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  • Launched guide on the rights of persons with disabilities in the EU

    30.11.2018 On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, EDF launches it's landmark guide "Your rights in the EU". This guide aims to show how the EU guarantees the rights of persons with disabilities. It includes a timeline of landmark decisions, current rights in a series of areas and how to complain if your rights are breached. The guide is available here
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  • Democracy under attack - a call for action

    26.11.2018 The European Disability Forum joined a broad coalition of European of NGOs in calling EU leaders to protect civil society and democratic processes.  We handed the statement below to First Vice-President Frans Timmermans: Democracy under attack - a call for action Our democracies are under attack. The rise of hate, divisive, and socially and environmentally destructive political forces– including in many EU countries – are putting our democracies at risk. They are undermining democratic institutions and the rule of law by fomenting inequality and discrimination and by seeking to muzzle...
    Representatives of several organisations handing the call for action to Frans Timmermans
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  • DiscoverEU: How Javier, an 18-year old with disabilities, travelled across Europe

    23.11.2018 The DiscoverEU program opens is second round of applications today. The initiative aims to provide free “Interrail” passes to 18 years old persons that are EU citizens. These passes will allow 18 years-old to travel across Europe for free for a certain period of time.   After a first round that only saw little more than 40 persons with disabilities getting a pass (out of 15 000), the program is eager to have more applicants with disabilities this year.One of these 40 persons was Javier. Javier, a young man with complex support needs, travelled with 3 personal assistants from Spain to...
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  • EDF and Siteimprove signs corporate sponsorhsip agreement

    15.10.2018 Siteimprove, a global software company empowering teams to optimize their digital performance, and EDF have signed a corporate sponsorship agreement for 2018. This agreement formalised years of cooperation on web accessibility initiatives. As part of the agreement, We and Siteimprove will jointly organize at least one event per year based on themes of web accessibility and standardization. We will provide technical input to Siteimprove on work perspectives of persons with disabilities. As part of the partnership, Siteimprove co-organised a roundtable at the United Nations’ 11th session...
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  • Artificial Intelligence must serve everyone - event report

    16.11.2018 Tech companies and persons with disabilities gathered on the 16th November in Vienna to debate how not to leave persons with disabilities behind technological breakthroughs.  The event “Using Artificial Intelligence to enhance accessibility - Opportunities and risks of emerging technologies for persons with disabilities” gathered representatives of the European disability movement and representatives of Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Facebook, Essl Foundation and MyHandicap with one aim: ensuring new technological trends improve the lives of persons with disabilities.   The purpose of the event...
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  • Encouraging European Electronic Communications Code approved by the European Parliament

    14.11.2018 The European Parliament approved revised electronic communications rules on the 14 November. The so-called recast of the European Electronic Communications Code brought encouraging improvements for end-users with disabilities. It will add enhanced obligations in availability and affordability of accessible electronic communications, contractual information, and emergency services. The new article 80 on Universal Services will oblige Member States to adopt measures regarding availability and affordability for persons with disabilities of: Mainstream equipment Specialised equipment (...
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  • Human Rights: a reality for all persons with disabilities? event report

    09.11.2018 Disability Rights and European Parliament upcoming elections: How can we increase the access to the political process for persons with disabilities? Disability in the EU and international law: Which rights are stipulated by the international and EU law for persons with disability and to what extent are they being implemented? Knocking down walls to live independently: How can we create and enable inclusive environments for all so as to empower persons with disabilities through independent living? These have been the main topics and questions of the open-mic event that took place in October...
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  • Disappointing compromise on EU Accessibility Act

    08.11.2018 We have political agreement on the European Accessibility Act. The Act doesn't live up to its name. A provisional agreement on the European Accessibility Act was reached today by the EU Institutions. The Act fails persons with disabilities. It only covers digital accessibility and leaves out the real world environment where persons with disabilities live. The European Accessibility Act will add new EU-wide minimum requirements on accessibility on a limited range of products and services. It was proposed by the European Commission in 2015, following more than 10 years of campaigning by the...
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  • EDF, Fundación ONCE and other partners launch 'Just4all', a project to improve access to justice for people with disabilities

    08.11.2018 'Just4ll' is a project that aims at improving access to justice for people with disabilities through actions such as raising awareness and training of legal operators in the specific attention and needs to this group of citizens. For the implementation of the program, Fundación ONCE hosted a meeting on Wednesday attended by representatives of the European Disability Forum (EDF), European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD), Thomson Reuters Aranzadi and Carlos III University of Madrid, through the Human Rights Institute Bartolomé de las Casas, all of them...
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  • EDF supports Portuguese Members on Census 2021

    07.11.2018 By Board Member Vera Bonvalot We all know that EDF undertakes proactive, own initiative efforts that benefit Europeans with disabilities and in which members actively participate.But some of us are the living example that EDF also comes to members’ help. This is a story from Portugal: The Portuguese Institute of Statistics had decided to remove all questions on disability from the next Census (2021). Which means that in Portugal we would not have any comprehensive data on disability anymore. We asked EDF for help. We asked them to draft a letter to explain the damage that removing...
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