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Making persons with disabilities full citizens (DISCIT)

DISCIT aims to produce new knowledge enabling Member States, affiliated European countries and the European Union to achieve full and effective participation of persons with disabilities in society and economy.

In investigating the social and political conditions for making such participation a reality, the project adopts a multifaceted concept of Active Citizenship to operationalise the notion of "full and effective participation" in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

On the basis of a multilevel and institutional perspective, DISCIT examines how different types of policies (income maintenance, social services and social regulation instruments) can be mutually supportive in enhancing Active Citizenship for persons with disabilities. By social regulation we refer to policy instruments aiming at ensuring accessibility and non-discrimination in the market.

DISCITs results will support the redefinition of the European Social Model , in particular by facilitating the implementation of the CRPD at European Union level and in Member States. While Member States have different conditions for implementing the CRPDs requirements, the EU can adopt common minimum standards within their areas of competence and support Member States in complying with the CRPD requirements. The aim of the EU to create a European Social Model for the 21 century promoting social inclusion and cohesion while maintaining financial sustainability necessitates a thorough examination of the options for expanding capabilities and achieving full and effective participation of all citizens, including persons with disabilities.

DISCIT will contribute to this examination by identifying more effective ways to remove and prevent physical, attitudinal, social and organisational barriers to participation on an equal basis with others, in a context of rapid social, economic and environmental change and emerging panoramas of disabilities. 

Budget: 3.053.032 EURO

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 320079.