Theodoros Zagorakis (PPE)
Subject: Complaints of artificially increased rates of disability due to a mental disorder
According to complaints from many parents and relatives of children with chronic disabilities in Greece, during the last disability certification process at the Disability Certification Centre (KEPA), a large number of children were identified as having a disability due to a mental disorder. According to the complainants, this assessment serves the increased practice of redirecting disabled children to psychiatric hospitals. It is noted that all previous disability assessments of these individuals, throughout their lives, make no reference to a psychiatric disorder, only to the reasons for the disability (e.g. autism, learning disabilities, encephalopathy, Down’s syndrome, etc.)
Can the Commission say:
Is it aware of this issue? If so, does it intend to carry out a check on the validity of the complaints?