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  • EDF’s 10 recommendations to ensure the rights of victims with disabilities in the EU

    03.04.2020 To the break barriers faced by victims with disabilities, EDF calls for the adoption of an ambitious and inclusive EU strategy on victims’ rights (2020-2024). We welcome the commitment of the European Commission to protect the rights of victims in the European Union (EU) and its proposal for an EU Strategy on victims’ rights for 2020-2024, which in order to be effective must: Ensure participation of civil society in its design, implementation and monitoring, including victim support organisations and organisations of groups over-represented in victim groups, such as organisations of persons...
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  • Persons with disabilities stripped of community-based support and protective equipment during COVID 19 crisis

    03.04.2020 Joint Statement by European Disability Forum, European Network on Independent Living, European Deafblind Union Advice from governments, in light of COVID 19, has been for people to stay at home. For people belonging to high risk groups, including many persons with disabilities, the message to self-isolate and to stay at a distance from other people has been even clearer, or imposed by law. However, for millions of persons of disabilities that rely on professional assistance in their homes, this is an impossible situation. Often, the assistance needs to be given in close physical contact with...
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  • International Disability Alliance to World Health Organisation: Condemn discrimination in treatment of COVID19 patients

    01.04.2020 The International Disability Alliance (IDA) urges the World Health Organisation (WHO) to denounce the medical ethical guidelines that discriminate against persons with disabilities in access to intensive care for COVID-19. Download the letter from IDA to WHO (pdf). IDA is a global umbrella organisations of 1,100 organisations of persons with disabilities and their families, and is aware that “criteria such as ‘dependency’ and ‘frailty’ are used in several contexts to deny treatment, reflecting that the lives of persons with disabilities are less of a priority than others” such as in Spain,...
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  • Light for the World - Analysis of the UN Global Humanitarian Response Plan

    31.03.2020 Our member Light for the World provided us with the following analysis of the UN Global Humanitarian Response Plan from a disability perspective: The UN appeals for 2bn USD additional humanitarian funding. The Global Response Plan was drafted by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC). It will be coordinated by UN OCHA and it brings together requirements from WHO, FAO, IOM, UNDP, UNFPA, UN-Habitat, UNHCR, UNICEF and WFP. The UN agencies together request 1.9bn USD of funding. An additional 100m USD are requested as unearmarked funding for NGOs (see p. 38). The UN sets the preliminary...
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  • Residential institutions are becoming hotbeds of infection and abuse – governments need to act now

    31.03.2020 The following links will open in a new window. We are very concerned by the situation of persons with disabilities living in institutions. The estimated 1 million persons with disabilities that live segregated in residential institutions are now more vulnerable than ever, facing increased risk of infection by COVID-19, physical and psychological abuse due to isolation, neglect and even abandonment. The dangers that persons in institutions face include: Lack of personal protective equipment for persons with disabilities and staff of institutions leads to higher risk of infection- for both...
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  • Institutionalisation, welfare and COVID-19

    31.03.2020 by EDF Board Member Giampiero Griffo Translated from Italian - L’istituzionalizzazione delle persone con disabilità e l’emergenza che viviamo - superando.it   The information that we expected and feared is, unfortunately, coming out.  Over the last few days it has been emerging that the number of older people dying due to COVID-19 in nursing homes, retirement homes and other residential institutions is growing. It seems (although the data is scarce and there are, as of yet, no disaggregated statistics) that in these institutions, the infection and subsequent deaths are due the lack of...
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  • Statement by Italian organisations - The Massacre of the Innocents

    30.03.2020 This is a translated version of the statement “la strage degli innocent” signed by several Italian organisations   The most fragile people are denied access to care. This time the innocent are not children, but older people with disabilities. They die anyway, hundreds of them. Many at home, many more in the regional residential institutions. I am talking about persons with disabilities and underlying conditions, especially older people - but not only - who in recent weeks have been denied any form of protection against Covid-19 and who are now paying this neglect with their lives. Once they...
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  • Updated statement: protection of persons with disabilities in institutions, deafblind persons, freedom of persons with disabilities, – Disability inclusive response

    27.03.2020 We updated our "Open letter to leaders at the EU and in EU countries: COVID-19 – Disability inclusive response" with demands related to: specific needs of deafblind people Demands to ensure that measures of confinement and treatment do not overly restrict the freedom of persons with disabilities. Demands to ensure protection of persons with disabilities in institutions Ensure protection of persons with disabilities in institutions Ensuring marginalised and isolated people are not left without essential goods, support and human contact Authorities should take measures to drastically reduce the...
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  • Emergency in Croatia - Challenges for deafblind people

    26.03.2020 On Sunday 22 March there was an earthquake in Zagreb which caused heavy damage to the city. All deafblind (db) people and European Deafblind Union (EDbU) workers in Zagreb are safe at the moment, though most with extensive damage in their homes. Working is particularly hard due to contradictory commands: Stay home to avoid the spread of COVID-19, but stay outside in case of tremors and aftershocks. There have since been 6 strong aftershocks and over 60 weaker ones. The EDbU is overwhelmed throughout this crisis, however it has put the following in place: All their workers have been given...
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  • Opinion piece by Luisa Fazzi - Disability in the time of the Coronavirus: Can I take my dog outside … oops my child with disabilities?

    26.03.2020 Article by Luisa Bosiso Fazzi, EDF Board Member and of the Italian Disability Forum. Original version in italian on Superando.it. To start, I am no longer a mother of a person with disabilities. I am no longer a mother because, last year, I lost my disabled son in a tragic accident due to the recklessness of the authorities in securing alocation, advertised and strongly promoted as touristic place, where he was with other colleagues and educators from the day centre. An experience of community life that ended in tragedy due to the lack of attention by those who had to understand the risks and...
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