This post shares the answer to the consultation by the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) in order to provide another perspective on the issue of European accessibility policy.
EASPD, represents 10,000 service providers in Europe. Their contribution to the European Accessibility Act consultation consisted of four key messages reprinted here:
- To be effective the European Accessibility Act should be legally binding, with real force and sanctions
- The Act should take a holistic approach covering all aspects of life, and not only access to goods and services
- The Act must apply to all people with disabilities, including people with intellectual disabilities and people with high support needs.
- The Act should build in mechanisms for monitoring and specialist support and involvement by all stakeholders, including social service providers. A legal framework is not sufficient by itself.
Please read the press release for more information on EASPD’s answer to the EAA consultation.