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  • Easy to read: EU schools discriminate against students with disabilities

    20.12.2018 The Human Rights Watch and the European Disability Forum released the easy to read version of the “Sink or Swim” report, which details the ongoing problems and discrimination against students with disabilities in European Schools. You can read the Easy to read version here The report, launched on the 3 December, received significant coverage in Belgium (Le Soir, Libre, Metro and in English The Bulletin), France (Le Monde), and Luxembourg ( in English Luxembourg Times)  
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  • EU Careers: Equal Chances? Not for all

    20.12.2018 Visually impaired candidates are at a disadvantage when applying for EU jobs, due to an inaccessible process, concluded the EU Ombudsman after an inquiry that ended on the 14 December. The case focused on two complaints by visually impaired candidates: the inaccessibility of the application form, and inaccessibility of the computer-based tests used in parts of the selection process. Candidates complained that, among other things, the form to request accommodation for special needs is inaccessible, the calendar fields used in the forms are inaccessible, and the requested assistive technology...
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  • Turkey needs to prevent violence against children with disabilities

    19.12.2018 On the 13th and 14th of December, 2018 the Confederation of the Disabled in Turkey delivered a two day workshop which focused on two key issues: 1. violence against children in Turkey and the current challenges and priorities for reducing this; and 2. National and international human rights mechanisms available to the State and civil society to implement the UNCRPD and uphold the rights of persons with disabilities. This regional meeting took place in the context of the European Union (EU), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), European Disability Forum (EDF) and International...
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  • Disability Intergroup: strong support for EU Disability Card

    19.12.2018 On the 28 November, MEP Jana Žitňanská, MEP Olga Sehnalová and MEP Brando Benifei hosted an event about the pilot of the EU Disability Card. The conference counted with the participation of the European Commission, national ministries, disability organisations and disability advocates. MEP Brando Benifei opened the event by stating that the EU disability card needs to be an inclusive instrument that can be used all across the EU. He added that for this to happen we need political commitment, financial resources and continued dialogue between all stakeholders. The opening was followed by a...
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  • Disability Intergroup: advances for accessible Digital Single Market

    22.11.2018 On November 22, MEPs Jana Zitnanská and Sehnalová hosted an open conference about the recent EU legislation that will make the European Digital Single Market more inclusive to persons with disabilities. The conference was well attended and counted with the participation of the different units from the European Commission responsible for the four Directive discussed. Firstly, June Lowery-Kingston, Head of Unit G3 at DG CNECT, explained the recent developments on the transposition and implementation of the 2016 Web Accessibility Directive. Ms Lowery-Kingston explained the recently adopted...
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  • Busy week for our Indian delegates

    17.12.2018 EDF was delighted to welcome five Indians delegates last week in Brussels, for the European Disability and Development week. This visit was an activity planned within our project supporting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by local Indian organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs). The project is funded by the European Union, with Sightsavers India and EDF as co-partners.   We had the pleasure to meet: Ajit Kumar, from the India DPO “Jharkhand Vikang Adhikar Manj” Anuradhha Pareek, from the Indian DPO “Sajag Divyang Sewa Samithi” Arun Kumar, from the...
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  • EDF-Oracle Scholarship Winner: “Not enough research on digital learning for kids with disabilities”

    11.12.2018 EDF and Oracle are pleased to announce that Ms Maria Isabel Santos is the winner of the 2018 edition of the EDF-Oracle e-accessibility scholarship. The scholarship was awarded on the 22nd of October by MEP Olga Sehnalová, Mr Thorkild Olesen, EDF Board Member, and Mr Karl Cox, Vice President of Global Public Affairs at Oracle. The ceremony took place in the European Parliament.   Ms Santos won the award due to research she developed for her doctoral thesis at the Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal. She developed a platform called LEMA – “Learning Environment on Mathematics for Autistic Children...
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  • Comments of Iceland MPs are unacceptable sexism and ableism.

    11.12.2018 They need to resign immediately. Six Members of the Icelandic Parliament were overheard making sexist and ableist comments about a number of prominent women in a bar. This is inexcusable hate speech and we call for their immediate resignation. We, the European Disability Forum (EDF), the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) and the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) are outraged by the comments made by the Iceland MPs. At one point former MP and ENIL member Freyja Haraldsdóttir, a prominent woman’s rights and disability campaigner, was compared to a seal by the MPs. These comments are...
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  • #AgeingEqual: “The future, what will happen once we’re not there anymore – we think a lot about it”

    07.12.2018 This testimonial is from Marianne Pinomaa and her husband Jyrki Pinomaa, president of Inclusion Europe. The coupe has two sons with intellectual disabilities who need round-the-clock care: Markus (32 years) and Robin (27 years). They moved out of their childhood home six years ago. In this testimonial they talked about ageing and assuring the wellbeing of their sons. “Markus and Robin attend a centre for special activities every morning. They work there until 14.30h and then head back home. They both have their own apartments, with a service provider organized by the municipality providing...
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  • We endorse SDG Watch Europe letter - EU needs to fully implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    07.12.2018 Today, SDG Watch Europe publish an open letter to several EU leaders where it expresses "its serious concern that three years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs, the EU and its Member States still show very little sense of urgency or ambition about the actual implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the transition to sustainability." The European Disability Forum endorsed the letter, along with several other organisations. Disability-inclusive Sustainable Development Goals are essential for an Europe of Social Rights. Read the letter here
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