Our vision is that persons with disabilities in Europe are fully included in society on an equal basis with others and that our human rights, as outlined in the CRPD, are fully respected, protected and fulfilled. The principles of the CRPD are central to this vision, and they inform our advocacy objectives and our way of working.


Our mission is to ensure persons with disabilities’ full inclusion in society and access to our human rights through our active involvement in policy development, implementation and monitoring of the CRPD in Europe.

We are convinced that the EU can play a key role in promoting human rights in the European region and globally.

We are convinced that acting collectively, EDF, and its members and partners can fight together for a strong social and human rights-based Europe, where democratic, active civil participation is continuously practiced and improved. The European Union institutions themselves, and the European Disability Forum, should embody the human rights principles of participation, non-discrimination and ownership in the way that they work.

We are committed to a strong and inclusive European Union, where the right to live, travel, work, study, vote or be elected is guaranteed to all citizens in the Union, and where women, men and children with disabilities enjoy these rights on an equal basis with others.

We are committed to practising diversity and ensuring within its own work that no one is left behind.

We are committed to ensuring that the voices of the most marginalised persons with disabilities are heard and are central to our work; women and children with disabilities, persons with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities, persons with disabilities requiring more intensive support and refugees with disabilities.

We are committed to strengthening our collaboration with all relevant industry players, in order to promote Universal Design.


EDF’s values are built on the principles of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD)

  • Respect for inherent dignity;
  • Individual autonomy including the freedom to make one's own choices;
  • Non-discrimination;
  • Full and effective participation and inclusion in society;
  • Respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity;
  • Equality of opportunity;
  • Accessibility;
  • Equality between men and women;
  • Respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their identities.

What is the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD)?

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) is an international human rights treaty that reaffirms that all persons with disabilities must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms. It clarifies that all persons with disabilities have the right to participate in civil, political, economic, social and cultural life of the community just as anyone else. The CRPD clearly stipulates what public and private authorities must do to ensure and promote the full enjoyment of these rights by all people with disabilities.