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The European Union is a group
of 27 countries in Europe.
These countries came together
to make things better, easier and safer for people.
The European Commission is the body of the European Union
that runs its day-to-day work.
It takes actions and suggests laws for the European Union.
The European Commission also takes actions
to protect the rights of people with disabilities.
In March 2021,
the European Commission put out
a new European strategy
on the rights of people with disabilities
In short, we call it
‘the European Disability Strategy’.
The European Disability Strategy is a plan
that says how the European Union will work
to protect the rights of people with disabilities
in the next 10 years.
With this plan, the European Commission wants to make sure
that all people with disabilities can enjoy their rights
and have the same chances in life as everyone else.
To make this happen, in the next 10 years
the European Commission will work to make sure
that all people with disabilities can:
- Move and live freely in any country of the European Union.
- Get the right support to be able to have a good life.
- Live independently.
They should not live in institutions away from their families
- Be part of the community together with other people.
- Make their own decisions about their lives.
For example, they have the right to decide
where, how and with whom they want to live.
- Have the same chances to study and work
as all other people.
- Have access to health care
and other important things and services.
- Are treated in a fair way and with respect.
They should not be left out or be treated badly
because they have a disability.
The European Commission will work closely together
with all countries in the European Union
to make this plan happen
and protect the rights of all people with disabilities.
If you have questions, you can send us an email.
This text is written by Lila Sylviti
and checked by Soufiane El Amrani
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