In this issue: What is deafblindness? EDF Action plan Budapest Accesible Catalonia Recognition in POLAND Making a difference in Europe Public consultation with a view to a European Accessibility Act EDbN Biannual working plan 2012-2014 World Confederation of Parents UK Landmark Supreme Court judgement clarifies social care law How many deafblind people are there? Deafblind Shape. Tactile Symbol of [...]
The campaign “One million for Disability” runs from 23 January to 3 October 2007
EDF has just launched a campaign to collect 1 million signatures to combat discrimination in all aspects of the lives of disabled citizens in Europe. It is important for EDbN members to support this campaign as disability specific legislation at a European level would encourage national governments to bring in disability specific legislation in countries where there is none or it is inadequate at the moment.
A historic Written Declaration on the rights of deafblind people was formally adopted by the European Parliament on 1 st April, 2004. This was the culmination of a long campaign by deafblind people, families and professionals in Europe. The Written Declaration is a 200 word statement about the fact that deafblindness is a distinct disability. It lists the rights to which deafblind people should be entitled.
EDbN was originally set up to access funding from Europe for deafblindness projects. One of its principles was to involve a parent or family representative, deafblind person and professional from each country.
This strong wish for continuing EDbN was strongly expressed again at the family conference last October in Puglia, Italy, where many families came together and explained their need for a platform.