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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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  • Les personnes handicapées : 10 raisons de voter aux élections européennes

    08.05.2019 Version française réalisée par le Conseil Français des personnes Handicapées pour les questions Européennes (CFHE)   « L’UE ? Il n’y a que des bureaucrates. Pourquoi devrait-on voter pour eux ? » Une question (affirmation ?) que nous avons l’habitude d’entendre encore et encore. Ce n’est pas vrai. L’UE a un grand impact dans la vie des personnes handicapées. Elle mène de nombreuses initiatives qui améliorent directement ou amènent les pays européens à améliorer la vie des personnes handicapées. Les prochaines élections au Parlement Européen se dérouleront du 23 au 26 mai (selon les pays)....
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  • Menschen mit Behinderungen: 10 Gründe warum man an der EU-Parlaments-Wahl am 26.Mai 2019 teilnehmen sollte

    07.05.2019 Translated by Österreichische Behindertenrat. „Die EU? Das sind nur Bürokraten? Warum sollte ich sie wählen?“ Eine Frage (eine Aussage?) die wir immer wieder hören. Das stimmt aber nicht. Die EU hat großen Einfluss auf das Leben von Menschen mit Behinderungen. Sie hat mehrere Initiativen gestartet, die direkt oder indirekt (über die nationale Gesetzgebung der EU-Staaten) das Leben von Menschen mit Behinderungen verbessert hat. Die nächsten Wahlen für das Europäische Parlament werden von 23.-26.Mai (in Österreich am 26.Mai) stattfinden. Hier findet ihr 10 Gründe, warum ihr wählen gehen solltet...
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  • Apply for Early Stage Researcher for the Disability Advocacy Research in Europe (DARE)

    08.04.2019 Applications close at 23:59 GMT on 6 May 2019 Applications are now invited for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in a new Marie Curie Network focused on the rights of persons with disabilities. The DARE network (Disability Advocacy Research in Europe) will recruit fifteen ESRs working on different topics related to disability rights, to be based in eight universities and non-governmental organisations across Europe, each working towards completion of a PhD. This is an exciting, interdisciplinary research network, where ESRs will receive training in law, disability studies, public and social...
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  • Persons with Disabilities: 10 reasons to vote in the European elections

    23.04.2019 German | French “The EU? They are only bureaucrats. Why should I vote for them?” A question (statement?) that we are used to hearing again and again. It is not true. The EU has a big impact in the lives of persons with disabilities. It has several initiatives that have directly improved, or that have led EU countries to improve, the lives of persons with disabilities. The next elections for the European Parliament will take place 23-26 May (depending on the country). Here are ten reasons on why you should go and vote (if you are not one of the 800,000 citizens currently unable to vote due to...
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  • The speed of light, Catherine the Great and voting rights - the story of Adolfo Barroso

    16.04.2019 The first time I tried to vote was in 2007, when I was 20 years old. I went to the polling station and they told me I was not in the voting list! I was very surprised, because I was well over the legal age to vote. I was very annoyed that I could not do something that all my family and friends could do, I felt invisible. They didn’t even tell me why I was not on the list. It took more than 2 years for me and my family to discover why, and thanks to the help of organisations like Plena Inclusion. They told me that I was under full guardianship. The authorities and the courts were afraid that...
    Adolfo Barroso
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  • Call for International Cooperation consultant(s)

    12.04.2019 The European Disability Forum (EDF) is seeking a consultant to assist in development of a guidance document on the role of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (DPOs) in International Cooperation, in line with the strategy ‘EDF in the World’. The main output of the consultant will be to draft a report, which presents data and recommendations on the role of DPOs in International Cooperation based on the experience of EDF, its members and partners. The report will be disseminated widely as will be built upon in future as our knowledge in this field deepens. The steps to develop this...
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