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  • COVID-19 Resources

    23.03.2020 Below you will find a list of resources in relation to COVID-19. You should also read: Our demands for authorities Our open letter "COVID 19 - medical guidelines should not discriminate against persons with disabilities." Our members' activities. Frequently asked questions - COVID19 and disability organisations Letter from Members of the European Parliament to Commission President Von der Leyen Ana Pelaez Narvaes: Women with disabilities and COVID 19 Luisa Bosiso Fazzi: Disability in the time of the Coronavirus: Can I take my dog outside … oops my child with disabilities? Emergency in...
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  • Open letter to leaders at the EU and in EU countries: COVID-19 – Disability inclusive response

    13.03.2020 In the light of the current pandemic and its disproportionate impact on persons with disabilities, the European Disability Forum (EDF) has developed the following recommendations for policy makers, through discussion with our members., based on our members’ current work, and priorities. These recommendations aim to address the range of risks persons with disabilities face.  Persons with disabilities face the same risk as the rest of the population, compounded by many other issues: disruption of services and support, in some cases, pre-existing health conditions which leave them more at risk...
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  • Statement by Italian organisations - The Massacre of the Innocents

    30.03.2020 This is a translated version of the statement “la strage degli innocent” signed by several Italian organisations The most fragile people are denied access to care. This time the innocent are not children, but older people with disabilities. They die anyway, hundreds of them. Many at home, many more in the regional residential institutions. I am talking about persons with disabilities and underlying conditions, especially older people - but not only - who in recent weeks have been denied any form of protection against Covid-19 and who are now paying this neglect with their lives. Once they...
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  • Updated statement: protection of persons with disabilities in institutions, deafblind persons, freedom of persons with disabilities, – Disability inclusive response

    27.03.2020 We updated our "Open letter to leaders at the EU and in EU countries: COVID-19 – Disability inclusive response" with demands related to: specific needs of deafblind people Demands to ensure that measures of confinement and treatment do not overly restrict the freedom of persons with disabilities. Demands to ensure protection of persons with disabilities in institutions Ensure protection of persons with disabilities in institutions Ensuring marginalised and isolated people are not left without essential goods, support and human contact Authorities should take measures to drastically reduce the...
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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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  • COVID 19: activities of our members

    16.03.2020 These are some activities that our members are actively working on as a response to the COVID pandemic. If you have any updates on how organisations of persons with disabilities are responding to the COVID19 crisis please let us know: andre.felix@edf-feph.org. Austria  "Bizeps – Center of independent living" published information about COVID 19 for persons with disabilities who are living in Vienna. The Austrian Federation for the Deaf published information in Austrian Sign Language about COVID 19. "Dabei Austria – integration in the labour market“  published information about the new way to ...
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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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