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  • Youth with disability in the heart of the Annual Convention on Inclusive Growth

    08.05.2017 EDF together with its members took active part in the Annual Convention on Inclusive Growth and organised a side event to raise awareness about young people with disabilities. The Annual Convention on Inclusive Growth was organised by the European Commission on 24 April 2017 bringing together policy makers and civil society to discuss what the European Union (EU) can do to ensure that all citizens reap the benefits of truly inclusive growth. Workshops, side events and speed-dating gave young people and representatives of the civil society the opportunity to discuss and propose steps towards...
    Participants of the side event discussing the challenges of young people with disabilities
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  • Social Pillar: A positive step towards social rights

    04.05.2017 The European Commission released the European Pillar of Social Rights (the Social Pillar) on 26 April 2017. EDF welcomes the ambition of the Social Pillar to promote the rights to education, to work and employment, the right to live independently and the right to adequate standards of living and social protection. Those rights are also enshrined in the European Union (EU) Treaties and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). We are pleased to see the commitment of the European Commission to promote and protect fundamental social rights across the EU...
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  • The voice of people with disabilities must be heard in Brexit negotiations

    02.05.2017 Around 100 participants joined our workshop in London last March to discuss about the impact of Brexit on people with disabilities in the United Kingdom (UK). The workshop was co-organised by EDF, the European Network of Independent Living (ENIL) and the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS), as part of the project 'Brexit Takeaways'. This project aims to raise awareness among citizens about the possible impact of different Brexit scenarios on their rights and advocate for the best possible deal for them before decision-makers. The aim of the workshop was to look at how persons with...
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  • EDF & Oracle award 8.000 € scholarship to student with disability

    28.04.2017 Since 2015, the European Disability Forum (EDF) has joined forces with Oracle, to promote accessibility in ICTs (Information and Communications Technologies). Together, we offered an e-Accessibility Scholarship of 8.000 euros to higher education students with disabilities in fields such as computer science, computer engineering, user experience and others.   Scholarship award criteria considered academic achievements along with a project proposal for applicants’ final year undergraduate, graduate, or doctorate thesis covering accessibility for persons with disabilities in the ICT domain. This...
    EDF Board Member, Marcel Bobeldijk, this year's winner, Aineias Martos, and Oracle Vice-President, Karl Cox
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  • European Parliament President Tajani strengthens the cooperation with the disability movement

    27.04.2017   EDF President met yesterday the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, who expressed his commitment to the rights of persons with disabilities and to collaboration with EDF. The implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), the 4th European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities, the right to vote in the European elections in 2019 and the Accessibility Act were at the heart of the discussion.   President Tajani addressed the important need for the European Parliament’s offices at national level to work in partnership...
    European Parliament President Tajani with EDF President Vardakastanis
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  • Accessibility Act: Business over people?

    26.04.2017 The European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee (IMCO Committee) adopted a very disappointing report on the Accessibility Act in yesterday’s vote. The IMCO Committee has favoured business demands over the rights of people, including persons with disabilities, older people and all consumers. This fully contradicts all previous statements by the European Parliament on the Accessibility Act and in particular the European Parliament’s resolution of 7 July 2016. The report is watering down the European Commission’s proposal to such an extent that there is a risk that the Accessibility Act may...
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  • European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction: A step in the right direction

    31.03.2017 Outcome document of the 2017 European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction includes persons with disabilities This week the 2017 European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction took place in Istanbul.  Yannis Yallouros, member of EDF Executive Committee, took part in the Forum, and in the drafting committee for the outcome document. The outcome document pays specific attention to persons with disabilities, calling on authorities ‘to include people with disabilities, refugees, migrants, asylum seekers and other vulnerable groups of people in national and local strategies for disaster risk reduction...
    EDF Executive Committee member, Yannis Yallouros, at the 2017 European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction
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  • Building an accessible society without barriers for autism

    30.03.2017 Autism-Europe is launching a long-running awareness campaign titled “Break barriers together fort autism - Let’s build an accessible society” to understand what barriers to inclusion autistic people are up against and to identify how society can work to overcome and remove them. To mark World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), Autism Europe is organising a photography exhibition on 3 April 2017 in partnership with the European Economic and Social Committee. The topic is accessibility and inclusion of people with autism in society.   On WAAD on 2 April 2017, Autism Europe is seeking to promote the...
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  • Ireland: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities still not ratified

    30.03.2017 Today marks 10 years since Ireland signed the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). However, Ireland remains the only Member State of the European Union (EU) that has not yet ratified the CRPD meaning that the CRPD has not yet entered into force in Ireland. All other 27 EU Member States, as well as the EU itself as a regional organisation, have ratified the CRPD and have been working on its implementation. The CRPD is an international human rights treaty that reaffirms that all persons with disabilities must enjoy all human rights and fundamental...
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  • Stop forced sterilisation

    30.03.2017 To raise awareness on forced sterilisation against women and girls with disabilities, CERMI Women's Foundation organised a photo competition on this theme last year. EDF was invited to be one of the members of the jury that selected the two winning pictures based on their originality, technical and aesthetic quality, social sensibility, critical and communication capacity etc. The first award was given to Kike Balenzategui Arbizu for the following picture: The second award was given to Andrés Derqui Romero for the following picture: The winning pictures as well as some more pictures of...
    A young girl is balancing on train lines holding a plastic doll and a pair of scissor
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