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  • 60.000 people demand from the EU: make train travel work for persons with disabilities!

    15.06.2020 Pre-notification for assistance must go. “I don't always know 2 days in advance I will need to travel. Why should anybody else know?” “I have been in a wheelchair since I was born. I do not travel by train because it is not barrier-free and adapted for disabled people, such as platforms.” These are the testimonials of two signatories of a petition delivered today calling on MEP Liberadzki to support the demand of  persons with disabilities to abolish pre-notification for assistance to train operators when they want to travel. The petition calls on MEP Liberadzki, as the lead negotiator of the...
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  • We need Artificial Intelligence that does not discriminate

    10.06.2020 We have submitted our response to the European Commission’s public consultation for its White Paper on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The White paper is a set of recommendations to ensure ethical AI. Artificial Intelligence has a growing influence on the lives of all citizens. Persons with disabilities can benefit from AI in some cases, but it has the potential to increase discrimination against them and other marginalised groups. We recommend: Involve a wide diversity of citizens, including persons from marginalised groups when developing and deploying Artificial Intelligence. Assessing the...
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  • 2020 Accessible Airport Award: applications are now open

    09.06.2020 The Accessible Airport Award is now open for applications until 3 September 2020.  The award, given by us and Airport Council International Europe (ACI-Europe) celebrates airports in Europe that have achieved high level of accessibility as well as range and the quality of the assistance services to persons with disabilities. By sharing best practices, we aim to motivate more airports to advance accessibility of air travel. Past winners include Gatwick airport, Pafos Airport, Larnaka Airport and the Dublin Airport. The winner will be announced during the 16th ACI Europe Awards on 20 - 22...
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  • Access City Award 2021: applications are open

    09.06.2020 Do you know a city that has improved its accessibility to persons with disabilities? Tell them to apply to the  Access City Award 2021. This award, given by the European Commission in cooperation with us recognises from cities that make effort to advance accessibility of their public and private areas, such as housing, work environments, transport, recreational and cultural facilities, and communication technologies. The Access City Award is open to cities across the EU with over 50 000 inhabitants. It will include a financial prizes for the cities that win first, second, and third place....
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  • Persons with disabilities in prison and COVID-19

    25.05.2020 This article is from the fourth edition of the Disability Voice 2020 (May 18th) The European disability rights movement has rightfully dedicacted much attention to persons in institutions throughout the pandemic, as their situations have mostly gotten worse in several places, with reports of people getting locked inside their rooms and left behind. A group we wanted to find out more about are persons with disabilities in prison. The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović references persons with disabilities as part of the most vulnerable group of prisoners in her...
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  • Online Meeting of the Disability Intergroup “Impact of COVID 19 outbreak to persons with disabilities”

    20.05.2020 On April 30th the Disability Intergroup, with our support as their secretariat organised an online meeting with the participation of the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) belonging to the Disability Intergroup Bureau, European Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli as well as several EDF members. This online meeting was open to the public and 405 people registered to it. Access the video, transcript, summary report and questions here.  
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  • EDF Recommendations on exit measures for transport services in light of covid-19

    19.05.2020 Covid-19 and confinement measures have hit persons with disabilities particularly hard. This has occurred mostly due to the fact that governments around Europe have overlooked persons with disabilities and their needs in almost all areas of public and private life. There have also been major shortcomings in provision of essential services such as healthcare, community-based support services, and transport. For example, one of the services that was suspended once lockdown was imposed in France and Belgium, was assistance to rail passengers with disabilities. This is a violation of EU law and...
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  • LGBTI+ persons with disabilities: Discrimination “makes us feel lost, alone and like we don’t belong to either community”

    15.05.2020 Title quote by Anis Akhtar from Oppression squared: D/deaf and disabled trans experiences in Europe LGBTI+ persons are persons whose gender identity and sexual orientation do not fit society’s common view of heterosexuality (feeling romantic and sexual attraction to the opposite gender) and cisgender (identifying with the male/female gender that was assigned at birth). LGBTI+ persons with disabilities faced increased discrimination in several areas: Access to healthcare Increased risks of school bullying and segregation in specific schools (where they can face increased discrimination)...
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  • FRA response to EDF letter on Fundamental rights of people with disabilities during COVID-19 and in COVID response and request for video meeting

    30.04.2020 Dear Mr Vardakastanis,   I refer to your letter of 23 April, which raises important questions about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and of measures taken to address it. I fully share your concern that people with disabilities are particularly at risk in the current crisis and I agree that they should not be left behind on any account.   As you know, the Agency is firmly committed to involving people with disabilities and their representative organisations in a meaningful way in its work. Building on our excellent working relationship, I welcome an exchange with the European Disability...
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  • EDF in exchange with Commissioners on social services: involve us

    30.04.2020 Our President spoke at a high-level meeting of the Commission COVID-19 and European Social services attended by EU the Vice-President for Democracy and Demography, EU Commissioners for Health, for Equality and for Jobs and Social Rights, representatives of older people organisations and representatives of social services. He presented our work and outlined the situation of persons with disabilities and how the lack of services and discrimination leave persons isolated without basic goods or access to medical treatment, and at a serious risk of dying, underlining the particularly serious...
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