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  • How can accessible technology support independent living?

    03.03.2016 On 1 March 2015, EDF and Google organised a special event focusing on “Accessible technology for independent living”. The event took place at the European Parliament hosted by MEP Evelyne Gehardt and supported by Debating Europe who organised a debate in the end of the event with representatives from EDF, Google and the European Commission responding to questions from an online debate published on Debating Europe’s website, as well as from the audience in the room. EDF was represented by its Secretary, Rodolfo Cattani, who underlined: “Accessible technology is beneficial for everyone, not...
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  • EDF responds to the review of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020

    01.04.2016 On 23 December 2015, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the review of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020. The Strategy aims to remove barriers to inclusion of persons with disabilities and identifies 8 main areas for action at EU level: Accessibility, Participation, Equality, Employment, Education and Training, Social Protection, Health and External Action. EDF submitted its position on the review of the Strategy. EDF welcomed the European Commission’s initiative to take stock of the impact of the Strategy. We strongly believe that this exercise should be part...
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  • Agreement on the Web Accessibility Directive

    14.03.2016 EDF welcomes the agreement reached last night among the EU institutions (Parliament, Council and Commission) on the proposed Directive on web accessibility. It is a crucial milestone to achieve an inclusive digital society, in which 80 million persons with disabilities will be able to participate on equal basis with others. Public websites and apps should no longer exclude anyone. Based on the article of MEP Dita Charanzová, Parliament’s rapporteur of the web accessibility Directive, and the Commission’s press release, EDF is delighted to announce that the main demands and expectations of...
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  • A new strategy for persons with disabilities

    17.05.2016 Today, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organised a hearing on “A new strategy for persons with disabilities in Europe”. The hearing brought together representative organisations of persons with disabilities, specialised government agencies and EU institutions. EDF and several of its members presented their views on the development of a new strategy to promote, protect and monitor the rights of persons with disabilities in the EU. In 2015, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities addressed a series of recommendations ("Concluding observations") to the EU,...
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  • What does it take to tackle inequalities and to leave no one behind?

    03.12.2015 On 3rd December 2015, the European Union (EU) celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the framework of the European Year for Development. The aim of the one-day conference was to answer the question, if the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to be fully inclusive of persons with disabilities then what practical steps do we need to take now? The conference, which took place in Brussels, was attended by almost one hundred participants representing the EU Institutions, EU Member States, organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs), and other civil society...
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  • EU Equal Treatment Law – The time is now!

    31.07.2015 As part of the “Equality for All” coalition, EDF together with other member NGOs of the coalition co-signed a statement calling the German Government to stop blocking the negotiations on the equal treatment directive. Download the statement in PDF or read it below: Protection against discrimination is a fundamental right that is derived from the principle of equality under both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as German Basic Law. In the 1997 Amsterdam Treaty, Germany and the other member states have committed themselves and the European Union as a whole to the principle of...
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  • On the way to the final dialogue between the EU & the UN CRPD Committee

    29.07.2015 The disability movement gives its own perspective to the list of issues The EU has signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and its work to implement the Convention is now reviewed by the UN Committee in Geneva. The UN Committee examined the report that the EU submitted explaining the actions it has taken to apply the principles of the Convention and on 2 April 2015, it adopted a List of Issues for the EU to answer. The EU has now published its answers to the List of Issues on 22 June. They are available on the UN’s website. EDF has also prepared its...
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  • 10 years of Air Passengers' Rights for persons with disabilities

    21.05.2016 Air travel for everyone! In July 2006, a regulation on air passengers’ rights for persons with disabilities (regulation 1107/2006) was adopted, establishing a set of specific rights for passengers with disabilities in the EU. 2016 is the 10th anniversary of its adoption. This legislation has facilitated air travel for millions of persons with disabilities in Europe and has given clear guidance to airports on what services should be provided and how. To mark the 10-year anniversary of this important regulation for passengers with disabilities, EDF together with the Disability Federation of...
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  • What does it mean to live without freedom of choice and autonomy?

    22.05.2016 My decision, my right! Dublin, 22 May 2016 | Many of us take the right to make decisions for granted: what to study, what sort of job to apply for, where and with whom we live, who to marry, who to vote for, which doctor to visit. However, for many people with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities, these basic decision-making rights are removed and their will and preferences are not respected. Many persons with disabilities end up living in institutions and psychiatric hospitals against their will or women with disabilities are sterilised without their informed consent. EDF’s Annual...
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  • European Commission to safeguard adequate investment in community-based services in country specific recommendations

    07.06.2016 The European Commission recently published its 2016 country-specific recommendations (CSRs) to Member States. Following positive statements on the way social care and support should be provided in the last few years by the European Commission, the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-Based Care (EEG) welcomes several recommendations promoting quality care and support and access to employment and inclusive education for disadvantaged groups. Nonetheless, the overall focus on austerity will be detrimental to the transition to community-based services in Europe...
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