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Proud, Strong and Visible

Promoting Choice, Control and Participation of Disabled people in Europe

The goal of this project is to facilitate the implementation of Article 19 (Living independently and being included in the community) of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by the Member States and the European Union.

This project will be implemented throughout 2014 and is led by European Network on Independent Living (ENIL). Disability Rights UK is one of the project partners.

The right to independent living, as set out in Article 19 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, places an obligation on State Parties to facilitate the full inclusion and participation of disabled people in the community, by ensuring that they “have access to a range of in-home, residential and other community support services, including personal assistance necessary to support living and inclusion in the community”. The project will also contribute to the implementation of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020, in particular the area of action 2.2, which seeks to ensure the full participation of disabled people in society.

This project addresses current threats to the implementation of Article 19 – including the impact of the cuts in public spending on the support services for disabled people, and disability hate crime, which has been on the increase in countries. There are a number of key issues affecting disabled people in Europe today, including the slow transition from institutional care to community-based services and the failure to develop alternative solutions to institutional care which facilitate the choice and control of disabled people.

There is a lack in good practice in implementing Article 19 of the CRPD as a result of the poor involvement of disabled people in the development and delivery of services.

Proud, Strong and Visible will:

  • provide evidence based advice to policy and decision makers at the national and EU level about making the transition from institutional care to community living, with a focus on personal assistance
  • build a business case for the transition from institutional care to community living by comparing the cost of personal assistance and residential care through a European survey
  • strengthen the involvement of young disabled people in the Independent Living movement at the local, national and European level and to identify the key challenges in accessing employment and education
  • monitor the situation of disabled people in the EU, candidate and potential candidate countries, focusing on progress towards de-institutionalisation and the impact of austerity measures on disabled people
  • tackle discrimination against disabled people by raising awareness about disability hate crime

For more on the project go to http://www.enil.eu/news/2014-enil-project-proud-strong-and-visable-promoting-choice-control-and-participation-of-disabled-people-in-europe/

Proud, Strong and Visible