Real Cases on barriers to freedom of movement

Accessibility:

“I am very mad at the current system which does not force essential goods such as a phone or a television to be equipped with basic accessibility features. This means I have to buy special, and thus excessively expensive, products.” Pedro, 66, Spain.

Standardisation:

“I had a very frightening experience once because my son who has Down syndrome did not recognise the pictogram on a cleaning product in Sweden. The lack of full standardization of symbols and labelling does not ensure safety for all EU consumers.” Sylvie, 47, France.

Information:

”The Braille labelling on medicines was a real improvement at the EU level. I don’t understand why this has not been generalized to other goods. It would be very handy to guide blind EU citizens in their purchase of products from any EU country.” Franz, 25, Germany.

Tourism:

“I would have loved to travel to Greece for my summer holidays. However, the hassle with bringing my electric wheelchair in the plane made me opt for a closer destination which could be reached by car. Freedom of movement is still an illusion for persons with disabilities.” Tina, 60, Denmark.