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  • European launch of the UNICEF Report: Children with disabilities

    30.05.2013 This year's UNICEF report focuses on: the State of the World's Childdren Report 2013: Children with Disabilities. Children with disabilities have the same rights and needs as all children. They have the same rights as others - among these, the right to life and to the opportunties that flow from good health care, nutrition and education the right to express their views and particiapate in making decisions, and the right to enjoy equal protection under the law. A simultaneous presentation will take place in different parts of the worl today. In the EU, the event will take place the Resisent...
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  • The European Disability Movement calls for a social way out of the crisis

    26.05.2013 On 25-26 May 2013, EDF’s Annual General Assembly took place in Athens, Greece, gathering hundreds of leaders from its member organisations all around Europe. This year’s meeting focused on the situation of persons with disabilities and the crisis, as well as the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) at National and EU level. It was also marked by the renewal of EDF’s governing bodies and the re-election of Yannis Vardakastanis as EDF President. Shuaib Chalklen, UN Special Rapporteur on Disability, Klaus Lachwitz representing the...
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  • Arab & European women with disabilities join forces to claim for their rights

    28.04.2013 On 27-28 April 2013, the European Disability Forum and the Arab Organisation of Persons with Disabilities gathered in Cairo, more than 120 female leaders with disabilities at the Arab regional conference entitled: "Women with Disabilities between Rights and Norms”. In cooperation with the Arab Forum of Women With Disabilities (AFOWD) and under the patronage of the Arab League of States, the conference gathered representatives from 20 Arab countries, as well as European women with disabilities, activists advocating for the rights of women. The conference was an opportunity to exchange good...
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  • Web Accessibility: EDF expresses the view of 80 million persons with disabilities at the meeting of the EP Committee of the Internal Market

    25.04.2013 On 25 April 2013, the European disability movement was invited to participate in the meeting of the European Parliament Committee of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection. As it’s exceptional for Committees to invite or accept external actors in their meetings, EDF embraced this invitation as a good opportunity to bring the perspective of 80 million persons with disabilities on the accessibility of public websites in the European Parliament in Brussels. Represented by its Secretary, Rodolfo Cattani, EDF underlined during the meeting that access to websites is a pre-condition for access...
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  • European Court of Justice takes an important decision for employees with disabilities

    11.04.2013 On Thursday 11 April 2013, the European Court of Justice took an important judgment in Joined Cases C-335/11 and C-337/11 Ring and Skouboe Werge. "HK Danmark”, a Danish trade union, brought two actions for compensation on behalf of Ms Ring and Ms Skouboe Werge, because they were dismissed with a shortened notice period. HK Danmark claims that their employers were required to offer them a reduction in working hours because of their disability. The trade union also argues that the national legislation on the shortened notice period cannot apply to those two employees, since their absence...
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  • Web Accessibility Directive: this is what the Disability Movement expects

    11.03.2013 On 3 December 2012, the European Commission released a legislative proposal on the accessibility of public websites addressing public sector bodies’ websites, such as those of municipality services, those for income taxes declaration, job search services, education, health related services, etc. Having analysed and scrutinised the proposal, EDF presents its view on the proposal and its proposal for changes to make web accessibility a reality for 80 million of European citizens with disabilities. Despite the commitment taken by EU member States in Riga in 2006 and the ratification of the UN...
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  • EDF calls for equal rights for women & girls with disabilities

    08.03.2013 The International Women’s Day 2013 finds Europe at a stage where significant efforts have been made in terms of gender equality and empowerment of women in society. However, discrimination against women still exists and Europe often fails to protect the rights of its female citizens. Women with disabilities, in particular, have to deal with a double challenge: the discrimination they often face for their gender, and the discrimination they face due to their disability. On today’s occasion, EDF calls the EU to take measures to promote gender equality and to empower the active participation of...
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  • Web Accessibility in the heart of the Disability Movement’s meeting in Ireland

    24.02.2013 The right of persons with disabilities to have access on an equal basis with others to all information and communications technologies, including internet, is clearly laid down in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), that the EU has ratified. Nevertheless, up until now, only a limited percentage of public websites in the EU are fully accessible for persons with disabilities, while almost all private websites remain inaccessible. Last December, the European Commission released a legislative proposal on the accessibility of public bodies’ websites. In the...
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  • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: it’s time for Ireland!

    24.02.2013 The European Disability Forum (EDF) and the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) call on the Irish Government to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the implementation plan for the National Disability Strategy without any further delay. At the EDF board meeting, which took place on 23-24 February in Dublin, Ireland, hosting over 70 delegates from organisations representing persons with disabilities across Europe, the urgent need for Ireland to ratify the CRPD was considered. They noted the significant progress made by Ireland in adopting a...
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  • European Accessibility Act: this is what the Disability Movement expects!

    13.02.2013 In the framework of the EDF Top Campaign on the theme of “Freedom of Movement”, one of our objectives has been to promote the adoption of an ambitious and legally binding European Accessibility Act. In these terms, EDF welcomes the European Commission’s initiative to issue an Act and presents the views of the disability movement on this upcoming European Accessibility Act. The accessibility of goods and services is a key factor for the quality of life of persons with disabilities and a lot of work still remains to be done in order to achieve it. Persons with disabilities cannot fully enjoy...
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