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Parliamentary questions
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5 November 2019
E-003632/2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Mónica Silvana González, Alicia Homs Ginel, Estrella Durá Ferrandis
 Subject: Recognition and inclusion of the deafblind in society

On 22 October 2019, we celebrated European Deafblind Day. However, despite the fact that Articles 21 and 26 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights explicitly prohibit discrimination on the grounds of disability and provide for the equal participation of people with disabilities in society, the vast majority of the deafblind still face numerous obstacles in their everyday lives which prevents their full inclusion in society.

More than 3 million deafblind people worldwide use Sign Language, Adaptive Sign Language or other specific methods of communication, and each person has the right to equal treatment, independent living, autonomy and to fully participate in society.

In view of the above, does the new Commission plan to:

develop a legislative initiative that recognises deafblindness as a distinct disability?

ensure that the above languages are legally recognised?

recognise interpreting/mediation for the deafblind as an essential requirement, not only to provide full inclusion in society, but also to ensure equal access to employment, education, training and free movement within the EU?

Last updated: 26 November 2019Legal notice