19 November: Vote for all: how can co-production improve the political participation of persons with disabilities?

Brussels European Parliament,
19 November 2019

In Europe during the last European elections, while nearly 500.000 people with disabilities who could not vote before were granted the right to vote following reforms, 800.000 people were still denied the right to vote. On the top the existing legal barriers, many people with disabilities also face many obstacles that prevent them from voting and more generally, to participate in the political life of their community.

To address these issues and develop solutions to support people with disabilities to participate more in political life and make their voice heard, the solution can be found in co-production. In the disability field, co-production is an inclusive working practice between experts by experience (people with disabilities), families, service providers, public authorities and other stakeholders according to the topic discussed.

To explore the opportunities offered by co-production, Coface Families Europe, the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities, the European Disability Forum, the [European Network on Independent Living]https://enil.eu/), [Inclusion Europe]http://inclusion-europe.eu/) and Mental Health Europe, decided to create the Co-Production Task Force. The task force aims to identify and promote co-produced practices that support inclusion of people with disabilities in -among other things- education, employment and political participation.

The Task Force carried out a study to explore how co-produced solutions have been developed in Belgium, Czech Republic, France and Malta. As the study will be released in November, this roundtable is organised to present its findings and to give an opportunity for all to discuss together on the existing barriers to political participation and how the solutions that are being “co-produced” can support a better inclusion of people. You can register for the event by filling the registration form .

When and where?

Tuesday November 19th, 10:00 – 12:00

Programme

10.00 - 10.10
Welcoming address Pascal Durand, MEP, Renew Europe Group Luk Zelderloo, Secretary General of EASPD

10.10 - 10.20
“Promising practices on support models to ensure the right to vote for all. Final Report” Elma Paulauskaite, Policy Impact Lab

10:20 - 11:00
Round Table discussion 1: Remaining barriers to participation in the last European elections for voters with disabilities and how to address them. Moderator: Alejandro Modelo, European Disability Forum Rapporteur: Frank Sioen, European Network on Independent Living

11:00 - 11.10
Coffee break

11:10 - 11:50
Round Table discussion 2: How co-production can lead to an improvement of political participation of persons with disabilities? Moderated by MEP Rapporteur Irene Bertana, COFACE Families Europe

11:50 - 12:00
Closing remarks Pascal Durand, MEP, Renew Europe Group Milan Šveřepa, Director of Inclusion Europe

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