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Strategy on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


The Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030 builds on the results of the previous European Disability Strategy 2010-2020,  done to help the implementation of the United Nation Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) at European Level.

The European Commission set up an inclusive consultation process where several stakeholders highlighted that despite the progress made in the past decade, persons with disabilities still face considerable barriers and have a higher risk of poverty and social exclusion.

As a result, the new Strategy is comprehensive and ambitious. It focuses on 3 main areas: EU rights, independent living and autonomy, and non-discrimination and equal opportunities, with 7 Flagship Initiatives, 57 Commission initiatives and 24 call to actions for the Member States.


What EASPD is doing

EASPD is committed to:

  • Participate in the Disability Platform (which monitors implementation)
  • Ensure that the EU Strategy is integrated in the new EASPD multiannual strategy and that governance and membership meetings will maximise impact 
  • Share good practices on several areas including independent living, self-directed support, supported employment, inclusive education, and early childhood intervention
  • Contribute to the development of a framework for Social Services of Excellence for persons with disabilities


Image of a woman wearing a VR headset. She is wearing a yellow top, and smiling. Behind her is a multicoloured wall.

The Virtus closing event will discuss the future of vocational training for autistic individuals through virtual reality.

Close-up of a hand with stains of dark purple paint on a grey background. The colour purple represents women's rights.

The RESPONSE project addressing gender-based violence against women with disabilities will host their closing conference.

19 project partners of the SMARTS project sit around a rectangular conference table to discuss their final meeting. All have their laptops out in front of them, and they are all looking towards a TV screen where a PowerPoint presentation is being shown.

With the SMARTS project coming to an end, project partners prep for their final meeting.


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