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  • ‘Co-operation is needed to improve situation for refugees with disabilities’

    08.12.2016 EDF President Yannis Vardakastanis, participated in the event “Embracing Diversity” organised by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva on 6 December. Marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), the event strengthened the dialogue between UNHCR and organisations working to promote active participation for persons with disabilities. EDF considers the cooperation with UNHCR crucial in order to find ways to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities in the population of refugees and asylum seekers. Yannis Vardakastanis...
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  • Co-production for quality of services and quality of life

    26.11.2016 On 23 November 2016, EDF co-organised an event with the European Platform for Rehabilitation (EPR). The event was entitled 'Co-production for quality of services and quality of life' and focused on how co-production relates to empowerment, what co-production looks like in practice, on what are the barriers to empowering co-production practices and how they can be overcome. The event launched a study on co-production in services for people with disabilities published by EPR in collaboration with the European Network for Independent Living (ENIL). The study analyses good practices from EPR...
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  • New 'Accessibility Guide' on the needs of persons with disabilities using public transport

    05.12.2016 To mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), IRU (World's Road Transport organisation) and EDF jointly publish an 'Accessibility Guide' to improve customer service for persons with disabilities and persons with reduced mobility. The publication aims to show that service quality and inclusiveness are of paramount importance for the public transport sector. The guide is one of the initiatives that we are undertaking to raise awareness amongst staff about the barriers still existing to a fully inclusive...
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  • European Parliament Political Groups leaders agree on strong actions to support disability rights

    01.12.2016 Two days before the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), EDF met with Presidents and top politicians of the main Political Groups in the European Parliament. Josef Weidenholzer (S&D Group Vice-President), Sabine Verheyen (EPP Coordinator in the Committee on Culture and Education), Syed Kamall (President of the ECR Group), Gabriele Zimmer (President of the GUE/NGL Group) and  Ulrike Lunacek (Vice-President of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA) renewed the commitment of their Political Groups to support the rights of persons with disabilities in Europe, three years...
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  • Leave no one behind on the path to Sustainable Development

    03.12.2016 Since 1992, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been celebrated annually on 3 December around the world. At the European level, we mark this time annually through the European Day of Persons with disabilities. This year’s conference took place on 29-30 November in Brussels with the theme: ‘Marking 10 years since the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities’. Internationally, the theme of 3rd of December this year is 'Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want'. The UN adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and EDF has reported...
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  • European Day of Persons with Disabilities 2016: CRPD implementation cannot be business as usual

    29.11.2016 This year’s European Day of Persons with Disabilities marks the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). This has been the focus of the 2-day conference organised by the European Commission and EDF on 29-30 November 2016. The conference gathered together around 400 participants including people with disabilities and their representative organisations, associations and companies working to improve the life of people with disabilities, government representatives, EU institutions representatives, academics and many others. Together...
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  • What are the challenges for women with disabilities in Europe?

    25.11.2016 We asked two women with disabilities to explain what main difficulties women and girls with disabilities face in today’s Europe and how governments can protect their rights. Pirkko Mahlamaki is Secretary General at the Finnish Disability Forum and member of the Board of EDF. She was also recently elected as member of the Board of European Women’s Lobby. Lidia Best is Vice President of the European Federation of Hard of Hearing People. She is originally from Poland but she lives in the UK. Pirkko and Lidia are both members of EDF Women’s Committee. What are the main challenges that women and...
    Pirkko Mahlamaki and Lydia Best
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  • Civil Society pushes for a strong Accessibility Act

    16.11.2016 Accessibility is not a right that can be compromised EDF, together with its partners at Social Platform, AGE Platform Europe, and ANEC, presented its position and draft amendments on the European Accessibility Act to the new Rapporteur of the  European Parliament. The new Rapporteur, Morten Løkkegaard, only took up this position a few weeks ago and EDF had therefore requested a meeting to underline the importance of the Accessibility Act for the disability movement, but also for an inclusive society for everyone. The adoption of a meaningful, strong and ambitious Accessibility Act is what EDF...
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  • Children’s Day 2016: The voices of children with disabilities should be heard

    20.11.2016 Happy Children’s Day everyone! Children with disabilities have the right to the same life as all other children. They have the right to go to the same schools and to participate in all activities alongside their peers. **Their voice should also be the first voice to be heard when decisions that concern their lives are taken. ** However, children with disabilities are often excluded from these decisions and are among the most marginalised; they are at a higher risk to live in institutions away from their families, to be victims of violence or sexual abuse, to not be accepted in schools, to...
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  • UN human rights recommendations: How to make them a reality?

    13.11.2016 For the first time in history, the EU was reviewed by the United Nations (UN) in 2015 and received specific recommendations on how to improve its work on the rights of its 80 million people with disabilities. 15 European countries have also been reviewed and two more country reviews will be completed in 2017. The UN recommendations are important guidance, but how can they be translated into change that will improve the living conditions of people with disabilities in practice? EDF and its members discussed this together with representatives from the Slovak EU Presidency, the European...
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