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EnableMe Insights – Participation as the key to better assistive devices and more inclusion

11.07.2024

"Nothing about us without us" is the motto of EnableMe Insights. The message is clear: accessibility and inclusion only work if people with disabilities are actively involved in the various development processes. In an interview with REHACARE.com, Boryana Milova from EnableMe talks about the goals and challenges of the project – and how you can get involved.
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European Disability Forum

Is your election campaign accessible? Assess with our checklists

18.12.2023

Over 100 million people with disabilities in Europe face challenges in accessing election information through digital channels and events. The European Disability Forum has introduced checklists and scoring systems to help political parties and campaigns enhance accessibility, encouraging self-assessment and learning, with the aim of fostering inclusive communication and events.
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Michel Arriens | www.michelarriens.de

Spanish presidency of the European Council: Expanding voting rights of persons with disabilities

29.11.2023

The European Disability Forum welcomes the "Declaration of the Spanish Presidency of the European Council on Expanding Voting Rights of Persons with Disabilities". Six obligations in particular should be emphasized to guarantee the rights of people with disabilities, including promotion of cooperation between the Member States of the European Union.
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Create it REAL

Continuous recycling of 3D-printed orthopedic corsets

27.11.2023

Create it REAL introduces the TRACKY project founded by the DREAM program. The primary goal of TRACKY is to demonstrate the viability of a circular economy business model centered around orthopedic corsets. The project is started and runs until the end of May 2024.
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European Disability Forum

Passenger rights: Equal access to transport is fundamental

15.11.2023

A delegation from the European Disability Forum, led by Nadia Hadad, met the Director General of the European Commission's Directorate General for Mobility and Transport, Magda Kopczynska. The meeting focused on issues such as ensuring equal access to transport for people with disabilities and guaranteeing their rights as passengers when traveling by air.
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European Disability Forum

Designing devices for all – a perspective from the industry and the disability movement

06.11.2023

The 2023 edition of the European Accessibility Summit was organised by the European Disability Forum. Several industry representatives and disability rights activists discussed the current opportunities and trends related to accessibility, especially since the adoption of the European Accessibility Act.
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European Disability Forum

Enabling an accessible digital work environment

18.10.2023

The European Accessibility Summit discussed the importance of creating an inclusive digital work environment for workers with disabilities and promoting digital skills for all. The panel highlighted the challenges faced by people with disabilities in digital inclusion and emphasized the need for accessibility and reasonable accommodation.
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Pict Rider – iStock – ID:1148852842

Envisioning the EU elections: Amplifying the rights of young persons with disabilities

28.08.2023

The European Disability Forum Youth Committee discusses the significance of youth participation in the upcoming European elections, stressing the importance of accessible education, employment opportunities, and comprehensive accessibility for individuals with disabilities. They emphasize the role of voting in shaping Europe's future and advocating for disabled individuals' rights and inclusion.
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European Disability Forum

Revised Regulation on Rail Passenger Rights enters into force

14.08.2023

The updated Regulation on Rail Passenger Rights enters into force on June 7, 2023, enhancing and in some cases strengthening passengers' rights during train travel. The regulation aims to ensure consistent protection for rail passengers in the EU, particularly focusing on those with disabilities.
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European Disability Forum

Companies in the EU will have to report on disability inclusion

10.07.2023

The new EU Directive on Corporate Sustainability Reporting requires companies operating in the EU to report on their practices for the inclusion of persons with disabilities and other marginalized groups. The reporting standards have been published, and companies will gradually implement them starting from the financial year 2024.
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European Disability Forum

The European Parliament – a forum for all persons with disabilities

05.06.2023

On May 23, the European Parliament and the European Disability Forum renewed their long-standing partnership to host the "5th European Parliament of People with Disabilities". An event that allows disability representatives and people with disabilities to share their concerns directly with European Union policy makers.
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European Disability Forum

European Parliament pushes for EU-wide minimum income rules that protect persons with disabilities

24.04.2023

A report calls on the European Commission to present a proposal for an adequate minimum income in the European Union. In this report there are important considerations on the subject of disability. The European Disability Forum strongly supports the campaign of the Social Platform on this topic.
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European Disability Forum

Web Accessibility Directive: better feedback mechanism, more expertise needed

20.03.2023

An evaluation report by the European Commission reported on the first three years of application of the Web Accessibility Directive (WAD). The period of the review overlaps with the accelerated digital transformation brought on by the pandemic.
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Bioservo Technologies AB

Carbonhand 2.0 approved as a medical device according to the EU-MDR

16.11.2022

The grip-strengthening glove Carbonhand® from Bioservo is now classified and approved as a medical device under the European Medical Device Regulation (EU MDR). The grip strengthening glove gives people with limited hand function additional strength and endurance in their grip and is equipped with sensors at the fingertips.
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