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  • EDF is recruiting an Accessibility Officer !

    10.09.2018 The European Disability Forum (EDF) is seeking an enthusiastic and committed team member to be responsible for EDF’s work on accessibility, based in our secretariat in Brussels. The European Disability Forum (EDF) is a non-governmental European umbrella organisation set up to represent organisations of persons with disabilities at EU level. Its membership includes 98 member Organisations including European NGOs and National Federations of organisations of persons with disabilities. EDF's mission is to promote the equal opportunities and human rights of persons with disabilities towards the...
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  • Enter EDF's 'Picture Equality' Photo Competition 2018!

    10.09.2018 We are delighted to announce our EDF's 2018 Photo Competition. Theme The theme of the competition is Equality and Inclusion of persons with disabilities. According to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, all persons with disabilities have the right to live where and with whom they want, go to a mainstream inclusive school and have a regular job, vote in the elections and go to the movies or sport club as anyone else. Persons with disabilities should not be discriminated against because of their disability. They should receive the support they need to participate in...
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  • Disability organisations welcome Bulgaria’s objection to the draft Additional Protocol to the Oviedo Convention

    06.09.2018 We welcome Bulgaria’s leadership in objecting against the draft additional protocol to the Oviedo Convention, which, if adopted, would authorise forced treatment and forced placement, notably in institutions of persons with disabilities, in particular persons with psychosocial disabilities. These practices are unacceptable under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. While the opposition of Portugal to the draft was reported, Bulgaria is the first country to publicly object against the Council of Europe’s draft Additional Protocol “concerning the protection...
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  • New webinar! Sustainable Development Goals in the UN regions: The engagement of organisations of persons with disabilities

    05.09.2018 We will host an open-for-all webinar on the Sustainable Development Goals on the 11 September from 16 to 17 PM (CET, Belgium time) The webinar aims at explaining the impact of the Sustainale Development Goals, as they relate to disability, at a regional level. Our speaker Orsolya Bartha, Senior Advisor at International Disability Alliance, will provide an overview of which regional bodies are involved, what they do and when they meet. She will also talk about how civil society is organized and what kind of outcomes can be expected from the regional platforms. We especially hope that...
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  • New report explores 10 years of work by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

    03.09.2018 The report released last week celebrates 10 years of the existence of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This independent Committee of experts plays an essential role in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities by providing interpretation and reviewing the progress of State Parties to the Convention.      The report provides an in-depth explanation to of the Committee's contribution to the implementation of the Convention. It also analyses the topics addressed by the Committeee, such as inclusive education, access to justice and...
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  • Standard for the Web Accessibility Directive is published

    29.08.2018 This standard will be use to show compliance with the Web Accessibility Directive. The standard EN 301 549 V2.1.2 Accessibility requirements for ICT products and services was published yesterday by European Telecommunications Standards Institute and will soon be published by by the other European Standards Organisations (European Committee for Standardization and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization). Our ICT and standardisation experts were and continue being involved in the development of this crucial standard for accessible technologies. . This standard will be...
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  • Goodbye to a great disability activist & EDF board member Boris Šuštaršič.

    28.08.2018 It is with great sorrow that we learned of the death of Slovenian disability activist Boris Šuštaršič, a great disability activist and EDF Board member from 2005 until last year. Boris Šuštaršič was instrumental for the creation of a strong Slovenian network of persons with disabilities. He was President of the National Council of Disabled Organizations of Slovenia and authored and co-authored several articles and papers on the topic of disabilities. Mr Šuštaršič held the function of State Councillor in several mandates. He was commended by the Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs...
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  • 20th session of the CRPD Committee starts today

    27.08.2018 The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities opens its 20th session today. The session will last until the 21st September 2018. During this sessions, the Committee will review the state of disability rights in 7 countries: Bulgaria, Malta, Poland, thethe former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Algeria, Philippines, South Africa and . It will also initiate the second cycle of review under the simplified reporting procedure by adopting list of issues prior to reporting on Austria, Azerbaijan, Germany, Mongolia and Sweden. The Committee will also work on the draft General Comment...
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  • New UNICEF report calls for the European Union to strengthen funding for the transition from institutional to community-based care.

    09.08.2018 In its new report “Ending institutionalisation and strengthening family and community-based care for children in Europe and beyond”, UNICEF strongly advocates for an increase commitment to de-institutionalisation in the next EU Budget ‘Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 and calls for 10 specific actions: Preserve the principles that are already attached to the EU Structural and Investment Funds; Prioritize the transition to community-based care in all EU funds; Prioritize the transition to family and community-based care in all external EU action; Mainstream family and community-based...
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  • High Level Political Forum 2018: What happened there?

    23.07.2018 New York, 20 July 2018. The third edition of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) has now ended. It took place at the United Nation’s Headquarter in New York from the 9th to 18th July 2018. This year, the theme of the HLPF was “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies " with a specific focus on six of the 17 goals: Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation Goal 7: Affordable and clear energy Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production Goal 15: Life on land Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals EDF Vice-President, Ana Peláez Narváez...
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