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  • No more excuses! Equal access to rail travel is overdue

    08.05.2018 By Yannis Vardakastanis, President of the European Disability Forum Want to catch a train in the next hour? All you need to do is buy a ticket, turn up and go. If I wanted to do the same, it wouldn’t be possible. As it stands, EU law doesn’t give me a right to travel by train when I want to. It is time to change the law. Most people take their right to take the train for granted - I don’t. But now that Members of European Parliament are finalising their amendments on the EU rail passengers’ rights regulation, will I get the same rights as other Europeans? One in six people in the EU has a...
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  • Independent Living Day 2018: We want a strong European Accessibility Act and less barriers to vote

    03.05.2018 This year’s theme is Barriers to Independent Living. To celebrate Independent Living Day, our member ENIL (European Network on Independent Living) wants to hear your story. ENIL's campaign focus on two main topics: a strong European Accessibility Act and barriers for political participation. Send photos, videos and written testimony about barriers that you faced to evsvolunteer2@enil.eu. Your experience of barriers to political participation as a voter or candidate is especially appreciated.
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  • "Play for Children with Disabilities" Final Meeting

    27.04.2018 This Action in the framework of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) aims at the creation of a novel and autonomous field of research and intervention on play for children with disabilities. The Ludi Network can look back at 4 years of great and substantial work and opportunities in this field. Ludi concluded its work together with all its members and shared its experiences and mission with parliamentarians, representatives of associations of persons with disabilities and the Representatives of the Toy Companies. This final meeting included a/o a presentation of the...
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  • Rail Passengers’ Rights - MEPs to discuss amendments on 25 April

    23.04.2018 Members of the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism (TRAN) Committee will discuss amendments to the rail passengers’ rights regulation on Wednesday 25 April. We are asking MEPs to seize this ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to ensure 80 million European citizens with disabilities have equal access to rail travel. Time is up! All EU member states and the European Union have now ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Lawmakers have a legal, and moral obligation to uphold the Convention and deliver equal access to transportation for persons...
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  • On World Book Day 2018, still more than 95% of the books are not accessible.

    23.04.2018 Full implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty is essential to end the “book famine” The Marrakesh Treaty is an intellectual property treaty that allows authorized entities to share their accessible books collection across borders. By allowing organisations to share accessible books without breaking copyright laws, it takes a great step towards ending the “book famine”, caused by a lack of accessible books for visually impaired persons. While we are happy the EU ratified the Treaty, we are still waiting for it to be deposited at World Intellectual Property Organization. This deposit is...
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  • Kamil Goungor is the new Chair of the Youth Committee

    20.04.2018 This week, Kamil Goungor was selected as the chair of our Youth Committee. Kamil Goungor was born in 1988 in Athens, Greece, where he currently lives, and he has studied communication, media and culture. He is actively involved in the Independent Living movement both in Greece and abroad, as well as in the fields of disability and youth in general. He is also on the board of the Youth Network of our member ENIL (European Network on Independent Living), as well as one of the co-founders and board members of i-living, the Independent Living Organization of Greece.
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  • The UN CRPD enters into force in Ireland

    19.04.2018 Finally, today the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities enters into force in Ireland! It is now in force in all EU Member States! Finian McGrath TD, the minister for Disability in Ireland promised it would bring "immediately, present and concrete benefits". We hope this is the case. Read Disability Federation of Ireland's Press Release
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  • Launch of a new project on Sustainable Development!

    16.04.2018 On 14 March 2018 in Delhi, India, Sightsavers India organised the launch of a new project entitled “Building partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Empowering organisations of persons with disabilities”. The project is co-financed by the European Union and Sightsavers and will be delivered over 36 months in partnerships with us, as co-recipient of the project. We were represented by Sustainable Development Goals Coordinator Marion Steff,. The launched was followed by a 2-days workshop to plan the work ahead. Marion was invited to make a statement and the audience had the...
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  • Help us ensure the Europass online CV tool is accessible to all

    19.04.2018 The Europass portal, is an EU-funded online tool designed to help Europeans create an online CV and a cover letter, using the Europass standardised format. The Europass formats were launched by the European Union to help Europeans everywhere easily communicate their competences across countries, and they require a CV in Europass for most job applications. Unfortunately, the Europass online tool is still not accessible to all citizens. Due to that, a visually impaired citizen complained to the European Ombusdman about the inaccessibility of Europass in 2013. The EU ombudsman closed the...
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  • “The method of defining and assessing disability must change.” – interview with Vera Bonvalot about Portugal.

    17.04.2018 Following the European Economic and Social Committee visit on the rights of persons with disabilities, we interviewed our Board member Vera Bonvalot. She is the Executive Director of the Portuguese National Federation for Traumatic Brain Injured (TBI) and families (Novamente) and a member of the National Observatory for Disability and Human Rights. Question: The Permanent Study Group on Disability rights of the European Economic and Social Committee recently visited Portugal on a fact-finding mission. They were surprised by the lack of disability strategy and the level of discrimination....
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