How can persons with disabilities be active citizens?

10 November 2015
Participants of the conference

The findings of DISCIT project were discussed at its final conference in Brussels

On 9-10 November, the DISCIT project held its final conference to discuss the results of its 3-year research about active citizenship for persons with disabilities. Researchers from the project, EDF as partner of the project and other civil society organisations, leading scholars in the field, and various policy makers, gathered in the Norway Mission to the EU in Brussels to discuss the potential impact of the project’s findings on EU social policies.

DISCIT project has run from February 2013 and it will officially end in January 2016. Its aim has been to produce new knowledge that will enable the EU, its Members States and affiliated European countries to achieve full and effective participation of persons with disabilities in society and the economy in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).

Based on the key themes of the project, there were several panel discussions during the final conference:

  • Community living in Europe,
  • Life courses of persons with psycho-social disabilities,
  • Labour market and participation of persons with disabilities,
  • UN CRPD and the opportunities of persons with disabilities and their representative organisations
  • Accessible technology for persons with disabilities


Provisional findings from DISCIT have been published as working papers and policy briefs at the website In the coming two months, the final results will be published the same there as well. The EU and its Member States will use the results for future policymaking. At the closing session of the project, the Deputy Head of Unit for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of the European Commission, Inmaculada Placencia Porrero, suggested a meeting with the Disability High Level Group, in which the researchers can present the findings of the project to officials from the European Commission and EU Member States.

Find out more about DISCIT at


EDF has created a video that explains what active citizenship means for persons with disabilities
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