Jul 15, 2011, News

Meeting between EDF and the Vice President of the European Commission about the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020

  On 13th of July, the European Disability Forum (EDF) met with Vice President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding, responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship.   EDF President Yannis Vardakastanis, General Secretary Rodolfo Cattani and Acting Director Javier Güemes met Vice-President Reding. The goal of the meeting was to propose and define the…

Jul 06, 2011, Role Models

Meet Magnus Andén, from Stockholm (Sweden)

Magnus Andén has been the chairman of JAG since the association started in 1992, nearly 20 years ago. In that role – as in life itself, as in this interview – Magnus needs support to formulate. This support is given to Magnus by his legal representative that functions both as a decision aid and interpreter….

Jul 05, 2011, Europe in Action

Meet Pilar O’Connor, Valencia (Spain)

Although my surname might make you think that I am Irish, I was born in Valencia (Spain) forty-nine years ago. I spent most life in a small town on the Mediterranean coast until I moved to the city where I am living now and that is the same city where I was born. I share…

Jul 04, 2011, Europe in Action

Introducing SERVUS system in Slovenia for greater independence

YHD has started a co-operation with a company which is introducing the SERVUS system in Slovenia. The company has approached us, because a few years ago we already had a successful cooperation with one of its managers, getting brand new computers and software to 20 users of the Independent Living Programme. This new co-operation is…

Jul 04, 2011, News

European Platform of Self Advocates conference: Hear our Voices!

From the 30th of September to the 3rd of October the European Platform of Self Advocates will host a conference in Peniche, Portugal. This event will gather self-advocates from all over Europe, to discuss about the UNCRPD and share their knowledge and experience in order to come up with statements aimed to raise awareness amongst…

Jul 04, 2011, News

ENIL Scholarship granted to Richard Sahlin

Richard Sahlin received a scholarship from ENIL for his lecture at the Nordic Network on Disability Research – NNDR conference, which took place recently in May in Iceland. Richard Sahlin is a deaf lawyer with a doctoral degree in disability law. He is currently a researcher in disability law at Örebro University in Sweden finishing…

Jun 30, 2011, News

Access City Award 2012

If you live in a city with over 50.000 inhabitants that has taken real action to implement measures and policies to promote and support accessibility  for disabled people you can nominate your city to the Access City Award 2012. Launched in 2010, Access City Award is a competition between European Cities sponsored by the European…

Jun 30, 2011, News

Law and Disability

The Institute of Legal Information Theory and Techniques (ITTIG) belongs to the Italian National Research Council (CNR). It is in Florence, it was founded in 1969 as the first Italian research institute in the field of information and communications technology applied to law and public administration. Nowadays it is a main Italian research institute in…

Jun 30, 2011, News

Accessible trains in Latvia

In Latvia trains become available also for disabled people! The Association of people with disabilities and their friends-Apeirons is pleased to announce that after a long collaboration and consultation process, the VAS Latvijas Dzelzcels (LDZ, Latvian Railway), on Tuesday, 20th May 2011 showed the media a new service designed for disabled people. This services consisting…

Jun 29, 2011, News

New research about children with disabilities

‘What are the most popular things to do with your family?’ The JAG Association in Sweden is collaborating with Jönköping University and two other organizations in a project about children participation in family activities. The Convention on the Rights of Children inspired Jenny Wilder, PhD in Psychology, Senior Lecturer in Special Needs Education Mälardalen University,…

Jun 29, 2011, Good Practice

Good example: Grunden gender project

Grunden web (Swedish) Why are the men playing the music and the woman singing to it? Grunden is a national organization in Sweden for and with people with intellectual disabilities.  In 2010 members of Grunden started a gender equality project to show that gender inequality exists and make it visible. During these years some of…

Jun 15, 2011, Good Practice

Good example: Bike rental for disabled people in Spain

The city of Gandia ( a seaside touristic place not so far away from Valencia, Spain in collaboration with a disabled employer (by the way he is a Paralympic sportsman) has set up a bike rental service ( with a unique feature: it Iicludes the possibility of renting a tricycle specially designed for people with physical disabilities. At the moment they only have four units, but they expecting increase the number to a total of 39 which would mean one…

Jun 14, 2011, Europe in Action

Meet Katja Villatoro, Valencia (Spain)

My name is Katja and I live in a village near Valencia for almost ten years. Before I used to live in Benidorm (Alicante), my profession was in the healthcare area and I was working in a private clinic as an assistant in the surgical area. I have a son, Unai, he lived with me…

Jun 14, 2011, Europe in Action

Meet Aglaia Katsigianni, from Drama (Greece)

My name is Aglaia Katsigianni. I’m a 42 years old woman with physical disability living in Drama, a city in the northern Greece. I’m single, living with my – super! – mom, because independent living doesn’t exist in Greece.. My dad has passed away, several years ago. My disability is Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and it…

Jun 11, 2011, Good Practice

Art and disability: Dancing on crutches!

Some energetic and impressive videos!… who said that it’s impossible? Visa TV Ad starring Bill Shannon Bill Shannon, aka “Crutch Master,” is a multi-disciplinary artists who defies definition and gravity. www

Jun 11, 2011, Good Practice

Good example: Map for wheelchair accessible locations.

  Maptivism: much more than a geographical map The mobilization of citizens to deal with problems of daily human rights violations and environmental emergencies through new technologies. When cartography rhymes with activism. What is Wheelmap? Wheelmap is a map for wheelchair accessible locations. On you can find out if a location is accessible or not…