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  • Young persons with disabilities in times of COVID-19. Survey conducted by our Youth Committee

    21.12.2020 The Youth Committee is an advisory governing body of the European Disability Forum (EDF). It is composed of eight members, young people aged 18 to 35, representing all categories of disability and coming from all over Europe. It is chaired by one of its members, who is supported by one of the Executive Members and by a staff from the secretariat to achieve its plans. The Youth Committee is devoted to representing the interests of young persons with disabilities – within the EDF and throughout Europe. The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 had led to a national lockdown in the majority of countries in...
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  • EU reply on COVID19 vaccination strategy

    18.12.2020 In recent weeks the European Disability Forum (EDF) has publicly called for persons with disabilities to be given priority in COVID19 vaccination strategies and also wrote an open letter on this to the leaders of the EU. In the reply from the European Union, Helena Dalli Commissioner for Equality and Stella Kyriakides Commissioner for Health and Food Safety detailed the response of the European Union to COVID19 and attention to persons with disabilities. The letter highlights the importance of ensuring access to COVID19 vaccination for persons with disabilities. While EDF stated that...
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  • A missed opportunity: How Europe can better protect migrants with disabilities and mental health problems

    18.12.2020 New Pact on Migration and Asylum is a missed opportunity for people with disabilities and mental health problems. The EU must remember about the diversity of people seeking asylum and the international human rights obligations to which the EU and its member states have signed up to. The narrative of the Pact reflects an outdated medical approach to disability and must be reframed. This article was written jointly with Mental Health Europe, on the occasion of the International Migrants Day. The European Commission has recently launched its long-awaited New Pact on Migration and Asylum....
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  • Older persons with disabilities: the EU ought to take intersectional actions!

    16.12.2020 Persons with disabilities are not all the same but a very heterogeneous group. EDF fights for the rights of all persons with disabilities, and especially of older persons with disabilities who face specific challenges due to intersectional discrimination. Older persons with disabilities and intersectional discrimination Older persons with disabilities face negative and compounded stigma for being both persons with disabilities and older people. Daily they face stereotypes rooted in ageism – the word for age-based discrimination - and ableism – discrimination on the ground of the disability...
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  • An urgent call to revise the European electoral law of 1976

    15.12.2020 The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted by unanimity, and without any abstention, an opinion about the need to guarantee real rights for persons with disabilities to vote in European Parliament elections. This opinion, drafted by the EESC member Krzysztof Pater, follows up the 2019 report on the real right of persons with disabilities to vote in the European Parliament elections, which describes the legal and technical barriers preventing persons with disabilities from voting in the European Elections. The recently adopted opinion calls on the EU Parliament, the European...
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  • The European Disability Forum is recruiting a part time staff member- VIVID-T Digital Accessibility Trainer for a 1-year project

    11.12.2020 We are recruiting a part time staff member- VIVID-T Digital Accessibility Trainer for a 1-year project The European Disability Forum (EDF) is a non-governmental European umbrella organisation set up to represent organisations of persons with disabilities at EU level. Its membership includes 100 member organisations including European NGOs and national federations of organisations of persons with disabilities. EDF's mission is to promote the equal opportunities and human rights of persons with disabilities towards the European Union. EDF is seeking an Digital Accessibility Trainer in the...
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  • EU to Promote Disability Rights Globally

    10.12.2020 EDF welcomes the inclusion of the rights of persons with disabilities in the EUs newly launched Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2020-2024 The European Commission has recently released the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2020-24. Implementation of the plan will be led by - Mr. Eamon Gilmore, the EU Special Representative on Human Rights,1.5 billion Euros are allocated from the EU budget for its implementation. The Action Plan has five lines of action: Protecting and empowering individuals; Building resilient, inclusive and democratic societies; Promoting a global...
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  • Open letter to EU Commissioner for Health - Kyriakides: Persons with disabilities and the right to health in the European Union

    10.12.2020 Brussels, December 10th, 2020 Dear Commissioner, The European Disability Forum is an umbrella organisation of persons with disabilities that advocates for the rights of over 100 million persons with disabilities in Europe. We are a unique platform which brings together representative organisations of persons with disabilities. We are run by persons with disabilities and their families. We are a strong, united voice of persons with disabilities. Our members have been working tirelessly to protect the rights of persons with disabilities during the COVID- 19 crisis. Today, on Human Rights Day...
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  • Jönköping wins the 2021 Access City Award

    02.12.2020 On 1 December, within the European Day of Persons with Disabilities, the winner of the 11th edition of the Access City Award was announced. The Swedish city of Jönköping won the 1st prize out of unprecedented number of 50 applications this year. Over time the city has made continuous improvements in both the new and old areas of the city, in collaboration with disability organisations. It has also created a local ‘Access City Award', for businesses or organisations that worked with their customers to improve accessibility. The city of Bremerhaven in Germany took the 2nd prize and Gdynia in...
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  • EU policies on children must protect the rights of children with disabilities

    08.12.2020 The European Union is currently working on two important policies for children’s rights: the EU strategy on children rights for 2021-2024 and a Child Guarantee for Vulnerable Children. Through recommendations on EU policies on children’s rights, we are on calling the EU and all Member States to include children with disabilities in all policies on children and to protect their rights as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. General objectives for children with disabilities Our aim is that all children with disabilities: Are consulted and involved on...
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