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  • Future of technology : ethics guidelines for trustworthy AI

    26.03.2019 EDF submitted a written feedback on the Artificial Intelligence (AI) High Level Group - Draft Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI. Some of the main points we raise are to truly embrace human diversity when developing AI solutions, always incorporate accessibility, and involve persons with disabilities meaningfully and from the outset. Additionally, we also point out the fact that procurement of AI must also be tackled in this document. The importance of Artificial Intelligence Artificial intelligence, sometimes called machine intelligence, is intelligence demonstrated by machines, in...
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  • Pirkko Mahlamäki - Voter of Europe - " I had to face the corner and make my vote there."

    26.03.2019 I vote every time and every election : 10 – 12 elections until now, local, national and European, student bodies, church.. One of the main problems I have is with the secrecy of vote. In one of my first-time voting, the booth screen was too high –I could ride my chair to the booth, but. Everyone could see whom I voted for. I made a suggestion for an more accessible booth, and the next time they had a better booth But problems persist until today! In the last European elections, I voted in my post office, where there were no accessible booths. The process was a shamble, I had to face the...
    Pirkko Mahlamäki
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  • Seminar: Youth (Un)employment of Persons with Disabilities

    23.03.2019 Debriefing report written by Lillie Heigl What was the meeting about? The conference was dedicated to youth and employment of persons with disabilities. The youth committee held the conference on employment because employment provides means to an income but more importantly its participation in real social life and participation in society. Opening Opening speeches were delivered by Ms. Daniela Tontsch of the Romanian National Council of Persons with Disabilities, Mr. Yannis Vardakastanis of the European Disability Forum, Mr. Adrian Chiotan from the National Authority of Persons with...
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  • Commission First Vice-President Timmermans supports European Disability Movement

    20.03.2019 On Wednesday, the 20 March, representatives of the European Disability Forum met with Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission. The EDF delegation was led by Yannis Vardakastanis, President of the European Disability Forum and presented 4 key demands from the disability movement: An EU legislation to ensure persons with disabilities can vote and have the accessible means to do so. 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...
    Yannis Vardakastanis and Vice-President Timmermans
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  • First ever European Standard on Design for All

    20.03.2019 Last week the European Standard EN 17161:2019 ‘Design for All - Accessibility following a Design for All approach in products, goods and services - Extending the range of users’ was published. This is an important Standard in the development of which EDF has played an active role and it’s the main result of the Commission Mandate 473. The Standard specifies requirements that can enable organisations to design, develop and provide products, goods and services which are accessible to a wide diversity of users, including persons with disabilities. The Design for All approach set by the Standard...
    Integrating a Design for All approach into the continuous processes for design, development and provision of products, goods and services
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  • Easy to read: 5 top issues in Europe

    14.03.2019 To mark the 21st session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, we produced an easy to read briefing "5 very important issues for people with disabilities in Europe". The briefing is intended to support the work of the Committee, and especially to inform the 9 members of the Committee that were elected last year. This is the first session for these 9 members.
    MAP OF EUROPE
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  • Do you know an accessible airport? Accessible Airport Awards 2019

    14.03.2019 EDF and the Airport Council International launched the fifth edition of the Accessible Airport Awards. It aims to reward airports that are invested in improving service quality and accessibility for persons with disabilities. The jury will be composed by members of our Executive Committee. Past winners includes Pafos Arport (2018), Larnaka Airport (in 2017) and the Dublin Airport (in 2016). If you know an airport that goes the extra mile, please ask them to apply! The nominations are open until the 5 April. The selection criteria and entry form can be found on the Airport Council...
    Check in panel in airport
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  • European Accessibility Act: a big step forward on a long journey

    13.03.2019 European Parliament's approval of the Act is positive – we call for better and effective legislation The European Accessibility Act is a landmark agreement. However, while it will ensure that many products and services are more accessible for persons with disabilities, it will not make the EU (institutions and single market) fully accessible. It still excludes many essential areas such as transport, built environment and household appliances. The new accessibility Directive is an important step, but the EU’s work is far from being complete: we need legislation that ensures equal access in...
    Voting list
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  • Voter of Europe - Nora Bednarski

    12.03.2019 I grew up in Canada but I have lived in Belgium one third of my life. I never faced accessibility challenges in the democratic process: the buildings and voting stations were always accessible. It was always a good experience, and I was always able to vote. For the recent local elections, the Brussels-Capital Region prepared a great guide on how to ensure that voting stations are accessible and on how to support persons with disabilities during voting. Not all is positive though: the electronic voting system (with a tactile screen) was not accessible for blind and partially sighted users....
    Nora Bednarski
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  • EDF hiring External Evaluator

    18.02.2019 Applications are welcome for consultants to carry out an external evaluation of the European Disability Forum’s work. Please find the terms of reference for the external evaluation here. Please send your application to Catherine Naughton (catherine.naughton@edf-feph.org) by March 19th providing your CV and an outline of how you propose to carry out this work.
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