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  • European Disability movement demands the right to vote in 2019

    03.12.2018 Petition launched today by the European Disability Forum calls for action from EU Governments. Stairs in polling stations. Long, complicated instructions. Unreadable voting ballots. Blind and severely visually impaired persons being obliged, when casting their vote, to be assisted by persons not of their choice (e.g. members of the polling station team). Deprivation of the legal right to vote for persons with intellectual disabilities. These common issues still prevent persons with disabilities from voting in 2019. Over 80 million persons with disabilities routinely face easy-to-solve...
    Woman in wheelchair faces stairs that point to voting station
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  • EDF hiring External Evaluator

    18.02.2019 Applications are welcome for consultants to carry out an external evaluation of the European Disability Forum’s work. Please find the terms of reference for the external evaluation here. Please send your application to Catherine Naughton (catherine.naughton@edf-feph.org) by March 11th providing your CV and an outline of how you propose to carry out this work.
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  • European Parliament “worst in class” on digital accessibility

    18.02.2019 European Parliament website scores behind all national parliament websites The low score of the European Parliament, a barely passing grade of 55.8 out of 100, was revealed in the new report “Democracy, Digital Accessibility and the European Union”, launched today by the European Disability Forum and Siteimprove. The report analysed the accessibility of the official website of the parliaments of the 28 Member States and included the European Parliament website. This is not a surprise for persons with disabilities working in EU affairs. Complaints include lack of captioning in their...
    Map with colour code showing Denmark and Netherland in green, meaning their websites have good accessibility and all other countries in yellow, meaning they have poor accessibility,
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  • Voter of Europe: Lidia Best, Poland and UK

    18.02.2019 I was born in Poland and it was there that I voted for the first time ever, when I was 18 and Poland was under communist rule. I think I voted at least 10 times, in Poland and England, including European, national and local elections. My best memory of being involved in voting was when I was overseeing the first democratic elections in Poland in 1989 being delegated to a polling station team: what an exciting experience that was! When I was growing up in Poland, the only way to pick your political side was really by talking to friends and family. Newspapers were state controlled. TV debates...
    Lidia and friend in front of polling station when they were 18
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  • Voters of Europe: Mindaugas Krauladis from Lithuania

    12.02.2019 "The voting stations in my area are in schools, which still have a few steps. Since I cannot overcome them alone, I often vote in advance in the town hall. At least, we have alternative methods of voting in Lithuania. Schools were renovated this year so maybe next time I can vote in the local voting stations. We will see... if not, I will do as before." Discover what we are doing to assure elections accessible for all.
    Mindaugas Krauladis
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  • EDF calls the Commission experts on Artificial Intelligence to strengthen their Ethics Guidelines

    07.02.2019 Last Friday EDF submitted a written feedback on the Artificial Intelligence (AI) High Level Group - Draft Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI. Some of the main points we raise are to truly embrace human diversity when developing AI solutions, always incorporate accessibility, and involve persons with disabilities meaningfully and from the outset. Additionally, we also point out the fact that procurement of AI must also be tackled in this document. EDF welcomes the development of these Ethics Guidelines, but we also underline that we nevertheless need strong legal safeguards to protect the...
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  • EU Disability Card should be expanded to all Member States

    06.02.2019 The EU Disability Card is a promising practice that should be expanded to all EU Member States. These are the main conclusions of the EDF report on the European Disability Card.The report also analysed the main benefits and drawbacks of the Card and summarised its usage in each participating Member State. The report analysed the benefits of the Card for all stakeholders. Users reported benefits such as easier identification of invisible disabilities and easier communication especially abroad to claim your rights, among others. But there are also benefits to providers, national authorities...
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  • Voter of Europe - Loredana Dicsi: "I was never able to vote alone"

    05.02.2019 From February to May, we will highlight the experiences of European citizens with disabilities regarding voting and standing for elections. Our first testimonial is from Loredana Dicsi: I’m both Romanian and Belgium and voted more than 10 times in my life. I was never able to vote alone: I had to have either a friend or someone from the electoral commission. It was already bad not to have privacy to vote, but in Belgium is worse: the electronic vote is completely inaccessible, and they required someone from the electoral commission, that I don’t know and don’t trust, to vote for me. How...
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  • Disability Intergroup: EU Elections key to advance voting rights of persons with disabilities

    04.02.2019 On the 30 January, disability advocates, politicians, and policymakers from several institutions discussed the challenges to political participation of persons with disabilities, during a seminar in the European Parliament. MEPs Helga Stevens, Ádám Kósa and Marek Plura hosted this seminar, which was followed by the Intergroup’s New Years reception. MEP Kósa opened the event by asserting the main goals for the disability movement: an accessible election process, and measures that allow persons with disabilities to stand for elections in an equal basis with others. He was followed by Mr Rodolfo...
    Participants listening intently to the panel
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  • OPEN CALL: Good practices on access to justice for persons with disabilities

    04.02.2019 The partners of the Just4All project are searching for good practices in the access aims to improve access to justice for persons with disabilities. The good practices will be presented in a report which aims to raise awareness and educate legal practitioners in the European Union. Just4All is an EU funded project aiming to improve access to justice for persons with disabilities by raising awareness and training legal practitioners in the European Union. The project is coordinated by Fundación ONCE and partners include the European Disability Forum, the European Association of Service...
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