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Guaranteeing the right to education for children with illnesses or disabilities

Recommendation 1938 (2010)

Parliamentary Assembly
Assembly debate on 7 October 2010 (35th Sitting) (see Doc. 12262, report of the Social, Health and Family Affairs Committee, rapporteur: Mr Ayva). Text adopted by the Assembly on 7 October 2010 (35th Sitting).
1. The Parliamentary Assembly refers to its Resolution 1761 (2010) on guaranteeing the right to education for children with illnesses or disabilities, as well as the current Committee of Ministers acquis on the education of people with disabilities as established by Recommendations Rec(2006)5, CM/Rec(2009)8, CM/Rec(2009)9 and CM/Rec(2010)2, and recommends that the Committee of Ministers:
1.1 forward this resolution to the governments of member states and request that they take it into account when developing their national education policies for children with disabilities with a view to their full and active integration in society;
1.2 encourage member states to step up action and keep abreast of recent techniques and interventions in the field of education of children with disabilities;
1.3 create an intergovernmental committee of experts specialising in the education of children with disabilities under the aegis of the European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH) in order to ensure the follow-up of the implementation at national level of the action plan’s Action Line 4 on education;
1.4 entrust the above committee with the identification of good practice models of how the fundamental rights of people with disabilities are specifically guaranteed and implemented nationally;
1.5 instruct the competent services of the Council of Europe to produce a stocktaking report on the education of children with disabilities within the next three years and, subsequently, to prepare a set of recommendations to member states on the implementation of educational strategies;
1.6 consider measures to make educational and informational material produced by the Council of Europe accessible to children and other people with disabilities, for instance by using new information technologies.