Choosing where to live, with whom, and what to eat, when, are some of the realities of independent living that most of us take for granted. But for people with disabilities theory and practice can be worlds apart, finds the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights’ latest report. It explores what enables and what hinders the drive towards independent community living for people with disabilities.
Member States holding the Presidencies of the Council of the EU can play a key leadership role in addressing the EU’s persisting fundamental rights challenges, said the FRA Director in his keynote address at an expert seminar in Helsinki on 29 November.
Many people with disabilities in the EU still live in institutions. They risk being isolated, marginalised and prevented from living a full, independent life, and face worse conditions than people without disabilities. This calls for systematic changes in the way support for people with disabilities is organised and funded, new reports from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) reveal. They suggest what people with disabilities need from the EU and its Member States to enjoy living independently with community-based support, simply taking public transport or shopping.
FRA provided input on how Article 19 (the right to live independently and be included in the community) of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) can be monitored to the CRPD Committee on 19 April in Geneva.
On 5 April, FRA took part in the fourth meeting of the European Social Network (ESN)’s Working Group on Disability in Sofia, Bulgaria.
On 16 and 17 March, representatives of the FRANET contractors working on the fieldwork phase of FRA’s project on the right to independent living of persons with disabilities met in Vienna to kick off the national qualitative research.
On 17 November, FRA took part in a Nordic Conference on the implementation of the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Malmö.
FRA will address the opening of the 14th session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 17 August in Geneva. It will use this opportunity to illustrate how robust evidence and independent expertise can help people with disabilities enjoy their rights on an equal basis with others.