Council of Europe Resolution: Achieving Full Participation Through Universal Design. ResAP(2007)3.

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Council of Europe Resolution ResAP(2007)3, "Achieving full participation through Universal Design".

Council of Europe Resolution ResAP(2007)3, "Achieving full participation through Universal Design".

"Recommends that the governments of the member states of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field (note 1), having due regard to their specific national, regional or local structures and respective responsibilities:

i. promote full participation in community life, and in particular, prevent the creation of new barriers by designing, from the outset, solutions that are accessible and usable for all; and in doing so, take into account and integrate as appropriate in their policy, legislation and practice the principles of Universal Design;

ii. be guided, in their processes of integrating Universal Design principles in policy, legislation and practice, by the measures advocated in the appendix to this resolution;

iii. promote the application of Universal Design in the implementation of Recommendation Rec(2006)5 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the Council of Europe Action Plan to promote the rights and full participation of people with disabilities in society: improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in Europe 2006-2015;

iv. assure to this end the widest possible dissemination of this resolution amongst all parties concerned, for example through awareness-raising campaigns and co-operation with the private sector and civil society, involving, in particular, non-governmental organisations of people with disabilities."

Note (1)
These countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.