EURO-CIU is a non-governmental and non-profit association, which was founded in Luxembourg in 1995, consists of 31 member associations from 23 European countries representing almost 150.000 cochlear implant users across Europe.

A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted device that provides access to sound for severely/profoundly deaf adults and children by stimulating the auditory nerve.

EURO-CIU Workshop & AGA Barcelona 2018

Workshop EUROCIU Barcelona 2018



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""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.


World Hearing Day

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3 March 2016: World Hearing DayLast 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:

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.



Tackling barriers for children & young people with disabilties

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EDPD2015 ConferenceOn 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.


2016 Access City Award

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access city award 2015On 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).

Watch the video of the 1st day of the conference here

Watch the video of the 2nd day of the conference here


The European Accessibility Act proposal is published to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesTo 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.