The European Union ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on 23 December 2010. It is due to submit its first official report to the CRPD Committee later this year.
To ensure that the CRPD Committee has a full picture of what progress has been made in implementing the CRPD since the EU’s ratification, the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) will submit a Shadow report in September 2014. ENIL’s Shadow report will focus on the implementation of Article 19 – Living independently and being included in the community – in the EU. We have chosen to focus on Article 19, since we consider it deserves more attention than it is commonly given in the official and shadow reports that cover all the CRPD articles.
In order to collect information for ENIL’s Shadow report on Article 19, we have put together a Questionnaire and would like to invite anyone (organisations or individuals) who wishes to contribute to complete it. The questions focus on the remaining barriers to Independent Living, and any improvements in access to Independent Living or positive examples of implementation since the EU’s ratification of the CRPD on 23 December 2010. It is not necessary to answer all the questions if you do not have the information, and all contributions included in the Shadow report will be acknowledged.
The Questionnaire is available here.
The deadline for contributions is 16 May 2014 and they should be sent to Ines Bulic at firstname.lastname@example.org If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you in advance for your input.
This work is financially supported by the Open Society Foundations – Mental Health Initiative.