What are the areas we are working on in relation to persons with disabilities?
Persons with disabilities have been facing persistent and systematic exclusion from society across Europe. Over a decade ago, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) brought a paradigm shift towards a human rights approach in relation to persons with disabilities to ensure their full participation in society. Nevertheless, most persons with disabilities still face significant barriers when it comes to their inclusion in the labour market, accessing mainstream, good quality social and health care services, or attaining an adequate standard of living, among others.
At the European Centre, we are working mostly on areas that are key for the social welfare and inclusion of persons with disabilities, including employment, social protection, poverty and material deprivation, independent living, and equal access to social and health care services.
What we offer:
Researchers at the European Centre have extensive expertise in research and policy analysis related to persons with disabilities, in particular, how specific provisions of the UN CRPD are implemented in the UNECE region and how European, national, and local stakeholders work to close existing gaps and ensure the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in societies. We aim to mainstream the disability perspective in our activities, wherever it is relevant. Specifically, we: