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Study on challenges and good practices in the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


Study on challenges and good practices in the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

European Foundation Centre
The study aimed to analyse in detail the obligations set forth in the Convention, and in particular to gather information about the various practices related to the implementation of the Convention by the EU and its Member States. The goal was to identify challenges that may hinder the full and effective implementation of the Convention, and measures that would facilitate the achievement of its objectives („good practices?). The study is designed to support the objectives of the current EU Disability Action Plan with its emphasis on full participation and equal opportunities for all people with disabilities and to contribute to the preparation of the new EU disability strategy based more explicitly on the UN CRPD.
The findings of this study identified several challenges to the implementation of the UN CRPD at both the EU and Member States level. These challenges are mainly grouped around the following fields:

  • Uneven Implementation of the Paradigm Shift
  • Lack of National Screening
  • Uneven Reach of Non-discrimination Laws
  • General Accessibility
  • Legal capacity – Giving a Voice Back to People
  • Independent Living – Using that Voice to Choose How to Live
  • Employment – Earn a Living by Work freely chosen or accepted in the labour market
  • Education – Full Development of persons with disabilities? potential to participate effectively in society
  • Uneven Participation in Political and Public Life
  • Lack of Training
  • Insufficient Disability-specific Statistics and Data
  • Enhanced International Cooperation and Development Aid
  • National Implementation and Monitoring
  • EU Implementation and Monitoring