Problems people with disabilities still face in Europe
The European Union has done much work to make things better
for people with disabilities.
But there are still many problems that make it hard
for people with disabilities to enjoy their rights as all other people.
- It is still hard for people with disabilities
to travel to another country
in the European Union to study or work.
This is because many things
are still not accessible
so people with disabilities cannot use them.
For examples, many trains and buses
may not be accessible,
so people with disabilities cannot use them
to move around.
- If you move to another country of the European Union,
it may be hard to get the support you need
to have a good life in this country.
This country may take a long time to recognise
that you have a disability and accept to give you
the help you need.
- Some people with disabilities have lost
their legal capacity.
That means that they cannot take decisions
for their lives.
They cannot vote in the elections either.
Someone else is taking decisions for them.
That is really bad.
All people should have the right to decide for their lives.
- Too many people with disabilities in Europe do not have jobs.
Without a job, it is hard to be independent
and be part of the community.
Things are even harder for women with disabilities.
Even if people with disabilities have a job,
they are often paid less than people without disabilities.
This is unfair.
- The European Union does not always ask
for the views of people with disabilities and their organisations,
when they make laws and decisions.
Laws and decisions in Europe
concern people with disabilities too,
so their voices should be heard.
Things that concern the lives of people with disabilities
should be decided together with people with disabilities.
Nothing should be decided for us without us!