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As parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), both the European Union and its Member States are obliged to implement and safeguard the set of fundamental rights enshrined in the Convention. Full compliance with the Convention is required also by the state parties' public administrations, including the EU public administration, made up of its institutions, bodies and agencies. The UN CRPD Committee's 'Concluding Observations' of September 2015, which marked the ...

This study presents the comparative analysis of case studies conducted in 18 Member States regarding their policy for children with disabilities. Member States’ and the Union’s legal frameworks were examined in relation to the obligations arising from the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child and on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The research identified a broad recognition of the rights of children with disabilities under national legal systems either through general or ...

Blind people's access to books

At a Glance 10-02-2012

The Internet has opened up new possibilities, at technical (hardware/software) and economic level, for blind or sight-impaired people to gain easier access to printed information. However the vast majority of books are never converted, mainly because of copyright law, into a format which makes them accessible to blind people (such as audio, larger print or Braille). Both the United Nations and European Union have taken initiatives to overcome this discrimination.