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  • Encouraging European Electronic Communications Code approved by the European Parliament

    14.11.2018 The European Parliament approved revised electronic communications rules on the 14 November. The so-called recast of the European Electronic Communications Code brought encouraging improvements for end-users with disabilities. It will add enhanced obligations in availability and affordability of accessible electronic communications, contractual information, and emergency services. The new article 80 on Universal Services will oblige Member States to adopt measures regarding availability and affordability for persons with disabilities of: Mainstream equipment Specialised equipment (...
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  • Human Rights: a reality for all persons with disabilities? event report

    09.11.2018 Disability Rights and European Parliament upcoming elections: How can we increase the access to the political process for persons with disabilities? Disability in the EU and international law: Which rights are stipulated by the international and EU law for persons with disability and to what extent are they being implemented? Knocking down walls to live independently: How can we create and enable inclusive environments for all so as to empower persons with disabilities through independent living? These have been the main topics and questions of the open-mic event that took place in October...
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  • Disappointing compromise on EU Accessibility Act

    08.11.2018 We have political agreement on the European Accessibility Act. The Act doesn't live up to its name. A provisional agreement on the European Accessibility Act was reached today by the EU Institutions. The Act fails persons with disabilities. It only covers digital accessibility and leaves out the real world environment where persons with disabilities live. The European Accessibility Act will add new EU-wide minimum requirements on accessibility on a limited range of products and services. It was proposed by the European Commission in 2015, following more than 10 years of campaigning by the...
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  • EDF, Fundación ONCE and other partners launch 'Just4all', a project to improve access to justice for people with disabilities

    08.11.2018 'Just4ll' is a project that aims at improving access to justice for people with disabilities through actions such as raising awareness and training of legal operators in the specific attention and needs to this group of citizens. For the implementation of the program, Fundación ONCE hosted a meeting on Wednesday attended by representatives of the European Disability Forum (EDF), European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD), Thomson Reuters Aranzadi and Carlos III University of Madrid, through the Human Rights Institute Bartolomé de las Casas, all of them...
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  • EDF supports Portuguese Members on Census 2021

    07.11.2018 By Board Member Vera Bonvalot We all know that EDF undertakes proactive, own initiative efforts that benefit Europeans with disabilities and in which members actively participate.But some of us are the living example that EDF also comes to members’ help. This is a story from Portugal: The Portuguese Institute of Statistics had decided to remove all questions on disability from the next Census (2021). Which means that in Portugal we would not have any comprehensive data on disability anymore. We asked EDF for help. We asked them to draft a letter to explain the damage that removing...
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  • Rail Passengers' Rights: Parliament's Transport Committee wants to strengthen rules for assistance at stations

    07.11.2018 It's not quite "Turn-up-and-go" everywhere yet, as EDF demanded in its campaign for Rail Passengers' Rights this summer, but we are getting closer. Following the vote in the European Parliament's Transport Committee (TRAN) on 9 October, EDF is taking stock of the changes that have been proposed to the Commission's proposal of last year: All in all there were quite some good improvements to the text. One "unexpected win” was that the European Parliament's Transport Committee suggests that persons with disabilities should be allowed to travel with an accompanying person free of charge if no...
    Wheelchair user being assisted to board a train via tramp. Photo credits: Y. Breuer
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  • "ICT is in many ways a revolution for persons with disabilities" - guest post by the Swedish Disability Rights Federation

    26.10.2018 Information and communication technology, ICT, is in many ways a revolution for persons with disabilities, allowing access to communication. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities, CRPD, is the first UN convention that takes up ICT. It establishes Universal Design as the way to realize a sustainable society with access for all and persons with disabilities as co-creators. Since the beginning of the century the Swedish Disability Rights Federation has cooperated with researchers to find methods for active participation in design from the outset. 10 years ago we initiated...
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  • Time to implement the Web Directive! What should we advocate for?

    26.10.2018 Recently the European Commission published in the Official Journal of the European Union two implementing decisions detailing the accessibility statement, and the monitoring and reporting obligations foreseen in the Web Accessibility Directive. This decisions, known as implementing acts, are available in all EU official languages and provide further information about these three key aspects not fully developed when the Directive was adopted. As the Directive, these acts also give flexibility to Member States on how to put them in practice. To make sure that EU countries take the best approach...
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  • Join #mySBHlife stories campaign

    19.10.2018 There is less than one week left until World Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Day (#WSBHD18) and our member the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF) is running a successful campaign! They launched a call to collect 25 testimonies from people with SBH and their parents… and they received more than 60!   #mySBHlife stories come from people with SBH of different ages from all over the world, including young advocates from Africa who talk about discrimination, challenges and support networks and adolescents and young adults telling about taking care of their own...
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  • Guest Blog on the Marrakesh Treaty "We celebrate an important moment in Europe in the fight against the ‘book famine’

    12.10.2018 By Barbara Martín Muñoz, EBU Second Vice President and Leader of the Marrakesh Treaty Campaign for EBU The EU ratified the Marrakesh Treaty on 1st October and it will become a legally binding instrument for its 28 member states on 1st January 2019. It is the first intellectual property treaty benefiting the public interest rather than the interests of rights holders. Its sets copyrights exemptions in the copyright regimes of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) state parties for accessible-format books – such as braille, large print and audio – and enables authorized entities to...
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