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  • It’s about us, it’s about Europe: EYCA’s final report on active citizenship is out!

    15.12.2013 The European Year of Citizens 2013 closed with a conference which took place on 12-13 December in Vilnius, Lithuania. The event has been organised by the European Commission in close cooperation with the European Year of Citizens Alliance (EYCA) and the Lithuanian Presidency. EDF was represented by its Vice President, Gunta Anca, who underlined how important it is for persons with disabilities to be active citizens and to have equal access in society. ‘Persons with disabilities were for so long excluded from participating in society and therefore in the policy making processes. Times have...
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  • Mobile for Good Europe Awards: Application which enables colour-blind users to understand colours & information based on colours wins 30.000€ award

    06.12.2013 On 5 December 2013, the Vodafone Foundation announced the four winners of the 2013 Mobile for Good Europe Awards. Organised by Vodafone Foundation, the European Disability Forum and AGE Platform Europe, these awards recognise transformational apps designed to improve people's lives, deliver substantial public benefit and stimulate thinking of how mobile technology can improve the delivery of public services for society. A total prize fund of 200,000 EUR for the best Android and iOS apps and concepts has been shared between 12 finalists, with the winner of each category receiving 30,000 EUR....
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  • Accessible tourism in the heart of this year's European Day of People with Disabilities

    04.12.2013 Tourism is an important source of growth for the economy in Europe, representing today 1.8 million businesses and approximately 9.7 million jobs. However, travelling can still be a real challenge for some people as finding the information on services, checking luggage on a plane, booking an accessible room often prove to be difficult, costly and time consuming. In the frame of the European Day of People with Disabilities, the European Commission in close cooperation with the European Disability Forum (EDF), organised a conference on “Accessible Tourism in Europe” on 3-4 December 2013. The...
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  • A need for a Mediterranean Agenda on human rights of persons with disabilities

    23.11.2013 On 22-23 November, the 'Euro Mediterranean Conference on the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities' in Madrid brought together participants from 18 countries of the Mediterranean region. Organised by EDF, the Arab Organisation of Persons with Disabilities and the Spanish Committee of Representatives of Persons with Disabilities, in the framework of the MUSAWA II project, the conference focused on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) at national level,the involvement and exchange of best practice on policy making and projects, asylum...
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  • The Disability Movement calls for an inclusive sustainable development

    17.11.2013 The disability movement met this weekend in Vilnius, Lithuania gathering together representatives of its member organisations all around Europe, as well as representatives of the Lithuanian Republic and European institutions. On the first day of the Board meeting, a European conference took place focusing on: 'Disability and sustainable development. A perspective from the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities'. Opening the conference, Dovilé Juodkaité, President of the Lithuanian Forum for the Disabled welcomed this event as the only one focusing on the rights of persons...
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  • European Accessibility Act: EDF calls on the European Commission to deliver a legislative proposal on the accessibility of goods and services

    11.11.2013 The disability movement met with the Vice President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding to discuss the actions that the Commission is taking on the implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities and the upcoming European Accessibility Act. Ms Reding expressed the European Commission’s commitment to the preparation of the legislative proposal of the Act. Represented by its President, Yannis Vardakastanis, its Vice President, Gunta Anca, its Secretary, Rodolfo Cattani and its Director, Carlotta Besozzi, EDF underlined the strong support and commitment of the European...
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  • Where do we stand with the implementation of the UN Convention in the EU?

    25.10.2013 The 2013 Work Forum is concluding today after two days of sharing experiences and discussing the challenges that the Member States have to face when it comes to the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). Organised by the European Commission, the Work Forum gathered representatives of the structures for governance of the UN CRPD, namely Focal Points, Coordination Mechanisms and Monitoring Mechanisms across the EU Member States, as well as the EU, along with key actors from the civil society and representative organisations of persons with...
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  • Time for implementation of the UN Convention in the Balkans and Turkey

    11.10.2013 The international conference on “Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Balkans and Turkey” concluded in Istanbul after a 3-day interactive dialogue and exchange of best practice on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). Organised by the European Disability Forum, People 2 People Programme and UNICEF as a partner, the conference gathered representatives of the European and international disability movement, the European Commission and the UN CRPD Committee. The conference focused on the practical implementation and ways of...
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  • Disability and development at the core of the UN High Level Meeting in New York

    23.09.2013 The UN General Assembly held a High-Level Meeting on disability and development at the UN headquarters, with statements from over 50 Member States, UN Agencies and civil society. In his capacity as Chair of the International Disability Alliance (IDA), EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, spoke on behalf of persons with disabilities at the opening of the meeting. EDF was also represented by its Executive member, Pat Clarke, and its deputy director, Javier Güemes. WHY WAS IT A HISTORIC MEETING? Yannis Vardakastanis speaks at the opening of the meeting This was a historic meeting, since it is...
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  • Musawa II: the First Arab Deaf Regional Conference took place in Tunis

    07.09.2013 On 6 – 7 September, the Arab Organisation of Persons with Disabilities (AOPD) and the European Disability Forum (EDF) organised in Tunis “The First Regional Conference of Arab Deaf Persons: To Promote Human Rights for Deaf Persons in the Arab World”. The conference took place in the frame of the Musawa II Project, funded by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development; it gathered not only the regional representation of deaf persons of the Arab Countries but also leaders within the international movement of deaf persons like Colin Allen, president of the World Federation...
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