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  • Rail Passengers' Rights: Parliament's Transport Committee wants to strengthen rules for assistance at stations

    07.11.2018 It's not quite "Turn-up-and-go" everywhere yet, as EDF demanded in its campaign for Rail Passengers' Rights this summer, but we are getting closer. Following the vote in the European Parliament's Transport Committee (TRAN) on 9 October, EDF is taking stock of the changes that have been proposed to the Commission's proposal of last year: All in all there were quite some good improvements to the text. One "unexpected win” was that the European Parliament's Transport Committee suggests that persons with disabilities should be allowed to travel with an accompanying person free of charge if no...
    Wheelchair user being assisted to board a train via tramp. Photo credits: Y. Breuer
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  • "ICT is in many ways a revolution for persons with disabilities" - guest post by the Swedish Disability Rights Federation

    26.10.2018 Information and communication technology, ICT, is in many ways a revolution for persons with disabilities, allowing access to communication. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities, CRPD, is the first UN convention that takes up ICT. It establishes Universal Design as the way to realize a sustainable society with access for all and persons with disabilities as co-creators. Since the beginning of the century the Swedish Disability Rights Federation has cooperated with researchers to find methods for active participation in design from the outset. 10 years ago we initiated...
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  • Time to implement the Web Directive! What should we advocate for?

    26.10.2018 Recently the European Commission published in the Official Journal of the European Union two implementing decisions detailing the accessibility statement, and the monitoring and reporting obligations foreseen in the Web Accessibility Directive. This decisions, known as implementing acts, are available in all EU official languages and provide further information about these three key aspects not fully developed when the Directive was adopted. As the Directive, these acts also give flexibility to Member States on how to put them in practice. To make sure that EU countries take the best approach...
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  • Join #mySBHlife stories campaign

    19.10.2018 There is less than one week left until World Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Day (#WSBHD18) and our member the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF) is running a successful campaign! They launched a call to collect 25 testimonies from people with SBH and their parents… and they received more than 60!   #mySBHlife stories come from people with SBH of different ages from all over the world, including young advocates from Africa who talk about discrimination, challenges and support networks and adolescents and young adults telling about taking care of their own...
    Benedtta Vania is one of the testimonials
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  • Guest Blog on the Marrakesh Treaty "We celebrate an important moment in Europe in the fight against the ‘book famine’

    12.10.2018 By Barbara Martín Muñoz, EBU Second Vice President and Leader of the Marrakesh Treaty Campaign for EBU The EU ratified the Marrakesh Treaty on 1st October and it will become a legally binding instrument for its 28 member states on 1st January 2019. It is the first intellectual property treaty benefiting the public interest rather than the interests of rights holders. Its sets copyrights exemptions in the copyright regimes of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) state parties for accessible-format books – such as braille, large print and audio – and enables authorized entities to...
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  • Members of the European Parliament commit to support creation of European network of persons with dwarfism

    11.10.2018 MEPs Jana Žitňanská, Peter Kouroumbashev, and Marek Plura, jointly hosted the event ‘Little people Facing challenges & reaching for opportunities’, on the 9th October at the European Parliament in Brussels. Representatives of organisations of persons with Dwarfism from Bulgaria, Poland and Slovakia explained their situation and challenges. They highlighted issues such as inaccessibility of the built environment, and discrimination in the workplace, education, sport and social life. This discrimination leads to poverty, and yet persons with Dwarfism face many extra financial costs in...
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  • We want a EU Budget that helps persons with disabilities in the EU and in the world

    05.10.2018 The European Disability Forum and the International Disability and Development Consortium published a position paper regarding the EU MultiAnnual Financial Framework 2021-2027 (better know as the next EU Budget). We call for a budget that cares about persons with disabilities' needs and that makes EU's commitments to persons with disabilities a reality. The next EU budget needs to support both Europeans and persons with disabilities abroad, by establishing good development and cooperation programmes Read the position paper here Read the amendments here
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  • European Union pushes for more accessibility on Audiovisual Media

    02.10.2018 A broad majority of Members of the European Parliament adopted today the new Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), which includes mandatory provisions on accessibility for persons with disabilities. Article 7 establishes that TV channels, both public and commercial, as well as video on-demand platforms, such as Netflix or HBO, will have to make their services “continuously and progressively more accessible to people with disabilities”. This means that there will be more subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing, audio description, sign language interpretation and spoken subtitles in...
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  • Press Release - EU Leaders: get your Act together

    27.09.2018 20 organisations demand agreement on ambitious Accessibility Act before 3 December. We, along with 19 other organisations, published an open letter today urging Member States to significantly improve the European Accessibility Act ahead of the next negotiations (2 October).  We demand that a strong European Accessibility Act is agreed upon before the next European Day of Persons with Disabilities. The European Accessibility Act was proposed by the European Commission in 2015. It aims to add common minimum requirements on accessibility for a range of products and services. It’s meant to...
    Persons with wheelchairs using the Accessibility Act campaign t-shirt
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  • Open letter to the EU Institutions: We need a strong European Accessibility Act and we need it now.

    26.09.2018 On behalf of over 80 million Europeans with disabilities and 190 million people aged 50 and older we, the undersigned, call on EU leaders to agree on an ambitious European Accessibility Act before the 3rd December, the European Day of Persons with Disabilities. The European Commission’s proposal for a European Accessibility Act, published in 2015, was a response to the demands of millions of Europeans. Demands that stretched back more than ten years. It was a good start but now we are tired of waiting for its adoption. We urge all EU institutions to reach a political agreement before the...
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