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  • EDF Recommendations on exit measures for transport services in light of covid-19

    19.05.2020 Covid-19 and confinement measures have hit persons with disabilities particularly hard. This has occurred mostly due to the fact that governments around Europe have overlooked persons with disabilities and their needs in almost all areas of public and private life. There have also been major shortcomings in provision of essential services such as healthcare, community-based support services, and transport. For example, one of the services that was suspended once lockdown was imposed in France and Belgium, was assistance to rail passengers with disabilities. This is a violation of EU law and...
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  • LGBTI+ persons with disabilities: Discrimination “makes us feel lost, alone and like we don’t belong to either community”

    15.05.2020 Title quote by Anis Akhtar from Oppression squared: D/deaf and disabled trans experiences in Europe LGBTI+ persons are persons whose gender identity and sexual orientation do not fit society’s common view of heterosexuality (feeling romantic and sexual attraction to the opposite gender) and cisgender (identifying with the male/female gender that was assigned at birth). LGBTI+ persons with disabilities faced increased discrimination in several areas: Access to healthcare Increased risks of school bullying and segregation in specific schools (where they can face increased discrimination)...
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  • FRA response to EDF letter on Fundamental rights of people with disabilities during COVID-19 and in COVID response and request for video meeting

    30.04.2020 Dear Mr Vardakastanis,   I refer to your letter of 23 April, which raises important questions about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and of measures taken to address it. I fully share your concern that people with disabilities are particularly at risk in the current crisis and I agree that they should not be left behind on any account.   As you know, the Agency is firmly committed to involving people with disabilities and their representative organisations in a meaningful way in its work. Building on our excellent working relationship, I welcome an exchange with the European Disability...
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  • EDF in exchange with Commissioners on social services: involve us

    30.04.2020 Our President spoke at a high-level meeting of the Commission COVID-19 and European Social services attended by EU the Vice-President for Democracy and Demography, EU Commissioners for Health, for Equality and for Jobs and Social Rights, representatives of older people organisations and representatives of social services. He presented our work and outlined the situation of persons with disabilities and how the lack of services and discrimination leave persons isolated without basic goods or access to medical treatment, and at a serious risk of dying, underlining the particularly serious...
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  • Romania: disability organisations condemn withholding of medical treatment to persons in residential institutions

    29.04.2020 8 organisations strongly condemned the discriminatory actions that Romanian authorities took in relation to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Sasca Mică psychiatric institution where 242 of the 369 residents and 59 of the 86 members of staff are infected.  In a letter sent today to the Romanian Prime Minister, Minister of Health and Minister of Labour and Social Protection the organisations stated that infected residents were isolated in a separate building instead of being hospitalized as is standard practice. The letter details that the institution does not have adequate medical equipment or...
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  • Joint statement: For a Europe that cares for all – during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

    22.04.2020 For a Europe that cares for all – during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond Democracy - Inclusion - Justice- Solidarity - Sustainability 20 April 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic is demonstrating all too well that unequal societies go hand-in-hand with human suffering, fragile economies and delicate democracies. Solidarity must be the bedrock of Europe’s response to this crisis: to fighting the pandemic and protecting all people, to managing the social and economic consequences, and to defending democracy. Solidarity goes beyond borders and should not be limited to European Union countries. This is...
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  • Act now: Ensure equal access and choice of communications services for persons with disabilities

    21.04.2020 Availability and affordability of accessible communications services has probably never been as crucial. The response to covid19 pandemic has demonstrated that lack of accessible communications services means that many persons with disabilities are not able to connect with others which can lead to poor mental health due to isolation and loneliness. Lack of accessible emergency communications is especially alarming as it puts the lives of many persons with disabilities at great risk. Today we launch the toolkit for transposition for the European Electronic Communications Code. This document...
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  • Report: EU countries fail to reduce poverty of persons with disabilities

    20.04.2020 We launched the fourth edition of our Human Rights Report (pdf) which looks at poverty and social exclusion of persons with disabilities in the EU. We found that 28.7% of persons with disabilities living in the EU are at risk of poverty. This number will likely grow in the aftermath of the pandemic. It highlights how EU countries have largely failed at reducing poverty faced by persons with disabilities, especially in the wake of the financial crisis. The situation has worsened since 2010 in Estonia, Luxembourg, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Czechia, Lithuania, Italy, Netherlands, Malta and...
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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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