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Monday, 27 September 2010

Disabilities: Europe Must Do Better

Governments across Europe need to do more for disabled people, a meeting of disabilities experts will learn today.

They will review the mid-term results of the Council of Europe’s Disability Action Plan 2006-2015, at a behind closed doors two-day meeting in Strasbourg.

The intergovernmental human rights organisation acknowledges the progress made by its 47 member states in improving education, job training, employment and accessibility for disabled people since the plan was launched four years ago.

But it claims member states have been less successful in promoting greater political participation and community living of disabled people and in meeting the specific needs of particular groups that may face “double discrimination.”

The Council of Europe now wants governments to pay greater attention to women, children and migrants or refugees with disabilities, the elderly and sufferers of mental illness.

Member states are also encouraged to advance the “mainstreaming” and political participation of people with disabilities before the mandate of the action plan.

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