Problems people with disabilities still face in Europe - in Easy to read

The European Union has done much work to make things better
for people with disabilities.
But there are still many problems that make it hard
for people with disabilities to enjoy their rights as all other people.

For example:

  • It is still hard for people with disabilities
    to travel to another country
    in the European Union to study or work
    .
    This is because many things
    are still not accessible
    so people with disabilities cannot use them.
    For examples, many trains and buses
    may not be accessible,
    so people with disabilities cannot use them
    to move around.
  • If you move to another country of the European Union,
    it may be hard to get the support you need
    to have a good life in this country
    .
    This country may take a long time to recognise
    that you have a disability and accept to give you
    the help you need.
  • Some people with disabilities have lost
    their legal capacity
    .
    That means that they cannot take decisions
    for their lives.
    They cannot vote in the elections either.
    Someone else is taking decisions for them.
    That is really bad.
    All people should have the right to decide for their lives.
  • Too many people with disabilities in Europe do not have jobs.
    Without a job, it is hard to be independent
    and be part of the community.
    Things are even harder for women with disabilities.
    Even if people with disabilities have a job,
    they are often paid less than people without disabilities.
    This is unfair.
  • The European Union does not always ask
    for the views of people with disabilities and their organisations,
    when they make laws and decisions
    .
    Laws and decisions in Europe
    concern people with disabilities too,
    so their voices should be heard.
    Things that concern the lives of people with disabilities
    should be decided together with people with disabilities.
    Nothing should be decided for us without us!

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Contact:
  • European Disability Forum
    Avenue des Arts 7-8, B-1210 Brussels
    +32 2 329 00 59