Zero Project Report: Inaccessible goods and services constitute a major problem.

The Zero Project creates platforms for sharing and developing models that clearly improve the daily lives and legal rights of people with disabilities.

Under the lead of Dr. Ádam Kósa, MEP, the Essl Foundation and the World Future Council and in collaboration with the European Disability Forum, more than 70 parliamentarians, policy experts and representatives of disability organisations met at the European Parliament on the 21st June 2012 for a high level debate on how to unlock Europe’s potential through accessibility.

The findings of the international Zero Project Report 2012 were presented at the conference ‘A prelude to the European Accessibility Act; Findings of the International Zero Project Report’ to European decision makers, who discussed how the European Union could best ensure that people with disabilities and older people have access to the goods and services they need.

The report points out that access to the physical environment, to transportation, to information and communications and to others facilities and services provided to the public varies widely in each European country. It points out that a steadily growing number of European citizens especially people with disabilities and the elderly are being excluded from enjoying the benefits of a wide range of goods and services.

The report notes that urgent improvement of the access to and the accessibility of goods and services on a European level is needed in order to ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in respect of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

For more information on the findings of the report please click on “Finding on Accessibility of the Zero Project”.

For more information on the Zero Project please visit the website here.

 

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