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Council of Europe addresses member states to ensure full inclusion of children and young people with disabilities

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Council of Europe addresses member states to ensure full inclusion of children and young people with disabilities
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02/12/13 20:47
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The recommendation states several difficulties children and young people with disabilities have to face. As a consequence, the probability of developing own abilities and also the likelihood to give back to society is often limited. The causes are described within the recommendation as “ discrimination against persons with disabilities, a lack of accessibility and appropriate support, prospects – including learning opportunities – and reasonable accommodation”. To ensure an improvement and avoid exclusion the Committee of Minister’s lines out numerous advices in four areas:

  • Promoting full belonging to society

“…enhancing the social roles of children with disabilities at a very early age, thanks to positive action programmes, incentives and other measures such as human rights education…”

  • Participation, choice and decision making

“…independent, timely, relevant and accessible information at key times, for example at the point of diagnosis and at other major transition periods, such as the shift from education to employment, to enable them to make informed choices…”

  • Support to empower children and young persons with disabilities

“…to enable them to fully enjoy their human rights and to be active citizens on an equal basis with others; services have a crucial role in promoting the autonomy, inclusion and well-being of children and young persons with disabilities…”

  • Inclusive education facilitating full citizenship

“…children and young persons with disabilities are faced with extensive barriers in their aspiration to educational achievement and personal fulfilment; the transition to independent adult life is more likely to be successful if it is planned in advance and with the participation of the person concerned in order to ensure the continuity of his/her personal development…”

The recommendation puts forward a strategic approach, overarching the different areas of life, to allow children and young persons with disabilities to become autonomous and active participants in society.

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