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Watch: Why We Need to Support Independent Living in the EU

The rights of the disabled are still being overlooked in countries across the European Union. It's time for action: the full implementation of international rights protections for those with disabilities.

by LibertiesEU
Simona lived in an institution in Romania for 34 years, where she endured poor living conditions and unnecessary restrictions. Three years ago, Simona moved into a regular house in the town of Mihailesti.

She now has friends, a job, the ability to make her own decisions about her life—freedom, in a word.

If the EU does not act now to implement Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities — which mandates the right of people with disabilities to live independently and be included in the community — the freedom Simona and that of hundreds of thousands of others with disabilities will remain out of reach — meaning they'll stay confined to institutions.

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