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  • Open letter: COVID 19 - medical guidelines should not discriminate against persons with disabilities

    24.03.2020 We are extremely worried with reports stating that, in some countries, medical guidelines for the COVID 19 pandemic are discriminating against persons with disabilities. We understand that, in some countries, healthcare professionals will not be able to provide the same level of care to everyone due to lack of equipment and underfunding of the healthcare sector. Medical guidelines for these situations need to ensure that persons with disabilities are not discriminated against. We call on the World Health Organization and other health authorities to create non-discriminatory ethical guidelines...
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  • Updated statement: Ethical Medical Guidelines in COVID-19 – Disability inclusive response

    24.03.2020 We are extremely worried with reports stating that, in some countries, medical guidelines for the COVID 19 pandemic are discriminating against persons with disabilities. This is why we updated our "Open letter to leaders at the EU and in EU countries: COVID-19 – Disability inclusive response" with demands related to the development of non-discriminatory medical guidelines: Non-discriminatory ethical medical guidelines In countries where healthcare professionals will not be able to provide the same level of care to everyone due to lack of equipment and underfunding of the healthcare sector...
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  • Accessible Online Participation Checklist

    24.03.2020 Here is a suggested checklist for organizers running on accessible online meetings. It was put together by our member the Swedish Disability Rights Federation Preparing for online meetings Always ask for accessibility and find partners, suppliers for cooperation to improve quality of services. Communicate information to participants well in advance, also about how to participate. Allow users to express requirements for remote participation at registration for the meeting. Include accessibility in the budget. Check and test that the communication tools are accessible. Make sure that staff...
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  • Message from Ana Peláez Narváez: Women with disabilities and COVID-19

    24.03.2020 Dear sisters with disabilities in Europe and dear women from the European disability movement, The crisis caused by coronavirus led authorities in many countries to take drastic measures to enforce forced isolation to control the spread and to drastically manage and reinforce healthcare capacity and economic measures. These were measures never seen before, we never thought it would come to this. We, at EDF, are proud of the efforts of the European disability movement and of our partners in humanitarian aid other human rights organisations and want to thank you for your work. We are all...
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  • (out of date) COVID-19 Resources (see new page)

    23.03.2020 Update 15 April: Follow the latest developments on our new COVID-19 resource page  
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  • Race, migratory status and disability

    21.03.2020 The following is an excerpt of our European Human Rights Report - issue 3 Black and Minority Ethnic persons with disabilities Black people with disabilities and people from ethnic minorities with disabilities are often victims of multiple and intersectional discrimination in all areas of life. A report published by the charity BRAP, formerly known as ‘Birmingham Race Action Partnership’, highlights that detention rates in the United Kingdom under the Mental Health Act 1983 are 6% lower than average for white British mental health patients, while they are 32% higher than average for black...
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  • Goodbye Alan Faure

    20.03.2020 It is with great sorrow that we learned of the passing of Alain Faure, former EDF Executive Committee Member and former President of CFHE (Conseil Français des personnes Handicapées pour les questions Européennes). "We send our deepest condolences to Alain’s family and friends and to the French disability movement. Alain was a very important part of the European disability movement. He will be greatly missed by us all. He was a role model in his commitment, his discretion and collaboration. I will personally miss him" - Yannis Vardakastanis, EDF President Alan oversaw significant...
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  • Updated statement: Open letter to leaders at the EU and in EU countries: COVID-19 – Disability inclusive response

    19.03.2020 As the situation continues to develop, we at EDF are adding more measures to our open letter to leaders of the EU and EU countries. The full letter was published on 13 March. Read the added measures below: Make public health communication accessible Ensure all information is in plain language and easy to read Accessible, inclusive, hygienic health services and other facilities Sign language interpreters, personal assistants and all others that support persons with disabilities in emergency and health settings should be given the same health and safety protections as other health care workers...
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  • Open letter to leaders at the EU and in EU countries: COVID-19 – Disability inclusive response

    13.03.2020 In the light of the current pandemic and its disproportionate impact on persons with disabilities, the European Disability Forum (EDF) has developed the following recommendations for policy makers, through discussion with our members., based on our members’ current work, and priorities. These recommendations aim to address the range of risks persons with disabilities face.  Persons with disabilities face the same risk as the rest of the population, compounded by many other issues: disruption of services and support, in some cases, pre-existing health conditions which leave them more at risk...
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  • The inclusion of persons with disabilities in the new EU-Africa strategy proposal – we need more!

    11.03.2020 On the 9th March 2020, the European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy published the proposal for a new EU strategy with Africa. The European Disability Forum (EDF) welcomes the document as it brings a formidable opportunity to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of persons with disabilities in Africa, with the prospect to supporting youth with disabilities in decent jobs and women with disabilities to be key drivers of sustainable and inclusive changes. However, to really implement and monitor the United Nations Convention on the Rights of...
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