9 November: Accessibility of transport and built environment for persons with disabilities (EDF Seminar)

Date: 
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 08:00
Duration: 
4 hours
Location: 
Helsinki, Finland

This year, the much-anticipated milestone European Accessibility Act was agreed upon, and while it bares many improvements (especially in the digital sector) it is missing an important part: accessibility of transport and the built environment #Access4All

As we await the transposition of the Act in the Member States, it is timely to discuss the issues this piece of legislation fails to cover, whilst in the country holding the EU presidency. The seminar will consist of two panel discussions:

  • The first panel will showcase good practices by local authorities and organisations of persons with disabilities on tackling transport and built environment accessibility barriers. Remaining challenges on EU-level will be highlighted, exploring how the newly adopted Accessibility Act can remedy some issues.
  • The second panel will discuss how the gaps in the Act in relation to transport and built environment can be filled. The first European standard on accessibility and usability of the built environment is a promising effort towards that goal. During this panel, we will also present the Accessibility Act transposition toolkit in support of members’ advocacy at Member State level.

During the seminar we will aim to come up with recommendations to DPOs, local, national authorities and policy-makers on how to advance accessibility in Europe.

Draft Agenda

Please use the online form to register for the seminar, and state accessibility or other measures we should take to support your participation. Registration will stay open as long as places are available.

Please note, we are not able to cover costs for external participants.

Interpretation in English, French, Swedish, Finnish, as well as international sign, will be provided.

We aim to ensure accessible livestream of the seminar.

For questions, please contact Mher Hakobyan, EDF accessibility officer: mher.hakobyan@edf-feph.org