On 19 January, 8 men with intellectual disabilities were killed by a fire in a “care home” in Vejprty, Czechia. Another 30 people were injured. Messages of solidarity and concern about the situation of institutions in Europe came from all over the world.
The European Disability Forum announced the creation of a scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year, funded by the company Oracle, for students with disabilities studying in the field of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, User Experience, or related fields.
There are few areas which cause more heartbreak and distress for children with intellectual disabilities and their parents than education does. The statistics are clear - children with intellectual disabilities are increasingly excluded from mainstream schooling, and either isolated in special schools, or denied access to education completely.
European Disability Forum (EDF) President Yannis Vardakastanis and Acting Director Javier Güemes have visited the European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly to highlight the need for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) to be a central aspect in European Union policy-making.
The European Network of Independent Living (ENIL) in collaboration with the European Disability Forum (EDF) and the European Foundation Centre’s Consortium on Human Rights and Disability (EFC) launched a campaign to highlight the impact of disability cuts in the anticipation of the European Parliament elections of May 2014.
On 11 February, European Disability Forum (EDF) officially presented its manifesto for the upcoming European elections at the premises of the European Parliament in Brussels. The document features the main demands of the disability movement towards the newly elected European Parliament.