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  • Emergency in Croatia - Challenges for deafblind people

    26.03.2020 On Sunday 22 March there was an earthquake in Zagreb which caused heavy damage to the city. All deafblind (db) people and European Deafblind Union (EDbU) workers in Zagreb are safe at the moment, though most with extensive damage in their homes. Working is particularly hard due to contradictory commands: Stay home to avoid the spread of COVID-19, but stay outside in case of tremors and aftershocks. There have since been 6 strong aftershocks and over 60 weaker ones. The EDbU is overwhelmed throughout this crisis, however it has put the following in place: All their workers have been given...
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  • Opinion piece by Luisa Fazzi - Disability in the time of the Coronavirus: Can I take my dog outside … oops my child with disabilities?

    26.03.2020 Article by Luisa Bosiso Fazzi, EDF Board Member and of the Italian Disability Forum. Original version in italian on Superando.it. To start, I am no longer a mother of a person with disabilities. I am no longer a mother because, last year, I lost my disabled son in a tragic accident due to the recklessness of the authorities in securing alocation, advertised and strongly promoted as touristic place, where he was with other colleagues and educators from the day centre. An experience of community life that ended in tragedy due to the lack of attention by those who had to understand the risks and...
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  • (out of date) COVID 19: activities of our members (see new page)

    16.03.2020 Update 16 April: New page on activities of our members
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  • Updated statement: Guaranteeing the rights of women and girls with disabilities – Disability inclusive response

    25.03.2020 We updated our "Open letter to leaders at the EU and in EU countries: COVID-19 – Disability inclusive response" with demands related specifically to the guaranteeing the rights of women and girls with disabilities. Guaranteeing the rights of women and girls with disabilities Ensure data disaggregated by sex and disability is available when compiling information: include differentiated infection rates, information on barriers faced by women when accessing available humanitarian aid, and the rates of domestic and sexual violence. Consult directly with organisations of women with disabilities...
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  • Open letter: COVID 19 - medical guidelines should not discriminate against persons with disabilities

    24.03.2020 We are extremely worried with reports stating that, in some countries, medical guidelines for the COVID 19 pandemic are discriminating against persons with disabilities. We understand that, in some countries, healthcare professionals will not be able to provide the same level of care to everyone due to lack of equipment and underfunding of the healthcare sector. Medical guidelines for these situations need to ensure that persons with disabilities are not discriminated against. We call on the World Health Organization and other health authorities to create non-discriminatory ethical guidelines...
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  • Updated statement: Ethical Medical Guidelines in COVID-19 – Disability inclusive response

    24.03.2020 We are extremely worried with reports stating that, in some countries, medical guidelines for the COVID 19 pandemic are discriminating against persons with disabilities. This is why we updated our "Open letter to leaders at the EU and in EU countries: COVID-19 – Disability inclusive response" with demands related to the development of non-discriminatory medical guidelines: Non-discriminatory ethical medical guidelines In countries where healthcare professionals will not be able to provide the same level of care to everyone due to lack of equipment and underfunding of the healthcare sector...
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  • Accessible Online Participation Checklist

    24.03.2020 Here is a suggested checklist for organizers running on accessible online meetings. It was put together by our member the Swedish Disability Rights Federation Preparing for online meetings Always ask for accessibility and find partners, suppliers for cooperation to improve quality of services. Communicate information to participants well in advance, also about how to participate. Allow users to express requirements for remote participation at registration for the meeting. Include accessibility in the budget. Check and test that the communication tools are accessible. Make sure that staff...
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  • Message from Ana Peláez Narváez: Women with disabilities and COVID-19

    24.03.2020 Dear sisters with disabilities in Europe and dear women from the European disability movement, The crisis caused by coronavirus led authorities in many countries to take drastic measures to enforce forced isolation to control the spread and to drastically manage and reinforce healthcare capacity and economic measures. These were measures never seen before, we never thought it would come to this. We, at EDF, are proud of the efforts of the European disability movement and of our partners in humanitarian aid other human rights organisations and want to thank you for your work. We are all...
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  • (out of date) COVID-19 Resources (see new page)

    23.03.2020 Update 15 April: Follow the latest developments on our new COVID-19 resource page  
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  • Race, migratory status and disability

    21.03.2020 The following is an excerpt of our European Human Rights Report - issue 3 Black and Minority Ethnic persons with disabilities Black people with disabilities and people from ethnic minorities with disabilities are often victims of multiple and intersectional discrimination in all areas of life. A report published by the charity BRAP, formerly known as ‘Birmingham Race Action Partnership’, highlights that detention rates in the United Kingdom under the Mental Health Act 1983 are 6% lower than average for white British mental health patients, while they are 32% higher than average for black...
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