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The European Disability Forum

The European Disability Forum is an independent NGO that represents the interests of 80 million Europeans with disabilities. EDF is a unique platform which brings together representative organisation of persons with disabilities from across Europe. EDF is run by persons with disabilities and their families. We are a front runner for disability rights. We are a strong, united voice of persons with disabilities in Europe.


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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT “SIGNS” YES TO DISABILITY RIGHTS

For the first time, all the 31 EU official sign languages were simultaneously signed in the European Parliament during yesterday’s event ‘Multilingualism and equal rights in the EU: the role of sign languages’. Organised by MEP Helga Stevens, this historic event brought together more than 1.000 people including a huge representation of deaf people and other sign language users from across and beyond Europe. The aim was to raise awareness on sign languages as part of Europe’s multicultural and multilingual heritage.

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EDF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING: “OUR STRENGTH IS OUR MEMBERS"

EDF Executive Committee met in Slovenia on 16 and 17 of September, hosted by our Slovenian members, the National Council of Disability Organisations in Slovenia (NSIOS). This meeting gave us an opportunity to discuss the most pressing matters for the disability movement in Europe today and to hear about the specific priorities of our Slovenian members.

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EU TAKES POSITIVE STEPS TO END BOOK FAMINE

EDF welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to implement the Marrakesh Treaty into EU law. It now has to be discussed by the European Parliament and the Council. If there is an agreement, the EU will ratify the Marrakesh Treaty facilitating access to published works for persons with are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled, including persons with autism. EDF calls on the EU to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty without further delay and end the book famine for millions of persons with disabilities who are denied access to published works against their rights enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) that the EU has ratified.

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