2-3 December 2014 // IF is celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Three young adults with spina bifida and hydrocephalus are representing IF at the celebration of the European Day of Persons with Disabilities in Brussels. Persons with disabilities, and especially young persons with disabilities, have the right to fully participate in society, and in equal terms with others. This right is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), to which the EU is a party, together with its Member States.
25 November 2014 // In the wake of the economic and financial crisis, many European governments have cut spending on healthcare services. A new Eurofound report, "Access to healthcare in times of crisis", outlines the impact of the crisis on access to the complex network of healthcare provision across Europe. The report identifies the groups most likely to face barriers to healthcare as a consequence of the crisis, including a number of new groups that have been generally overlooked by policymakers. Coinciding with the crisis, there is an increase in the number of people with disabilities, a group with relatively large healthcare needs. The report finds that the crisis has sometimes affected their ability to pay healthcare costs and that in some countries chronically ill and disabled people have also been affected by changes in copayment rules.
On 20 November 2014, the Universal Children’s Day and the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), a young boy with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus from Slovakia is addressing the three top EU institutions' representatives: European Council, European Parliament, and European Commission.
This happens in the framework of the Fourth Annual Convention of the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion, a flagship initiative of the Europe 2020 strategy. There is much to celebrate as we mark the 25th anniversary of the CRC, from declining infant mortality to rising school enrolment, but this historic milestone must also serve as an urgent reminder that much remains to be done. Too many children still do not enjoy their full rights on par with their peers.