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Debating Europe is a website
where people talk about important things in Europe

They talk about:

  • People’s rights
  • European politics
  • World problems

Debating Europe helps citizens ask politicians
and other important people their questions.

Debating Europe, the European Disability Forum
and the European Union of the Deaf are now talking about problems
people with disabilities have.

They are talking about things like:

  • The rights of Europeans with disabilities.
  • Ways in which people with disabilities can find a job.
If you have something to say about these things also,
you can do it on the Debating Europe website.

Debating Europe, the European Disability Forum (EDF) and the European Union of the Deaf (EUD) have launched a series of online debates focusing on issues concerning disability, discrimination and accessibility in the European Union (EU). The initiative wants to raise awareness of the many problems Europeans with disabilities are facing daily.

2012 08 06 DE logo nobg HOE 2012Regardless of the fact that more than 80 million people with disabilities live in the EU, serious accessibility barriers are still present across the 28 Member States. Mobility, education, healthcare or employment are just some of the areas where much more work needs to be done if we are to build an inclusive Europe. Debating Europe brought these matters to the discussion table, involving, among others, David Hay,  EUD Communications Officer, Aurélie Baranger, Director of Autism Europe, Yannis Vardakastanis, EDF President, and Ádám Kósa, the first MEP to use Deaf Sign Language in the European Parliament.

The first debate's topic was EU’s commitment to uphold the rights of people with disabilities, while the second aims to answer the question of what can be done in order to create a more inclusive European labour market.

You can follow or join both debates on Debating Europe’s online platform:

How can the EU better guarantee the rights of people with disabilities?

What can be done to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities?

Debating Europe: Debating Europe is a project in partnership with Friends of Europe, Europe’s World, the European Parliament, Microsoft and Gallup. Since its launch in 2011, Debating Europe has interviewed more than 600 policy-makers and experts from across the political spectrum.

EUD: Based in Brussels, Belgium it is a not-profit European non-Governmental organisation (ENGO) comprising National Associations of the Deaf (NADs). It is the only supranational organisation representing Deaf people at European level.
EDF: The European Disability Forum is an independent NGO that represents the interests of 80 million Europeans with disabilities. EDF was created in 1996 by its member organisations to make sure decisions concerning disabled people are taken with and by disabled people.

Members consultations


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Please find the necessary documents for the consultation below:


There was a meeting in Africa.

Many people working for people with disabilities and for governments
came to this meeting.

They talked about how to make sure
that people with disabilities in Africa
have the same chances and rights as other people.


The first African Leaders Forum on Disability committed to take up the steps necessary to improve the access of people with disabilities to fundamental rights. The forum hosted by Joyce Banda, the President of Malawi, and Special Olympics on 10 February in Lilongwille, the capital of Malawi, established the African Leadership Alliance on Intellectual Disabilities with an aim to boost the rights of people with intellectual disabilities in African countries.
The newly formed Alliance will join its forces with the African Union’s Decade of Persons with Disabilities (2010 – 2019) to achieve together equality, full participation and empowerment of people with disabilities in Africa.
The leaders emphasised the importance of early intervention and inclusive education in the lives of children with disabilities as essential preconditions for improving the quality of lives of children with disabilities in Africa. The countries should support early diagnosis of impairment as it has proven to be useful for parents to provide them with knowledge and adequate assistance needed for a child with disability.
Ending up stigmatization of people with disabilities in Africa was also recalled as a priority for their agenda. “There is something about the plight that faces individuals with disabilities, including those with intellectual disabilities, that is compounded by an entrenched stigma that has endured, unjustly, for centuries and centuries. Before we can tackle the environment barriers that block our children from school, before we can address the lack of training of doctors that block our children from hospital, before we can strengthen the social policies that streamline family services, this stigma must become yesterday’s news,” stated the President of Malawi.
The forum recommends following steps for improving the access to rights for persons with disabilities:

  • collect the evidence on types of disabilities and accessibility of services,
  • set up measurable goals for policy advocacy and progress,
  • allocate resources to improve the quality of lives of people with disabilities and their families, ensure cooperation amongst various stakeholders on enforcement of fundamental rights by people with intellectual disabilities,
  • make sure that people with disabilities will be included in post-2015 development agenda of the United Nations.


Read more on UNICEF website.

This website is supported by the European Union Programme PROGRESS (2007-2013), Section 4 – Antidiscrimination and Diversity, Support to activities implemented by NGOs organised at European level.

This programme is implemented by the European Commission. It was established to financially support the implementation of the objectives of the European Union in the employment, social affairs and equal opportunities area, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Europe 2020 Strategy goals in these fields.

The seven-year Programme targets all stakeholders who can help shape the development of appropriate and effective employment and social legislation and policies, across the EU-28, EFTA-EEA and EU candidate and pre-candidate countries.

For more information see: http://ec.europa.eu/progress

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