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  • Reclaiming Your Rights 2019 Photo Competition – Now open for submissions

    28.05.2019 What does access to reclaiming your rights look like to persons with disabilities in the European Union? How does one capture what justice looks like in a single image, let alone access to it? We are extending the question to you in an appeal to your creativity for this year’s EDF photo competition "Reclaiming your Rights”. Whether it be portraits of activists, survivors, images of voting, court proceedings, rallies, speeches, etc., we are looking for engaging visuals that put forward the experience of people with disabilities throughout the political, legal and justice system – in a single...
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  • Council of Europe – include women with disabilities in your events

    24.05.2019 Inclusion Europe, the European Disability Forum and the European Women’s Lobby express their concern about the lack of women with disabilities at the conference held on 24 May on Women’s Rights at the Crossroads: Strengthening International Co-operation to Close the Gapbetween Legal Frameworks and their Implementation.   While this event rightly addresses violence against women and girls, we are concerned that it does not include any representatives of women with disabilities.   There are 46 million women and girls with disabilities in Europe.   Women with disabilities are 2 to 5 times more...
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  • Close institutions now: our reactions at abuses at Whorlton Hall specialist hospital

    24.05.2019 Joint statement by European Disability Forum, Inclusion Europe, Autism Europe and European Down Syndrome Association It was with sadness and shock, but not surprise, that we learned about the abuses (including physical violence and mental torture) that persons with learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities and persons with autism were subjected to at the Whorlton Hall specialist hospital in the United Kingdom. This kind of treatment and abuse is widespread in institutions. Too many times, we have heard and seen footage like this. Too many times we have witnessed attacks on the most...
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  • Problems to Vote in EU Elections? Let us know!

    23.05.2019 The European Elections will take place this week. While we campaigned extensively for accessible elections, we know it's not the case everywhere. We are collecting stories of situations in which persons with disabilities were unable to vote, or faced extra difficulties to do so.  Persons can submit their story in any language in 3 ways: Through social media using the hashtag #DisabilityVote Through a form that can be filled anonymously in any language.  By sending an e-mail to andre.felix@edf-feph.org
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  • What are the Disability Intergroup achievements?

    22.05.2019 Overview The Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament is an informal grouping of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from all nationalities and most political groups who are interested in promoting the disability policy in their work at the European Parliament as well as at the national level. It is also one of the largest Intergroups, with over 110 MEPs. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) has been ratified by the EU and each of its member states. MEPs from the Disability Intergroup worked together, across all political groups and most...
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  • Westeros Disability Forum warmly welcomes New Ruler of Westeros

    22.05.2019 The Westeros Disability Forum (WDF), the representative organisation that brings together organisations of persons with disabilities in the seven kingdoms, applauds the appointment of Your Grace King Bran Stark to hold the top position of the realm. We expect the new king to keep disability rights issues high in the political agenda of Westeros.   We expect that the appointment of Tyrion Lannister, as Hand of the King, also reinforces diversity in public office, representing different disabilities at the helm of the six kingdoms.   Ser Erpidi, President of WDF and lord of the 80 million,...
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  • Sexual orientation, gender identity and disability: LGBTI persons with disabilities

    16.05.2019 The following is an excerpt of our European Human Rights Report - issue 3   Sexual orientation, gender identity and disability: LGBTI persons with disabilities    Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) people with disabilities are at risk of multiple and intersectional forms of discrimination in all areas of life. This is particularly true in the areas of employment, education and healthcare. LGBTI persons with disabilities face increased risks of school bullying, segregation in specific schools, denial of labour and trade union rights and difficult access to vocational...
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  • EDF launches the report “Plug and Pray?”

    15.05.2019 We increasingly see new technology breakthroughs related to Artificial Intelligence, virtual assistants, augmented reality, robotics, smart environments, etc. This is why last year EDF, along with its accessibility and technology experts, looked at the impact of these emerging technologies to the lives of persons with disabilities. This resulted in the report "Plug and Pray - A disability perspective on artificial intelligence, automated decision-making and emerging technologies (Accessible PDF)" Some conclusions of the report include: Teams working on new technologies are not diverse enough...
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  • Technology is for People, Not the Other Way Round

    15.05.2019 By Shadi Abou-Zahra, Accessibility Strategy and Technology Specialist - World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)  Web Accessibility Initiative   Admittedly, I love technology and the opportunities it provides for many people. As a quadriplegic (I’m physically impaired in both arms and legs), I was only able to complete school and later on university with the help of laptop computers. It allowed me to take notes, write homework, and organise myself in ways that I could not with pen and paper. The advances since in voice and image recognition, in internet connectivity, and in computing power are...
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  • EU Elections Lead Candidates Debate - Livestream in sign language

    15.05.2019 The debate takes place on 15 May from 21:00 CET. Watch here 
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