3 December is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. To mark this date, the European Commission and the European Disability Forum are organising a conference, looking at disability policy and practice in the European Union and suggesting ways in which it can be improved.
If your vote is not counted, do you not count?The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has published a report on the right to political participation of persons with mental health problems and persons with intellectual disabilities in the European Union (EU).
Over 40 people from service-user organisations, psychiatric associations, legal organisations, the European Commission, the Council of Europe and national human rights organisations came together on 4-5 November 2010 to discuss FRA’s disability work.
One in every four European adults is affected by mental health problems, studies suggest. On World Mental Health Day 2010, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) Director Morten Kjaerum makes the link between mental health and fundamental rights and underlines the importance of the work of the FRA in this area: