EASPD report: Europe 2020 and the European Semester. Bringing welbeing to all?
The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) has released a new report on the European Semester, highlighting shortcomings in the European Union’s growth model, which, according to the organisation, in its present state does not sufficiently take into account the well-being of Europe’s citizens.
The report calls for a change to the ‘growth at all costs’ approach adopted by European policy-makers – an absolute must in order to achieve the Europe 2020 strategy, and to improve the well-being of Europe’s citizens with disabilities, through the provision of high quality service systems.
EASPD's publication presents the key challenges faced by service providers for persons with disabilities in EU countries, with particular emphasis on employment, inclusive education, and social affairs. Regarding to education, the document highlights that children with disabilities are worse off than before the crisis and that there should be an inclusive focus in education for them (including children with intellectual disabilities).
According to the report, the focus on inclusive education should start at the very beginning (early childhood education); the number of children with disability in kindergarten must be monitored and backed up with data; and the transition support between early-childhood education and primary school is essential for children with disabilities.