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February 2012

The Enable Newsletter is prepared by the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SCRPD) at the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) within the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) with input from UN offices, agencies, funds and programmes, as well as from civil society. It is also available online at: http://www.un.org/disabilities


In this issue:

- Status of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

- Highlights from the UN system

- Upcoming events

- Other news



110 ratifications of the Convention

153 signatories to the Convention

Optional Protocol to the Convention:

63 ratifications of the Optional Protocol

90 signatories to the Optional Protocol

No new signatures or ratifications since the last issue of the Enable Newsletter.


The fifth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will be held from 12 to 14 September 2012. More information will be posted at: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?navid=46&pid=1595


50th session of the Commission for Social Development

The 50th session of the Commission for Social Development was held at UN Headquarters from 1 to 10 February 2012. The Commission had before it the Report of the Secretary-General on Mainstreaming Disability in the Development Agenda (E/CN.5/2012/6) and the Report of the Special Rapporteur on monitoring of the implementation of the Standard Rules ((E/CN.5/2012/7). The Commission agreed on a resolution (E/CN.5/2012/L.6) sponsored by the Philippines on "Mainstreaming disability in the development agenda", which has been forwarded to the Economic and Social Council for adoption. In conjunction with the session of the Commission, a panel discussion was organized by DESA in collaboration with the Government of Finland and Irish Aid on the inclusion of disability in development cooperation policy and programming. The panel drew attention to key issues, particularly in the context of ongoing global efforts towards poverty eradication. The discussion highlighted successful experiences and good practices, and also explored options for the road ahead in mainstreaming disability in the global development agenda. The panel discussion was part of an ongoing series of discussions organized by DESA to mainstream disability in all development processes that is expected to contribute to the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on disability and development to be held on 23 September 2013. More information: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1592

56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women

In accordance with its multi-year programme of work (2010-2014), the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in 2012 considered "The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges" as its priority theme. The 56th session provided a critical opportunity for strengthening policy guidance and developing concrete and focused recommendations to promote more sustained and accelerated efforts to empower women and girls with disabilities in rural areas and increase their rate of participation in decision-making processes. During the session, DESA co-sponsored a multi-stakeholder event in collaboration with the Government of Australia and the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the UN, as well as civil society organizations, Women Enabled, Women with Disabilities Australia and the Women’s UN Report Network. The panelists presented an overview of the situation of rural women with disabilities and explored a wide range of strategies that would help empower and ensure the well-being of rural women with disabilities. More information: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?navid=46&pid=1594

28 February to 2 March: 43rd session of the Statistical Commission

In conjunction with the 43rd session of the Statistical Commission (28 February to 2 March 2012), a panel discussion was organized by DESA and co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Argentina, the Philippines and Sweden in collaboration with the World Bank and the Washington Group on Disability Statistics. The panel: “Disability data and statistics for inclusive development: next steps for action at national, regional and global levels”, drew attention to the importance of data and statistics on disability to promote inclusive development policy and programming at international, regional and national levels. It reviewed existing recommendations for improving the availability and quality of data on disability and explored some of the common obstacles and challenges in gathering reliable data on disability, highlighting national experiences in collecting data and statistics on disability. More information: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?navid=46&pid=1593

Including disability in the Rio+20 Outcome Document

Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (20 to 22 June 2012), is an event where the world will come together to discuss "the future we want". The Rio+20 outcome document will discuss priority issues and areas for the implementation of global sustainable development goals (SDGs). A number of these sectoral or cross-sectoral issues are intricately interwoven with disability. With a view to supporting the inclusion of persons with disabilities and disability issues in the outcome document, DESA has identified strategic areas in the zero draft and has prepared an information brief that provides options for the inclusion of disability in the Rio+20 Outcome Document. More information: http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/information_brief_rio+20.doc

Expert Group Meeting on promoting ICT Accessibility

The Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), in collaboration with the United Nations Information Center and The Nippon Foundation, will organize an “Expert Group Meeting on Building Inclusive Society and Development Through Promoting ICT Accessibility: Emerging Issues and Trends” (EGM) in Tokyo, from 19 to 21 April 2012. The meeting will review the current situation, policy frameworks and practices relating to ICT accessibility, including in the context of natural disasters and emergency responses. The EGM will feature a special session on experiences and lessons learned from the recent East Japan Earthquake. Key findings and recommendations from the EGM are expected to contribute to the current global discourse and strategies on promoting disability inclusive development, especially toward the preparation of the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development to be held in 2013. Details of the EGM and outcome will be available at: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1596

ESCAP: Conference on Disability-Inclusive MDGs and Aid Effectiveness

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and Leonard Cheshire Disability will convene a conference on “Disability Inclusive MDGs and Aid Effectiveness” from 14 to 16 March 2012 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok. The conference is the third in a series of meetings on disability and inclusive development, bringing together experts from Government, the UN system, civil society organizations, including organizations of persons with disabilities, academia and other development partners. The conference will help enhance understanding of how disability-inclusive development can contribute to the full achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as to help prepare for the final review of the Second Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, to be conducted in October 2012. The conference will also provide a platform for exchanging lessons learned and ways to enhance the quality and effectiveness of development cooperation through the inclusion of persons with disabilities. More information: http://www.lcdisability.org/aideffectiveness


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World Down Syndrome Day to be commemorated on 12 March

The UN General Assembly, with a view to raising awareness about Down syndrome and promoting the well-being and inclusion of persons with Down syndrome in society and development, adopted resolution 66/149 in November 2011, declaring 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day, beginning in 2012. The first-ever World Down Syndrome Day will be commemorated around the world and at UN Headquarters under the theme: “Building our Future”. A high-level multi-stakeholder event will be held at UN Headquarters on 21 March. More information on events around the world, please visit: http://www.worlddownsyndromeday.org http://www.inclusive.org.br/?p=21921

Down Syndrome International http://www.ds-int.org/home

World Down Syndrome Day Awards http://www.ds-int.org/about/wdsd_awards


UNIC Moscow: Promoting the inclusion of persons with disabilities

On 31 January, the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in Moscow held a brainstorming session related to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The theme of the session entitled: “Promotion of mobile technology solutions for persons with disabilities”, brought together representatives of civil society and the mobile industry, as well as experts to discuss solutions and the impact of accessible mobile technology on the empowerment and inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development. Participants included members of the “Group of Friends of the Disability Convention”, an informal body that meets regularly under the auspices of UN-Russia. The discussions included the outcome of the “M-Enabling Summit” organized by G3ict and ITU in Washington, DC, last December and an overview by experts from the Educational Centre for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities of the Moscow Bauman State Technological University. Also discussed were: a UNESCO regional project aimed at establishing IT centers for visually impaired people in several CIS countries (Armenia, Kyrgyzstan); the on-line project/web portal for persons with disabilities and socially responsible businesses entitled “Shag iz kruga”; and a new electronic magazine for persons with disabilities called “PRO Association”. UNIC Moscow also participated in the annual conference of Microsoft-Russia on 9 February, where the discussion included accessibility standards, the need for partnerships among stakeholders and the importance of the private sector in the implementation of the CRPD. More information: http://www.unrussia.ru/en/agencies/un-information-centre-moscow-unic

OHCHR: Debate on the political participation of persons with disabilities

The fourth interactive debate of the Human Rights Council on the rights of persons with disabilities took place on 1 March 2012 in Geneva. The debate focused on the issue of political participation of persons with disabilities. The panel discussion was opened by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Navi Pillay, who presented the OHCHR thematic study on participation in political and public life by persons with disabilities (A/HRC/19/36). In addition to presentations by three speakers, the panel also included a video message and a brief performance by a deaf rap artist, Signmark. The interactive debate was well attended and included interventions by Member States, UN agencies, national human rights institutions and NGOs. All interventions are available on the extranet page of the Human Rights Council: https://extranet.ohchr.org/sites/hrc/Pages/default.aspx

The OHCHR thematic study is also available in an easy to read version at: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Disability/Pages/ThematicStudies.aspx

7th session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The seventh session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will be held at the United Nations Office at Geneva from 16 to 20 April 2012. The agenda for the seventh session includes the consideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 35 of the Convention. The Provisional Agenda and details of country reports are available at: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRPD/Pages/Session7.aspx

Call for input by the Chair of CRPD

The Chair of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has called upon persons with disabilities, their organizations and other civil society actors, expert associations, educational and scientific institutions, national human rights institutions, State Parties and regional organizations to submit papers related to the implementation of the Article 9 of the Convention (accessibility). The deadline for submission of input is 15 March 2012. The Chair has also called for papers on the practical and theoretical measures for the implementation of Article 12 of the Convention (equal recognition before the law). Deadline: 17 July 2012. More information: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRPD/Pages/CRPDIndex.aspx

European Parliament Hearing on violence against women with disabilities

In cooperation with Members of Parliaments and Ana Peláez, UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a hearing on Violence against Women with Disabilities on 28 March, will bring together the Chair and members of FEMM Committee, representatives of the EU institutions and international organizations, as well as civil society organizations to inform policy makers and the public about issues related to violence against women with disabilities by highlighting such practices and proposing policy solutions. More information: http://www.edf-feph.org/Page_Generale.asp?DocID=22112&thebloc=29523

UNDP - Diversity awards

UNDP has launched the UNDP Diversity Awards, which will recognize UNDP Offices that demonstrate exemplary leadership and practice in promoting diversity in the workplace. UNDP as an organization embraces inclusive employment and strives to create an enabling working environment that provides equal opportunities to women, people of different nationalities and from different geographic regions, people living with disabilities, indigenous peoples and other groups. Initiatives such as the newly established Multi-Donor Trust Fund for the UN Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD), launched 8 December 2011 to make funding available to countries for substantive, programmatic work on disability rights, work in tandem with UNDP corporate initiatives such as the Diversity Awards to combat discrimination, exclusion and marginalization and realize a human rights-based “society for all”. More information: http://www.undp.org

UNESCO - New report on accessible ICTs for students with disabilities

UNESCO, jointly with Microsoft Corporation, launched the report on Accessible ICTs and Personalized Learning for Students with Disabilities at the International Conference on Assistive Technology and Persons with Disabilities in San Diego, USA. The new report summarizes the multi-stakeholder discussion organized at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 17 to 18 November 2011. The discussion focused on challenges of and practical solutions for promoting personalization through technology in the classrooms for students, particularly with learning difficulties and physical disabilities. The report includes a number of successful case studies and recommendations on how educators and students could use existing technological solutions in classrooms, and how UNESCO’s ICT Competences Framework for Teachers could be applied for teachers’ capacity building on issues related to the accessibility. More information: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/unesco_launches_report_on_accessible_icts_for_students_with_disabilities/

ITU - Improving accessibility for all

The International Telecommunications Union will be conducting the following workshops, focus and study groups in the next few months: ITU-T Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility (FG AVA) Meeting takes place on the 13th March 2012 in New Delhi, India. FG AVA focuses on the need to make audiovisual media accessible for persons with disabilities. The ITU Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility Tutorial follows on the 14th and 15th of March 2012, also in New Delhi, India. The ITU-T Study Group 2 takes place on the 21-29 March 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland focusing on ‘Operational aspects of Service Provision and Telecommunications Management’. Next up is the ITU-T Study Group 16 which takes place on the 30 April – 11 May 2012, Geneva, Switzerland and focuses on ‘Multimedia Coding, Systems and Applications’. The ITU-R Study Group 6 takes place on 1 May 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland focusing on radio communication broadcasting, including vision, sound, multimedia and data services principally intended for delivery to the general public. On 29 May 2012 in Tokyo, Japan is the ITU-T Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility Meeting. Finally, planned for the last week of September 2012 in Toronto, Canada is the next ITU-T Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility Meeting. More information:


International meeting on crisis, conflict and disability

Participants from UN entities, governmental focal points and organizations of persons with disabilities met at the 5th International Shafallah Forum in Doha Qatar, 22 to 24 January 2012. The Forum highlighted aspects of humanitarian crises from preparedness and response to recovery and rebuilding for persons with disabilities. It drew attention to the impact of emergency situations on persons with disabilities, as well as issues relating to implementation of the Article 11 (Situations of Risk and Humanitarian Emergencies) of the CRPD. The Forum adopted a “Shafallan Declaration on Crisis, Conflict and Disability” which stressed the need for disability to be seen as a cross-cutting issue in all humanitarian actions and committed to take actions to mainstream and include disability in risks preparedness and responses. Full text of the Declaration and information about the Forum is available at: http://www.shafallahforum.org/shafallah-forum-declaration/


(Information from the general public on key international disability events for inclusion in the list below is welcome)


12 to 14 March: Conference on Disability-Inclusive MDGs and Aid Effectiveness

(See ESCAP item, above)


21 March: First-ever World Down Syndrome Day

(See item above)

26 to 27 March: 28th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

Under the theme: “Living to our complete potential” – the 28th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii. It will bring together academics, community leaders, self advocates, specialists and Government officials. The event will also include the International Forum on the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities. More information: http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/internationalforum/2012

2 April: World Autism Awareness Day

The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day (A/RES/62/139) to highlight the need to help improve the lives of children and adults who suffer from the disorder so they can lead full and meaningful lives. More information: http://www.un.org/en/events/autismday/index.shtml

16 to 20 April: 7th session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

(See item above)

9-21 April: United Nations Expert Group Meeting on ICT Accessibility

DESA in collaboration with the United Nations Information Center in Tokyo and The Nippon Foundation will organize an Expert Group Meeting on Building Inclusive Society and Development through Promoting ICT Accessibility: Emerging Issues and Trends in Tokyo, Japan. Further details will be posted at: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1596

23 to 27 April: 45th Commission on Population and Development

The Commission on Population and Development will hold its forty-fifth session from 23 to 27 April 2012 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The theme of the session is "Adolescents and Youth". DESA along with other stakeholders will organize a side-event on disability during the session of the Commission.


7-18 May: 11th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The 11th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will be held in New York under the theme: "The Doctrine of Discovery: its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests (articles 28 and 37 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)". During the session, a side-event on indigenous peoples and disability will be co-organized by DESA in collaboration with other stakeholders. More information: http://social.un.org/index/IndigenousPeoples.aspx

15 to 18 May: Interdependence 2012 Conference and Exposition

As part of the 25th Anniversary of Rick Hansen’s legendary Man In Motion World Tour, the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) and the Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) are co-hosting a global conference and exposition to inspire collaboration in the pursuit of a more healthy and inclusive world. More information: http://www.rickhansen.com/en-ca/home/interdependence2012.aspx

23 to 25 May: ESCIF Congress 2012

The European Spinal Cord Injury Federation (ESCIF) Congress and Assembly of Delegates 2012 will be held in Lucignano, Italy. The theme of the Congress is the impact of the on-going economic crisis on the lives of people with SCI. The aim is to exchange information and to reach agreement on actions that can be taken in ESCIF member countries. More information: http://www.escif.org

20-22 June: Rio+20 Conference

Organized to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, the Rio+20 Conference will include Heads of State and Government to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, as well as address new and emerging issues. (See the “Including disability in the Rio+20 Outcome Document”, item above. More information: http://www.uncsd2012.org

11 to 13 June: Universal Design Conference 2012

Universal design in public spaces is the main focus of the Conference to be held in Oslo, Norway. The Conference will cover issues related to universal design in planning, legislation, education, buildings, outdoor areas, information and communications technologies (ICT) and public transport. More information: http://www.ud2012.no

22 to 27 July: XIX International AIDS Conference

The Conference will take place from 2012 in Washington, DC, and will present scientific knowledge as well as facilitate dialogue on the major issues facing the global response to HIV. Discussions are underway for a organizing a Disability Zone and other side-events at the Conference: More information: http://www.aids2012.org

12 to 14 September: 5th Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

The fifth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will be held at UN Headquarters. Prior to the convening of the Conference, a Civil Society Forum will be organized by the International Disability Alliance (IDA) with the support of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) with a view to engage NGOs and DPOs in a discussion and promote coordinated civil society involvement in the Conference of States Parties and in preparation for the High-level meeting of the General Assembly on disability and development to be held on 23 September 2013. More information forthcoming at: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1535

17 to 21 September: TRANSED 2012

The 13th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons (TRANSED 2012) will be held in New Delhi, India. More information: http://www.transed2012.in

17-28 September: 8th session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

(See above)

16 to 18 October: 2nd International Conference of the World Federation of the Deaf

The Conference hosted by the Deaf Society of NSW, Australia is themed “Equality for Deaf People” will be held in Sydney, Australia. More information: http://www.wfdsydney2013.com

25 to 28 October: Inclusion International Global Inclusion Conference

At this International event to be held in Washington, DC, participants from all over the world will come together to widely discuss the implications of Article 19 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Living independently and being included in the community. Inclusion International’s two year Campaign to promote Art.19 will culminate at the Conference with the launch of a Global Report. More information: http://ww.thearc.org

and http://www.inclusion-international.org

8 to 18 November: WBU/ICEVI General Assemblies

World Blind Union (WBU) and International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) will convene joint General Assemblies and associated events in Bangkok, Thailand. Events include: African Union of the Blind General Assembly, WBU Diversity Forum, WBU General Assembly, ICEVI General Assembly and events, and joint programme days between WBU and ICEVI. More information: http://www.wbu-icevi2012.org

26 to 28 November: 1st CBR World Congress

The first Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Congress entitled: “CBR: The Key to Realising CRPD” will be held in Agra, India. More information: www.cbrglobal.org or http://www.apcdfoundation.org/ecafe/en/node/12322

23 September 2013: High-level Meeting on Disability

The UN General Assembly adopted resolution 66/124 and decided to convene a one-day high-level meeting of the General Assembly on disability at the level of Heads of State and Government on 23 September 2013, the Monday before the start of the General Debate of the sixty-eighth session. More information: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1590


DISCLAIMER: The information below is provided by civil society organizations and others for informational purposes only. This does not constitute endorsement of, or an approval by, the United Nations of any of the products, services, or opinions of the organization or individual. The United Nations bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of their statements and opinions.

Global Campaign and Article 19, CRPD

The Global Campaign on Article 19 is an opportunity for Inclusion International, through its member organizations and others, to discover what living independently and being included in the community really means. More information: http://www.ii-livinginthecommunity.org

Disability Rights Scholarships

The Open Society Foundation is offering 10 scholarships to citizens and legal residents of Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Recipients of the scholarship will study Disability Rights at selected institutions in Canada, United Kingdom and USA. Deadline: 15 March 2012. More information: http://siteresources.worldbank.org/DISABILITY/Resources/280658-1298502475589/DRSP_Application_2012-Africa.pdf

Two online communities on disability rights

To help raise awareness on the rights of persons with disabilities and on the challenges they face, the Global Partnership for Disability and Development (GPDD) has created two "Facebook" online "pages" on two specific topics: Women with Disabilities in Development and Disability and Disasters. The intent is to open up the lines of communication between human rights activists, people with disabilities and anyone interested in the topic, as well as to share information on disability issues with a view to create a culture where persons with disabilities are not only respected, but also recognized for their great potential. More information: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Working-Group-on-Disability-and-Disasters/168050869882459 and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Women-with-Disabilities-in-Development/275894855765304?sk=info

Disability Rights Fund releases 2012 request for proposals

The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) - a grant-making collaborative between donors and the global disability community which supports the human rights of persons with disabilities - announced its first 2012 grants round, "Implementing Our Rights." Grant-making in this round will be targeted to disabled persons' organizations (DPOs) in India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Mexico, and Ukraine. Interested organizations are urged to review the full eligibility criteria and application details posted at the Fund's website. Deadline: 15 March 2012. More information: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Meetings & Accessibility

“How to Make Presentations Accessible to All” is a resource from W3C/WAI which describes how presentations, meetings, training, conferences, etc. can be made accessible to all, including persons with disabilities. This article covers planning, preparing slides, considerations during presentation, providing accessible material, and more. More information: http://www.w3.org/WAI/training/accessible.php

Training in human rights advocacy and organizing

Voices of the Heart and Mental Health Empowerment Project will conduct training on human rights advocacy and planning. The training will be held in Albany, NY from 24 to 26 April 2012 and be conducted by Tina Minkowitz, an international human rights expert who participated in the drafting of the CRPD. This training is intended for users and survivors of psychiatry and will provide participants with an understanding of international human rights and the CRPD, human rights in advocacy, human rights principles in peer support and organizing, and selected thematic issues based on the interests of participants. More information: http://ww.voicesoftheheart.net

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Training of Trainers Course in CBR

Enablement offers a Training of Trainers Course (TOT) in the field of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR). This course is aimed at CBR workers, trainers and managers who will be instructed in training human resources through the use of adult education methodologies. The Course will be organized from the 7 to 18 May in the Netherlands. More information: http://www.cbrtraining.com/brochures/Brochure_TOT.pdf


EDF – Freedom Guide and other resources

The Freedom Guide is an important outcome of the EDF campaign addressing Freedom of movement. The disability rights movement, experts from NGOs, from the industry and academics have contributed to this document and stated how Europe can be made accessible. This is a key tool to help design a barrier free Europe, and a good reference to help understand the work of the European Commission and the European Accessibility Act. More information: http://www.edf-feph.org/Page_Generale.asp?DocID=13855&thebloc=29268

Also available from the Academy of European Law “EU Disability and the CRPD” at: http://www.edf-feph.org/Page_Generale.asp?DocID=22112&thebloc=29406

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