European Foundation Centre Launches Study

European Foundation Centre Launches Study

The EU crisis seriously compromises the rights of people with disabilities and a study now brings us evidence to show that this is indeed true.

On November 6th 2012, the European Foundation Centre launched a study entitled: “Assessing the impact of European governments’ austerity plans on the rights of people with disabilities”.

The study reveals how reduced spending on welfare and social services by some Member States is resulting in a disproportionate increase in numbers of people with disabilities losing their jobs, income support and access to fundamental services. Carried out by a team of European researchers and complemented by national experts in six EU Member States, the study analyses the specific impact – in terms of employment, independent living, education, primary care and assistance – on the rights of people with disabilities.

ENIL has been receiving alarming messages from many of its members in many different European countries since the very beginning of the EU crisis. Many governments are implementing and planning cuts and austerity measures that hit people with disabilities even harder than other citizens. This kind of policy is not only ineffective, because it drives people into more dependency and leads to more (expensive) institutionalization, it is also in contradiction to the UN CRPD.

This study is a valuable tool to reverse this policy tendency. It is absolutely recommended reading for Independent Living and disability rights activists. We will certainly make full use of it.

If you would like to read more about this Study please click this here. 



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