Persons with disabilities are confronted with regular discrimination and barriers in an educational, employment and social context. This situation of disadvantage increases for disabled people and their families the risk to be socially excluded, to face financial and ‘societal’ poverty, as well as isolation.
It is therefore very important that the European Union, in the framework of its strategy to fight social exclusion, takes into account the specific difficulties faced by disabled people.
The work of the European Disability Forum in this field aims to guarantee the visibility of disabled people in the European strategy on Social Inclusion .
At present, no specific objective is devoted to the social inclusion of disabled people in Europe, a step backwards compared to the first strategy in 2002.
The work of EDF member organisations at national level is essential to ensure that concrete action is taken to protect disabled people from social exclusion in the 27 EU Member States.
EDF response to the European Commission communication: “Modernising social protection for greater social justice and economic cohesion: taking forward the active inclusion of people furthest from the labour market” (February 2008)