Disability in Netherlands

Curated news and resources on inclusion and rights

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This page has curated news from Netherlands. There are a total of 16 links.


Accessibility and Design

The Netherlands is still lagging behind in accessibility for wheelchairs. (2023, NL Times)

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Civil Society and Community

Reducing prejudices about people with disabilities interesting to see that it doesn't approve of the simulation exercises (in Dutch, google translate makes some sense, 2022, Movisie)

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Culture, Entertainment and Media

TV and Film

Never Seen “is a documentary produced by Naima Abdullahi that offers us a glimpse into the life of Nimco Hersi and shows how she navigates Dutch society as a Black deaf woman” (2023, Casco Art)

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Gender Equality and Women with Disabilities

An overview of issues of women and girls with disabilities from an intersectional perspective. (In Dutch, Mar, Alliantie VN-Verdrag Handicap)

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History and Memorial

Shifting terminology and confusing representations An examination of intellectual disability terminology in Dutch newspapers from 1950 to 2020 (2023, Alter)

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Independent Living and Deinstitutionalization


As Cases Soar, ‘Dementia Villages’ Look Like the Future of Home Care “A new generation of treatment facilities is aiming to integrate dementia patients with the communities around them, blurring lines between home and hospital.” (2023)

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Conditions in Institutions

Inspectorate sees staggering conditions in an institutional setting with abuse of clients. (In Dutch, 2023, NOS)

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International Cooperation

Everybody Gains Through Disability Inclusion Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development Strategic Plan 2024-2026. (DCDD)

Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development Annual Report 2022 (Link to pdf, 2023, DCDD)

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Deafblind Ekrem thought he was being robbed but is accused of assaulting police officers. (Apr, DNieuws)

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Mobility, Travel, Transport and Tourism

This tiny Dutch vehicle for people with disabilities is taking off: “a compact four-wheeled, two-seat microcar that's unlocking micromobility”. (2022, MIT Technology Review)

An interview about Haltebuddy: personalizing accessibility information in public transport. (2022, Amserdam Intelligence)

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Policy and Rights


Dutch amend constitution to specify gay, disabled protections. "an historic day for the disability movement". (2023, Reuters)

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Assisted Dying and Euthanasia

Cathelijne Verboeket-Crul wants the end of life to be more bearable. (In Dutch, Jun, NRC)

Dutch woman, 29, granted euthanasia approval on grounds of mental suffering “Zoraya ter Beek, who has chronic depression, anxiety, trauma and unspecified personality disorder, expected to end her life soon” (May, the Guardian)

Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide in people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders: investigation of 39 Dutch case reports (2012–2021). “Reasons for the EAS request included social isolation and loneliness (77%), lack of resilience or coping strategies (56%), lack of flexibility (rigid thinking or difficulty adapting to change) (44%) and oversensitivity to stimuli (26%).” (2023, BJPsych Open)

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