Accessibility is far more than a technical issue. The exercise of all our rights – independent living, participation, freedom of choice and movement – depends on accessibility. This makes accessibility a profound political and human rights issue. Accessibility ensures that children with disabilities can be seen playing with all other children, that all persons with disabilities can live and work, go shopping, study and take part in leisure activities in cities, towns and rural areas. It ensures that we are present and visible everywhere.
Accessibility is essential for persons with disabilities and beneficial for everyone in our society, in particular, but not limited to, people with temporal functional limitations, older people, families and migrants. It therefore contributes to economic and social sustainability.
Legislation is a fundamentally important step, but we need an extensive set of actions to ensure that accessibility is implemented everywhere, on an ongoing basis, as our societies progress.
It is essential that every aspect of accessibility includes the meaningful involvement of persons with disabilities and their representative organisations.
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