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  • European Disability movement demands the right to vote in 2019

    03.12.2018 Petition launched today by the European Disability Forum calls for action from EU Governments. Stairs in polling stations. Long, complicated instructions. Unreadable voting ballots. Blind and severely visually impaired persons being obliged, when casting their vote, to be assisted by persons not of their choice (e.g. members of the polling station team). Deprivation of the legal right to vote for persons with intellectual disabilities. These common issues still prevent persons with disabilities from voting in 2019. Over 80 million persons with disabilities routinely face easy-to-solve...
    Woman in wheelchair faces stairs that point to voting station
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  • Apply for Early Stage Researcher for the Disability Advocacy Research in Europe (DARE)

    08.04.2019 Applications close at 23:59 GMT on 6 May 2019 Applications are now invited for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in a new Marie Curie Network focused on the rights of persons with disabilities. The DARE network (Disability Advocacy Research in Europe) will recruit fifteen ESRs working on different topics related to disability rights, to be based in eight universities and non-governmental organisations across Europe, each working towards completion of a PhD. This is an exciting, interdisciplinary research network, where ESRs will receive training in law, disability studies, public and social...
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  • The speed of light, Catherine the Great and voting rights - the story of Adolfo Barroso

    16.04.2019 The first time I tried to vote was in 2007, when I was 20 years old. I went to the polling station and they told me I was not in the voting list! I was very surprised, because I was well over the legal age to vote. I was very annoyed that I could not do something that all my family and friends could do, I felt invisible. They didn’t even tell me why I was not on the list. It took more than 2 years for me and my family to discover why, and thanks to the help of organisations like Plena Inclusion. They told me that I was under full guardianship. The authorities and the courts were afraid that...
    Adolfo Barroso
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  • Call for International Cooperation consultant(s)

    12.04.2019 The European Disability Forum (EDF) is seeking a consultant to assist in development of a guidance document on the role of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (DPOs) in International Cooperation, in line with the strategy ‘EDF in the World’. The main output of the consultant will be to draft a report, which presents data and recommendations on the role of DPOs in International Cooperation based on the experience of EDF, its members and partners. The report will be disseminated widely as will be built upon in future as our knowledge in this field deepens. The steps to develop this...
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  • Call for good practices of participation of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities in International Cooperation

    12.04.2019 In line with the strategy for International Cooperation ‘EDF in the World’, EDF will develop a guidance note on the role of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (DPOs) in international cooperation. The guidance note will be based on the experience of European DPOs and their partners. It aims to give guidance in general of the unique role that DPOs can play: as representatives of persons with disabilities in all their diversity, in Europe and partners countries, at the national, regional and international level. The guidance note is targeted at development agencies and development...
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  • EU elections lead candidate Weber supports European disability Movement

    09.04.2019 The President of the European Disability Forum, Mr Yannis Vardakastanis, met with Mr Manfred Weber, the European People’s Party lead candidate for the European Parliament Elections. The EDF delegation, led by Yannis Vardakastanis, presented 5 key demands from the disability movement: Legislation and support to assure that persons with disabilities can be employed in an equal basis with others. An ambitious European Disability Strategy 2020-2030, that involves persons with disabilities in all its phases and with a significant budget allocated. The strategy should be followed by all EU...
    Mr Manfred Weber, lead candidate of the European People's Party and Mr Yannis Vardakastanis, President of the European Disability Forum
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  • European Disability Forum: request for international sign and live captioning during Eurovision Candidates Debate

    09.04.2019 Letter sent to European Parliament Services: Dear Mr. Duch Guillot, Dear Mr. Mangold, I write to you on behalf of the European Disability Forum, an umbrella organisation of persons with disabilities that defends the interests of over 80 million Europeans with disabilities. We were informed by the European Broadcasting Union that the European Parliament is in charge of the logistics of the Eurovision Candidates debate, which will take place the 15 May. This is why we address you a formal request to provide interpretation in international sign during the aforementioned debate. We also...
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  • Accessibility Act adopted by Council of the EU

    09.04.2019 Today, the Council of the EU adopted the final text of the European Accessibility Act, marking almost the last step along the way until the Act becomes reality. Now only the publication in the Official Journal of the EU is still missing to seal the legislative procedure and make the Accessibility Act officially public. You can read more in the Council's official press release. We will soon publish our detailed analysis of the content of the Act. But for now we would like to thank all members for participating in the strong campaign for the adoption of the Act over the last years. It was a...
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  • Voter of Europe - Danny Canal - " I rarely see things available in sign language"

    08.04.2019 ""I come from a very political family, we discuss politics a lot. Normally I could vote first time when I was 18, but the government of Germany decides to held a new election at 18th September 2005 and I become 18 in January, so I vote first time in September 2009 with age of 21 (federal and national election together). However, I rarely see things available in sign language. To decide, I can often only rely on written information. This is not fair. For example, political events are largely useless to me as they often do not have sign language interpretation. Another challenge is voting...
    Danny Canal
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  • Stronger Accessibility Provisions Incorporated in the Revised Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)

    03.04.2019 On 13 March 2019, the final text of the revised proposal for a regulation establishing the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) was agreed on by the decision-makers and we are happy to see that the revised text of the CEF reflects most of EDF’s proposed amendments. CEF is the financial instrument that supports transport infrastructure projects across Europe by means of co-funding. It complements the Regulation establishing guidelines for the trans-European transport network (TEN-T), which aims to modernise and improve infrastructure for all transport modes in Europe. Therefore, both TEN-T and...
    Map of Europe with TEN-T network corridors
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