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  • And the EDF Youth Employer 2019 is...

    28.03.2019 On Saturday the 23 March in Bucharest, during a seminar on employment organised by EDF’s Youth Committee, the three finalists of EDF’s Youth Employer Contest came to present their good practice and battle it out for the top prize. The three shortlisted candidates were Dafür Unternehmens- und Personalberatung (For Corporate and Personnel Consulting), from Austria, EasyPay AD – Money Transfers and Payment Services, from Bulgaria, and Lippischer Kombi-Service, from Germany.  The first prize in EDF’s Youth Employer Contest 2019 went to Lippischer Kombi Service (LKS) from Germany, presented by...
    Edf Youth Committee and representatives of the employers
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  • Conclusions of EDF Board Meeting March 2019

    27.03.2019 The Board meeting of EDF took place on the 22 and 23 March in Bucharest, Romania. The board meeting was preceded by the workshop “Your Rights in the EU” attended by over 85 Romanian disability advocates. The meeting was also preceded by a conference on youth (un)employment. The conference included the EDF Youth Employer Award 2019. The first prize was given to Lippisher Kombi Service, the second prize to EasyPay AD, and the third prize was given to Dafür Unternehmens- und Personalberatung. Main outcomes include: European Accessibility legislation: EDF will support members with the...
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  • European equality legislation: people falling through the gaps

    27.03.2019 EU discrimination law doesn’t account for cases of multiple discrimination. EU law falls very short of protecting Europeans that suffer multiple forms of discrimination, such has children and older persons with disabilities, or persons with disabilities that are LGBTI+ or part of ethnic minorities. This is the conclusion of EDF’s third European Human Rights report, which analyses how European countries are guaranteeing the rights of persons with disabilities. The report concludes that while, most EU countries do have laws to protect from discrimination these laws are either not well applied...
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  • Future of technology : ethics guidelines for trustworthy AI

    26.03.2019 EDF submitted a written feedback on the Artificial Intelligence (AI) High Level Group - Draft Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI. Some of the main points we raise are to truly embrace human diversity when developing AI solutions, always incorporate accessibility, and involve persons with disabilities meaningfully and from the outset. Additionally, we also point out the fact that procurement of AI must also be tackled in this document. The importance of Artificial Intelligence Artificial intelligence, sometimes called machine intelligence, is intelligence demonstrated by machines, in...
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  • Pirkko Mahlamäki - Voter of Europe - " I had to face the corner and make my vote there."

    26.03.2019 I vote every time and every election : 10 – 12 elections until now, local, national and European, student bodies, church.. One of the main problems I have is with the secrecy of vote. In one of my first-time voting, the booth screen was too high –I could ride my chair to the booth, but. Everyone could see whom I voted for. I made a suggestion for an more accessible booth, and the next time they had a better booth But problems persist until today! In the last European elections, I voted in my post office, where there were no accessible booths. The process was a shamble, I had to face the...
    Pirkko Mahlamäki
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  • Commission First Vice-President Timmermans supports European Disability Movement

    20.03.2019 On Wednesday, the 20 March, representatives of the European Disability Forum met with Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission. The EDF delegation was led by Yannis Vardakastanis, President of the European Disability Forum and presented 4 key demands from the disability movement: An EU legislation to ensure persons with disabilities can vote and have the accessible means to do so. An ambitious European Disability Strategy 2020-2030, that involves persons with disabilities in all its phases and with a significant budget allocated. The strategy should be followed by...
    Yannis Vardakastanis and Vice-President Timmermans
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  • First ever European Standard on Design for All

    20.03.2019 Last week the European Standard EN 17161:2019 ‘Design for All - Accessibility following a Design for All approach in products, goods and services - Extending the range of users’ was published. This is an important Standard in the development of which EDF has played an active role and it’s the main result of the Commission Mandate 473. The Standard specifies requirements that can enable organisations to design, develop and provide products, goods and services which are accessible to a wide diversity of users, including persons with disabilities. The Design for All approach set by the Standard...
    Integrating a Design for All approach into the continuous processes for design, development and provision of products, goods and services
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  • Easy to read: 5 top issues in Europe

    14.03.2019 To mark the 21st session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, we produced an easy to read briefing "5 very important issues for people with disabilities in Europe". The briefing is intended to support the work of the Committee, and especially to inform the 9 members of the Committee that were elected last year. This is the first session for these 9 members.
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  • Do you know an accessible airport? Accessible Airport Awards 2019

    14.03.2019 EDF and the Airport Council International launched the fifth 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. Past winners includes Pafos Arport (2018), Larnaka Airport (in 2017) and the Dublin Airport (in 2016). If you know an airport that goes the extra mile, please ask them to apply! The nominations are open until the 5 April. The selection criteria and entry form can be found on the Airport Council...
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  • European Accessibility Act: a big step forward on a long journey

    13.03.2019 European Parliament's approval of the Act is positive – we call for better and effective legislation The European Accessibility Act is a landmark agreement. However, while it will ensure that many products and services are more accessible for persons with disabilities, it will not make the EU (institutions and single market) fully accessible. It still excludes many essential areas such as transport, built environment and household appliances. The new accessibility Directive is an important step, but the EU’s work is far from being complete: we need legislation that ensures equal access in...
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