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Karin Dom’s Early Intervention is One of 45 Practices Selected by the COFACE Disability Platform for the Inclusion of People with Disabilities

13 December 2021

Karin Dom’s Practice Included in Guide S.H.I.F.T. for the inclusion of people with disabilities and their families on the European platform COFACE Disability.

On December 3, the International Day of People with Disabilities, the COFACE platform for the rights of people with disabilities and their families presented its new report, which sheds light on existing practices across Europe to promote the transition to fully inclusive societies.

Karin Dom’s early intervention is one of the 45 practices selected by the COFACE Disability platform that meets the S.H.I.F.T. principles, reflected in the words: Support, Human Rights, Independence, Families, Societal Transition.

These practices were chosen to match the 45 actions described in the S.H.I.F.T. guide. for the inclusion of people with disabilities and their families. Implemented in over 20 European countries, some of the practices now have a global reach and all have the potential to inspire everyone, everywhere, to join the #BeTheSHIFT movement.

After accepting S.H.I.F.T. guidance from COFACE Families Europe in 2019, the COFACE Disability platform launched a public consultation to collect examples of practices responding to the actions and tools described in the S.H.I.F.T. the guide. The report contains 45 separate fact sheets presenting a brief description of the practice as well as an explanation of how the practice contributes to building inclusive societies. From a policy perspective, all practices are aligned with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and with the relevant areas of action proposed by the European Commission in the European Strategy on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Finally, for each practice, there is a short advice section included, aimed at anyone who wants to further explore the content of S.H.I.F.T. the actions.

COFACE Disability Chair Chantal Bruno says: “As we have witnessed, there are too many forms of discrimination, including against people with a disability or illness, older people, their families and caregivers. However, at the same time, movements towards inclusion are emerging. There are places that adapt to the differences of all people, giving specific answers to those who need them. There are places where rights and freedoms are connected in the present, for all. It is important that they be known; they can be a source of inspiration.”

The natural conclusion after reading this collection of practices is that S.H.I.F.T. happening all over Europe. These are real-life examples that show that the actions presented in the S.H.I.F.T. Guide are not wishful thinking, but actionable, and this is just the beginning.

The report can be downloaded HERE!

About COFACE Families Europe:

COFACE Families Europe is a European network of civil society associations representing the interests of families (all types, without discrimination). COFACE’s areas of work include social/family policy, education, disability, gender equality, migration, consumer issues, as well as child protection online, privacy, data protection and reflection on technological advances and how they can affect families.


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