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  • Portugal needs National Disability Strategy - Conclusions of high-level visit to Portugal on rights of persons with disabilities

    26.03.2018 Our President, Yannis Vardakastannis, participated in a 3-day visit to Portugal. The visit focused on the rights of persons with disabilities. It took place from 19 to 21 March. It was organized by the European Economic and Social Committee – Group 3 and Standing Group on the Rights of People with Disabilities. The visit focused on the impact of the economic crisis on persons with disabilities. It looked at the politics of the Portuguese Government to ensure the rights of persons with disabilities. The most important remarks were: Disability discrimination in Europe averages 15% but in...
    Our President, Yannis Vardakastanis, sits among other participants in the visit
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  • Nominations open for the Accessible Airport Awards 2018.

    23.03.2018 EDF and the Airport Council International launched the third edition of the Accessible Airport Awards. It aims to reward airports that are invested in improving service quality and accessibility for persons with disabilities. The jury will be composed by members of our Executive Committee. The last two editions awarded the Larnaka Airport (in 2017) and the Dublin Airport (in 2016). If you know an airport that goes the extra mile, please make them aware of this award. The nominations are open until the 6 April. The selection criteria and entry form can be found on the Airport Council...
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  • From institutions to community living – Fundamental Rights Agency releases three easy-read reports on deinstitutionalisation

    23.03.2018 The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is looking at how to help people with disabilities move from living in institutions to living in their local community with support.; FRA has published three easy-read reports which look at different parts of this issue. The first report looks at what the EU and the 28 Member States have agreed to do to move people with disabilities from institutions to living in their local community with support. The second report is about the money that is needed to help people move from institutions to live in the community. The third report looks...
    Cover page of the report. Logo of the Agency and  title from institutions to community living on top. Picture of an institution and house with forward arrow to represent transition. Smiling man in wheelchair wholding paper with a heck mark
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  • We are part of the Independent Commission for Sustainable Equality

    23.03.2018 The Progressive Society initiative has launched an Independent Commission for Sustainable Equality. The Progressive Society is supported by the Socialist & Democrats Group in the European Parliament. It is an initiative undertaking a major reflection on Europe’s development. The Commission intends to work closely with experts from civil society. Therefore, we were asked to join its new Taskforce on Sustainable Equality. The goal is to define a comprehensive policy roadmap to combating inequalities, in the framework of a sustainable development approach. The Society wants to make...
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  • Regional Forum for Sustainable Development: Europe is getting ready for the High Level Political Forum

    22.03.2018 We attended the second Regional Forum on Sustainable Development. The forum focuses on monitoring the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and took place on the 1st and 2nd March. The forum was organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE). They promote sustainable development in the ECE region. The ECE region has 56 Member States and includes Europe, but also countries in North America (Canada and United States), Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) and Western Asia (Israel). The forum had 600 participants...
    Logo of the Sustainable Development Goals. A multi-colored wheel with an empy center.
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  • 21 March is World Down Syndrome Day

    21.03.2018 The theme of World Down Syndrome Day 2018 is “What I bring to the community”. World Down Syndrome Day in Human Rights Council To mark the day, there will be a conference in Geneva. The conference happens during the Human Rights Council meeting. The Human Rights Council is responsible for the promotion of human rights. This meeting happens 3 times a year and this one is the 37th meeting. You can watch the conference online here What I bring to the community stories To mark the day, the European Down Syndrome Association asked their members to submit personal stories. The stories tell the...
    Young man with Down Syndrome and older man look each other in the eyes and smile
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  • Regulation on rail passengers’ rights - our proposed amendments

    20.03.2018 The European Parliament Transport and Tourism Committee rapporteur, M. Liberadzki, has now published his draft report to European Commission proposal for a recast of Regulation 1371/2007. As the regulation includes important provision on the right to transport and the right to assistance, we published a position paper last October highlighting our key priorities for the revision. We are pleased that the Transport and Tourism Committee rapporteur listened to some of our concerns. For example, we welcome clarification that booking of assistance needs to be free of charge. We also welcome the...
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  • 7 years of war in Syria: Children with disability face extreme risk of exclusion.

    UNICEF launched the “Disabled children, Enabled futures” campaign on the 12 March 2018. The campaign focus on the extreme risk that children with disabilities have been facing in Syria for the last 7 years. The campaign calls for: an end to war, investment in lifesaving support, improved access to inclusive services (health, nutrition, education, water and child protection) and support for the reconstruction efforts. More than 1.5 million persons with disabilities have been living under constant threat for the last 7 years. They are exposed to attacks, explosive hazards and other dangers...
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  • Celebrating the life of Stephen Hawking: Visionary physicist dies aged 76

    16.03.2018 The British scientist was famed for his work with black holes and relativity, and wrote several popular science books including the celebrated “A Brief History of Time”. Prof. Hawking was regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein, had over a dozen honorary degrees, and was a fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the US National Academy of Science. At the age of 22 Professor Hawking was given only a few years to live after being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease. Professor Hawking recognized that his access to high-quality healthcare...
    Portrait of Professor Hawking with quote Disability need not be an obstacle to success"
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  • Resolution on disability-inclusive Sustainable Development Goals

    Adopted by the Board of Directors of the European Disability Forum Brussels, 13rd March 2018 Whereas the European Union (EU), as a Party to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), has a legal obligation under the Convention to promote, protect and ensure the full enjoyment of human rights by persons with disabilities; Whereas the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted in 2015 by the United Nations, represents a unique opportunity to implement and monitor the UNCRPD; Whereas the motto of the 2030 Agenda is “leave no one behind”,...
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