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  • On World Health Day 2018, equal access to healthcare is still denied to persons with disabilities in Europe

    06.04.2018 More than 80 million persons with disabilities in Europe are still unable to fully access healthcare. Good quality health services are still not a reality due to a host of issues from inaccessible facilities to lack of appropriate training for healthcare professionals and health policy makers. This is why, today, we call on EU Member States to implement policies that allow everyone to access healthcare on an equal basis with others. Persons with disabilities still have worse access to healthcare than the average European. It’s a life or death issue: a study in the United Kingdom asserted...
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  • Measuring Equity in Education – new Handbook by UNESCO

    05.04.2018 UNESCO just launched the new Handbook on Measuring Equity in Education. It explains and guides how to measure if marginalised groups are not left behind in education. Persons with disabilities are one of the groups at risk of exclusion from education. But many countries don’t track data on education progress of persons with disabilities. Education progress is vital to ensure no one is left behind. Having this data, national policymakers can create solutions to these challenges. These solutions are essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and quality...
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  • Good networking, Bad accessibility - EDF in the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development

    03.04.2018 Alexandre Bloxs, the European Disability Forum’s Policy Assistant for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), attended the second edition of the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development to promote EDF’s last Human Rights Report. The festival took place in Bonn, Germany, from 21st to 23rd March 2018. It was hosted by the United Nations SDG Action Campaign and supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the German Federal Foreign Office. The festival is described on its website as: ”The world´s most inspiring SDG event to celebrate,...
    Alexandre and a second person hold a cardboard of the SDG wheel during the Global Festival. Thieir heads and a copy of the EU Human Rights report are inside the wheel.
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  • Rail passengers’ rights: update from the European Parliament's Internal Market committee

    30.03.2018 The European Parliament Internal Market Committee (IMCO) rapporteur (the person appointed to report on the proceedings of the Committee), Mr. Dennis de Jong, has published his draft opinion [PDF] on the European Commission’s proposal for a recast of Regulation 1371/2007. This regulation focus on rail passengers’ rights. MEP de Jong is proposing to lower pre-notification to book assistance from 48 to 3 hours. While this is a significant improvement on the 24 hour pre-notification proposed by the Transport and Tourism Committee rapporteur - it would mean that persons with disabilities would...
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  • We are recruiting a Social Policy Officer!

    29.03.2018 We are seeking a dynamic policy officer to join our Brussels based secretariat as Social Policy Officer. The Social Policy Officer is responsible for promoting the rights of persons with disabilities in social policy fields at the EU level and to support our members in the implementation and monitoring of EU social initiatives in their countries. Our ideal candidate is committed to a social Europe, to a strong role for civil society and is a dynamic and flexible team player. Areas of knowledge which are important for this job are inclusive social and employment policies, EU policy and...
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  • Inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action: EU working on guidance for humanitarian organisations.

    27.03.2018 In February, we were invited to a consultation meeting by the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) in Brussels. They are currently working on a guidance paper to include persons with disabilities in the humanitarian actions they fund. This paper follows the statement made by Commissioner Christos Stylianides during the 4th European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities. He announced that, starting in 2018 requests for proposals launched by ECHO, which funds the operations of humanitarian organisations on the ground, will highlight that...
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  • Portugal needs National Disability Strategy - Conclusions of high-level visit to Portugal on rights of persons with disabilities

    26.03.2018 Our President, Yannis Vardakastannis, participated in a 3-day visit to Portugal. The visit focused on the rights of persons with disabilities. It took place from 19 to 21 March. It was organized by the European Economic and Social Committee – Group 3 and Standing Group on the Rights of People with Disabilities. The visit focused on the impact of the economic crisis on persons with disabilities. It looked at the politics of the Portuguese Government to ensure the rights of persons with disabilities. The most important remarks were: Disability discrimination in Europe averages 15% but in...
    Our President, Yannis Vardakastanis, sits among other participants in the visit
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  • Nominations open for the Accessible Airport Awards 2018.

    23.03.2018 EDF and the Airport Council International launched the third edition of the Accessible Airport Awards. It aims to reward airports that are invested in improving service quality and accessibility for persons with disabilities. The jury will be composed by members of our Executive Committee. The last two editions awarded the Larnaka Airport (in 2017) and the Dublin Airport (in 2016). If you know an airport that goes the extra mile, please make them aware of this award. The nominations are open until the 6 April. The selection criteria and entry form can be found on the Airport Council...
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  • From institutions to community living – Fundamental Rights Agency releases three easy-read reports on deinstitutionalisation

    23.03.2018 The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is looking at how to help people with disabilities move from living in institutions to living in their local community with support.; FRA has published three easy-read reports which look at different parts of this issue. The first report looks at what the EU and the 28 Member States have agreed to do to move people with disabilities from institutions to living in their local community with support. The second report is about the money that is needed to help people move from institutions to live in the community. The third report looks...
    Cover page of the report. Logo of the Agency and  title from institutions to community living on top. Picture of an institution and house with forward arrow to represent transition. Smiling man in wheelchair wholding paper with a heck mark
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  • We are part of the Independent Commission for Sustainable Equality

    23.03.2018 The Progressive Society initiative has launched an Independent Commission for Sustainable Equality. The Progressive Society is supported by the Socialist & Democrats Group in the European Parliament. It is an initiative undertaking a major reflection on Europe’s development. The Commission intends to work closely with experts from civil society. Therefore, we were asked to join its new Taskforce on Sustainable Equality. The goal is to define a comprehensive policy roadmap to combating inequalities, in the framework of a sustainable development approach. The Society wants to make...
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