On 30 May 2016, the report on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted by a large majority in the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.
As the first female Deaf Member of the European Parliament and rapporteur of the file, I am of course pleased with the outcome. The Parliament has shown that the rights of persons with disabilities do not have a political agenda. Rarely before have so many political groups been able to agree on an issue so broad. The report will be instrumental in ensuring that the European Parliament and other EU institutions are a positive example, both as a workplace and in ensuring that disabled people can fully access public events and meetings, as well as information, both online and offline.
I cooperated with disability organisations at all stages of the drafting of the report. Furthermore, an unprecedented number of Committees were involved in the drafting of the report, ranging from the Committee on Transport and Tourism to the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality and the Committee on Development. I would like to state that the involvement of all actors is crucial because disabled people need access in all areas of life. Imagine a person that has an adapted workplace but has no means to arrive there because the bus or the train are inaccessible.