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  • Inexcusable hate speech from Iceland MPs

    04.12.2018 We were extremely shocked and outraged to learn about the horrible comments made by Icelandic MPs against its female colleagues and against disability activist and ex-MP Freyja Haraldsdottir. The MPs involved should realise how unacceptable their behaviour is and resign. Hate speech like this is inexcusable. The half apologies given are inexcusable. Politicians are supposed to be role-models. They were exactly the opposite. This story also highlights a common occurrence: women with disabilities are at a special risk of being on the receiving end of hate speech, discrimination and violence....
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  • #AgeingEqual – ageism and disability

    03.12.2018 On the week from 3rd to the 9th we are participating in AGE Platform Europe’s 70 day campaign against ageism. The focus of this week is ageism and disability: we will publish testimonials of persons with disabilities and their carers on how ageism impacts them. Join us each day to discover: 4th December: Testimonials from Alzheimer Europe - European Working Group of People with Dementia 5th December: Testimonials from Marianne Pinomaa and Jyrki Pinomaa – ageing and parenting persons with intellectual disabilities 6th December: Blind and partially sighted Europeans are over the age of 60...
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  • Launched guide on the rights of persons with disabilities in the EU

    30.11.2018 On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, EDF launches it's landmark guide "Your rights in the EU". This guide aims to show how the EU guarantees the rights of persons with disabilities. It includes a timeline of landmark decisions, current rights in a series of areas and how to complain if your rights are breached. The guide is available here
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  • Democracy under attack - a call for action

    26.11.2018 The European Disability Forum joined a broad coalition of European of NGOs in calling EU leaders to protect civil society and democratic processes.  We handed the statement below to First Vice-President Frans Timmermans: Democracy under attack - a call for action Our democracies are under attack. The rise of hate, divisive, and socially and environmentally destructive political forces– including in many EU countries – are putting our democracies at risk. They are undermining democratic institutions and the rule of law by fomenting inequality and discrimination and by seeking to muzzle...
    Representatives of several organisations handing the call for action to Frans Timmermans
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  • DiscoverEU: How Javier, an 18-year old with disabilities, travelled across Europe

    23.11.2018 The DiscoverEU program opens is second round of applications today. The initiative aims to provide free “Interrail” passes to 18 years old persons that are EU citizens. These passes will allow 18 years-old to travel across Europe for free for a certain period of time.   After a first round that only saw little more than 40 persons with disabilities getting a pass (out of 15 000), the program is eager to have more applicants with disabilities this year.One of these 40 persons was Javier. Javier, a young man with complex support needs, travelled with 3 personal assistants from Spain to...
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  • Main conclusions of EDF Board Meeting November 2018

    19.11.2018 The European Disability Forum held its board meeting in Vienna, Austria on the 17 and 18 of November. It was preceded by an event on Artificial Intelligence, which joined important technology companies and disability activists. The board meeting was hosted by the Austrian Disability Forum and the Austrian Presidency of the EU.  These are the highlights/ We launched our campaign towards the next EU elections in May 2019: the #DisabilityVote campaign. Sign the petition here. Check the campaign here  We welcomed two new members: Leonard Cheshire Disability and the Norwegian Association of Youth...
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  • EDF and Siteimprove signs corporate sponsorhsip agreement

    15.10.2018 Siteimprove, a global software company empowering teams to optimize their digital performance, and EDF have signed a corporate sponsorship agreement for 2018. This agreement formalised years of cooperation on web accessibility initiatives. As part of the agreement, We and Siteimprove will jointly organize at least one event per year based on themes of web accessibility and standardization. We will provide technical input to Siteimprove on work perspectives of persons with disabilities. As part of the partnership, Siteimprove co-organised a roundtable at the United Nations’ 11th session...
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  • Artificial Intelligence must serve everyone - event report

    16.11.2018 Tech companies and persons with disabilities gathered on the 16th November in Vienna to debate how not to leave persons with disabilities behind technological breakthroughs.  The event “Using Artificial Intelligence to enhance accessibility - Opportunities and risks of emerging technologies for persons with disabilities” gathered representatives of the European disability movement and representatives of Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Facebook, Essl Foundation and MyHandicap with one aim: ensuring new technological trends improve the lives of persons with disabilities.   The purpose of the event...
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  • Encouraging European Electronic Communications Code approved by the European Parliament

    14.11.2018 The European Parliament approved revised electronic communications rules on the 14 November. The so-called recast of the European Electronic Communications Code brought encouraging improvements for end-users with disabilities. It will add enhanced obligations in availability and affordability of accessible electronic communications, contractual information, and emergency services. The new article 80 on Universal Services will oblige Member States to adopt measures regarding availability and affordability for persons with disabilities of: Mainstream equipment Specialised equipment (...
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  • Human Rights: a reality for all persons with disabilities? event report

    09.11.2018 Disability Rights and European Parliament upcoming elections: How can we increase the access to the political process for persons with disabilities? Disability in the EU and international law: Which rights are stipulated by the international and EU law for persons with disability and to what extent are they being implemented? Knocking down walls to live independently: How can we create and enable inclusive environments for all so as to empower persons with disabilities through independent living? These have been the main topics and questions of the open-mic event that took place in October...
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