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  • Goodbye to a great disability activist & EDF board member Peter Lambrechts

    06.09.2016 Last month, we received the very sad news that EDF’s Board Member, Peter Lambreghts, passed away. EDF and the whole disability movement will miss a valuable friend and a great activist who dedicated his life in fighting for the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in society. “The disability movement in his country, in Europe is now poorer. We have lost a great disability activist, a brilliant leader and above all a great person”, said EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis. His commitment, passion, hard work and kindness will continue inspiring the work of EDF’s team every day. Our...
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  • Technical cooperation and capacity-building in monitoring disability rights

    06.10.2016 Together with the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and a range of partners, EDF was part of a side event at the Social Forum on 5 October on the topic of ‘Technical cooperation and capacity-building in monitoring the rights of persons with disabilities’. The event looked at the importance of technical cooperation and capacity building to implement and monitor the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities (CRPD) from different points of view. Conclusions which can be drawn from this event include: The CRPD provides an excellent basis for technical cooperation and...
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  • International Youth Day 2016: what are the challenges for young persons with disabilities in Europe?

    12.08.2016 According to an ANED report, young disabled people have fewer chances than non-disabled youth to enter and progress within higher education. As a result, access to employment is challenging as well. Their employment rate tends to be much lower and they are over-exposed to unemployment and to exclusion from the labour market being at risk of poverty. Access to education and employment is even more difficult for young persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities, or for young disabled people coming from migrant or minority families. In 2011, EDF created its Youth Committee in order...
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  • EU and UNICEF widen partnership to better protect child rights in south-east Europe

    04.08.2016 EDF joint the partnership focusing on children with disabilities The European Union (EU) and UNICEF have broadened an important regional partnership that aims to protect children from violence and better include children with disabilities into society. Since 2011, UNICEF and the EU have been working together with countries currently in the process of joining the EU, such as Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Turkey. This partnership is now expanding to include Kosovo*, Montenegro, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. As of this year, EDF has joined the partnership....
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  • Roma, LGBT and Disability organisations stand together on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    27.01.2013 On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF), European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), Roma Virtual Network (RVN), the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA – Europe) and the European Disability Forum (EDF) call on national governments and inter-governmental organisations to ensure the safety of all minorities who are targets for Europe’s extremists. International Holocaust Remembrance Day reminds us of the millions of Roma, Jewish, homosexual, persons with disabilities, political opponents,...
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  • Towards better accessibility of transport services

    10.01.2013 EDF joins forces with AGE Platform Europe, Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) and European Passengers’ Federation (EPF) in order to express their common views on the upcoming European Accessibility Act. Representing a wide coalition of European organisations acting on behalf of the railway sector and the transport passengers, we would like to share our common views on the upcoming European Accessibility Act. We look forward to the European Accessibility Act as a key milestone to further improve the accessibility of goods and services to EU citizens, but also to...
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  • Last update! The Parisian Court of Appeal confirms EASYJET’S condemnation for the discrimination of the 3 disabled passengers

    06.02.2013 On 5 February 2013, the Court of Appeal of Paris confirmed the condemnation of the British low-cost airline Easy Jet for the discrimination of 3 disabled passengers in 2008 and 2009. The French organisation representing persons with disabilities, ‘Association des Paralysés de France (APF)' and EDF welcome this decision as a very important outcome to raise awareness of such incidents, as well as of the need to ensure full implementation of the EU regulations. The 3 three wheelchair-bound passengers were refused to board the company’s planes between November 2008 and January 2009. Examining...
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  • European Accessibility Act: this is what the Disability Movement expects!

    13.02.2013 In the framework of the EDF Top Campaign on the theme of “Freedom of Movement”, one of our objectives has been to promote the adoption of an ambitious and legally binding European Accessibility Act. In these terms, EDF welcomes the European Commission’s initiative to issue an Act and presents the views of the disability movement on this upcoming European Accessibility Act. The accessibility of goods and services is a key factor for the quality of life of persons with disabilities and a lot of work still remains to be done in order to achieve it. Persons with disabilities cannot fully enjoy...
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  • Web Accessibility in the heart of the Disability Movement’s meeting in Ireland

    24.02.2013 The right of persons with disabilities to have access on an equal basis with others to all information and communications technologies, including internet, is clearly laid down in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), that the EU has ratified. Nevertheless, up until now, only a limited percentage of public websites in the EU are fully accessible for persons with disabilities, while almost all private websites remain inaccessible. Last December, the European Commission released a legislative proposal on the accessibility of public bodies’ websites. In the...
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  • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: it’s time for Ireland!

    24.02.2013 The European Disability Forum (EDF) and the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) call on the Irish Government to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the implementation plan for the National Disability Strategy without any further delay. At the EDF board meeting, which took place on 23-24 February in Dublin, Ireland, hosting over 70 delegates from organisations representing persons with disabilities across Europe, the urgent need for Ireland to ratify the CRPD was considered. They noted the significant progress made by Ireland in adopting a...
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