You’re invited to join a network of organizations united by EU Disability Card, a project entitling persons with disabilities to a more equal treatment and specific benefits in home countries and other EU member states.
Slovenian citizens and tourists from other EU countries can use EU Disability Card to plan their trips and travels more effectively and use their leisure time well. They’re entitled to discounts in transfer, tourism, culture, sport and other leisure activities.
There are many persons with disabilities in Europe and in the world. Along with their family members, friends and guardians they present a huge potential in planning new target groups of user. Persons with disabilities currently account for 10% of the entire population, 650 million people. There are 80 million persons with disabilities in EU, 16% of total population. This is about as much as Belgium, Czechia, Greece and Holland put together. Every fourth European has a family member with disability. There are 170.000 persons with disabilities in Slovenia, 8.5% of the populace. According to World Health Organization the number of persons with disabilities is growing. The growth is a function of aging populations and higher prevalence of chronic diseases. It’s surprising that in countries with average life expectancy of 70 years, an average individual will spent 8 years of life with a specific disability (go to source*).
Thus the group of potential users also include the group of senior citizens, which will only grow in size more rapidly in years to come. Persons with disabilities account for a sixth of employed and employable EU citizens, but their actual employment rate is relatively low. Due to poorer education and employment opportunities, they are often in deprivileged social and financial situations, so we’re trying to make their situation more equitable and improve their participation in social activities.
* Disability Statistics: Facts & Statistics on Disabilities & Disability Issues; http://www.disabled-world.com/disability/statistics/#sthash.4NwDcYkb.dpuf; 5.3. 2015