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  • European Disability movement demands the right to vote in 2019

    03.12.2018 Petition launched today by the European Disability Forum calls for action from EU Governments. Stairs in polling stations. Long, complicated instructions. Unreadable voting ballots. Blind and severely visually impaired persons being obliged, when casting their vote, to be assisted by persons not of their choice (e.g. members of the polling station team). Deprivation of the legal right to vote for persons with intellectual disabilities. These common issues still prevent persons with disabilities from voting in 2019. Over 80 million persons with disabilities routinely face easy-to-solve...
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  • EDF is recruiting an Events and Administration Officer

    21.11.2018 The European Disability Forum (EDF) is seeking an enthusiastic and committed team member to be responsible for the organisation of EDF events, and management of EDF administration, based in our secretariat in Brussels. The European Disability Forum (EDF) is a non-governmental European umbrella organisation set up to represent organisations of persons with disabilities at EU level. Its membership includes 98 member organisations including European NGOs and National Federations of organisations of persons with disabilities. EDF's mission is to promote the equal opportunities and human rights...
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  • #AgeingEqual: “The future, what will happen once we’re not there anymore – we think a lot about it”

    07.12.2018 This testimonial is from Marianne Pinomaa and her husband Jyrki Pinomaa, president of Inclusion Europe. The coupe has two sons with intellectual disabilities who need round-the-clock care: Markus (32 years) and Robin (27 years). They moved out of their childhood home six years ago. In this testimonial they talked about ageing and assuring the wellbeing of their sons. “Markus and Robin attend a centre for special activities every morning. They work there until 14.30h and then head back home. They both have their own apartments, with a service provider organized by the municipality providing...
    Family picture with Marianne Pinomaa and her husband Jyrki Pinomaa and their children and grandchildren
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  • We endorse SDG Watch Europe letter - EU needs to fully implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    07.12.2018 Today, SDG Watch Europe publish an open letter to several EU leaders where it expresses "its serious concern that three years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs, the EU and its Member States still show very little sense of urgency or ambition about the actual implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the transition to sustainability." The European Disability Forum endorsed the letter, along with several other organisations. Disability-inclusive Sustainable Development Goals are essential for an Europe of Social Rights. Read the letter here
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  • #AgeingEqual – 90% of all blind and partially sighted Europeans are over the age of 60

    06.12.2018 Nearly 90% of all blind and partially sighted Europeans are over the age of 60. This is why the European Union of the Blind provides a resource section on older persons in their website. It includes practical information and policy papers and a description of projects in which they are involved. One such project is VISAL -  Visual Impaired Seniors Active Learning. VISAL consists in a training course which was implemented in 13 EU Countries. It targets older persons with sight loss and aims to help them gain confidence, skills and awareness to the best of their individual abilities. It trained...
    Older blind and partially sighted people standing and talking with each other in a room
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  • #AgeingEqual – Testimonials from AlzheimerEurope

    05.12.2018 Today, we feature 3 testimonials from Alzheimer Europe’s European Working Group of People with Dementia: Tomaž, Helen and Carol   Statement from Tomaž, member of European Working Group of People with Dementia and Alenka his supporter, from Slovenia   I think the major problem is people still underestimating the abilities and skills of elderly people. As a matter of fact, we need more time to think or finish specific tasks, but we are still able to do things properly and with quality. Ageism is a kind of social construct. When I was young, it was normal for young people to have a deep respect...
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  • Inexcusable hate speech from Iceland MPs

    04.12.2018 We were extremely shocked and outraged to learn about the horrible comments made by Icelandic MPs against its female colleagues and against disability activist and ex-MP Freyja Haraldsdottir. The MPs involved should realise how unacceptable their behaviour is and resign. Hate speech like this is inexcusable. The half apologies given are inexcusable. Politicians are supposed to be role-models. They were exactly the opposite. This story also highlights a common occurrence: women with disabilities are at a special risk of being on the receiving end of hate speech, discrimination and violence....
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  • #AgeingEqual – ageism and disability

    03.12.2018 On the week from 3rd to the 9th we are participating in AGE Platform Europe’s 70 day campaign against ageism. The focus of this week is ageism and disability: we will publish testimonials of persons with disabilities and their carers on how ageism impacts them. Join us each day to discover: 4th December: Testimonials from Alzheimer Europe - European Working Group of People with Dementia 5th December: Testimonials from Marianne Pinomaa and Jyrki Pinomaa – ageing and parenting persons with intellectual disabilities 6th December: Blind and partially sighted Europeans are over the age of 60...
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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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