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  • European Disability movement demands the right to vote in 2019

    03.12.2018 Petition launched today by the European Disability Forum calls for action from EU Governments. Stairs in polling stations. Long, complicated instructions. Unreadable voting ballots. Blind and severely visually impaired persons being obliged, when casting their vote, to be assisted by persons not of their choice (e.g. members of the polling station team). Deprivation of the legal right to vote for persons with intellectual disabilities. These common issues still prevent persons with disabilities from voting in 2019. Over 80 million persons with disabilities routinely face easy-to-solve...
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  • Problems to Vote in EU Elections? Let us know!

    23.05.2019 The European Elections will take place this week. While we campaigned extensively for accessible elections, we know it's not the case everywhere. We are collecting stories of situations in which persons with disabilities were unable to vote, or faced extra difficulties to do so.  Persons can submit their story in any language in 3 ways: Through social media using the hashtag #DisabilityVote Through a form that can be filled anonymously in any language.  By sending an e-mail to andre.felix@edf-feph.org
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  • What are the Disability Intergroup achievements?

    22.05.2019 Overview The Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament is an informal grouping of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from all nationalities and most political groups who are interested in promoting the disability policy in their work at the European Parliament as well as at the national level. It is also one of the largest Intergroups, with over 110 MEPs. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) has been ratified by the EU and each of its member states. MEPs from the Disability Intergroup worked together, across all political groups and most...
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  • Westeros Disability Forum warmly welcomes New Ruler of Westeros

    22.05.2019 The Westeros Disability Forum (WDF), the representative organisation that brings together organisations of persons with disabilities in the seven kingdoms, applauds the appointment of Your Grace King Bran Stark to hold the top position of the realm. We expect the new king to keep disability rights issues high in the political agenda of Westeros.   We expect that the appointment of Tyrion Lannister, as Hand of the King, also reinforces diversity in public office, representing different disabilities at the helm of the six kingdoms.   Ser Erpidi, President of WDF and lord of the 80 million,...
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  • Sexual orientation, gender identity and disability: LGBTI persons with disabilities

    16.05.2019 The following is an excerpt of our European Human Rights Report - issue 3   Sexual orientation, gender identity and disability: LGBTI persons with disabilities    Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) people with disabilities are at risk of multiple and intersectional forms of discrimination in all areas of life. This is particularly true in the areas of employment, education and healthcare. LGBTI persons with disabilities face increased risks of school bullying, segregation in specific schools, denial of labour and trade union rights and difficult access to vocational...
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  • EDF launches the report “Plug and Pray?”

    15.05.2019 We increasingly see new technology breakthroughs related to Artificial Intelligence, virtual assistants, augmented reality, robotics, smart environments, etc. This is why last year EDF, along with its accessibility and technology experts, looked at the impact of these emerging technologies to the lives of persons with disabilities. This resulted in the report "Plug and Pray - A disability perspective on artificial intelligence, automated decision-making and emerging technologies (Accessible PDF)" Some conclusions of the report include: Teams working on new technologies are not diverse enough...
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  • Technology is for People, Not the Other Way Round

    15.05.2019 By Shadi Abou-Zahra, Accessibility Strategy and Technology Specialist - World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)  Web Accessibility Initiative   Admittedly, I love technology and the opportunities it provides for many people. As a quadriplegic (I’m physically impaired in both arms and legs), I was only able to complete school and later on university with the help of laptop computers. It allowed me to take notes, write homework, and organise myself in ways that I could not with pen and paper. The advances since in voice and image recognition, in internet connectivity, and in computing power are...
    Shadi Abou-Zahara
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  • EU Elections Lead Candidates Debate - Livestream in sign language

    15.05.2019 The debate takes place on 15 May from 21:00 CET. Watch here 
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  • Disability Intergroup: Putting Disability on the EU Agenda

    10.05.2019 In the European Parliament, there is a group of 110 MEPs that fight for the rights of persons with disabilities. They are... the Disability Intergroup.   See what they achieved in this short video:  
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  • Regional Forum for Sustainable Development 2019: More and more visibility for persons with disabilities!

    10.05.2019 For the third year in the row, EDF attended the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development in Geneva, on the 21st and 22nd March 2019. EDF Board Member Thorkild Olesen was present with Marion Steff, EDF SDGs Coordinator and Monica Loland from Disabled People's Organisations Denmark (DPOD). The forum was organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and focused on monitoring the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the ECE region. The Forum was well attended with more than 850 participants, from 50 countries. The theme was very relevant for persons...
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