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.
Web accessibility means that everyone – including people with disabilities – can use the internet independently to browse, navigate and interact. In 2012, the European Commission released a proposal for a Web Directive on the accessibility of the public sector bodies' websites. The proposal has been discussed at the European Parliament and at the EU Council.
Last week we had our own celebration with the #CochlearImplantDay and tomorrow, on 3 March we commemorate the World Hearing Day.
The theme for this year is “Childhood hearing loss: act now, here is how!”, promoted by WHO World Health Organization. You can follow their conference tomorrow via internet.
As well you can follow them and us on twitter.
You can find information about it in several languages: http://www.who.int/pbd/deafness/world-hearing-day/2016/en/
The theme for World Hearing Day 2016 is ‘Childhood hearing loss: act now, here is how!’ This aims to draw attention to the fact that the majority of causes which lead to hearing loss in children can be prevented through public health measures. Further, those who have hearing loss can benefit greatly from early identification and suitable, timely interventions. The day aims to raise awareness about public health strategies to reduce the prevalence and impact of hearing loss.
Materials related to World Hearing Day 2016 will be posted here as they are finalized.
On the occasion of the European Day of Persons with Disabilities, on 7-8 December the European Commission and EDF co-organised a two-day conference in Brussels with around 200 participants from all over Europe. The conference focused on the current situation of children and young people with disabilities and their access to education as a key factor for their participation in society. Participants of the conference included young people with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities, representatives of organisations of persons with disabilities, government representatives and academics.
On the 2nd day of the conference, the Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, and EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, announced the winners of the 2016 Access City Award. This is the European wide award that rewards cities for their efforts in becoming accessible to all. This year's finalist countries were: Kaposvár (Hungary), Milan (Italy), Toulouse (France), Vaasa (Finland) and Wiesbaden (Germany).
The winner of 2016 Access City Award is: Milan (Italy).
- The European Accessibility Act proposal is published to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities
- European Day of Persons with Disabilities 2015: 2-day conference in Brussels
- A productive weekend: preparing next quarter work
- It was held the 1st International Music Festival for Children, Youths and Adults with Hearing Disorders