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Women and the War - Inspired by their own knowing: Women, disability, and complex challenges

Blog post written by Phillipa Tucker – Coordinator Eastern and Central Europe, EDF Much has been written about...

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Living independently: stories of young people with disabilities in Europe

Independent living is a cornerstone of the rights of persons with disabilities. While the independent living movement has...

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Young persons with disabilities real actors in the EU society?

Blog post written by Loredana Dicsi - Membership, Internal Communication and Youth Officer Today we are celebrating again the...

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Interview with Kristijan Grđan

Kristijan Grđan, is Croatian living in Germany. He represents Mental Health Europe of which he is the president....

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Interview with Gabor Petry

Gabor Petry, from Hungary, representing Mental Health Europe, joined EDF board in 2013 as the youngest board member...

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Interview with Bart Verdickt

Bart Verdickt is from Belgium and represent the Belgian Disability Forum (BDF) he was elected as a board...

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Interview with Francisco Vaño

Francisco Vaño, Paco, is representing International Federation of Persons with Physical Disability (FIMITIC) one of our European NGO...

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Interview with Rodolfo Cattani

Rodolfo Cattani is representing the European Blind Union (EBU)one of our European NGO full member. He has been...

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The Acropolis: a complex with improved accessible facilities

Blog post written by Marily Christofi, Accessibility Expert collaborating with the NCDP It is now commonly accepted that...

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UN Committee scrutinizes disability inclusion in Swiss international cooperation

Blog post written by: Chantal Baumgarten, Advocacy Project Manager for CBM Switzerland and Coordinator of the Swiss Disability and...

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Experience with the European Disability Card

Post written by: Alejandro Moledo, EDF Head of Policy I am always proud to say that (I believe)...

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Interview with Autism-Poland Association of the situation on the border with Ukraine

We spoke with Małgorzata Wokacz-Zaborowska, representative of Autism-Poland Association at Autism-Europe. Members of this association are helping children and adults...

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Interview with Child With Future on the situation of children with autism in Ukraine

Children and especially children with disabilities are among the groups most affected by the war in Ukraine. We...

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It is possible to design a future where all have a chance to live and thrive

Blog post by Sif Holst candidate for the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities On March...

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31st Alzheimer Europe Conference

Blog post by Alzheimer Europe If you were unable to participate in the virtual 31st Alzheimer Europe Conference #31AEC...

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Dance in the Rain

Blogpost written by Clara Osafo Sasu Senior, intern at EDF International cooperation team My experience at EDF can...

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Disabled women organising and leading change

The National Womens Council of Ireland (NWCI), is a women’s civil society organisation. Since February 2020, we have...

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Forced sterilization of disabled people

Opd-ed by Feminists Against Ableism An Intersectional Disability Justice Collective Who is allowed to be a parent? This...

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United Nations Online Volunteers

Every year, hundreds of organizations request thousands of Online Volunteers to team up and address sustainable development challenges...

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The European Union promotes Inclusive volunteering

by Loredana Dicsi, EDF Internal Communication and Youth Officer The European Solidarity Corps (ESC) is the volunteering programme...

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ASPEm: The path to promoting online volunteering

Blog post written by Camilla Novara from ASPEm, Global Citizenship Education and Mobility and Volunteering areas Our organization ASPEm has...

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International Rescue Committee UK: Step by step - our work to become inclusive!

By Laura Kyrke-Smith – Executive Director International Rescue Committee -UK With the Global Disability Summit around the corner,...

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When it rains, look for rainbows ! When it's dark, look for stars !

Blog post written by Katia Vermeire Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Katia Vermeire and I...

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Everyone Deserves a Taste of Mobility

This blog is written by Diana Zsoldos, former ESC volunteer, Communications and Logistics Officer for International Cooperation at...

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Barriers faced by deaf people while accessing healthcare

Article written by Mark Wheatley, Executive Director of the European Union of the Deaf (EUD) Under the Article...

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Good COP, bad COP, inclusive COP?

Photo credit: GDI Hub. Blog post written by Gordon Rattray, International Cooperation Officer. The Conference is over, the Glasgow agreement...

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Vote against the “Additional Protocol to the Oviedo Convention”

Vote against the “Additional Protocol to the Oviedo Convention” This article is about European legislation with regards to coercion in mental health care. The Council of Europe is about to make a big mistake. It’s now up to the minister of foreign affairs who can turn the tide with his colleagues in the Committee of Ministers in the Council of Europe.

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‘Sticky wall’, sauna and salty liquorice - VIVID-T project meeting in Helsinki

Are we really having a face-to-face meeting? Amazing’ This was the main feeling when starting the VIVID-T meeting...

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We find ourselves in crucial times: Disability Voice newsletter introduction by Jolijn Santegoeds, EDF Board Member.

Welcome to the Disability voice newsletter. As EDF’s board member on behalf of the European Network of Users,...

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"It was not his job to help me". The story of Niamh who was denied assistance to get out of a bus in Aarhus (Denmark)

Blog post by Niamh Ní Hoireabhaird, Irish disability activist and journalist. After spending a year and a half...

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Connecting Key Actors - Interview with Alessia Rogai on Bridging the Gap II project

Our Bridging the Gap II (BtG-II) project has ended and we were curious to hear about the learning experience that we can take away from this. On this occasion, we talked to Alessia Rogai who worked as knowledge management and learning coordinator of this EU-funded project.

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Walking in the city Centre can turn into a nightmare

When your city is turned up, broken for important works to change water pipes or other, for may it becomes unconfortable. For blind people it can be fatal.

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How accessible is your stay in hospital?

The majority of people stay once or twice in their life in hospital. Persons with disabilities will have this “chance” more then others, certainly some that have disability related illnesses. This year I was there twiceand had a “good experience”. Don’t be surprised I’ll explain it.

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“On the tatami we are opponents. The minute we step off, we are each other’s biggest supporters.”

Guest blog by Nina Portolan, para karate athlete from Belgrade, Serbia. She won the bronze medal at the recent Karate and Para karate European Championship.

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Young People with Disabilities - Where are they?

Opinion Piece written by Loredana Dicsi, Membership, Internal Communication and Youth Officer. Today is International Youth Day, a special day when full attention is given to young people. But how much attention? How many people will read this piece today? 12 August is a day like any other day. And yet is when most of us are enjoying a well-deserved holiday.

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Transforming from an orphanage to reintegration

The Umbrella Foundation, an organisation that moved away from orphanage care and now focuses on the reintegration of children back to their families, shares with VIVID-T a case study that is just one part of their transitional journey. This blog has been prepared by Stephen Jenkinson who was the Country Director for three years for the Umbrella Foundation and also available on Tearfund Ireland’s website.

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The courage of taking responsibility for your inner voice

Sotiroula Kythreot a Schuman Trainee at the European Parliament tells her story. Diagnosed with an unclassified hyposkeletical dysplasia of the edges and deformity she spent most of her life in a hospital. She shares with us her story of how she took responsibility for her inner voice.

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Working together to achieve more. Sif Holst, Vice-Chair DPOD nominee for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Committee

We spoke with Sif Holst Vice-Chair DPOD, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee and Nordic Council's Disability Council. With over 20 years of experience as disability rights advocate, we interviewed her about her candidacy to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) Committee.

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My Experience of Online Volunteering

EDF is a co-partner in an EU-funded project called VIVID-T focusing on humanitarian action, volunteering, and disability. Read...

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Intersectionality Statement European Union of the Deaf (EUD)

By Toju Popo, Policy Assistant EUD To commemorate the 17 of May, the day against homophobia and transphobia, EUD would...

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Vaccine (in)equity. No right of way for persons with disabilities in the EU

By Aïda Regel Poulsen As the General Secretary for European Federation of Hard of Hearing I have received...

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Reading costs me more than others

On April 23 is World Book Day. Each reason to celebrate is good for me and I enjoy. But celebrating a day dedicated to books is even more important to me. Reading is one of my passion, and to this passion I dedicate every day at least one hour. And if one day, I didn’t have time for any reason I will certainly catch up later in the week.

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Reflections on Learning

If I had to summarize my time with EDF into a simple phrase, I believe I would call...

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Learning Never Stops

Ever since I started my internship with European Disability Forum (EDF) I have been catching myself walking around...

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The black siren: experience of a young para-swimmer

My name is Nicaise Mokabo. I was seven years old when I lost my leg after a traffic accident. Very quickly, I had to deal with the situation and my prosthetist told me that I had to find a physical activity. And this is my story.

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Criticism of COVID-19 passports in Denmark

The National Association of Current and Former Psychiatric Users (LAP) in Denmark has been tracking the government’s proposal...

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Better no tough approach to rioters (Netherlands)

As an expert by experience on the use of coercion in (youth)psychiatry, I would like to stress that a tough approach to rioting youth and youngsters is counterproductive.

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Ms. Katarzyna Roszewska

I would like to be involved in the work on strengthening and promoting Articles 12 and 19 with their general comments, as well as in the work on the draft general commentary on Article 28. The CRPD underlines also the role of the family and the duty of the State in supporting the family.

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Ms. Ivanka Jovanović

"Human rights are universal and indivisible; they belong to all human beings, so naturally they also belong to...

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Working together to achieve more - Ms. Sif Holst from Denmark

We need to work together if we want to release the full potential of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The disability organisations, our disability umbrellas are vital with their knowledge and experience. It must always be “Nothing about us without us”

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Election of the UN CPRD Committee: Zoom on Candidates. Dr Claire Lucille Azzopardi Lane

States parties to the Convention will elect 9 independent experts to the Committee on the Rights of Persons...

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Mind the gap 4/4. A social twin track approach to vaccination

Mind the Gap by Jolijn Santegoeds, 9 December 2020. This is the last of four articles in the story. Click on every title to access.

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Mind the gap 3/4. Vaccination alone is not enough. The social consequences for persons with disabilities of a global emergency

Mind the Gap by Jolijn Santegoeds, 9 December 2020. This is the third of four articles in the story. Click on every title to access.

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Mind the gap 2/4. What is behind all this publicity about COVID 19 vaccination? Some concerns about the plan

Mind the Gap by Jolijn Santegoeds, 9 December 2020. This is the second of four articles in the story. Click on every title to access.

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Mind the gap 1/4. Facing a human rights emergency. COVID19 vaccination in institutions is not enough

Mind the Gap by Jolijn Santegoeds, 9 December 2020. This is the first of four articles in the story. Click on every title to access.

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Stuck in institution, raped by her “carer”

by Luisa Bosisio Fazzi, Italian Disability Forum and member of EDF Women’s Committee

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Healthcare Status: When You Belong to Nowhere

Article was written by Diana Zsoldos Citizens have been able to enjoy tremendous opportunities since the European Union...

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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?

Article by Luisa Bosiso Fazzi, EDF Board Member and of the Italian Disability Forum. Original version in italian on Superando.it.

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Children’s Day 2016: The voices of children with disabilities should be heard

Happy Children’s Day everyone! Children with disabilities have the right to the same life as all other children....

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