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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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BREXIT: THE FIGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IS A COMMON STRUGGLE

Last March, the Board of EDF expressed its strong commitment to a united Europe and our hope that the UK would remain within the EU. It is with regret today that we recognise that UK citizens voted for the UK to leave the European Union (EU) with a majority of 52%. EDF recognises the democratic right of British people to decide freely on this issue, but we strongly believe that a common EU human rights agenda is better achieved together. The tone of the UK campaign, which was characterised by a divisive public debate on migration, reminds us of what is at stake and what we need to fight for, within a strong EU: common values of non discrimination, human rights and freedom of movement.

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EU HUMANITARIAN AID MUST BE INCLUSIVE

EDF and IDDC met Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management and agreed on the importance of the EU taking practical steps now to lead by example, in the EU’s actions to support persons with disabilities in humanitarian crisis and Europe’s refugee response.

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DUBLIN AIRPORT WINS ACCESSIBLE AIRPORT AWARDS 2016

At the award ceremony in Athens on 21 June, EDF Executive committee member Yannis Yallouros handed over the award to the winner: Dublin Airport. The judges considered that the airport excels in accessibility features and facilities, including adult changing places, two separate relief areas for guide dogs, fully accessible retail and catering areas alongside with service level agreements for assistance that exceed the standards of ECAC Doc 30, a guidance document by the European Civil Aviation Conference. The judges also cited Dublin Airport’s website accessibility, which is according to the AA standard of WCAG 2.0 (currently, the recommended level to ensure accessibility for persons with disabilities). Importantly, the lelve of service, as

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