As a member of the European Union of Supported Employment, SUSE are pleased that the Vienna Declaration was adopted at the AGM which was held in Amsterdam in May 2019.
The Declaration sets out a series of recommendations for European governments and policy makers in order that Article 27 of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with a Disability can be upheld. That article states that it is disabled people’s right to be able to work, on an equal basis with others, including the right to the opportunity to gain a living by work freely chosen or accepted in a labour market and work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities
The Vienna Declaration was led on by our colleagues in the Austrian association (Dabei Austria) and created in partnership with the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) and the European Platform for Rehabilitation (EPR) and represents the first time these organisations have worked in concert to influence European policy.
Whilst we are fortunate in Scotland to meet many of the criteria that the Vienna Declaration sets out, there is still room for improvement in order to make SUSE’s vision for ‘a Scotland where people with disadvantages have access to supported employment to find and retain paid work’ a reality.
View the Vienna Declaration here or download the PDF version below.