European Year of People with Disabilities 2003 Sept02
The European Union has
adopted 2003 as the 'European Year of People with Disabilities' to
highlight the hurdles and discrimination encountered by disabled people on
a daily basis.
Conservative MEP for Eastern Region said, "There is still much to be
done to eliminate the barriers and discrimination faced by the 37 million
people with disabilities across the European Union. The decision to adopt
a Year for People with Disabilities has given us the opportunity to place
disability rights at the top of the European agenda."
Thousands of activities and
events will take place during the year across the EU linked by a European
Year bus which will start in Athens in January 2003 and travel through all
15 member states.
To launch the year, the EU
has organised a competition for children aged between 10 and 15 years old
asking them to draw a picture to show how they would change the world to
include people with disabilities equally.
Mr Khanbhai added, "It
is so important to get young people involved so that they understand and
help change attitudes towards disability issues and disabled people from
an early age."
The closing date for
receipt of entries is 15 October 2002 and the competition is open to
disabled and non-disabled children throughout the EU.