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  • Explained: International cooperation and DPO's role

    20.09.2019 The following are international cooperation projects run by or with our members around the world. A recurring challenge when working with DPOs in developing countries is their small capacity and reliance on volunteer work for time-intensive processes such as application and report writing. Limitations in support from local government and institutions can result in disregarded agreements, and corruption by both national and international institutions may exacerbate difficulties. However, through a growing network of DPO cooperation, international partnerships are vectors of advocacy, capacity...
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  • Joint statement: Persons with reduced mobility need equal rights to train travel!

    14.09.2019 The revised Rail Passenger’s Rights regulation needs to make it happen When Horst tried to take an early morning train to a meeting with the German ministry of Health, he was denied boarding: the train was there, but assistance was still closed. Taking a train after a flight is also an impossible task: most train station require pre-notification of 48 hours, which leaves passengers with reduced mobility stranded if the flight is late. This is why 9 Members of the European Parliament and over 200 organisations active in the fields of human rights, environment and passenger rights published a...
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  • Apply: Photo competition deadline extended to 30th of September

    13.09.2019 Photo competition deadline extended to 30th of September Open to all EU/EEA citizens and residents, no entry fee. To enter, submit the following to naomi.mabita@edf-feph.org: A high resolution photo. Allowed: editing, filters, camera built-in effects. Not allowed: Collages (more than one photo), watermarks, text, or other elements added to the photo. A short description in English including the author’s name, and the city and country where the photo was taken. A signed copy of the Rights Authorization (see document below). Two signatures are needed, one from the person who took the...
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  • Open letter: We want accessible and inclusive European Development Days

    04.09.2019 The annual European Development Days (EDD) organised by the European Commission in Brussels took place on the 18th and 19th of June. The aim of the conference is to bring the development community together to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. It is one of Europe’s biggest development conferences and it includes a participatory programme with 745 exhibitions, 860 sessions and around 66 500 participants. The overarching title for this year was “Addressing inequalities: building a world which leaves...
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  • Survey: Have your say on the European Union’s disability strategy

    04.09.2019 Are you a person with disabilities? A disability organisation? A policymaker involved in disability policy? The EU wants to hear from you! The European Commission is looking for information on the lives of persons with disabilities have changed in the last 10 years and what needs to be done to achieve full equality. The survey, which is available in 23 languages, will serve has feedback on the implementation of the current disability strategy, which runs until 2020: the bad, the good and what should have been done. It will also help develop the EU’s strategy for the next 10 years (2020-...
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  • Advocacy: Making Erasmus+ more inclusive

    30.08.2019 The new Erasmus+ programme will run from 2021 to 2027. EDF urges the decision makers to make the Eramus+ programme inclusive in practice and not only in theory. In order to achieve the goal of making the new Erasmus + an inclusive and accessible programme for all young people and other beneficiaries, including people with fewer opportunities, we suggest improvements in four main areas: inclusion, accessibility, funding and the role of national agencies. Inclusion: It is essential that the definitions used are in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD...
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  • Publication: European Human Rights Report issue 3 - Greece: State of play of protection at national level (excerpt)

    30.08.2019 ‘European Human Rights report – issue 3’ is the third issue of our annual European Human Rights report series. It focus on "ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities to equality and non-discrimination in the European Union. The report includes a review of equality frameworks in each EU Member State and a section on multiple and intersectional forms of discrimination. The following is the fact sheet on Greece present in Chapter 4 "State of play of protection at national level". State of play - Greece The Greek Constitution enshrines the principle of equality before the law. Law 4443...
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  • Call for tenders: Easy to read version of EDF Annual report

    27.08.2019 EDF is looking for a service provider based in the EU to rpoduce an easy to read version of our annual report. Draft version of the report The successful provider should: Draft of an easy to read version according to the “European standards for making information easy to read and understand; Verification of the work by a self-advocate (organised by the provider). Requirements Should have experience in designing accessible publications. Should be registered in a European Union country. Timeline Final version should be ready 15th October Please send a proposal including references...
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  • Call for tenders: Design of EDF Annual report

    27.08.2019 EDF is looking for a service provider based in the EU for the design of a 30-page report. Draft version of the report The successful provider should; Production of both print-ready version and accessible PDF or e-pub version. Production of separate cover page with braille markers and QR code for printing. Design all the graphic part of the report, including images (which will be provided). Necessary corrections to accessible web version after check by independent third party. Timeline Final version should be ready 30 days after start of work (5-10 October). Requirements Should...
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  • Disability Voice: Does Lush discriminate against young employees with disabilities?

    19.08.2019 The differences between how two visually impaired workers were treated at different branches of the cosmetics company reveal a recurring gap between legislation and implementation of inclusive policies. According to her blog post testimonial, Carys, a blind woman, applied for a position at Lush in 2017. Though she notified them of her access needs in advance, reasonable accommodations were not made for her to successfully complete the interview and she was not retained. She sought legal advice and contacted Lush headquarters whilst her mother posted about it on Facebook, which prompted Lush...
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