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What has been done in the last 5 years to improve the lives of persons with disabilities in the European Union? The answer from persons with intellectual disabilities and their families is “not much”.
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Persons with intellectual disabilities are part of the digital society, and like other areas of life, they are much more vulnerable online and more prone to abuse of their personal data.
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After its review by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities last summer, the European Union has been urged to adopt the European Accessibility Act (EAA) within 12 months.
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Tomorrow, on 3 December, we will celebrate the European Day of Persons with Disabilities. The European Commission chose this important occasion to  publish a long-awaited piece of legislation: the European Accessibility Act (EAA).
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“EU money should be used to support independent living, not institutions”, said MEP Richard Howitt who hosted the Policy Seminar “Putting citizens at the centre of politics”.
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Services for people with disabilities need to change. This is a clear message people with intellectual and other disabilities have been sending for years.
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Not good enough. Three words to summarize the track record of the European Union (EU) in upholding the rights of people with disabilities, as made clear by the United Nations (UN) this week.
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Today, we are proud. Legal capacity and the violations of the rights of people with intellectual disabilities topped the agenda of the Constructive Dialogue led by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on 27-28 August in Geneva.
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It is almost ironic. While the European Commission is busy developing and preparing for the imminent release of the draft European Accessibility Act and the Non-Discrimination Directive, the institution is breaking the very rules it is working so hard to see adopted and implemented.
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Women with intellectual disabilities are more likely to become victims of domestic violence and of many others forms of abuse and violence. We need to do something to change this.
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