The Danish Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2012 is organizing the conference, which is focused on accessibility and participation, in cooperation with the European Commission.
Accessibility is a very important part of the inclusion of people with disabilities in society. An accessible and barrier free environment is the first step towards fulfilling the right of people with disabilities to participate in all areas of community life. An accessible society is a key for a society based on equal rights, and provides its citizens with autonomy and the means to pursue an active social and economic life. An accessible society means that most people will be able to seek employment, receive education and training, and pursue an active social and economic life. Accessibility should be seen as an investment, leading to increased production and higher productivity.
Accessibility is a concern for everyone, not only for people with disabilities. As the demographic changes lead towards an ageing population in Europe, accessibility should be taken into account across a wider range of policies than just disability policy. We need to make sure that products and the built environment are accessible to all, regardless of their ages, ability, or status in life. Universal design is already used with success but there are many areas in which it has not yet been adopted to any great extent. This conference will focus on accessibility and participation for people with disability.
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Anne-Mette Kjær Hesselager, Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration
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Anne Bækgaard, Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration
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