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The European Platform of Deafness, Hard of Hearing and Deafblindness announces its first conference, Mind The Data Gap! Lack of statistics for an effective EU inclusion strategy?! It will be held this Thursday 15 of November at the Representation of the free state of Bavaria, Brussels. The theme will be the lack of accessible and reliable data on the persons with specific disabilities, and the problems and issues that arise from this, especially when it comes to policy-making.

One of the objectives of the conference is to highlight this to key stakeholders who are in a position to change this situation. Members of The European Parliament, The European Commission and other European Institutions have already confirmed their presence at the event. We expect more joining them; we are going through the invitation process right now. If the structural problems are addressed, every policy on the matter will be more effective.

The  Discussion Panel will include, among others, the reputed MEP Ádám Kósa; President of the Disability Intergroup, one of the most well-known advocates when it comes to disability rights in Europe, and Stephanos Grammenos, expert on European Disability Data, member of the Academic Network of European Disability Experts, who we know will enlighten the audience with his knowledge on the matter.

This event is fully accessible for wheelchair users and will have interpretation from and to International Sign, as well as speech-to-text in English. The room is equipped with hearing loop to benefit hearing aid users.