Speech by Commissioner Helena Dalli on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Easy to read

Statement by Commissioner Helena Dalli on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Speech by Commissioner Helena Dalli on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities - Easy to read

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On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities,

European Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli said:

 

This year, we mark the

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

at hard times with Coronavirus.

 

While the pandemic has affected us all,

people with disabilities were affected even harder.

 

Also, those living in institutions.

Community services and access to healthcare were harder to organise.

 

Online schooling and working from home

were not always accessible to all.

COVID-19 has bought a lot of barriers that

people with intellectual disabilities are facing.

 

We must remove these barriers.

 

The European Union is promoting the rights of people

with disabilities but there is still a long way to go.

 

At the beginning of 2021, The European Commission will

present the new European Strategy on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

 

They are working on the European Strategy

on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

 

The European Commission will shape inclusive societies

and they will do their best to continue to help.

 

It was ten years ago that the European Union signed the

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

 

It was the first and only organization to sign the Convention

to be able to help people with disabilities to enjoy their rights.

 

The European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 has done

a lot of good work but there is still a long way to go.

 

 

 

Read also László Bercse’s speech at the conference.

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