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  • On World Book Day 2018, still more than 95% of the books are not accessible.

    23.04.2018 Full implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty is essential to end the “book famine” The Marrakesh Treaty is an intellectual property treaty that allows authorized entities to share their accessible books collection across borders. By allowing organisations to share accessible books without breaking copyright laws, it takes a great step towards ending the “book famine”, caused by a lack of accessible books for visually impaired persons. While we are happy the EU ratified the Treaty, we are still waiting for it to be deposited at World Intellectual Property Organization. This deposit is...
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  • Kamil Goungor is the new Chair of the Youth Committee

    20.04.2018 This week, Kamil Goungor was selected as the chair of our Youth Committee. Kamil Goungor was born in 1988 in Athens, Greece, where he currently lives, and he has studied communication, media and culture. He is actively involved in the Independent Living movement both in Greece and abroad, as well as in the fields of disability and youth in general. He is also on the board of the Youth Network of our member ENIL (European Network on Independent Living), as well as one of the co-founders and board members of i-living, the Independent Living Organization of Greece.
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  • The UN CRPD enters into force in Ireland

    19.04.2018 Finally, today the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities enters into force in Ireland! It is now in force in all EU Member States! Finian McGrath TD, the minister for Disability in Ireland promised it would bring "immediately, present and concrete benefits". We hope this is the case. Read Disability Federation of Ireland's Press Release
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  • Launch of a new project on Sustainable Development!

    16.04.2018 On 14 March 2018 in Delhi, India, Sightsavers India organised the launch of a new project entitled “Building partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Empowering organisations of persons with disabilities”. The project is co-financed by the European Union and Sightsavers and will be delivered over 36 months in partnerships with us, as co-recipient of the project. We were represented by Sustainable Development Goals Coordinator Marion Steff,. The launched was followed by a 2-days workshop to plan the work ahead. Marion was invited to make a statement and the audience had the...
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  • Help us ensure the Europass online CV tool is accessible to all

    19.04.2018 The Europass portal, is an EU-funded online tool designed to help Europeans create an online CV and a cover letter, using the Europass standardised format. The Europass formats were launched by the European Union to help Europeans everywhere easily communicate their competences across countries, and they require a CV in Europass for most job applications. Unfortunately, the Europass online tool is still not accessible to all citizens. Due to that, a visually impaired citizen complained to the European Ombusdman about the inaccessibility of Europass in 2013. The EU ombudsman closed the...
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  • “The method of defining and assessing disability must change.” – interview with Vera Bonvalot about Portugal.

    17.04.2018 Following the European Economic and Social Committee visit on the rights of persons with disabilities, we interviewed our Board member Vera Bonvalot. She is the Executive Director of the Portuguese National Federation for Traumatic Brain Injured (TBI) and families (Novamente) and a member of the National Observatory for Disability and Human Rights. Question: The Permanent Study Group on Disability rights of the European Economic and Social Committee recently visited Portugal on a fact-finding mission. They were surprised by the lack of disability strategy and the level of discrimination....
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  • Rail passengers’ rights regulation: over 500 amendments published in the European Parliament’s Transport & Tourism Committee!

    16.04.2018 Rail passengers’ rights regulation: over 500 amendments published in the European Parliament’s Transport & Tourism Committee! We’re delighted to report that all our amendments to the draft report on the Rail passengers’ rights regulation have been tabled by MEPs. We were very pleased to see strong cross-party support for our amendments. There were more than 582 amendments tabled to the draft report on the Rail passengers’ rights regulation were published on the European Parliament’s website. These are currently available in English, French and Spanish - see amendments 56 to 348 and...
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  • 2018 Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

    The 11th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD takes place in 12-14 June in New York. The Conference will, as every year, take stock of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The theme is “Leaving no one behind through the full implementation of the CRPD” On June 11th the Civil Society Forum takes place, at the UN headquarters in New York. Applications are now open for side events ,with a May 4th deadline. It is also possible to register online to participate. Some member states support the participation of Disabled Persons...
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  • Bridging the Gap: Webinar on the Sustainable Development Goals

    12.04.2018 The second webinar cycle of the “Bridging the Gap” project will focus on Sustainable Development Goals and how they can support the inclusion of persons with disabilities. The webinars will occur in three languages: English, Spanish and French: Spanish webinar will take place on the 25th April at 4:30 PM ( CET – Brussels time) English webinar will take place on the 26th April at 2:30 PM ( CET – Brussels time) French webinar will take place on the 27th April at 2:30 PM ( CET – Brussels time) Marion Steff, our Sustainable Development Goals Coordinator will be the speaker of the English...
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  • Breaking Barriers together for Autism – a more accessible Europe

    10.04.2018 Our Executive Committee member, Gunta Anca, called on the institutions to create a strong, “no compromises” Accessibility Act. Her remarks took place during Autism Europe’s Photo Exhibition opening in the European Parliament in Brussels. She stated that the European Commission, the Council and the European Parliament should agree to take the best of each proposal, not the “compromised minimum”. This includes topics such as Public Procurement, services, inclusion of microenterprises and the built environment in the act, transport and emergency services (including emergency calls), among other...
    Executive Commitee member Gunta Anca speaks with European Parliament President Antonio Tajani and MEP Rosa Estaràs Ferragut
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