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  • Ms Catherine Trautmann donates European Railway Award to the European Disability Forum

    27.02.2019 This year the European Disability Forum (EDF) had the pleasure of participating in what can be called “the Oscars of the European rail sector”, where it was recognized for its work on making rail and other modes of transport accessible for millions of travellers with disabilities in Europe. The European Railway Award is an annual celebration of individuals who have an outstanding contribution to advancing and innovating the European rail sector, and is organised by the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) and the Association of the European Rail Supply Industry (...
    Image from the Award ceremony, from left to right: Libor Lochman, CER Executive Director; Philippe Citroën, UNIFE Director General; Nadia Hadad, EDF Member of Executive Committee, Catherine Trautmann, recipient of European Railway Award
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  • Candidates to the European Parliament Elections: Commit to Disability Rights!

    27.02.2019 Today, the European Disability Forum is launching the pledge "EU for Disability Rights". This document is aimed at candidates in the European Parliament elections. It asks them to commit to advance the rights of over 80 million EU citizens with disabilities by, among others, joining the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament. Candidates can sign and send the pledge to andre.felix@edf-feph.org: Version in PDF Version in Word Version Française (word) Alternatively, they can sign the pledge through this form. You can also fill this version in Word and send to andre.felix@edf-...
    Persons with disabilities surround by the european stars and the words "EU for Disability Rights"
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  • Voter of Europe - Thibault Appelmans - Belgium

    25.02.2019 "I am involved in a political party and am also part of the Executive Committee of Inclusion Belgium – an association for persons with intellectual disabilities – so, of course I wanted to vote in Belgium’s local elections. Until 2017, I couldn’t. The law in Belgium didn’t allow me. In November 2017, me and my father did the necessary steps to allow me to vote – we went to a judge which declared I was capable of voting. So, I was looking forward to vote for the first time. The problems started 2 weeks before the elections: in Belgium, you need to receive a letter that tells you where and...
    Thibaul Appelmans
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  • European Parliament “worst in class” on digital accessibility

    18.02.2019 European Parliament website scores behind all national parliament websites The low score of the European Parliament, a barely passing grade of 55.8 out of 100, was revealed in the new report “Democracy, Digital Accessibility and the European Union”, launched today by the European Disability Forum and Siteimprove. The report analysed the accessibility of the official website of the parliaments of the 28 Member States and included the European Parliament website. This is not a surprise for persons with disabilities working in EU affairs. Complaints include lack of captioning in their...
    Map with colour code showing Denmark and Netherland in green, meaning their websites have good accessibility and all other countries in yellow, meaning they have poor accessibility,
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  • Voter of Europe: Lidia Best, Poland and UK

    18.02.2019 I was born in Poland and it was there that I voted for the first time ever, when I was 18 and Poland was under communist rule. I think I voted at least 10 times, in Poland and England, including European, national and local elections. My best memory of being involved in voting was when I was overseeing the first democratic elections in Poland in 1989 being delegated to a polling station team: what an exciting experience that was! When I was growing up in Poland, the only way to pick your political side was really by talking to friends and family. Newspapers were state controlled. TV debates...
    Lidia and friend in front of polling station when they were 18
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  • Voters of Europe: Mindaugas Krauladis from Lithuania

    12.02.2019 "The voting stations in my area are in schools, which still have a few steps. Since I cannot overcome them alone, I often vote in advance in the town hall. At least, we have alternative methods of voting in Lithuania. Schools were renovated this year so maybe next time I can vote in the local voting stations. We will see... if not, I will do as before." Discover what we are doing to assure elections accessible for all.
    Mindaugas Krauladis
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  • EDF calls the Commission experts on Artificial Intelligence to strengthen their Ethics Guidelines

    07.02.2019 Last Friday EDF submitted a written feedback on the Artificial Intelligence (AI) High Level Group - Draft Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI. Some of the main points we raise are to truly embrace human diversity when developing AI solutions, always incorporate accessibility, and involve persons with disabilities meaningfully and from the outset. Additionally, we also point out the fact that procurement of AI must also be tackled in this document. EDF welcomes the development of these Ethics Guidelines, but we also underline that we nevertheless need strong legal safeguards to protect the...
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  • EU Disability Card should be expanded to all Member States

    06.02.2019 The EU Disability Card is a promising practice that should be expanded to all EU Member States. These are the main conclusions of the EDF report on the European Disability Card.The report also analysed the main benefits and drawbacks of the Card and summarised its usage in each participating Member State. The report analysed the benefits of the Card for all stakeholders. Users reported benefits such as easier identification of invisible disabilities and easier communication especially abroad to claim your rights, among others. But there are also benefits to providers, national authorities...
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  • Voter of Europe - Loredana Dicsi: "I was never able to vote alone"

    05.02.2019 From February to May, we will highlight the experiences of European citizens with disabilities regarding voting and standing for elections. Our first testimonial is from Loredana Dicsi: I’m both Romanian and Belgium and voted more than 10 times in my life. I was never able to vote alone: I had to have either a friend or someone from the electoral commission. It was already bad not to have privacy to vote, but in Belgium is worse: the electronic vote is completely inaccessible, and they required someone from the electoral commission, that I don’t know and don’t trust, to vote for me. How...
    Loredana Dicsi with banner "Voter of Europe"
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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...
    Participants listening intently to the panel
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