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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...
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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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  • Applications are open for Early Stage Researcher for the Disability Advocacy Research in Europe (DARE)

    06.02.2019 Applications are now invited for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in a new Marie Curie Network focused on the rights of persons with disabilities. The DARE network (Disability Advocacy Research in Europe) will recruit fifteen ESRs working on different topics related to disability rights, to be based in eight universities and non-governmental organisations across Europe, each working towards completion of a PhD. This is an exciting, interdisciplinary research network, where ESRs will receive training in law, disability studies, public and social policy and related disciplines, as well as...
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  • Inclusive Mobility: Only 0.17% ERASMUS students have a disability

    28.01.2019 ERASMUS+, the flagship EU programme that promotes education mobility, needs to vastly improve its engagement of persons with disabilities. From all the programmes participants (including its strands of vocational training and learning projects), only 2.8% were persons with disabilities. The results were even worse in the programme’s most popular strand, which supports Higher Education in spending semesters or years abroad, studying in other EU countries: only 0.17% of participants had a disability.   This is why several organisations, led by the Erasmus Student Network, created the Inclusive...
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  • European Parliament approves a largely disability-friendly European Social Fund +

    17.01.2019 On Wednesday, the 16 January, the European Parliament adopted its position on the European Social Fund+ (ESF+) post 2020. The ESF+ is the main fund that the European Union uses to promote social cohesion, improve social fairness and increase competitiveness across Europe. The report just adopted now pertains to the ESF+ Regulation 2021-20217. The decision will cover EU spending in these areas from the year 2021 to 2027. Now that the European Parliament has defined its position on ESF+ post-2020, we are awaiting the same from the Council of the EU, before the Parliament, EU Member States and...
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  • Elections Européennes : les videos des Nous Aussi

    14.01.2019 English Video Nous Aussi est l’association française des personnes handicapées intellectuelles. C’est une association d’auto-représentants. Le droit de vote et l’accessibilité des élections sont des sujets importants pour Nous Aussi. Nous Aussi a décidé d’organiser son Congrès national 2018 sur le droit de vote. Ce Congrès était une bonne occasion de parler des prochaines élections, les élections européennes. Mais c’est un sujet compliqué. C’était nécessaire de pouvoir donner des informations faciles à lire et à comprendre sur l’Union européenne et les élections européennes. Nous avons...
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  • European Elections: 4 videos in easy language.

    14.01.2019 Version Française Nous Aussi prepared 4 videos about European Elections. Nous Aussi is the French Association of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities. Nous Aussi is a self-advocates’ association. The right to vote and electoral accessibility are important issues for Nous Aussi. Nous Aussi decide to held its 2018 National Congress on the right to vote. This Congress was a good opportunity to talk about the next elections : the European elections. But it is a complicated topic. It was necessary to provide easy-to-read-and-understand information on the European Union and the European elections...
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  • Accessibility of EU websites: Commission needs to do more

    11.01.2019 In a decision released on the 20 December, the European ombudsman declares that, while it is satisfied with planned improvements to accessibility of EU Institution websites (“.europa.eu” websites), further steps need to be taken.    The procedure, launched in July, comes in the heels of several complaints of inaccessible websites such as the online tests from the European Personnel Selection Office, the Europass CV builder, the European AI Alliance online platform and the Advanced Gateway to Meetings (used not only by Commission staff, but also by external experts). The Ombudsman stated that...
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  • We are recruiting a Communications Assistant

    07.01.2019 Part time/flexible working hours The European Disability Forum (EDF) is seeking an enthusiastic and committed team member to be responsible for our Communications and Awareness raising work in the project Justice for All, based in our secretariat in Brussels. The European Disability Forum is an independent NGO that defends the interests of over 80 million Europeans with disabilities. We are a unique platform which brings together representative organisation of persons with disabilities from across Europe. We are run by persons with disabilitiesand their families. We are a strong, united...
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  • Call: good practices on employment for young persons with disabilities

    07.01.2019 Are you an employer offering inclusive employment for young persons with disabilities finding their way in the world of work? Or are you maybe involved in an initiative assisting young persons with disabilities in finding employment that matches their talents? Then we would like to hear from you! You might be named EDF’s Youth Employer of 2019!!! To apply, please fill the appplication form with information on the practice that you would like to present to haydn.hammersley@edf-feph.org by the 31st of January with the header ‘Good practices in employment for young persons with disabilities’. ...
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