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NEW EDF REPORT IS OUT IN SEVERAL ACCESSIBLE FORMATS

2014 and 2015 have been historic years for EDF and 80 million persons with disabilities in Europe. What has the disability movement achieved in these years?

EDF new report explains our actions concerning the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, non-discrimination, freedom of movement, transport, accessibility, economic crisis, EU funds, and others. The report is available in several formats:

  • Accessible PDF
  • Accessible Word / Text only
  • Easy-To-Read
  • Audio
  • Sign Language (summary)
 Sarah Lennon and Claire Hendrick from Inclusion Ireland with Prof. Gerard Quinn
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LIVE WITHOUT THE RIGHT TO CHOICE AND AUTONOMY?

Many of us take the right to make decisions for granted: what to study, what sort of job to apply for, where and with whom we live, who to marry, who to vote for, which doctor to visit. However, for many people with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities, these basic decision-making rights are removed and their will and preferences are not respected. Many persons with disabilities end up living in institutions and psychiatric hospitals against their will or women with disabilities are sterilised without their informed consent.
Participants of the event in Dublin Airport
10 YEARS OF AIR PASSENGERS' RIGHTS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

In July 2006, a regulation on air passengers’ rights for persons with disabilities (regulation 1107/2006) was adopted, establishing a set of specific rights for passengers with disabilities in the EU. This legislation has facilitated air travel for millions of persons with disabilities in Europe and has given clear guidance to airports on what services should be provided and how. 2016 is the 10th anniversary of the adoption of this important legislation and the disability movement marked this anniversary with an event at Dublin Airport, Ireland.

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ACCESS CITY AWARD 2017

The European Commission and EDF are launching  the competition for the 2017 Access City Award: the European award for cities that are accessible to disabled and older people. EU cities with over 50.000 inhabitants are invited to submit their applications by 8 September 2016 (midnight Brussels time).
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EDF AND ORACLE e-ACCESSIBILITY SCHOLARSHIP

Following the success of the first edition, EDF and Oracle offer again a scholarship of 8.000 EUR to a student with disability of a high education programme studying in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the academic year of 2016-2017. Applications are accepted by 15 September 2016.
Participants in the EESC event
A NEW STRATEGY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

On 17 May 2016, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organised a hearing on “A new strategy for persons with disabilities in Europe”. The hearing brought together representative organisations of persons with disabilities, specialised government agencies and EU institutions. EDF and several of its members presented their views on the development of a new strategy to promote, protect and monitor the rights of persons with disabilities in the EU.

SAVE THE DATE

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10/06: WORK FORUM ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE UN CONVENTION

Each year, the European Commission and EDF organise the Work Forum on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Work Forum brings together representatives of those responsible for implementing and monitoring the UN Convention, both at the European and at the national level, as well as civil society and organisations of persons with disabilities.
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14-16/06: CONFERENCE OF STATE PARTIES TO THE UN CONVENTION

Like every year, the Conference of States Parties (COSP) will take place in New York with the theme: “Implementing the 2030 development agenda for all persons with disabilities: Leaving no one behind”. EDF will attend the conference and will be involved in side events on accessibility, the UN's recommendations to the EU on the rights of persons with disabilities, the right to choice and autonomy  etc.
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16/06: CONFERENCE ON EU EQUAL TREATMENT LEGISLATION

Organised by the European Network of Equality Bodies (Equinet), this conference aims at discussing the experiences of equality bodies and other stakeholders with the implementation and possible shortcomings and gaps in EU equal treatment legislation. It also aims at finding ways to make this legislation comprehensive in its scope and more effective on the ground.
 
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16/06: HIGH LEVEL CONFERENCE ON ABUSE AGAINST OLDER PEOPLE
 
The European Commission in collaboration with the Council of Europe, AGE-Platform Europe and the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions, is organising a high-level conference to raise awareness of elder abuse in Europe. Marking World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the event will promote a better understanding of the abuse and neglect of older persons by drawing attention to this escalating human rights challenge.
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20-24/06: INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL ON DISABILITY LAW

The Centre for Disability Law and Policy of the National University of Ireland (Galway) is organising an international summer school on disability law. The theme of this year will be "Making the Most of The New Politics of Disability created by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities". 
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EDITORIAL NOTE
 
Director of publication: Catherine Naughton
Editor: Lila Sylviti
Contributors: Etienne Cuche | Marie Denninghaus | Loredana Dicsi | An-Sofie Leenknecht |
Laura Marchetti | Alejandro Moledo

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