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).
To celebrate today's International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which focus on access and empowerment, the European Commission published the European Accessibility Act, a long-awaited piece of legislation that has been at the centre of its Freedom of Movement campaign for over three years.
Persons with disabilities currently face barriers to free movement within the EU on an equal basis with others. The European Accessibility Act, which takes the form of a Directive, has great potential to bring a positive change and will have a major influence on theaccessibility of goods and servicesfor persons with disabilities in the EU.
The publication of the proposal follows the recommendations made by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities earlier in September calling on the EU to adopt the Accessibility Act as a step towards better implementation of theUN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).
The Commission has planned an initial consultation period on the text where stakeholders can give their feedback and in which European Disability Forum, EDF, will participate with all their members, including EURO-CIU.
Every 3rd of December, the Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated in Europe and worldwide. As every year, on the occasion of this day, the European Commission and EDF organise a two day conference that will take place on 7-8 December 2015. The conference will focus on children and young people with disabilities.
There will be presentations and discussions about the current situation of children with disabilities in Europe, on their access to education and how it contributes to the equal participation of children and young people with disabilities in society. Children with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities will be among the panelists, together with representative organisations (DPOs), government representatives, academics and the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), which will present its report on violence against children with disabilities.
Beatrice Cusmai, representing AGUAV, our Italian association, opened the first session on Friday afternoon to discuss the proposals from AGUAV for next EURO-CIU Meeting on April in Varese (Italy), where there will be a workshop and our institution’s GA.
Previously, we had already sent our event organization protocols with the idea to adapt them fully to AGUAV availability and the services in the area.
Schedules, debates, budgets, cultural tours, hotels, sponsors, media, communication accessibility, transcription, language interpreters, etc. Everything was studied in detail, so we urge you to reserve next April 15th to 16th 2016 in Varese (Italy), where Tizziana Basso, AGUAV President, will greet everyone.
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