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  • Accessibility Act: Buying accessible a must for public authorities in the digital age

    30.05.2017 Governments use procurement to serve all their citizens, including persons with disabilities. In this regard, the development of eGovernment is a key element of the Digital Single Market introducing a ‘digital by default’ principle. Beyond eGovernment, the creation of smart cities, intelligent transport and buildings will make the use of ICT technologies pervasive in public life over the next years. These technologies must be accessible to allow persons with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of society on an equal basis with others. According to Rodolfo Cattani, EDF Executive...
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  • Persons with disabilities included in the new EU consensus for development

    30.05.2017 On 19 May 2017, the Council adopted a new European Consensus on Development. This joint statement by the three European institutions (European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council) sets out a new framework for development cooperation for the European Union (EU) and its Member States. The document is a direct response by the EU to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development agreed in September 2015 by 193 Word leaders. The European Disability Forum (EDF) welcomes the document as it brings a new shift with a true inclusion of persons with disabilities and a real policy effort to...
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  • Disaster risk reduction: Getting our voices heard on the other side of the world

    26.05.2017 From 22-26 of May 2017, the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction took place in Cancun, Mexico. We reported to the European Disability Forum (EDF) preparatory workshop, which we held one week before in which we explored good practices taking place in Europe and learned more about the International and European frameworks for Disaster Risk Reduction. During the conference in Cancun itself, thanks to new technologies for remote participation being used at the conference, EDF had the opportunities to give input from Europe at the Global Platform. Remote hubs from Europe, Bangladesh, the...
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  • Work forum on implentation of the CRPD

    20.05.2017 The Work Forum on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) met in Brussels on 19 May. It brought together representatives of those responsible for implementing and monitoring the fulfillment of the Convention, both at the EU and national levels; these are Focal Points, Coordination Mechanisms and Monitoring Mechanisms. Civil society and disabled people's organisations also actively participated. The Work Forum aims at ensuring that the Convention is fully implemented. It allows to share experiences on its practical implementation...
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  • Towards inclusive disaster risk management

    19.05.2017 EDF members training workshop on inclusive accessible disaster risk reduction In cooperation with CBM and United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), EDF organised a workshop in Brussels on 17 May 2017. This ‘regional hub’ took place the week before the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Cancun (22-26 May). UNISDR with the support received by Nippon Foundation are also supporting regional hubs in Asia and the Pacific, organised by the Centre of Disability and Development (CDD) - Bangladesh and the Pacific Disability Forum respectively. Members of EDF shared...
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  • Building an inclusive disability movement for the future

    14.05.2017 EDF’s Annual General Assembly (AGA) in Madrid, Spain, this weekend brought together over 200 participants, including AGA delegates, observers, partners, guests and members of the global disability movement. The meeting was hosted by EDF Spanish members, CERMI and ONCE Foundation. A conference was also organised in the framework of the AGA to mark EDF’s 20th anniversary. Entitled ‘20 years later: Building an inclusive disability movement for the future’, the conference was an opportunity to recall the great achievements of the disability movement in the last 20 years, but also to identify the...
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  • EDF elected its Executive Committee

    14.05.2017 This weekend, EDF members from all over Europe have gathered together in Madrid, Spain, for EDF’s Annual General Assembly (AGA). On the first day of the meeting, the elections of EDF Board of Directors took place. Find here the results of the elections of EDF Board. Today, EDF’s newly elected Board voted for the members of EDF’s Executive Committee. The newly elected Executive Committee of EDF consists of: Yannis Vardakastanis – PresidentNational Confederation of Disabled People Greece Ana Peláez – Vice President Spanish Committee of Representatives of Persons with Disabilities (CERMI)...
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  • EDF elected its Board of Directors

    13.05.2017 This weekend, EDF members from all over Europe have gathered together in Madrid, Spain, for EDF’s Annual General Assembly (AGA). On the first day of EDF’s AGA, the elections of EDF Board of Directors took place, as well as the elections of EDF President. The newly elected EDF Board consists of: Yannis Vardakastanis – President (National Confederation of Disabled People Greece) Marcel Bobeldijk (European Federation of Hard of Hearing (EFHOH)) Vera Bonvalot (Brain Injured & Families - European Confederation (BIF-EC)) Rodolfo Cattani (European Blind Union) John Patrick Clarke (European Down...
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  • EDF toolkit on the Web Accessibility Directive

    11.05.2017 The Directive on the accessibility of websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies (known as the Web Directive) was adopted in October 2016. The European Union (EU) Member States will have until September 2018 to transpose this EU legislation into national law. This means that they will need to adopt new legislation or to reform existing laws to comply with the objectives and provisions of the Web Directive, which will ensure that all public sector bodies’ websites and mobile applications will be accessible for persons with disabilities. That is why, it is extremely important that...
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  • Lottery ticket for the 20 years of EDF

    11.05.2017 ONCE, the National Organisation of the Blind in Spain, launched today a lottery ticket dedicated to the 20th anniversary of EDF.   This lottery ticket aims at raising awareness about the advances in disability rights in Europe in the last 20 years and the importance of a strong and united disability movement.    The launch of the lottery ticket took place two days ahead of EDF’s Annual General Assembly (AGA) in Madrid, Spain. Find out more about our AGA here.    Background information Since 1938, ONCE has been entitled to sell lottery tickets in Spain and use the money earned from this...
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