Europe

Call for Improved Safeguarding of Persons with Disabilities

More than a third do not think people with disabilities have equal rights 40% say not enough support for decision making of people with disabilities. 75% favour stronger laws to better safeguard people with disabilities. The rights of people with disabilities are not adequately respected and upheld in Ireland, according to a new RED C Survey commissioned by Safeguarding Ireland. The… Continue Reading »

Spain: CERMI Advocates for Universal Accessibility of Charging Stations

The Spanish Committee of Representatives of People with Disabilities (Cermi) has urged the Secretary of State for Energy of the Ministry of Ecological Transition and for the Demographic Challenge to normatively regulate the conditions of universal accessibility in the design, implementation and execution of calls colloquially “Electrolineras”. Given the expansion of these energy supply points for… Continue Reading »

Global Action Group Formed to Improve Transportation of Mobility Devices

GENEVA:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the launch of a global Mobility Aids Action Group to examine and improve the transport journey of mobility aids, including wheelchairs, with the objective of improving the handling of this vital equipment for travelers with disabilities. The Action Group will be the first of its kind aimed at… Continue Reading »

Croatia: Centre for the Digital Literacy of Blind and Visually Impaired Persons

CROATIA: The centre, the first of its kind in Croatia, is part of the “Network for all” project. Mulić said that digital literacy would ensure new opportunities for blind and visually impaired persons that previous generations did not have. “We put great emphasis on diversity as well as on creating new opportunities for blind and visually impaired persons.… Continue Reading »

Ireland: Calls for Publication of Reports on Disability Sector

An Oireachtas committee has called for the publication of two reports to inform the Government how the disability sector needs to be funded in advance of the budget. The Indecon Report, which examined the cost of having a disability in Ireland and the implications for public policy, was commissioned by the Department of Social Protection… Continue Reading »

European Disability Forum Supports the New European Bauhas Initiative

The New European Bauhaus is a creative initiative that aims to combine sustainability, inclusion and aesthetics. It is an environmental, economic and cultural project instigated by the European Commission. EDF is a partner of this initiative. We team up with the EU Commission, inspiring networks, associations, and organisations that are committed to act as promoters and… Continue Reading »

UK: Technology Provider Transreport Releases New App for Enhanced Passenger Rail Accessibility Assistance

UK: Technology provider Transreport has launched a new app aimed at making it easier and quicker for disabled passengers to request assistance across the UK rail network. The Passenger Assistance app has been built in collaboration with The Rail Delivery Group, disabled passengers and accessibility experts, and enables users to “quickly request assistance for their train… Continue Reading »

Malta: National Strategy on Rights of Persons with Disabilities Released for Public Consultation

A national strategy on the rights of disabled persons was formally launched for public consultation on Wednesday. The strategy, “Freedom to Live”, Malta’s 2021-2030 National Strategy on the Rights of Disabled Persons (see pdf link below), was launched by Inclusion Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli. It was developed by the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) within… Continue Reading »

Coventry University and Motability Announce Research Studentship in Accessible Transport

UK: Coventry University has collaborated with national disability charity Motability to recruit and sponsor a number of doctoral candidates to undertake research into accessible transport at the university’s National Transport Design Centre (NTDC). The collaboration combines Coventry University’s strong tradition of design transport teaching and Motability’s objective to support and develop innovative solutions to meet the… Continue Reading »

Aalto University Research Project Assesses Accessibility Legislation And Policy Needs In The Built Environment

FINLAND: The Finnish Prime Minister’s Office has commissioned a study on the status and needs of accessibility legislation in Finland. Finland ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2016. The agreement mandates non-discrimination and defines accessibility from a human rights perspective as a prerequisite for independent life of a disabled person.… Continue Reading »