COFACE Disability – Platform for the rights of persons with disabilities and their families

COFACE Disability was founded by COFACE in 1998 to improve the representativeness of people with disabilities and their families. To-date, it brings together more than 20 national associations, all members of COFACE.

COFACE Disability’s mandate is to help persons with disabilities to enjoy their rights throughout the life cycle and in particular within their family context. Its member organisations actively work together to see that a policy for family carers is mainstreamed across all EU policy. COFACE Disability advocates for a central place for families in disability related policy making.

COFACE Disability fights for sufficient, appropriate care provision and services, close-to-home and in-home help services for people with support needs to be made available in all Member States, but it also calls for resources, assistance and provision to be harmonised within the EU.

COFACE Disability believes that the mainstreaming of disability-related policies should be considered a priority on the EU Policy Agenda, so as to avoid the disparities impeding freedom of movement to families with members in need of support needs and subsequent discrimination.


COFACE Disability Platform Meets In Luxembourg

COFACE Disability Platform meets in Luxembourg

Created in 1967 by parents concerned by intellectual disability in Luxembourg, APEMH is the member of COFACE Families Europe which hosted the last meeting of the COFACE Disability Platform on 13th and 14th of June. During the first day, COFACE…

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Wake Up: It’s Time! (FR)

Wake up: It’s time! (FR)

Bruxelles, le 8 mars 2019, COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE – Journée Internationale de la Femme 2019 #itstime #disability #genderequality #IWD2019 #intersectionality Selon l'ONU, les jeunes femmes handicapées seraient soumises à un risque de violence 10 fois plus élevé par rapport aux…

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Wake Up: It’s Time! (EN)

Wake up: It’s time! (EN)

Brussels, 8th March 2019, MEDIA RELEASE on International Women’s Day 2019 #itstime #disability #genderequality #IWD2019 #intersectionality According to the United Nations, girls and young women with disabilities are up to 10 times more likely to experience gender-based violence than those…

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Three New Calls For Applied Disability Research

Three new calls for Applied Disability Research

The International Foundation on Applied Disability Research (FIRAH) and its partners launched three calls for applied research projects. The goal of applied research is to provide solutions to the difficulties encountered daily by persons with disabilities and their families. The…

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European Day Of Persons With Disabilities 2018

European Day of Persons with Disabilities 2018

On the 3rd and 4th of December a COFACE Families Europe delegation attended conference for the European Day of Persons with Disabilities 2018, hosted by the European Commission, in partnership with the European Disability Forum (EDF). During the two-day conference…

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Call To Action: EDF Petition On EU Elections

Call to action: EDF petition on EU elections

Over 80 million persons with disabilities routinely face easy-to-solve problems in voting including lack of accessible polling station, complicated instructions, unreadable voting ballots and deprivation of the legal right to vote. The European Disability Forum, of which COFACE Families Europe…

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Long-term Care: The Family Dimension

Long-term care: The family dimension

It has been years since COFACE Families Europe and COFACE Disability are working on informal care, affecting the life of many European families. This led to the publication of the “European Charter for Family Carers”, which defined family carers as…

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