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  • Co-production for quality of services and quality of life

    26.11.2016 On 23 November 2016, EDF co-organised an event with the European Platform for Rehabilitation (EPR). The event was entitled 'Co-production for quality of services and quality of life' and focused on how co-production relates to empowerment, what co-production looks like in practice, on what are the barriers to empowering co-production practices and how they can be overcome. The event launched a study on co-production in services for people with disabilities published by EPR in collaboration with the European Network for Independent Living (ENIL). The study analyses good practices from EPR...
    The participants of the event
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  • What are the challenges for women with disabilities in Europe?

    25.11.2016 We asked two women with disabilities to explain what main difficulties women and girls with disabilities face in today’s Europe and how governments can protect their rights. Pirkko Mahlamaki is Secretary General at the Finnish Disability Forum and member of the Board of EDF. She was also recently elected as member of the Board of European Women’s Lobby. Lidia Best is Vice President of the European Federation of Hard of Hearing People. She is originally from Poland but she lives in the UK. Pirkko and Lidia are both members of EDF Women’s Committee. What are the main challenges that women and...
    Pirkko Mahlamaki and Lydia Best
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  • Children’s Day 2016: The voices of children with disabilities should be heard

    20.11.2016 Happy Children’s Day everyone! Children with disabilities have the right to the same life as all other children. They have the right to go to the same schools and to participate in all activities alongside their peers. **Their voice should also be the first voice to be heard when decisions that concern their lives are taken. ** However, children with disabilities are often excluded from these decisions and are among the most marginalised; they are at a higher risk to live in institutions away from their families, to be victims of violence or sexual abuse, to not be accepted in schools, to...
    Drawing of a circle of children with and without disabilities
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  • Civil Society pushes for a strong Accessibility Act

    16.11.2016 Accessibility is not a right that can be compromised EDF, together with its partners at Social Platform, AGE Platform Europe, and ANEC, presented its position and draft amendments on the European Accessibility Act to the new Rapporteur of the  European Parliament. The new Rapporteur, Morten Løkkegaard, only took up this position a few weeks ago and EDF had therefore requested a meeting to underline the importance of the Accessibility Act for the disability movement, but also for an inclusive society for everyone. The adoption of a meaningful, strong and ambitious Accessibility Act is what EDF...
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  • UN human rights recommendations: How to make them a reality?

    13.11.2016 For the first time in history, the EU was reviewed by the United Nations (UN) in 2015 and received specific recommendations on how to improve its work on the rights of its 80 million people with disabilities. 15 European countries have also been reviewed and two more country reviews will be completed in 2017. The UN recommendations are important guidance, but how can they be translated into change that will improve the living conditions of people with disabilities in practice? EDF and its members discussed this together with representatives from the Slovak EU Presidency, the European...
    Room full of participants
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  • Accessibility is the way to break barriers in society

    10.11.2016 EDF presented its position on the Accessibility Act at IMCO Committee’s exchange of views EDF was invited to present its opinion on the European Accessibility Act during yesterday’s exchange of views in the Internal Market Committee (IMCO) of the European Parliament. After a long campaign from the disability movement and a clear recommendation by the UN calling on the EU to publish the Accessibility Act, a proposal was finally published by the European Commission last December. The proposed text is now discussed at the Parliament and the Council and IMCO is the Committee in charge of...
    Stamp saying access
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  • Accessibility Act: Time to move forward

    09.11.2016 Accessibility Act: Time to move forward Tackling the complex proposal for the European Accessibility Act was the ambitious task of the 3 panels of experts during yesterday’s event at the European Parliament. The event was co-organised by EDF and the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament and hosted by MEP Olga Sehnalová. A range of experts presented their views on the Accessibility Act with each of the 3 panels focusing on a different aspect: accessibility of ICT products and services, accessibility of transport and built environment and how the Act should be put into practice....
    Parliament's room full of particiapants
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  • EU must make its development cooperation inclusive

    08.11.2016 The European Union (EU) has been a great supporter of a disability inclusive sustainable development framework. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015, include specific references to persons with disabilities. The EU has also ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and this includes a specific article on International Cooperation (Article 32). Right now, the European Commission is in the process of reviewing the EU Consensus on Development. This is a policy statement that commits the EU to eradicating poverty and building a...
    Group of persons with disabilities and persons without disabilities in Haiti
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  • Accessible public websites & mobile apps become a reality in Europe

    26.10.2016 The EU just adopted a directive on the accessibility of websites and mobile apps The European Parliament adopted today the ‘Directive on the Accessibility of Websites and Mobile Applications of Public Sector Bodies’ (Web Directive). From now on, all websites and mobile applications, including the electronic documents and multimedia, of public authorities in Europe have to be accessible to a wide range of users including 80 million people with disabilities. This is a crucial milestone to achieve an inclusive digital society in which people with disabilities and other users have access to...
    Image of a wheelchair on keyboard
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  • Programmes for persons with disabilities under threat in Spain & Portugal

    10.10.2016 Freezing the EU funding will have alarming consequences for people with disabilities The European Commission proposed last week the suspension of European Structural and Investments Funds (ESIF) for Spain and Portugal due to their non-compliance with EU budgetary rules. What this proposal fails to consider is the huge impact this will have on persons with disabilities in Spain and Portugal, as many programmes and projects promoting social inclusion and non-discrimination are funded by ESIF. EDF sent a letter to the two Committees of the European Parliament (ECON - Committee on Economic and...
    EU Structural funds
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