PRESS RELEASE 3 December 2015, Brussels – Today is the International Day of persons with disabilities. COFACE, jointly with COFACE Disability would like to take this opportunity to draw the attention to the challenges and barriers that still exist for people…
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.
With the current demographic trends that see the European population getting older, families have more and more care responsibilities towards their ageing or dependent family members. Care providers within families are often women and because of the difficulties they face…