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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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  • 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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  • Easy to read: EU schools discriminate against students with disabilities

    20.12.2018 The Human Rights Watch and the European Disability Forum released the easy to read version of the “Sink or Swim” report, which details the ongoing problems and discrimination against students with disabilities in European Schools. You can read the Easy to read version here The report, launched on the 3 December, received significant coverage in Belgium (Le Soir, Libre, Metro and in English The Bulletin), France (Le Monde), and Luxembourg ( in English Luxembourg Times)  
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  • EU Careers: Equal Chances? Not for all

    20.12.2018 Visually impaired candidates are at a disadvantage when applying for EU jobs, due to an inaccessible process, concluded the EU Ombudsman after an inquiry that ended on the 14 December. The case focused on two complaints by visually impaired candidates: the inaccessibility of the application form, and inaccessibility of the computer-based tests used in parts of the selection process. Candidates complained that, among other things, the form to request accommodation for special needs is inaccessible, the calendar fields used in the forms are inaccessible, and the requested assistive technology...
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