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Progress Report on the implementation of the European Disability Strategy (2010-2020)

EUROPEAN COMMISSION
February 2017

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The Strategy is the main instrument to support the EU's implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Progress in all eight areas of the strategy is reported: accessibility, participation, equality, employment, education and training, social protection, health and external action. Initiatives such as the Directive on Web Accessibility, the proposal for a European Accessibility Act, the EU Disability Card project (being piloted in 8 Member States) and provisions in the Erasmus+ programme (allowing better mobility for students with disabilities) are highlighted. 

 

This report presents progress achieved in the first five years of the Strategy and assesses implementation. Many stakeholders have contributed to this work. The United Nations reviewed how the EU has been implementing its obligations under the UNCRPD3, and issued Concluding Observations with concrete recommendations for follow-up. These contain guidance on priority issues while also highlighting the steps already taken (see Annex 3). The European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee subsequently prepared their own reports on the implementation of the UNCRPD, while civil society organisations provided analysis and proposals (see Annex 4). The Commission also launched a public consultation to collect views from a broad range of stakeholders on the current situation of persons with disabilities and the impact of the Strategy so far, gathering more than 1,500 contributions (see Annex 1). This report also looks at the role of the supporting instruments and at the implementation of the UNCRPD within the EU institutions. Finally, it looks ahead at how the Strategy will continue to deliver on its objectives. In addition, the report includes a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of EU legal acts with an impact on disability matters (Annex 5)

 

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The Americans with disabilities act at 25 years : lessons to learn from the convention on the rights of people with disabilities

KANTER, Arlene S
2015

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“In this Article, the Author argues that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the subsequent ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), have not realized the goal of ensuring equality for people with disabilities. The Author suggests that the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities

(CRPD), adopted in 2006 by the United Nations, offers a new approach to realizing the right to equality for people with disabilities”

Drake Law Review, Vol. 63

A report about the rights of people with disabilities around the world

OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (OHCHR)
August 2015

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This is an easy read version of the 'Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities' about social protection. "Social protection helps governments make sure everyone can live well. Social protection is things that give everyone the same chances in life. For example: having enough food, basic healthcare, going to school, and money to help pay for the things you need if you cannot work or earn enough. The report says what this means for people with disabilities"

Note: the full report is available below as a related record

CRPD advocacy by the world network of users and survivors of psychiatry : the emergence of a user/survivor perspective in human rights

MINKOVITZ, Tina
August 2012

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"Human rights law evolves through processes of social eruption, in which social movements agitate for the recognition of injustices as legal wrongs, and in which sectors of the population that have been oppressed rise up to assert themselves as protagonists who change the landscape of law along with the social, economic and cultural relationships in which law is grounded. The involvement of users and survivors of psychiatry in the CRPD drafting and negotiations, as an integral part of the community of people with disabilities, set the stage for a dramatic (r)evolution in human rights law. This paper explores the genesis of key provisions in the CRPD on legal capacity, liberty, and freedom from forced interventions, and their early interpretation and application"

HIV/AIDS and disability networking : summary report of survey consultation

CAMERON, Cathy
March 2010

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Recognising the importance of the connection between HIV and disability, this report aims to explore options for the development of a global network among the HIV/AIDS and disability fields in order to advance policy and program development. Through a survey consultation process, the report identifies and documents communication and collaborative activities that currently exist or are under development and provides recommendations to increase communication and collaboration. This report would be of interest to those working in the HIV/AIDS and disability fields

Vientiane action plan

UNITED NATIONS
et al
2010

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"The objective of this Action Plan is to ensure effective and timely implementation of the provisions of the CCM following the First Meeting of States. The Plan sets out concrete and measurable steps, actions and targets to be completed within specific time periods and defines roles and responsibilities. The actions are not legal requirements, but designed to assist States Parties and other relevant actors in their practical implementation of the Convention, and thus to support States Parties in meeting their obligations. With the adoption of this plan, states parties send a strong message on their commitment to the rapid implementation of the Convention"
States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM)
Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic
9-12 November 2010

Human rights and disability : equal rights for all

COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
October 2008

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This paper outlines the international human rights framework for persons with disabilities. It includes a brief description of the situation highlighting key issues for persons with disabilities, which include: the fight against discrimination; the move from institutional care to community living; and the right to take decisions about one’s personal affairs

Resolution 7/9 : human rights of persons with disabilities

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
March 2008

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This is the transcript from the annual interactive debate on the rights of persons with disabilities, submitted by the Human Rights Council for the OHCHR. The focus is on key legal measures for ratification and effective implementation of the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. It also includes amendments that address equality and non-discrimination. This resource would be useful for anyone with an interest in disability and human rights

Promoting safe egress and evacuation for people with disabilities

MCGLENNON, Michael
GREEN, White Young
MONTGOMERY, Stephen
2008

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This aims of this guide are threefold: it provides awareness on the issue of egress and the implications for people with disability; it identifies egress features that are normally designed into buildings and preparing risk assessments and emergency evacuation plans; and it offers guidance on providing safe egress for people with disabilities. This resource would be of interest to anyone with an interest in disaster management, disability and safety

Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities : its implementation and relevance for the World Bank

GUERNSEY, Katherine
NICOLI, Marco
NINIO, Alberto
June 2007

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This paper is a World Bank organisational learning tool designed to provide a review and commentary on the relevance of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The purpose is to assist World Bank staff with supporting implementation activities. The articles that make up this document aim to operationalize World Bank protocols, legal obligations and benchmark specific principles. This practical resource would be useful for those working in the field of disability and development, in particular those working towards legislative reform

Teaching kit : international convention on the rights of persons with disabilities

HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL
June 2007

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This 'teaching kit' contains all the resources required to develop a comprehensive training programme in connection with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Developed in a practical, accessible style, this resource includes all international texts relating specifically to persons with disabilities, as well as relevant documentary resources. More specifically, the kit contains a comprehensive range of prepared presentations with supported commentaries - to cover the key issues of the Convention. This resource would be useful to anyone with an interest in disability and international development, and particularly to those working towards the implementation of the Convention

Disability and ability

US DEPARTMENT OF STATE
May 2007

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Disability and ability are the focus of this issue of e-Journal USA. The collection of articles begins with the President's commitment to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Articles that follow explore implementation of this legislation in the education, health and law enforcement sectors. There is also a case study of American Indians with disabilities in Montana. This resource would be useful for anyone with an interest in government policy, legislation, and disability and development

People with disabilities in India : from commitments to outcomes

O'KEEFE, Philip
et al
May 2007

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This report explores the social and economic factors that impact the lives of disabled people in India. It examines the ways in which public sector interventions can improve the quality of life they experience and it presents the socio-economic profile of people with disabilities, addresses the societal attitudes they live with, and discusses the root causes of disability in India. This work would be useful for anyone with an interest in disability and development

United Nations treaty collection : photographs of signature ceremonies

UNITED NATIONS
December 2006

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This website features photographs of signature ceremonies from a range of United Nations international treaties, including the ceremony on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This resource would be useful for anyone interested in the ratification and implementation process of international treaties

Mine action strategy

AUSAID
May 2006

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The aim of this document is to promote a safer and more secure environment for development and poverty reduction by alleviating the threat and socio-economic impact caused by landmines and other explosive remnants of war. The primary objectives of this strategy is to reduce suffering of survivors and support socio-economic rehabilitation; reduce the threat of explosive remnants of war to civilian populations; and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of advocacy

Disability rights convention : ratification campaign handbook

Landmine Survivors Network
2006

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This toolkit raises awareness around the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and aims to mobilise support for its ratification. It is a practical guide divided into 3 sections, covering general information about the convention; ratification advocacy tools; and media tools. Essentially this is a step-by-step guide for planning a ratification campaign in different contexts, containing sample letters, publicity materials and other useful resources. The handbook would be of use to anyone with an interest in promoting disability rights

Situation of disabled people in the enlarged European Union : the European Action Plan 2006-2007

Commission of the European Communities
November 2005

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This action plan follows the European Union Disability Strategy of 2005. It relates specifically to mainstreaming disability in policy formulation and is intended to ensure a coherent follow-up to the European Year of Disabled People. The paper recognises that disability policy is most effectively dealt with at national level but aims to provide a dynamic framework to develop a broader EU Disability Strategy. It includes important information and data on the employment situation of people with disabilities, as well as laying down guidelines for developing accessible goods, services and inclusive policies. This paper would be useful to anyone with an interest in mainstreaming disability in development cooperation, in particular policy-makers, NGOs and disabled people's organisations

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