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  • Organisations representing persons with disabilities lodge complaint against France

    15.05.2018 Persons institutionalised in another country far from their family and community. Families waiting for more than 15 years for appropriate housing. Lack of access to health care. These breaches of international and European conventions are denounced in a collective complaint against France lodged to the Council of Europe by the European Disability Forum and Inclusion Europe, with support of 5 French advocacy organisations (APF France Handicap, CLAPEAHA, FNATH, Unafam, Unapei). The complaint against France was made by the two European associations in an effort to uphold the human rights of...
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  • Disability organisations urge Council of Europe to withdraw Addition Protocol of Oviedo Convention

    14.05.2018 The European Disability Forum, together with its members European Network of (ex-) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, Autism Europe, Inclusion Europe, Mental Health Europe, and with the International Disability Alliance sent a letter today to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe in which we convey our deepest concerns and opposition to the adoption of the draft Additional Protocol to the Oviedo Convention . Any authorization of involuntary treatment and institutionalisation of persons with disabilities constitutes a violation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with...
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  • Internal Market Committee to discuss rail passengers’ rights on 16 May

    14.05.2018 On Wednesday 16 May MEPs in the Internal Market committee (IMCO) will have a chance to discuss the future of rail passengers’ rights. It will be their turn to debate their amendments to Rapporteur MEP Dennis De Jong's draft opinion . While IMCO is not the lead committee on this regulation, it will be interesting to see how many MEPs have taken on board last week’s strong message from our President Yannis Vardakastanis about the need for ‘Turn up and go’ to be the norm in Europe. See IMCO committee agenda – as usual, the debate will be web-streamed . This debate will be a good opportunity to...
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  • Emergency Call to the Council - Accessible emergency communication for persons with disabilities: a requirement to save lives

    09.05.2018 The Council’s proposal to exclude Public Safety Answering Points (centres answering emergency calls) from the upcoming European Accessibility Act will keep millions of persons with disabilities at risk. The above organisations call on the Council of the EU to accept mandatory and common accessibility requirements for services handling emergency calls. We have the right to call for help! The European Commission published its proposal for the European Accessibility Act (EAA) at the end of 2015. Once adopted, the Act will set accessibility requirements for several products and services,...
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  • No more excuses! Equal access to rail travel is overdue

    08.05.2018 By Yannis Vardakastanis, President of the European Disability Forum Want to catch a train in the next hour? All you need to do is buy a ticket, turn up and go. If I wanted to do the same, it wouldn’t be possible. As it stands, EU law doesn’t give me a right to travel by train when I want to. It is time to change the law. Most people take their right to take the train for granted - I don’t. But now that Members of European Parliament are finalising their amendments on the EU rail passengers’ rights regulation, will I get the same rights as other Europeans? One in six people in the EU has a...
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  • Independent Living Day 2018: We want a strong European Accessibility Act and less barriers to vote

    03.05.2018 This year’s theme is Barriers to Independent Living. To celebrate Independent Living Day, our member ENIL (European Network on Independent Living) wants to hear your story. ENIL's campaign focus on two main topics: a strong European Accessibility Act and barriers for political participation. Send photos, videos and written testimony about barriers that you faced to evsvolunteer2@enil.eu. Your experience of barriers to political participation as a voter or candidate is especially appreciated.
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  • "Play for Children with Disabilities" Final Meeting

    27.04.2018 This Action in the framework of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) aims at the creation of a novel and autonomous field of research and intervention on play for children with disabilities. The Ludi Network can look back at 4 years of great and substantial work and opportunities in this field. Ludi concluded its work together with all its members and shared its experiences and mission with parliamentarians, representatives of associations of persons with disabilities and the Representatives of the Toy Companies. This final meeting included a/o a presentation of the...
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  • Rail Passengers’ Rights - MEPs to discuss amendments on 25 April

    23.04.2018 Members of the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism (TRAN) Committee will discuss amendments to the rail passengers’ rights regulation on Wednesday 25 April. We are asking MEPs to seize this ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to ensure 80 million European citizens with disabilities have equal access to rail travel. Time is up! All EU member states and the European Union have now ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Lawmakers have a legal, and moral obligation to uphold the Convention and deliver equal access to transportation for persons...
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  • On World Book Day 2018, still more than 95% of the books are not accessible.

    23.04.2018 Full implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty is essential to end the “book famine” The Marrakesh Treaty is an intellectual property treaty that allows authorized entities to share their accessible books collection across borders. By allowing organisations to share accessible books without breaking copyright laws, it takes a great step towards ending the “book famine”, caused by a lack of accessible books for visually impaired persons. While we are happy the EU ratified the Treaty, we are still waiting for it to be deposited at World Intellectual Property Organization. This deposit is...
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  • Kamil Goungor is the new Chair of the Youth Committee

    20.04.2018 This week, Kamil Goungor was selected as the chair of our Youth Committee. Kamil Goungor was born in 1988 in Athens, Greece, where he currently lives, and he has studied communication, media and culture. He is actively involved in the Independent Living movement both in Greece and abroad, as well as in the fields of disability and youth in general. He is also on the board of the Youth Network of our member ENIL (European Network on Independent Living), as well as one of the co-founders and board members of i-living, the Independent Living Organization of Greece.
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