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International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Leave no woman behind

Written by Ingeborg Odink and Rosamund Shreeves,  According to the UN, an estimated one in five women worldwide live with disabilities and the prevalence of disability is actually higher among women than men (19.2 versus 12 %). Women and girls with disabilities are also among the most vulnerable and marginalised, because of the multiple and intersecting … Continue reading

Disabled road users [What Europe does for you]

Perhaps you, or someone you know, are one of the estimated 14 to 17 % people aged over 15 in the EU who suffer from a disability? You are not alone, as these numbers are expected to rise, mainly due to the aging population. By 2020, approximately 120 million Europeans will have a disability. The EU is working to remove barriers preventing your equal participation in life activities, particularly as regards your access to transport. Continue reading

Blind and visually impaired people [What Europe does for you]

With European elections coming up in May 2019, you probably want to know how the European Union impacts your daily life, before you think about voting. In the latest in a series of posts on what Europe does for you, your family, your business and your wellbeing, we look at what Europe does for blind and visually impaired people. Continue reading

EU policy for persons with disabilities [Topical Digest]

Estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO) suggest that 15 % of the world’s population live with some form of disability. Continue reading

What is the EU doing for people with disabilities?

On 6 December 2017, the European Parliament hosted the 4th European Parliament of persons with disabilities event, bringing together delegates from organisations that represent persons with disabilities from across Europe, Members of the European Parliament and representatives of other EU institutions. Continue reading

How the EU is helping people with disabilities [What Europe does for you]

Sunday 3 December is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, as proclaimed by the UN General Assembly back in 1992. Continue reading

How does the EU promote sign languages?

In reference to sign languages, citizens contact the European Parliament requesting information on the status of sign languages at EU level, the actions taken to promote it and how its interpretation works in the EU institutions. Continue reading

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Written by Nicole Scholz, Each year, 3 December marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The day was proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) in 1992 to promote awareness and mobilise support. The 2016 theme, ‘achieving 17 goals for the future we want‘, highlights the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and their role in creating a more … Continue reading

The Employment Equality Directive – European Implementation Assessment

Written by Jan Tymowski, Equality is one of the fundamental values that the European Union is founded upon, and it is duly reflected in the Treaties, as well as in national laws of the Member States. The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU states explicitly that any discrimination based on – among other grounds … Continue reading

Assistive technologies: enabling humans or disabling societies?

Written by Lieve Van Woensel and Guillermo Garrido-Lestache   On 23 June 2015 the Science and Technology Options Assessment Panel (STOA) hosted a workshop on assistive technologies entitled ‘Robots: enabling the disabled or disabling the abled?‘ The workshop’s Chair, MEP Ádám Kósa, who requested the Scientific Foresight project on assistive technologies, opened the discussion with a specially … Continue reading

Assistive technologies to support people with disabilities

Written by Nicole Scholz ‘Disability’ is complex and multi-dimensional. It denotes impairments, limitations on activity and restrictions on participation – a combination of medical and contextual factors. People with disabilities are a diverse group. Some are born with a disabling condition, others acquire a disability through injury or a chronic disease, yet others develop a … Continue reading

STOA Workshop ‘Robots: enabling the disabled or disabling the abled?’

Workshop hashtag: #STOAbility STOA website & registration Live-streaming Written by Lieve Van Woensel and Guillermo Garrido-Lestache On Tuesday, 23 June 2015, the STOA Panel will host a workshop entitled ‘Robots: enabling the disabled or disabling the abled?’ Taking place from 14:30 to 17:00 in room 4Q1 of the József Antall building, the workshop will be chaired … Continue reading

World Down Syndrome Day 2015

Written by Nicole Scholz 21 March is World Down Syndrome Day, and this year marks its tenth anniversary. Down syndrome is a genetic condition that results in physical and learning disabilities. Early therapy and social support have proven beneficial for people with Down syndrome. The EU promotes their inclusion in society through the European Disability … Continue reading

Improving the accessibility of public sector bodies’ websites

Updated on 28 October 2013 Web-accessibility refers to principles and techniques to be followed when constructing websites so that online content is accessible to all users, in particular those with disabilities. Despite the fact that many national authorities in Europe are committed to the accessibility of public websites and most Member States have introduced guidelines … Continue reading

Le handicap mental et les troubles mentaux: Dans l’optique des droits fondamentaux

La définition onusienne du handicap englobe le handicap mental et les troubles mentaux. L’ampleur du problème demeure incertaine mais les estimations sont préoccupantes. Les problèmes de santé mentale génèrent des coûts importants. La crise économique a des effets néfastes sur la santé mentale. Les atteintes aux droits fondamentaux des personnes handicapées mentales et de celles … Continue reading

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