In the run-up to International Day of Families 2021, COFACE Families Europe is launching a European public consultation on good practices to achieve meaningful inclusion of persons with disabilities and their families. It will run until 11th July, after which a selection of practices will be used to build a S.H.I.F.T. atlas of good practices to be published in the second half of 2021.
The SHIFT towards inclusive societies for persons with disabilities, their families and their carers, is not a dream, but happening already in many countries and communities across Europe. With this public consultation in 15 languages /including Bulgarian/, we invite all to share with COFACE and its COFACE Disability platform any examples – a service, a city, an NGO, a school, a daycare, a law, an employer, a podcast, a website – that already shows how inclusion is happening. Any action which you believe is contributing today to the shift towards meaningful inclusion in Europe, we want to hear about it!
The later creation of an atlas featuring selected examples is especially important in light of the recent adoption of the 2021-2030 European Disability Rights Strategy in which the EU commits to fulfill the promises of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
In 2019, the COFACE Disability platform for the rights of persons with disabilities, their families and their carers adopted the S.H.I.F.T. guide, which proposes 5 objectives, 15 tools, and 45 actions in the areas of Support, Human rights, Independence, Families and society Transition to achieve meaningful inclusion of persons with disabilities and their families.
The campaign was launched with a webinar on 11 May with the participation of the European Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli, COFACE Disability co-chair Chantal Bruno, the UN Special Rapporteur on Disability Rights, Gerard Quinn, European delegate of the French Self representative organization Nous Aussi, Florence Jablonski, Fundamental Rights Agency expert Robert-Jan Uhl and Social Protection Committee Vice-Chair Ulrike Neufang.