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  • Access City Award 2020 application call is now open

    17.07.2019 Do you know a city that deserves to be recognised for making itself accessible to persons with disabilities? Tell them to apply! The European Access City Award (ACA) is organised every year by the European Commission, with the support of EDF. It aims to celebrate effort of cities to be more accessible and helps promote best practices across Europe. The ceremony for the 10th European Access City Award will take place during the annual European Day of Persons with Disabilities (EDPD) Conference in Brussels, on 29 November 2019. The winning cities will be rewarded for their efforts to make it...
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  • "Sustainable development and international cooperation are not the same - but we should be included in both"

    09.07.2019 Greetings from New York!When this newsletter is out, I will be at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, an exciting event where thousands of participants will discuss the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The guest list includes several Presidents, Prime Ministers and Ministers, representatives from business and international organisations and, of course, representatives from every major civil society group – including persons with disabilities.This edition of the Disability Voice is very special for me. It is quite fair to say that EDF has become a key reference...
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  • We are recruiting an International Cooperation Officer

    09.07.2019 The European Disability Forum (EDF) is seeking an enthusiastic and committed team member to work on international cooperation, based in our secretariat in Brussels. Tasks are described in detail in the attached job description Tasks include: Actively engage EDF in advocacy on international cooperation in line with EDFs strategy, and in collaboration with partners such as SDG Watch Europe, the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC), the International Disability Alliance, development and human rights networks, and project partners.  Work on policy and advocacy (analysis,...
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  • Launch of videos on Sustainable Development Goals "For a future with no one behind"

    09.07.2019 To mark the start of the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and underline that persons with disabilities need to be included in the Sustainable Development Goals, we launched 7 short videos. The videos highlight how the life of persons with disabilities will improve if we achieve 7 of the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more on the 2030 Agenda & the Sustainable Development Goals  Goal 1: No poverty   Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being   Goal 4: Quality Education   Goal 5: Gender Equality   Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth   Goal 10: Reduced...
    Screenshot of a video showing diverse group of people, with and without disabilities around a table
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  • European Court of Human Rights fails students with disabilities

    09.07.2019 Ruling against Ştefan Stoian fails to protect the right to education of learners with disabilities, and blames their parents instead. For years Ştefan Stoain was carried on his mother’s back so he could attend his class on a second-floor classroom. On several occasions Ştefan was refused support by the school to access the bathroom, leaving him soiled and a target to bullying. Last Tuesday, the 25 June 2019, the European Court of Human Rights added one more indignity by ruling against Ştefan, a quadriplegic teenager, on a case he and his mother brought against Romania for denial of the...
    Stefan Stoian sits alone in a classroom
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  • Discussing how to make sure tax payers’ money is spent on accessibility

    28.06.2019 US$ 9.5 trillion is the estimated amount spent worldwide on the public procurement market per year on products, services, and infrastructure which are fundamental in people’s everyday lives: transport, healthcare, education, social protection, technologies or how our cities are designed. If accessibility is required, public procurement can be a means to support the inclusion of persons with disabilities, and to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). To discuss different approaches to accessibility and public procurement, on June 13th, the European...
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  • Gatwick Airport wins Accessible Airport Award 2019

    27.06.2019 Gatwick Airport, in the United Kingdom was the winner of the Accessible Airport Award 2019! The award ceremony took place in Cyprus, during the Annual Congress of Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe). It was presented to Gatwick Airport by Christakis Nicolaides, President of the Cyprus Confederation of Organizations of the Disabled on behalf of EDF Gatwick airport was highly commended for its close cooperation with organisations of persons with disabilities, including a local community accessibility forum of users with diverse visible and invisible disabilities. Judges also...
    Christakis Nicolaides, President of the Cyprus Confederation of Organizations of the Disabled , withr representatives from Gatwick Airport and ACi-Europe
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  • international Disability Alliance's Chair visits Brussels

    24.06.2019 Ana Lucía Arellano, Chair of the International Disability Alliance (IDA), visited Brussels from the 31st of May to the 4th of June. The objective of her visit was to strengthen IDA’s cooperation with EDF and its members, and engage in various bilateral meetings. On the 31st of May, Ms Arellano learnt more about EDF’s work during its executive committee meeting where internal matters were discussed. A very fruitful exchange took place during a lunch meeting with EDF Executive Committee and the EDF Secretariat. Ms Arellano later had a bilateral meeting with EDF president Yannis Vardakastanis....
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  • EDF at the Conference of State Parties: “Equal recognition before the law must become a reality”

    The 12th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) took place from the 10th to the 13th of June 2019 at the UN Headquarters in New York and had the theme “Ensuring inclusion of persons with disabilities in a changing world”. You can view the plenary session and all of the COSP12 events here. ‘Equal recognition before the law must become a reality. If democracy is not for all, inclusion cannot be achieved!’ were the chosen words of our president Yannis Vardakastannis at the opening of COSP12 Here is a selection of EDF’s...
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  • Parliament and Council co-sign the Work-Life Balance Directive

    20.06.2019 On 13 June the Council of the EU’s Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) adopted the Directive on work-life balance. On the 20th of June, the European Parliament and the Council are co-signing the Directive. It is expected that the Directive will be published in the Official Journal of the EU in the next 3-5 weeks. The Directive will enter into force 21 days after its publication in the Official Journal. Pushing for effective transposition NGOs are now focusing on ensuring a strong implementation of the Directive in the Member States. EDF has joined a...
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