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  • Towards inclusive disaster risk management

    19.05.2017 EDF members training workshop on inclusive accessible disaster risk reduction In cooperation with CBM and United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), EDF organised a workshop in Brussels on 17 May 2017. This ‘regional hub’ took place the week before the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Cancun (22-26 May). UNISDR with the support received by Nippon Foundation are also supporting regional hubs in Asia and the Pacific, organised by the Centre of Disability and Development (CDD) - Bangladesh and the Pacific Disability Forum respectively. Members of EDF shared...
    Participants of the workshop
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  • EDF elected its Executive Committee

    14.05.2017 This weekend, EDF members from all over Europe have gathered together in Madrid, Spain, for EDF’s Annual General Assembly (AGA). On the first day of the meeting, the elections of EDF Board of Directors took place. Find here the results of the elections of EDF Board. Today, EDF’s newly elected Board voted for the members of EDF’s Executive Committee. The newly elected Executive Committee of EDF consists of: Yannis Vardakastanis – PresidentNational Confederation of Disabled People Greece Ana Peláez – Vice President Spanish Committee of Representatives of Persons with Disabilities (CERMI)...
    EDF Executive Committee newly elected members
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  • Building an inclusive disability movement for the future

    14.05.2017 EDF’s Annual General Assembly (AGA) in Madrid, Spain, this weekend brought together over 200 participants, including AGA delegates, observers, partners, guests and members of the global disability movement. The meeting was hosted by EDF Spanish members, CERMI and ONCE Foundation. A conference was also organised in the framework of the AGA to mark EDF’s 20th anniversary. Entitled ‘20 years later: Building an inclusive disability movement for the future’, the conference was an opportunity to recall the great achievements of the disability movement in the last 20 years, but also to identify the...
    EDF AGA 2017 with all the participants
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  • EDF elected its Board of Directors

    13.05.2017 This weekend, EDF members from all over Europe have gathered together in Madrid, Spain, for EDF’s Annual General Assembly (AGA). On the first day of EDF’s AGA, the elections of EDF Board of Directors took place, as well as the elections of EDF President. The newly elected EDF Board consists of: Yannis Vardakastanis – President (National Confederation of Disabled People Greece) Marcel Bobeldijk (European Federation of Hard of Hearing (EFHOH)) Vera Bonvalot (Brain Injured & Families - European Confederation (BIF-EC)) Rodolfo Cattani (European Blind Union) John Patrick Clarke (European Down...
    The newly elected members of EDF Board
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  • Lottery ticket for the 20 years of EDF

    11.05.2017 ONCE, the National Organisation of the Blind in Spain, launched today a lottery ticket dedicated to the 20th anniversary of EDF.   This lottery ticket aims at raising awareness about the advances in disability rights in Europe in the last 20 years and the importance of a strong and united disability movement.    The launch of the lottery ticket took place two days ahead of EDF’s Annual General Assembly (AGA) in Madrid, Spain. Find out more about our AGA here.    Background information Since 1938, ONCE has been entitled to sell lottery tickets in Spain and use the money earned from this...
    The lottery ticket for the 20 years of EDF
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  • EDF toolkit on the Web Accessibility Directive

    11.05.2017 The Directive on the accessibility of websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies (known as the Web Directive) was adopted in October 2016. The European Union (EU) Member States will have until September 2018 to transpose this EU legislation into national law. This means that they will need to adopt new legislation or to reform existing laws to comply with the objectives and provisions of the Web Directive, which will ensure that all public sector bodies’ websites and mobile applications will be accessible for persons with disabilities. That is why, it is extremely important that...
    Computer key with the symbol of disability
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  • Youth with disability in the heart of the Annual Convention on Inclusive Growth

    08.05.2017 EDF together with its members took active part in the Annual Convention on Inclusive Growth and organised a side event to raise awareness about young people with disabilities. The Annual Convention on Inclusive Growth was organised by the European Commission on 24 April 2017 bringing together policy makers and civil society to discuss what the European Union (EU) can do to ensure that all citizens reap the benefits of truly inclusive growth. Workshops, side events and speed-dating gave young people and representatives of the civil society the opportunity to discuss and propose steps towards...
    Participants of the side event discussing the challenges of young people with disabilities
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  • Social Pillar: A positive step towards social rights

    04.05.2017 The European Commission released the European Pillar of Social Rights (the Social Pillar) on 26 April 2017. EDF welcomes the ambition of the Social Pillar to promote the rights to education, to work and employment, the right to live independently and the right to adequate standards of living and social protection. Those rights are also enshrined in the European Union (EU) Treaties and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). We are pleased to see the commitment of the European Commission to promote and protect fundamental social rights across the EU...
    Banner saying 'Towards a European Pillar of Social Rights'
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  • The voice of people with disabilities must be heard in Brexit negotiations

    02.05.2017 Around 100 participants joined our workshop in London last March to discuss about the impact of Brexit on people with disabilities in the United Kingdom (UK). The workshop was co-organised by EDF, the European Network of Independent Living (ENIL) and the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS), as part of the project 'Brexit Takeaways'. This project aims to raise awareness among citizens about the possible impact of different Brexit scenarios on their rights and advocate for the best possible deal for them before decision-makers. The aim of the workshop was to look at how persons with...
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  • EDF & Oracle award 8.000 € scholarship to student with disability

    28.04.2017 Since 2015, the European Disability Forum (EDF) has joined forces with Oracle, to promote accessibility in ICTs (Information and Communications Technologies). Together, we offered an e-Accessibility Scholarship of 8.000 euros to higher education students with disabilities in fields such as computer science, computer engineering, user experience and others.   Scholarship award criteria considered academic achievements along with a project proposal for applicants’ final year undergraduate, graduate, or doctorate thesis covering accessibility for persons with disabilities in the ICT domain. This...
    EDF Board Member, Marcel Bobeldijk, this year's winner, Aineias Martos, and Oracle Vice-President, Karl Cox
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