Vienna Declaration sets out path to implement UNCRPD Article 27

A coaltion of European associations has set out a series of recommendations about disability and employment support in a document known as the Vienna Declaration. The declaration was proposed at a conference organised by Dabei-Austria, the Austrian national association for Supported Employment, in Vienna in September 2018 and has the agreement of EUSE (European Union of Supported Employment), EASPD (European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities), and EPR (European Platform for Rehabilitation).

The Vienna Declaration sets out a number of recommendations aimed at the European Union, member states and providers of employment support. It seeks to improve the support available across Europe for people with disabilities who are seeking to work in the open labour market. It builds on Article 27 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRDP). The Vienna Declaration seeks more ambitious strategies to improve employment rates across Europe.

Huw Davies, Chief Executive of BASE and a Vice-President of EUSE, said

"This is a landmark document proposing a direction of travel for the European Union and its member states. I'm pleased that we have agreement across a number of European Associations and the declaration brings a focus to our collaborative work to ensure higher employment rates for disabled people and more inclusive education and employment policies for the future."