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EDF RESPONDS TO THE REVIEW OF THE EUROPEAN DISABILITY STRATEGY

On 23 December 2015, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the review of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020. The Strategy aims to remove barriers to inclusion of persons with disabilities and identifies 8 main areas for action at EU level: Accessibility, Participation, Equality, Employment, Education and Training, Social Protection, Health and External Action. EDF submitted its position on the review of the Strategy.
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ACCESSIBLE AIRPORT AWARDS

The applications for the “Accessible Airport Awards” that EDF is organising in collaboration with Airports Council International – Europe (ACI-Europe) are open until 29 April. This award aims at honouring the most accessible airport for persons with disabilities and persons with reduced mobility and at encouraging airports to remove the barriers that persons with disabilities and persons with reduced mobility still face when travelling by air.
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EQUAL ACCESS TO WEB


Open letter from 20 civil society networks, representing consumers, older people and people from a range of representative organisations of persons with disabilities strongly oppose Council’s proposals to water down the Web Accessibility Directive.
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EDF BOARD MEETING: LOCAL COMMUNITIES, REFUGEES WITH DISABILITIES & UK REFERENDUM ON EU MEMBERSHIP

In the weekend of 12-13 March, EDF Board meeting took place in Amsterdam hosted by our Dutch member, Ieder(in), and supported by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports. Representatives of organisations of persons with disabilities from all over Europe discussed, among others, the role of municipalities in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), the situation of refugees and migrants with disabilities and the upcoming UK referendum on EU membership.
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EDF & ORACLE E-ACCESSIBILITY SCHOLARSHIP

EDF joined forces with Oracle, an integrated cloud applications and platform services company, to promote accessibility within the ICT (information and communications technology) profession. Together, we offered an e-Accessibility Scholarship of 8,000 euros to higher education students with disabilities in the fields of computer science, computer engineering, user experience, among others.
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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY: THE INVISIBILITY OF WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES MUST END


The International Women’s Day 2016 (8 March) found Europe at a stage where significant efforts have been made in terms of gender equality and empowerment of women in society. However, discrimination against women still exists and Europe often fails to include the rights of women in its political and economic decision making. Women with disabilities, in particular, have to deal with a double challenge and are even more invisible in society.

SAVE THE DATE

World Autism Awareness Day 2 April: respect, acceptance, inclusion
02/04: WORLD AUTISM DAY

Autism-Europe marks the World Autism Awareness Day 2016 with a campaign focusing on “Respect, Acceptance, Inclusion”. The 2016 campaign aims to shift the focus from mere “awareness” to “acceptance” of autism, and convey a positive and optimistic message about autism. The campaign will also be based on the social model of disability and have a strong rights-based approach, recalling the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities to trigger the conditions for an inclusive society. Spread the word!
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18-19/04: EU DISABILITY LAW & THE UN CRPD
 

EDF cooperates with the Academy of European Law (ERA) and the European Consortium of Foundations on Human Rights and Disability (EFC) in the organisation of 6 seminars on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and EU disability law. EDF provides ERA with its expertise of speakers and topics on the UN CRPD and aims to involve its members both as participants and speakers. The first workshop is taking place on 18 - 19 April 2016 in Trier, Germany. 

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19-20/04: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS & GENDER EQUALITY


On 19-20 April 2016, COFACE joins forces with the UN Focal Point on the Family to host the international conference: ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Gender Equality: the role of family policies and exchange of good practices’ in Amsterdam.
 
The conference will put a spotlight on the role of family policies in the implementation of the SDGs and specifically engage in one of the most important and holistic targets of the SDGs: to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
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05/05: 3RD EUROPEAN INDEPENDENT LIVING DAY

 
Since 2014, the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), along with its members and supporters, celebrate Independent Living and its philosophy on 5 May. 

The European Independent Living Day 2016 will be an opportunity to raise awareness on independent living and inform people about ENIL’s initiatives.
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21-22/05: EDF AGA 2016, DUBLIN

 
EDF Annual General Assembly will take place on 21-22 May in Dublin, Ireland.

More information will be available soon.
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Director of publication: Catherine Naughton
Editor: Lila Sylviti
Contributors: Etienne Cuche | Marie Denninghaus | Loredana Dicsi | Simona Giarratano | An-Sofie Leenknecht | Alejandro Moledo


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