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  • EU funding for economic recovery must ensure social inclusion

    17.04.2020 We demand immediate earmarking of funding from the recently adopted European Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative and funding initiatives adopted as follow up to it. We also expect that more long term funding is secured from the EU Budget post-2020. We request financial measures to directly support persons with disabilities and to guarantee the sustainability of health and support services. We call for the inclusion of organisations of persons with disabilities in bodies created to plan economic recovery and extensive collection of data disaggregated by disability. Read our letter to EU...
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  • COVID-19 Resources

    16.04.2019 Easy to read information about Coronavirus in many languageson Inclusion Europe website.It will open in a new window.   Below is a list of links to resources on COVID-19 including our statements and open letters, what our members are up to, and information in accessible formats. Our demands to authorities Our open letters and statements Actions and responses of our members Recommendations on exit measures for transport services in light of COVID-19 Responses to our enquiry on persons with disabilities in prison and COVID-19 (doc) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on COVID-19 and...
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  • Disability expert Giampiero Griffo nominated to Italian COVID-19 government Taskforce

    14.04.2020 Article written by Luisa Bosiso Fazzi and edited by EDF secretariat.  The Italian presidency of the Council of Ministers  set up a task force of experts in economic and social matters to plan Phase 2 of the fight against the CODIV19 pandemic. Giampiero Griffo, a board member of the European Disability Forum, was appointed to the taskforce as an expert and coordinator of the Technical-Scientific Committee of the Observatory on the Condition of Persons with Disabilities.   The task force does not have a fixed end date and is composed of experts from various fields and disciplines. It is a lean...
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  • 45 MEPs: Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative must fund support services for persons with disabilities

    08.04.2020 In a letter addressed to European Commission President Von der Leyen and EU Council President Michel published today, Members of European Parliament demand that the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative ensures funding for support and care services for persons with disabilities. It is signed by 45 MEPs from 17 countries and 7 political groups, including the Vice -President for Gender Equality and Diversity Dimitris Papadimoulis and the Chair of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee Lucia Nicholsonová. The letter calls attention to the alarming lack of funding for services that...
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  • EDF’s 10 recommendations to ensure the rights of victims with disabilities in the EU

    03.04.2020 To the break barriers faced by victims with disabilities, EDF calls for the adoption of an ambitious and inclusive EU strategy on victims’ rights (2020-2024). We welcome the commitment of the European Commission to protect the rights of victims in the European Union (EU) and its proposal for an EU Strategy on victims’ rights for 2020-2024, which in order to be effective must: Ensure participation of civil society in its design, implementation and monitoring, including victim support organisations and organisations of groups over-represented in victim groups, such as organisations of persons...
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  • Persons with disabilities stripped of community-based support and protective equipment during COVID 19 crisis

    03.04.2020 Joint Statement by European Disability Forum, European Network on Independent Living, European Deafblind Union Advice from governments, in light of COVID 19, has been for people to stay at home. For people belonging to high risk groups, including many persons with disabilities, the message to self-isolate and to stay at a distance from other people has been even clearer, or imposed by law. However, for millions of persons of disabilities that rely on professional assistance in their homes, this is an impossible situation. Often, the assistance needs to be given in close physical contact with...
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  • International Disability Alliance to World Health Organisation: Condemn discrimination in treatment of COVID19 patients

    01.04.2020 The International Disability Alliance (IDA) urges the World Health Organisation (WHO) to denounce the medical ethical guidelines that discriminate against persons with disabilities in access to intensive care for COVID-19. Download the letter from IDA to WHO (pdf). IDA is a global umbrella organisations of 1,100 organisations of persons with disabilities and their families, and is aware that “criteria such as ‘dependency’ and ‘frailty’ are used in several contexts to deny treatment, reflecting that the lives of persons with disabilities are less of a priority than others” such as in Spain,...
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  • Light for the World - Analysis of the UN Global Humanitarian Response Plan

    31.03.2020 Our member Light for the World provided us with the following analysis of the UN Global Humanitarian Response Plan from a disability perspective: The UN appeals for 2bn USD additional humanitarian funding. The Global Response Plan was drafted by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC). It will be coordinated by UN OCHA and it brings together requirements from WHO, FAO, IOM, UNDP, UNFPA, UN-Habitat, UNHCR, UNICEF and WFP. The UN agencies together request 1.9bn USD of funding. An additional 100m USD are requested as unearmarked funding for NGOs (see p. 38). The UN sets the preliminary...
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  • Residential institutions are becoming hotbeds of infection and abuse – governments need to act now

    31.03.2020 The following links will open in a new window. We are very concerned by the situation of persons with disabilities living in institutions. The estimated 1 million persons with disabilities that live segregated in residential institutions are now more vulnerable than ever, facing increased risk of infection by COVID-19, physical and psychological abuse due to isolation, neglect and even abandonment. The dangers that persons in institutions face include: Lack of personal protective equipment for persons with disabilities and staff of institutions leads to higher risk of infection- for both...
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  • Institutionalisation, welfare and COVID-19

    31.03.2020 by EDF Board Member Giampiero Griffo Translated from Italian - L’istituzionalizzazione delle persone con disabilità e l’emergenza che viviamo - superando.it   The information that we expected and feared is, unfortunately, coming out.  Over the last few days it has been emerging that the number of older people dying due to COVID-19 in nursing homes, retirement homes and other residential institutions is growing. It seems (although the data is scarce and there are, as of yet, no disaggregated statistics) that in these institutions, the infection and subsequent deaths are due the lack of...
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