By News Editor / Updated: 15 Oct 2014
Tuesday 04 June 2013 at 01:01
Brussels, Belgium
Language: English
Past event
Persons with disabilities still face discrimination in various areas of life. They are often unable to access transport stops or public buildings, and websites very often lack basic eAccessibility. Such problems persist despite legislation which has been enacted to resolve them, as implementation has advanced slowly or has come to a standstill. A new culture of accessibility is therefore needed, to empower persons with disabilities and allow them to fully enjoy their rights as citizens.

The EESC hearing will make the case for accessibility to persons with disabilities being a human right in itself, in line with the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which the EU ratified in 2011. It will provide a holistic approach to accessibility, encompassing not only physical but also electronic accessibility and access to services. Its conclusions will contribute to an own-initiative opinion launched by the TEN Section of the EESC, to be adopted later this year.

If you are interested to participate and express your opinion on the subject, please secure the date: Tuesday, 4/06/2013 – 9.00-13.00. The hearing programme and online registration will soon be made available through the EESC website (search by date).

European Economic and Social Committee
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