Children with disabilities
Study on Member States policies for children with disabilities
Client: EP – LIBE Committee
Taking into account that the main responsibility in this area lies with the Member States, few initiatives have been taken on the EU level which were directly related to children with disabilities.
Therefore, the fact that the Union has become a party to the UNCRPD is considered a major step forward, as this instrument departs from General Principles, among which, the "respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their identities" as well as the obligation to ensure the participation of children with disabilities in the political decision-making process.
In this situation, the European Parliament commissioned a study which provided an overview on legislation, measures, policies and best practices - or the lack of it - in selected Member States regarding children with disabilities. The study will be used to identify possible needs for European legislation with the view to enhance the realisation of the rights of children with disabilities in the European Union.
Milieu was in charge of providing an overview of the situation of children with disabilities in the EU by:
1. preparing 18 national reports (published in 2013);
2. preparing a comparative analysis report, including recommendations for EU action and published in 2013;
3. consultations with national stakeholders;
4. presentation of the study before the EP LIBE Committee.
The project lasted one year, with the possibility for extension with 10 additional national reports to prepare.