support ongoing efforts to make independent living a reality for persons with disabilities.
For additional information, see the summary overview of the different types of institutional and community-based services (pdf, 824 KB) for persons with disabilities available in each of the EU Member States.
Also available in easy read format.