Academic journal article The Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation

From Principles and Values to Action

Academic journal article The Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation

From Principles and Values to Action

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The delegates of the Skopje Conference "Towards community-living: cmrent realities & future challenges", held on the 7th and 8th of October strongly reaffirm their commitment to the aims and values conveyed by:

* The UN Convention on the Rights oj Persons with Disabilities, which purpose is "to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people with disabilities and promote respect for their inherent dignity" (Article 1) .

* The Council of Europe 's Disability Action Plan 2006-2015.

* The European Disability Strategy 20102020 - "A Renewed Commitment to a Barrier-Free Europe ".

And declare that:

* They fully support the paradigm shift reflected by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities, emphasizing the need for a Human Rightsbased approach of disability, focused on the needs, empowering rather than segregating.

* All barriers preventing persons with disabilities from enjoying full participation in the society on an equal basis with other citizens should be removed.

* Persons with disabilities should benefit from high quality and community-based services.

* Disability stakeholders from all parts of Europe can learn from each other, as many challenges are being shared.

* Political commitment of governments to the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is widely announced amongst European governments, but gaps are persisting when it comes to the ratification and proper implementation of the provisions of the document.

* The global economie and financial crisis has led to severe cuts in the social and health sectors in many countries. Therefore, the most disadvantaged groups in the population have to face increasingly difficult living conditions, while support systems are led to a breaking point. …

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