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  • Our analysis of the European Accessibility Act

    07.06.2019 The European Accessibility Act was published today in the Offical Journal of the EU (read it in your language). Now starts the transposition period (3 years) when national governments need to "translate" the Act into national law. To help with this, we publish today our analysis of the Act. Read the full analysis (Word) Deutsche version (Word) The Act The European Accessibility Act is a landmark agreement reached after decade-long campaigning by the European disability movement. The Act will set new EU-wide minimum accessibility requirements for a limited range of products and services. The...
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  • European Semester - what are Commission's recommendations on disability?

    06.06.2019 On the 5th June, the European Commission released its Country Specific Recommendations to all 28 Member States as part of the European Semester process. The European Semester is a cycle of primarily economic and fiscal policy coordination within the EU, although it has recently begun to focus on social policy too. Its focus is on the 6-month period from the beginning of each year, hence its name - the 'semester'.  A key part of this process is the release of the Country Specific Recommendations, outlining the European Commission’s view of what Member States must do better. So, how successful...
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  • Compilation of statements opposing the draft protocol to the Oviedo Convention of the Council of Europe

    06.06.2019 This compilation is not exhaustive and provide the most recent submissions and declarations related to the opposition to the draft additional protocol to the Oviedo Convention. Coalition of organisations of persons with disabilities and service providers Handout “#WithdrawOviedo Forced treatment and placement violate rights of people with disabilities and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” (2018) Open letter to the Council of Europe’s Secretary General regarding the draft additional protocol to the Oviedo Convention (2018) Human Rights Watch (2018) “...
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  • Stairs, locked doors, and wrong templates: EU Elections still inaccessible

    05.06.2019 When Sarah Rennie arrived at the polling station, she was met with locked doors and a broken bell. That’s because Sarah could not enter through the main entrance, as it was not step free. This is just one of the many examples of inaccessible voting that the European Disability Forum collected after the elections. The truth is that, while these European Elections have shown huge improvements in terms of voting for persons with disabilities (with persons with intellectual disabilities being able to vote in for the first time in France, Denmark and Germany and second time in Spain), legal and...
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  • European Elections, European Semester, Smart travel and the CEDAW: European Disability Forum’s General Assembly explained

    05.06.2019 Around 200 participants gathered in Brussels on the 1 and 2 June for the European Disability Forum’s General Assembly. It was preceded by the conference “Smart travel: Partnership and technology making European travel more accessible” and followed by a workshop on how to engage with the UN Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women to promote the rights of women and girls with disabilities, attended by around 50 people. The events were livestreamed to an audience of around 200 people, with interpretation in international sign and real time captioning (watch Day 1 here; watch day...
    View of the plenary from the back shows full room with no available seats
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  • Second visit of Indian DPOs in Brussels

    05.06.2019 It was a pleasure for EDF to organise and host the second visit of local Indian organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) in Brussels, Belgium. The Indian delegation, comprised of 6 members, visited the EU capital from the 1st to the 4th of June (coinciding with our Annual General Assembly) as part of the project “Building Partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Empowering Organisations of Persons with Disabilities”. This is a 3-year project funded by the EU and implemented by Sightsavers India and in collaboration with EDF.  On this occasion, we had the pleasure to...
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  • European Disability Movement calls for reestablishment of the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament

    04.06.2019 Representatives of disability organisations active across the European Union approved a resolution calling for the reestablishment of the Intergroup following the European Elections. The resolution was approved during the European Disability Forum's General Assembly, that took place on 1-2 June. The resolution reads: Calling for the re-establishment of the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament Stressing that there are 80 million persons with disabilities in the EU, representing 15% of the total population of whom the European Parliament must represent and pass legislation that...
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  • Our guide to the 12th session of the conference of states parties to the CRPD

    The 12th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD will take place from the 10th to the 13th of June 2019 at the UN Headquarters in New York. You can find the agenda here and follow on twitter through the hashtags #COSP12 and #CRPD The annual Conference will take stock of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The theme is “Ensuring inclusion of persons with disabilities in a changing world through the implementation of the CRPD” and the cross-cutting theme is Awareness Raising The Sub-themes are Technology, digitalization and ICTs...
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  • Luisa Bosisio and Francisco Vañó Ferre elected as board members of EDF

    01.06.2019 During EDF's General Assembly, EDF elected two new members for it's board. Luisa Paola Bosisio Representing the Italian Disability Forum (FID) Luisa Paola Bosisio is also a member of the EDF Women Committee as Italian Disability Forum (FID) representative. Since 2007 she has been the president of FONOS – Fondazione Orizzonti Sereni, an organisation of parents of people with disabilities who are unable to represent themselves. Luisa has been active in different organisations of persons with disabilities at local and national level since 1990 and was President of the National Disability Council...
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  • European Disability movement demands the right to vote in 2019

    03.12.2018 Petition launched today by the European Disability Forum calls for action from EU Governments. Stairs in polling stations. Long, complicated instructions. Unreadable voting ballots. Blind and severely visually impaired persons being obliged, when casting their vote, to be assisted by persons not of their choice (e.g. members of the polling station team). Deprivation of the legal right to vote for persons with intellectual disabilities. These common issues still prevent persons with disabilities from voting in 2019. Over 80 million persons with disabilities routinely face easy-to-solve...
    Woman in wheelchair faces stairs that point to voting station
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