March 2017 marks ten years since the opening for signature of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and its optional protocol. However, despite the fact that it has been ratified by the EU and almost all Member States, its implementation is still lacking in many areas.
In line with the obligations set out by the UN CRPD, on the 2 December 2015 the European Commission published a proposal for a European Accessibility Act.
AE calls on policy makers at the EU and Member State level to ensure that a strong and effective Accessibility Act is adopted, in line with the recommendations of the disability movement.
Breaking through paper
To help show support for our campaign, we ask people to symbolically break barriers by writing a short description of what makes society inaccessible for them on a banner or a piece of paper. They could then photograph or film themselves holding their banner, before showing themselves breaking through it or ripping it up.
To get people involved in the campaign, Autism-Europe produced a toolkit indicating how to most effectively bring the subject to the attention of the general public.
ENGAGING EU POLICY-MAKERS
The European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen publicly showed her support by appearing with our campaign logo.
Furthermore, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from all over Europe supported the campaign by symbolically breaking barriers for autism.
Pierre at age 6
Pierre does not speak but he loves to sing. Singing and humming all the time is his way of communicating. Sometimes it sounds to me as if he is trying out new pitches or harmonies. He is very interested in the way we respond to his singing, with deep anxious regards. I think he wants to be sure that we ‘understand’ his singing.
André Weisgerber - Luxembourg
Alex studied for two years at a local Catering College and qualified at the end of that time. It was many months before he could secure a job and is now working in a bakery shop. He enjoys it but is qualified to do more.
Graham Miller – Royaume-Uni
Spock, Feynman, Monty Python
“I live and breathe the future, which is why I value visionaries. Richard Feynman always taught me physics, Spock has been a logical support, while the Monty Python group let me distance myself from life and fight my fears. An endless variety in endless combinations. This is how I see the world, so all my life I’ve been looking for a formula for it.”