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Health 23-05-2018

Raising awareness of disabilities through sporting Intégrathlon

Since 2009, the Intégrathlon has challenged preconceived ideas about disabilities with sports events organised in five towns in Seine-Saint-Denis. EURACTIV.fr went to Tremblay-en-France, one of the cities at the heart of this year’s project.

Better accessibility is good for consumers and businesses

The common standards brought in by the Accessibility Act will benefit businesses and consumers, bringing regulatory certainty and making sure no-one is left behind, writes Marianne Thyssen.
Transport 09-12-2016

EU disability rights bill won’t fix public transport problems, campaigners fear

Public transport authorities in cities around Europe are expecting that they'll have to improve ticket machines to make them easier to read for people who are partially or totally blind, once an EU disability rights bill is passed.
Health 09-12-2016

Navracsics: New technologies are ‘unmatched vectors’ of integration

Technology can make "an enormous difference" for pupils with disabilities, offering them the same opportunities as other students, according to Tibor Navracsics, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth, and Sports.
Helga Stevens European Accessibility Act
Health 08-12-2016

MEP: Accessibility laws ‘benefit everyone’

The European Accessibility Act has the potential to create new opportunities for European business but should avoid creating “barriers” to innovation, according to Helga Stevens.
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Technology Opening New Doors for People With Disabilities
Digital 08-12-2016

Technology opening new doors for people with disabilities

With almost 15% of the world’s population living with a disability, building a more inclusive society is a key priority.
Health 07-12-2016

Leftist MEP: EU Accessibility Act is an ‘ideal chance’

The European Accessibility Act for people with disabilities opens a "huge horizon" and new innovation fields for everybody, but its scope should be widened to more products and services, MEP Konstantina Kuneva said in an interview with EURACTIV.com.
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Health 07-12-2016

Why innovation should be accessible for all

Accessibility in technology should not be an afterthought, it should be celebrated, as a motor for innovation, writes Adina Braha-Honciuc.
Health 06-12-2016

European Accessibility Act ‘not future-proof enough’

The EU tech industry has criticised the European Commission’s draft Accessibility Act, saying it is too prescriptive and fails to provide incentives for innovative businesses to develop the solutions that will make life easier for people with disabilities.
Health 05-12-2016

EU turns up pressure on accessibility rights of people with disabilities

The draft European Accessibility Act seeks to bring together “fragmented” national laws while creating new rights enabling full access to services ranging from transport to cash dispensers.
Health 05-12-2016

European Accessibility Act

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Debate about policies in favour of people with disabilities has climbed up a notch on the agenda with the publication in December of new European Commission proposals for a European Accessibility Act.
Digital 04-05-2016

Web accessibility will now be the law of the land in Europe

On Tuesday (3 May), after a long night of negotiation, and after more than three years since its proposal, it was agreed that web accessibility will now be the law of the land in Europe. This is a victory not only for persons with disabilities, but all of us, writes Dita Charanzová.

Europe needs low-skilled migrant workers too

A resolution for the rights of women domestic workers and carers in the EU is due to be voted on 28 April at the European Parliament. This could be a historical step towards equal rights for this category of workers.
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Hearing Awareness: Professional Hearing Care Makes You Smarter and Healthier
Active ageing 21-04-2016

Hearing awareness: professional hearing care makes you smarter and healthier

Around 16% of adult Europeans experience hearing loss severe enough to have a negative impact on their daily lives.
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How sport can end discrimination against Europeans with intellectual disabilities

Special Olympics is not just about sport, but also about overturning stigma and prejudice, says Mary Davis.

France and Belgium should change their care model

In the wake of the “scandal” about the mistreatment of disabled persons of French nationality in Belgian care institutions, the UN’s regional representative for Europe weighs in to denounce the lack of community-based alternatives in both France and Belgium.
Health 19-02-2014

MS expert: Lawmakers must put disability higher on the agenda

SPECIAL REPORT / Every single person in the EU will have a friend, a relative, a neighbour, an employer or employee who will be affected by a disability at some point in their lifetime. Therefore, EU politicians need to put disability higher on the agenda, says Emma Rogan.
Digital 09-10-2013

Books without borders give blind new opportunities

SPECIAL REPORT / A UN Treaty signed by the EU in late June will make it easier for blind and partially sighted people to share audio and Braille books across countries, a move which experts believe could boost the educational level of the disability group.
Health 08-10-2013

Workplace prejudice keeps blind people out of employment

SPECIAL REPORT / The statistics show that blind and partially sighted are the disability group with the lowest employment rate but the biggest obstacle for visually impaired jobseekers is not their disability, experts say.
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Health 27-11-2012

EDF on the 3rd European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities

On 5 December, the 3rd European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities will gather more than 400 delegates from organisations of persons with disabilities all around Europe. Together with members of the European Parliament and other decision makers, we will discuss how EU can ensure the protection of the rights of its 80 million citizens with disabilities in this time of crisis. We want an accessible Europe where all citizens have equal rights and opportunities! We want nothing decided about us without us! Learn more at: http://www.edf-feph.org/
Health 25-05-2012

MEPs want stronger consumer rules for seniors, children

Europe’s consumer laws fail to protect the most vulnerable people, say member of the European Parliament who called for tougher measures to prevent senior citizens, children and the disabled from being victims of rip-offs or aggressive marketing.

Disability activist: Europe must come out of hibernation

EU leaders have to find a way out of the economic crisis and to do so they need to look at long-term solutions to tackle the negative impact of the financial crisis on people with disabilities, Yannis Vardakastanis, president of the European Disability Forum, said in an interview with EURACTIV.  

Europeans with disabilities are terrified

The austerity measures taken in response to the European sovereign debt crisis have had a devastating impact on people with disabilities, leading to allowance cuts and a rise of unemployment rates that could generate greater economic and social exclusion, says John Evans from the European Disability Forum.

Disability: EU promises ‘Accessibility Act’ in 2012

European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding told MEPs last week that she will present a proposal for a 'European Accessibility Act' before the end of 2012. This new legislation is seen by the Commission as a key element of the European Disability Strategy, which was unveiled last year.