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  • Open letter: We want accessible and inclusive European Development Days

    04.09.2019 The annual European Development Days (EDD) organised by the European Commission in Brussels took place on the 18th and 19th of June. The aim of the conference is to bring the development community together to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. It is one of Europe’s biggest development conferences and it includes a participatory programme with 745 exhibitions, 860 sessions and around 66 500 participants. The overarching title for this year was “Addressing inequalities: building a world which leaves...
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  • Survey: Have your say on the European Union’s disability strategy

    04.09.2019 Are you a person with disabilities? A disability organisation? A policymaker involved in disability policy? The EU wants to hear from you! The European Commission is looking for information on the lives of persons with disabilities have changed in the last 10 years and what needs to be done to achieve full equality. The survey, which is available in 23 languages, will serve has feedback on the implementation of the current disability strategy, which runs until 2020: the bad, the good and what should have been done. It will also help develop the EU’s strategy for the next 10 years (2020-...
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  • Advocacy: Making Erasmus+ more inclusive

    30.08.2019 EDF urges the decision makers to make the new Eramus+ programme (2021-2027) inclusive both in theory and practice. In order to achieve an inclusive and accessible Erasmus + for all young people and beneficiaries, including those with fewer opportunities, here are proposals for improvement in four main areas: Inclusion: It is essential that the definitions used are in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), signed and ratified by the EU and all Member States Accessibility: Erasmus+ Programme must actively remove barriers to participation through...
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  • Publication: European Human Rights Report issue 3 - Greece: State of play of protection at national level (excerpt)

    30.08.2019 ‘European Human Rights report – issue 3’ is the third issue of our annual European Human Rights report series. It focus on "ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities to equality and non-discrimination in the European Union. The report includes a review of equality frameworks in each EU Member State and a section on multiple and intersectional forms of discrimination. The following is the fact sheet on Greece present in Chapter 4 "State of play of protection at national level". State of play - Greece The Greek Constitution enshrines the principle of equality before the law. Law 4443...
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  • Call for tenders: Easy to read version of EDF Annual report

    27.08.2019 EDF is looking for a service provider based in the EU to rpoduce an easy to read version of our annual report. Draft version of the report The successful provider should: Draft of an easy to read version according to the “European standards for making information easy to read and understand; Verification of the work by a self-advocate (organised by the provider). Requirements Should have experience in designing accessible publications. Should be registered in a European Union country. Timeline Final version should be ready 15th October Please send a proposal including references...
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  • Call for tenders: Design of EDF Annual report

    27.08.2019 EDF is looking for a service provider based in the EU for the design of a 30-page report. Draft version of the report The successful provider should; Production of both print-ready version and accessible PDF or e-pub version. Production of separate cover page with braille markers and QR code for printing. Design all the graphic part of the report, including images (which will be provided). Necessary corrections to accessible web version after check by independent third party. Timeline Final version should be ready 30 days after start of work (5-10 October). Requirements Should...
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  • Disability Voice: Does Lush discriminate against young employees with disabilities?

    19.08.2019 The differences between how two visually impaired workers were treated at different branches of the cosmetics company reveal a recurring gap between legislation and implementation of inclusive policies. According to her blog post testimonial, Carys, a blind woman, applied for a position at Lush in 2017. Though she notified them of her access needs in advance, reasonable accommodations were not made for her to successfully complete the interview and she was not retained. She sought legal advice and contacted Lush headquarters whilst her mother posted about it on Facebook, which prompted Lush...
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  • Publication: European Human Rights Report 3 - Migrants with disabilities (excerpt)

    01.08.2019 ‘European Human Rights report – issue 3’ is the third issue of our annual European Human Rights report Series focus on Ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities to equality and non-discrimination in the European Union. The report includes a review of equality frameworks in each EU Member State and a section on multiple and intersectional forms of discrimination. The following is an excerpt from Chapter 3: Multiple and intersectional discrimination: Asylum seekers and migrants with disabilities are also particularly susceptible to intersectional discrimination. In the survey “...
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  • Publication: European Human Rights Report 3 - Gender and disability: women and girls with disabilities (excerpt)

    31.07.2019 ‘European Human Rights report – issue 3’ is the third issue of our annual European Human Rights report Series focus on Ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities to equality and non-discrimination in the European Union. The report includes a review of equality frameworks in each EU Member State and a section on multiple and intersectional forms of discrimination. The following is an excerpt from Chapter 3: Multiple and intersectional discrimination: Women and girls with disabilities frequently face discrimination based on their gender and disability. This is one of the reasons why the...
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  • Visit: Disability advocates from India in Brussels

    31.07.2019 It was a pleasure for EDF to organise and host the second visit of Indian organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) to Brussels, Belgium. The Indian delegation, comprised of 6 members, visited Brussels from 1 to 4 June as part of the project “Building Partnerships for the SDGs: Empowering Organisations of Persons with Disabilities”. This is a 3-year project funded by the EU and implemented by Sightsavers India, in collaboration with EDF.  Read all about their visit  Testimony of Neeta Nagesh, Member of Viklang Ekta Seva Samiti, Madhya Pradesh  "It was the first time that I traveled to...
    Indiian delegation with EDF staff
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