Know Your Rights


The following pages present your rights as a person with disabilities in the European Union (EU). It will help you understand how the EU works, the history and development of rights of persons with disabilities in the EU, and what rights you have under EU law. In a situation where your rights are breached, or you would like some more information, our website provides a list of the agencies that you can reach out to. Finally, it also explains the challenges that remain for persons with disabilities.

The European Disability Forum was created in 1997, to make sure that persons with disabilities have a say in decisions at the European and international level.

In collaboration with its member organisations, EDF defends the rights of persons with disabilities from all over Europe. We promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in Europe. EDF advocates that all people should have the right to be treated equally, have the same opportunities in life, make their own choices, take part in the community, and choose where and with whom they want to live.

The following pages are a contribution to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of EDF and present the progress made in EU law and policy relevant to persons with disabilities, by comparing the situation before and after 1997, the year in which EDF was founded.


Download here the accessible PDF "Know Your Rights in the EU"

Use the following pages to learn more:

What is the European Union?

Turning Point for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Europe

The EU Framework on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Timeline of Landmarks

What are Your Rights in the EU?

Passenger's Rights

Employment and Equal Treatment

Accessing Social Security Benefits

Higher Education and Traineeships Abroad

Accessing Justice

Getting Health Care Abroad

Shopping Abroad

Accessibility of Public and Private Services

Electoral Rights

EU Disability Card

Defending Your Rights and Seeking Redress

Seeking Redress Part 1

Seeking Redress Part 2

Looking at the Future: Remaining Challenges