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Last Minute

European Day of Persons with Disabilities 2015: activities of EDF members

International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF)

For the European Day of Persons with Disabilities, IF has invited a young family from Scotland at the conference in Brussels that will present their positive experience with inclusive education and how the needs of their child with spina bifida have been accommodated.

European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD)

The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) is organising a Seminar on “how the European Semester can help to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD)”. The Seminar will bring together representatives of EASPD, European Commission representatives and national officials from permanent representations to the EU. The meeting will examine EASPD’s proposals as to how the UN CRPD can be implemented through the European Semester, more specifically in terms of education, employment and living in the community. The meeting will also be the opportunity to present and discuss EASPD’s latest report on “How can the European Semester help to implement the UN CRPD”.

Swedish Disability Federation (HSO)

The Swedish Disability Federation will arrange a seminar focusing on the forthcoming strategy on disability policy which will apply from 2017. The theme of the day is: How can the future strategy become a stronger political tool? During the day, different researchers will share their experiences of effective political instruments that would have an impact on the disability policy. The day will end with a panel discussion about political experiences and future opportunities.

Luxembourg’s National Disability Council

This year, Info-Handicap, Luxembourg’s National Disability Council, organises two activities:

a) compilation of articles for the press media: its member organisations send articles and texts on the occasion of the European/International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Info Handicap compiles all these texts in a folder which is sent to all press media in Luxembourg (newspapers, radio and tv).

b) action in all the cinemas of the country: on 2-8 December 2015, its animation movie "go for inclusion" ( will be shown before the main movies in all the cinemas in Luxembourg. In order to measure the impact of the action, Info Handicap will organise a "micro-trottoir" in the 2 biggest cinemas in Luxembourg-City and Esch-sur-Alzette. 30 volunteers will be mobilised to interview the spectators about their impression after having seen our animation movie. 

Austrian Disability National Council ( ÖAR)

ÖARs’ expert group of people with learning difficulties is organizing a “flash mob” in the city centre of Vienna. The expert group consists of numerous self-advocates from various important organisations such as Caritas, Diakonie, Jugend am Werk, Lebenshilfe or Vienna People First. The flash mob will be performed at 11:30 am at Stock im Eisen-Platz, corner Graben and Kärntner Straße, first district of Vienna. At 11:45 am self-advocates will vociferously proclaim their key demands.

Lithuanian Disability Forum (LDF) 

The Lithuanian Disability Forum will celebrate the international Day of Persons with Disabilities by organising a special conference in the Parliament of Lithuanian Republic. In the conference LDF will officialy present it‘s shadow report on implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Lithuania. Legal gaps and practical barriers for effective implementation of the Convention will be highlighted. Together with the conference, an exhibition revealing life in institutions will be opened. Since the beginning of this year the photography exhibition "Identity illusion" has been traveling throughout different Lithuanian regions and called for debate about the reform of the social care system in Lithuania.

European Commission - IDDC - EDF - CBM - CONCORD - DPOD - Handicap International - Light for the World

On 3 December, the European Commission, EDF and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC), co-organise a European conference on disability-inclusive development cooperation. The conference is entitled “Leave no one behind. Tackling inequalities of persons with disabilities in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” and will take place in the Berlaymont building of the European Commission undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined with the cooperation and financial support of the European Commission, CBM, CONCORD, Disabled People's Organisation Denmark (DPOD), Handicap International and Light for the World.

Czech National Disability Council

On 4 December, the Czech Government Board for People with Disabilities is organising an awards ceremony for journalistic work which concerns disability issues. This award is given every year since 1994 on the occasion of the International Day, with the aim to attract the media’s attention to disability issues and to positively influence the attitude of the public towards persons with disabilities. Czech National Disability Council has several members in the Government Board for People with Disabilities which are involved in this initiative.

Romanian National Disability Council

The Romanian National Disability Council realised a video to promote the rights of persons with disabilities.

Greek Disability National Council

This year, the National Confederation of Disabled People in Greece (NCDP Greece - ESAmeA) started the 3rd December activities quiet early, with a big demonstration in Athens on the 4th of November, with thousands of people with disabilities from all over Greece. NCDP supports every demonstration organised by its member organisations for the 3rd of December. For the day itself, the Board of Directors of NCDP will meet the Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras and the President of the Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos. NCDP has launched a campaign about 3rd December and the rights of people with disabilities in Greece through radio, internet and social media and has also published the annual 3rd December Declaration of NCDP, with the main goals of the disability movement. 

Disabled People's Organisations Denmark

On 3 December, a big part of local branches of Disabled Peoples Organisations Denmark hands out a disability award in collaboration with the local municipality to raise awareness about disability and accessibility issues. The award goes to a person, an organisation, an initiative or a company in the municipality that has contributed to inclusion of persons with disability in the local community. People from the municipality can nominate the candidates.