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  • Press Release – All EU public-sector websites must be accessible today

    24.09.2020 As of today, all European public-sector bodies are legally obliged to have websites that are accessible for all members of the public, including persons with disabilities. EDF launches a survey to measure if this has happened. The Web Accessibility Directive, which was adopted in 2016, sets 23 September 2020 as the date by which all public-sector websites across the EU must be accessible for persons with disabilities. To celebrate this important day for digital accessibility and participation in the EU, we co-hosted an online discussion on the Web Accessibility Directive with Directorate-...
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  • 2020 Photo Competition "Inaccessible Places”

    22.09.2020 Theme We are looking for photos showing inaccessible places for persons with disabilities(in various areas of life: images of public, private places related to work, leisure, cultural or sportive life, etc.). Inaccessibility is understood for the purpose of this competition as the lack of appropriate measures, including the inadequate design of places, preventing access to persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others. Thus, inaccessible places also prevent an independent approach, entry, evacuation and/or use of places and facilities by persons with disabilities, and/or pose a...
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  • Disability Realities - EDF announces its blog

    17.09.2020 We believe in the power of personal stories and those living voices have potential to form public discourse. Thus, we are happy to share our new blog with you. From now on, we will regularly publish personal stories about people with disabilities. Do you have something to tell? We are calling for stories about the experiences of living with a disability from different aspects. Although, we are mainly interested in stories that address social injustice, first-hand experience with policies in practice, we would like to hear stories of joy, celebration, pride, and success. Let's focus on...
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  • The European Democracy Action Plan Should Ensure the Right to Vote of Persons with Disabilities

    16.09.2020 EDF responded the public consultation launched by the European Commission on the upcoming European Democracy Action Plan. In our reply to the consultation we called the EU institutions to ensure that all persons with disabilities enjoy their right to vote in the next EU elections, as in 2019 still 800,000 persons with disabilities could not cast their vote due to discriminatory national laws on legal capacity. Additionally ,we also demand a set of minimum accessibility requirements applicable to the elections in all EU Member states, as well as to the political parties and institutions. In...
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  • Time to act for the European Accessibility Act

    15.09.2020 The European Accessibility Act (EAA) sets new European Union (EU) wide minimum accessibility requirements for a range of products and services and aims to strengthen the right of persons with disabilities to access goods and services available in the EU internal market. It is a result of decades-long advocacy by the European disability community and has been one of the most important EU laws for advancing accessibility in Europe. The Act can still be strengthened throughout national adoption by 28 June 2022. To ensure that national laws based on the Act are stronger, organisations of persons...
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  • Open letter to the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers and Committee on Bioethics regarding the draft additional protocol to the Oviedo Convention

    15.09.2020 TO: Committee of Ministers of the Council of EuropeCouncil of EuropeAvenue de l'Europe F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex, France CC:   Committee on Bioethics of the Council of Europe Brussels, 15 September 2020 RE: Open letter to the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers and Committee on Bioethics regarding the draft additional protocol to the Oviedo Convention Dear Ministers and Members of the Committee on Bioethics of the Council of Europe, In 2014, the Council of Europe’s Committee on Bioethics started to work on a protocol with the purpose to “protect the rights of people with mental...
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  • What does the digitalisation of justice mean for persons with disabilities?

    09.09.2020 The European Commission is organising a consultation on the digitalisation of justice (deadline 10th of September). The objective of the initiative it to provide ‘toolbox’ of measures to boost digitalisation in justice systems across the EU, including possible tools for legislation, funding and IT. It concerns the digitalisation of: Cross-border judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters, access to justice for citizens and businesses in cross-border procedures in civil matters Cooperation between EU institutions, agencies and bodies in criminal matters. At the same time Justice at...
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  • New vacancy: The European Disability Forum is recruiting a temporary Communications Officer, full time, to start as soon as possible

    09.09.2020 Deadline to apply Friday September 18th 9am CET The European Disability Forum (EDF) is seeking an enthusiastic and committed team member to be responsible for our external communications. We are a non-governmental European umbrella organisation set up to represent organisations of persons with disabilities at EU level. Its membership includes 100 Organisations including European NGOs and National Federations of organisations of persons with disabilities. Our mission is to promote the equal opportunities and human rights of persons with disabilities towards the European Union. Tasks...
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  • Open Letter to EU decision-makers on funding human rights and equality for all

    03.09.2020 To:   President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli  Members of the European Parliament President of the European Council, Charles Michel Head of Presidency of the Council, Chancellor Angela Merkel Members of the Governments of EU Member States   In copy: President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli   Brussels, 2 September 2020   Your Excellencies,   We, the undersigned, as civil society organisations leading the work at EU level on advancing the rights and equality for all...
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  • People with disabilities in Belarus must have their human rights respected

    01.09.2020 The European Disability Forum calls on all EU institutions and international organisations to act swiftly to ensure the safety and security of persons with disabilities and their families in Belarus. Since August 2020 the Belarusian people have protested peacefully against a falsified election and they must be supported in their efforts. Belarusian authorities have responded with a well-documented escalation of state violence, which goes against the respect for human rights as laid out in the Belarussian Constitution and in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, to...
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