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  • Press Release - EU Leaders: get your Act together

    27.09.2018 20 organisations demand agreement on ambitious Accessibility Act before 3 December. We, along with 19 other organisations, published an open letter today urging Member States to significantly improve the European Accessibility Act ahead of the next negotiations (2 October).  We demand that a strong European Accessibility Act is agreed upon before the next European Day of Persons with Disabilities. The European Accessibility Act was proposed by the European Commission in 2015. It aims to add common minimum requirements on accessibility for a range of products and services. It’s meant to...
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  • Open letter to the EU Institutions: We need a strong European Accessibility Act and we need it now.

    26.09.2018 On behalf of over 80 million Europeans with disabilities and 190 million people aged 50 and older we, the undersigned, call on EU leaders to agree on an ambitious European Accessibility Act before the 3rd December, the European Day of Persons with Disabilities. The European Commission’s proposal for a European Accessibility Act, published in 2015, was a response to the demands of millions of Europeans. Demands that stretched back more than ten years. It was a good start but now we are tired of waiting for its adoption. We urge all EU institutions to reach a political agreement before the...
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  • We want quality education for deaf learners!

    24.09.2018 On the 25th of September we are celebrating the third anniversary of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While realisation of 17 goals is important for all, implementation of SDG 4, which aims at ensuring quality education and equal access to all levels of education and vocational training, is particularly important for people with disabilities. The 23rd of September is the International Day of Sign Languages and we are highlighting that the realisation of SDG 4 and quality education is not only achieved through removal of physical barriers for persons with disabilities. It is crucial to...
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  • I have an opinion, let me vote!

    24.09.2018 Tomorrow, the world will be celebrating the third anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)! At the European Disability Forum, we are also celebrating by publishing a series of articles, highlighting how the SDGs are critical for persons with disabilities. Today, we will focus on Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institution. Goal 16 includes the right to vote and to fully participate in political and public life on an equal basis with others. John Patrick Clarke, EDF Vice-President and previously Down Syndrome Ireland CEO and President of Down Syndrome International,...
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  • "For every five women, one has a disability. That means a huge population." Interview with Ana Peláez Narváez

    21.09.2018 On the 25th September, the world will be celebrating the third anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)! At the European Disability Forum, we are also celebrating by publishing a series of articles, highlighting how the SDGs are critical for persons with disabilities. Today, we will focus on Goal 5: Gender Equality, which seeks to reduce and erase the existing disparities and barriers women and girls are facing in society. Women and girls with disabilities are facing even more barriers due to their gender and their disabilities. Ana Peláez Narváez, EDF Vice-President and newly...
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  • Poverty? No Thanks

    20.09.2018 On the 25th September, the world will be celebrating the third anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)! At the European Disability Forum, we are also celebrating by publishing a series of articles, highlighting how the SDGs are critical for persons with disabilities. Today, we will focus on Goal 1 : No poverty, with the work done by EDF member ONCE Foundation, as well as ONCE in Spain. Spain in characterized in the EU by a high unemployment rate with a specific alarming situation regarding youth employment and education which leads to poverty. Consequently, ONCE and ONCE...
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  • United Nations Committee opposes draft Additional Protocol to the Oviedo Convention and calls States parties to do the same

    20.09.2018 The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) calls upon States Parties to oppose the draft Additional Protocol to the Oviedo Convention. The draft Additional Protocol conflicts with the human rights for persons with disabilities recognised by the CRPD. While it claims to protect rights of persons with disabilities and “mental disorders”, it actually violates articles of the CRPD on equality, non-discrimination, rights to liberty and security, and rights to health and physical/mental integrity. Specifically, and in direct conflict with the CRPD, the draft...
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  • United Nations Committee opposes draft Additional Protocol to the Oviedo Convention and calls States parties to do the same

    20.09.2018 The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) calls upon States Parties to oppose the draft Additional Protocol to the Oviedo Convention. The draft Additional Protocol conflicts with the human rights for persons with disabilities recognised by the CRPD. While it claims to protect rights of persons with disabilities and “mental disorders”, it actually violates articles of the CRPD on equality, non-discrimination, rights to liberty and security, and rights to health and physical/mental integrity. Specifically, and in direct conflict with the CRPD, the draft...
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  • Members of European Parliament and Non-Governmental Organizations Gather to Advocate for Equal Treatment Directive at Open Mic Event

    19.09.2018 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), and citizens gathered on 5 September, 2018 for an open mic event to mark the 10th year anniversary of the proposal of the Equal Treatment Directive. Organizations such as the European Disability Forum, the LGBTI Intergroup, the ARDI Intergroup, the Youth Intergroup, the Children Rights’ Intergroup, and many others gathered outside the European Parliament in Brussels, on the Esplanade Solidarnosc, to call for the Directive to finally be adopted. The Equal Treatment Directive aims to protect EU citizens against...
    Yannis Vardakastanis, President of EDF, Speaking at the Open Mic Event 5, September 2018
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  • Disability Intergroup Bureau sets path to 2019

    18.09.2018 The Bureau of the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament met the 13 of September to discuss the progress on the work plan for 2018, as well as its communication plan. EDF, as Secretariat of the Disability Intergroup, gave an update on the main priorities until May 2019, namely the EU budget proposals and the upcoming EU elections. The following are the main decisions taken at the meeting: EDF will upload the Disability Intergroup workplan on its website and will keep the document updated for easy reference and transparency of this intergroup activities. MEP Stevens and MEP Plura...
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