DISCIT published a European Policy Brief on Active Citizenship to document the objectives and implications of the project. The policy brief introduces the Active Citizenship for persons with disabilities based on,
- Security: Enjoying social protection against major life risks (such as illness, poverty, violence etc.), diminishing major uncertainties or the need for individual risk-taking (for instance in relation to financial matters), and avoiding constant worries about the future.
- Autonomy: Enjoying opportunities to live independently, exercising freedom choosing the life one has reasons to value and avoiding dependence on or interference from others.
- Influence: Participating in the discussions and decisions setting the framework for one’s own life as well as decisions aiming at the promotion of the common good and regulating social behaviour, given the interdependence of human action.
The Policy Brief continues by outlining the strategy for producing new evidence and analysis by examining,
- The role of social services, in particular whether social services are able to reach out to persons with disabilities, how they meet the needs and claims of persons with disabilities and what kind of assistance and support the services are providing to persons with disabilities. Particular attention will be given to persons with psycho-social disabilities.
- The strengths and weaknesses of existing approaches to labour market inclusion of persons with disabilities; identifying more effective ways to enhance employment.
- Drivers of change and strategies promoting a successful move towards community care and living; removing barriers to the development of community living practices.
- The conditions for ensuring accessibility and availability of new technologies, enabling persons with disabilities to enjoy full and effective participation in society; finding ways which could nudge the market in a more accessible direction.
- Identifying potential poverty traps and barriers to economic independence for persons with disabilities related to existing redistributive systems for cash transfers throughout Europe and generate new knowledge about asset-building mechanisms to combat poverty and provide strategies for financially sustainable wealth accumulation which to enhance economic independence for persons with disabilities.
- The variety of established structures, practices and patterns of political participation and representation for and of persons with disabilities, including the roles of Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) in processes of deliberation, decision and implementation of disability policy on international, European, national, federal, regional and local levels.
Finally the Policy Brief summarizes the policy implications and recommendations and research parameters.
The policy brief may be downloaded in English as an accessible Adobe PDF document. The policy brief will be translated into the national languages of the NSC’s and the translations will be made available at DISCIT Publications.