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  • Bureau of the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament is established

    14.02.2020 The Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament selected its Bureau during a meeting on the 13 February attended by 28 Members of the European Parliament. The Disability Intergroup was re-established in December 2019 due to the efforts of the European Disability Forum and its member organisations and at the initiative of several Members of the European Parliament from different political parties. While the Bureau is established, Chair and Co-chairs will be selected at a later date. During the meeting, the Intergroup also approved the work plan for 2020 and 2021, which will be available...
    MEPs during a meeting
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  • Call for tenders: design and printing of EDF Business Cards

    10.02.2020 EDF is looking for a service provider based in the EU for the design of business cards 15 people in the EDF secretariat. The successful provider should; Produce the design of the business cards (recto-verso) which includes braille markers and qr code, according to EDF’s colour code. Produce braille markers to be embossed in the business card according to further EDF specifications Optional: we welcome quotes for design and printing (must include prove of experience on printing with embossed braille) Timeline Final versions should be ready 15 days after start of work Requirements...
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  • Meeting with Commissioner Lenarčič: including persons with disabilities in EU humanitarian action

    06.02.2020 On Thursday 6 February, representatives of the European Disability Forum (EDF) and of the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) met with Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič. The EU annual humanitarian budget for 2020 is €900 million euros, invested through ECHO, the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations. It is of crucial importance to ensure these resources reach persons with disabilities. Our delegation stressed the importance to achieve equal rights for persons with disabilities across the world and especially...
    Delegation of EDF and IDDC with Commissioner Lenarcic
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  • Brexit and disability rights: what negotiators need to ensure.

    03.02.2020 In 2016, before the Brexit referendum, the European Disability Forum expressed its strong commitment to a united Europe and our hope that the UK would remain within the EU. It was with regret that we acknowledged the results of the referendum. In the last 3 years, we worked with several organisations, including disabled persons’ organisations in the UK, to study the impact of Brexit on disabled persons and we advocated to ensure the voices of disabled persons would be heard during the process. The potential impact of Brexit led us to outline more clearly the benefits EU laws and policies have...
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  • Call for tenders: Easy to read version of 4th Human Rights report

    30.01.2020 EDF is looking for a service provider to prepare an easy to read version of the 4th Human Rights report. Draft version of the report The successful provider should; Produce an Easy to read version of the report in Word Timeline Final version should be ready by 26 February Requirements Follow the European  Easy to Read Guidelines Ensure audit of the final version by a person with intellectual disabilities. Should be registered in a European Union country. Please send a proposal including references to work on accessible publications, portfolio and price quote to andre.felix@edf-feph.org until...
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  • Accessible Airport Award applications are now open!

    30.01.2020 For the fifth year we have launched the Accessible Airport Award in cooperation with Airport Council International Europe (ACI-Europe). The award is the result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed with ACI-Europe in 2016, and celebrates airports in Europe that have achieved high level of accessibility as well as range and the quality of the assistance services to persons with disabilities. By sharing best practices, we aim to motivate more airports to advance accessibility of air travel. Last year's winner, Gatwick airport was highly commended for its close cooperation with organisations...
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  • EU Disability Strategy: Members of the European Parliament debate draft resolution

    28.01.2020 After a new disability strategy post-2020 was confirmed by Commissioner Helena Dalli on the 16 January this year, Members of the European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee debated a proposed draft resolution on this strategy on the 23rd of January. This resolution will mark the first position of the European Parliament towards this disability strategy post-2020. Demands shared by MEPs included: Full involvement of persons with disabilities and their organisations when drafting the strategy - MEP Angel, MEP Langensiepen, among others. Full alignment the strategy with UN...
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  • Importance of Investing in Disability-Inclusive Education: Outcomes of our European roundtable

    28.01.2020 During European Disability and Development Week 2019, we hosted a roundtable alongside Light for the World on the importance of investing in disability inclusive education and early childhood development (ECD). The reflection that led us to this topic was two-fold. Firstly, the objective of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 is to achieve inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. However, an estimated 32 million primary and lower-secondary-school age children with disabilities in developing countries are out of school. At the same time...
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  • Tragic fire in Czechia: segregating persons with disabilities has to end.

    27.01.2020 It is with sorrow that we learned about the tragic death of 8 people during a fire in a residential institution in Czechia. We express our deepest condolences to the friends and families of the people who lost their lives and a fast recovery and strong support to those injured. This fire underlines all that is wrong in residential institutions. It shows that segregating persons with disabilities in residential institutions leaves them isolated and exposed to all kinds of risks. Risks of social isolation, poverty and exclusion, and in this case also, death due to underfunded and unsafe living...
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  • Free online course: Introduction to Web Accessibility

    23.01.2020 Our partners W3C/WAI have launched the online course Introduction to Web Accessibility This self paced course is a strong foundation in digital accessibility to make your websites and apps work well for people with disabilities meet international standards provide a better user experience for everyone It offers an introduction for people who are new to accessibility and helps people who already know about accessibility fill in gaps. It is designed for technical and non-technical audiences. You can learn more about the course through the blog post: Free Online Course “Introduction to Web...
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