Background

The FRA's disability work is framed by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): the Convention takes a rights-based approach to disability.

The Convention recognises that disability results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinders their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others. Therefore society has an obligation to adapt to facilitate the full participation of people with disabilities. People with disabilities are "individuals" with rights, not objects of charity.

The convention was written with and by people with disabilities, in line with the disability movement's slogan: "Nothing about us without us". This philosophy guides the FRA's work related to disability rights.

How the FRA supports disability rights

The FRA carries out legal and social research and analysis of key fundamental rights issues. The legal research compares the EU’s legal provisions and measures. Social research can be either quantitative or qualitative. For example, for the project on the rights of people with intellectual disabilities and people with mental health problems, the FRA conducted in-depth interviews with people with disabilities and also asked then to document their everyday lives through "photo voice". Learn more about photo voice.

Such research can also involve discussions in focus groups bringing together people with disabilities and those who form an important part of their lives, such as carers, personal assistants and service providers.

For more on FRA's work on disability rights contact: disability@fra.europa.eu

The FRA's partners working on disability rights

The FRA works with many partners including representative organisations of persons with disabilities. Below is the list of some of the main organisations and institutions with whom the FRA regularly cooperates.

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