• 2003 - The European Year of People with Disabilities
  • Background
  • Approaches to disability
  • Key issues
  • Exclusion, marginalisation and vulnerability
  • Basic resources – food, health care, education
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Employment
  • Exploitation
  • Poverty
  • Access barriers
  • Political processes
  • Specific concerns of disabled women
  • The way forward – principles for EU delegations and services
  • Understand the scale and impact of disability in the country setting and recognise the diversity of the disabled population
  • Advocate and support the human rights model of disability rather than the charitable or medical approach
  • Pursue a twin-track approach
  • Assess, as part of the mid-term review, to what extent the country programme is inclusive of persons with disabilities
  • Ensure EU funded projects are truly inclusive of disabled persons and their families
  • Recognise women and children with disabilities in programmes
  • Include disabled people in the workforce
  • Ensure that the EU’s own services are accessible for disabled persons
  • Facilitate and support capacity building of representative disability organisations
  • Facilitate communication between disability organisations and Government and other stakeholders
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