Seminar on awareness raising for persons with disabilities

13 - 14 December 2017, Copenhagen (Denmark)

The Council of Europe and the Danish Ministry for Children and Social Affairs are organising a seminar in Copenhagen, on 13-14 December 2017 to discuss awareness raising for persons with disabilities.  Held in the framework of the Danish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (November 2017 – May 2018), the seminar contributes towards the  implementation of the Council of Europe Strategy on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities “Human Rights - a reality for all". The seminar will bring together government authorities, persons with disabilities and their representatives, service providers, non-governmental organisations and independent experts and private sector and media representatives.   


To support member States in their efforts to build partnerships and co-operation with media, civil society organisations dealing with the rights of persons with disabilities, persons with disabilities themselves, private sector and other stakeholders to effectively raise awareness and counter prejudice and negative attitudes towards persons with disabilities. This will be done through:

  1. Exchange of experience, expertise and practical examples of effective awareness raising strategies from the member States, civil society and the employment sector
  2. Discussing challenges and difficulties in designing and implementing awareness raising strategies and strategies to overcome them
  3. Exchange of information on research, policies and strategies on awareness raising in areas under discussion: media, sports, employment and changing attitudes of children in schools
  4. Preparation of a factsheet on awareness raising based on the findings, recommendations and good practice from the seminar