Update June 2007

01 Jul 2007

EUD News

Part-time Administrator wanted for EUD

Deadline for applications: Friday 3rd August 2007

The European Union of the Deaf (EUD) is a European non-profit making umbrella organisation whose membership comprises National Associations of in each of the EU member states. Established in 1985, EUD is the only organisation representing the interests of Deaf Europeans at European level. EUD maintains EU level dialogue with European Union Institutions, in consultation and co-operation with its member National Deaf Associations.

EUD is currently seeking a part-time administrator for its Brussels based office. The candidate must have a very good knowledge of (written) English and at least one other official EU language; and have some knowledge of EU sign language or be willing to learn sign language. Knowledge of other EU languages and sign languages would be an asset! The candidate must have good administrative and writing skills and be a flexible person as the range of responsibilities at EUD is rather broad.

Practical details: Starting date: September 2007. Part-time contract (11 working days per month) till December 2007 with extension depending on EU grant. Salary: Negotiable.

Tasks: general administrative tasks (typing of letters, minutes and documents, correspondence, archiving, etc.), assistance with production of monthly newsletter “EUD Update” & keeping EUD homepage up to date, represent EUD at certain meetings, and P.A. to Executive Director of EUD.

Qualifications: education and/or experience as administrator or equivalent, be able to work in a small team, show flexibility in working (sometimes weekend work), be able to work accurately and independently. Since English is the working language of EUD, it is indispensable to master this language very well; knowledge of (an)other EU language(s) is always an advantage. Be open to sign language and Deaf culture. Deaf people and sign language interpreters with a good command of written English are encouraged to apply.

Are you interested? Then email to EUD in which you introduce yourselves, and why you think you are the right person for this position. A C.V. with references must be attached with your email. If English is not your mother or preferred/main tongue, demonstrate clearly your English language skills (e.g. list all English courses taken; proof of attendance for a certain period at a college or university in UK, Ireland or USA, or having lived there as exchange student, or any other relevant experience, etc.)

Deadline for applications: Friday 3 rd August 2007. Applications, along with a C.V., must be emailed to Mark Wheatley, EUD Executive Director. E-mail: mark.wheatley@eudnet.org.

NOTE: EUD will reimburse travel expenses for short-listed candidates for interviews at the EUD office. Interviews will take place during mid-August 2007.

You can contact Mr Mark WHEATLEY, EUD Executive Director, for more details and/or questions regarding the job by E-mail: mark.wheatley@eudnet.org or fax: 32 2 289 7037 . For more information on EUD itself, you can visit our website: www.eudnet.org.

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EDF News

“1million4disability” Campaign

The objective of the campaign is to collect at least 1 000 000 signatures to combat discrimination in all aspects of the lives of disabled citizens in Europe.

Why a million? The European Union cannot ignore the call of at least 1 million citizens.  A provision based on this principle was even stated in the draft European Union Constitutional Treaty.

We want to take the opportunity of EDF 10 th anniversary, not to blow on 10 candles, but to blow out disability discrimination in Europe. It is a unique opportunity we all have to act in favour of a comprehensive EU legislation to combat discrimination against persons with disabilities.

How can I join the movement and sign the petition?

Since the campaign has started, the official website www.1million4disability.eu offers the opportunity to collect every single signature.

The website has been especially designed to be as accessible as possible to allow a wider public to sign very easily.

Thanks to all National Disability Councils, all campaign material and the SIGN page of the website are available in all EU languages, by simply clicking on your national flag.

A signature form is also available on the website in every language on the following link;http://www.1million4disability.eu/materials.asp?langue=EN. Each page can contain 10 names and signatures. You can download this form, print it, let your contacts sign it and send it back to EDF Secretariat by fax or regular mail. Please avoid returning the form with one or two signatures and make sure to have collected as many signatures as possible.

Ask your friends, your family, your colleagues, and your neighbourhood to sign. The aim of this petition is not to collect money nor to gather subscriptions but it is a tool for the recognition of disabled persons as equal citizens.

Source: EDF Campaign Flash

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European Union News

Ministerial Conference on disability endorses the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

“It is now up to us, more than ever, to comply with and implement all the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities in our back yard too” , stressed European Commissioner Vladimir SPIDLA at the EU Ministerial Conference on Disability, held in Berlin. SPIDLA called on the EU Ministers to use the ministerial conference “to reach an agreement on the political priorities that will guide EU’s activities in the future” and hailed the Member States on the need to launch a European strategy for the effective implementation of the UN Convention. 

The meeting was the first conference to be held at EU’s ministerial level on disability issues, and the first to focus on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, signed last March in New York.

“This Ministerial is the G-27 on disability and a historical moment for the development of the UN Convention. There is a clear political commitment on disability issues, but we need now a European pact to protect the rights of disabled people and to mobilize the necessary resources to make it effective”, said Yannis VARDAKASTANIS, President of the European Disability Forum, during his official speech.

During the press conference that followed the Ministerial, VARDAKASTANIS also stressed the high expectations that the signatory States to the UN Convention have on the European Union’s role:“The future cannot wait. EU has a leadership task to accomplish, which is to become the first continent free of discrimination and exclusion towards disabled people “.

In its draft conclusions following the Ministerial meeting, the German Presidency of the EU announced the Member States’ endorsement of the UN Convention and their commitment to “further develop their policies to ensure its full implementation and to work on a coherent and coordinated approach”. The Member States recognised that further initiatives are needed for quick ratifications, included the United Kingdom, which announced that it is currently foreseeing the signature of the Convention’s optional protocol. The UK opposed last March to the signature of the European Communities to this protocol, which allows individual and collective complains if the Convention is not respected, once national recourse procedures have been exhausted. The four EU Member States which have not signed yet the Convention ( Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia and Slovakia) announced that the process is in due course and that they are currently developing the necessary procedures for its ratification.

The German’s Presidency initiative to address disability issues at ministerial level was welcomed by the Member States, which have committed to continue to meet once a year. Commissioner on Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Vladimir SPIDLA, reminded that work needs also to be done in between the meetings and announced that the European Commission’s High Level Group in Disability will take the responsibility to prepare the future ministerial conferences.

The European Disability Forum welcomed the German Presidency’s invitation to officially participate in the Ministerial conference, which shows EU’s commitment to develop European policies in close cooperation with the disability movement representatives. Several Member States congratulated the Presidency for the initiative and reminded the principle “nothing about disabled people without disabled people”.

EDF also welcomed Belgium’s official support expressed during the conference to the ‘1million4disability’ campaign, an initiative which aims to collect one million signatures across Europe in favour of stronger disability legislation.

The text of the Convention and the Protocol can be downloaded from:http://www.un.org/disabilities/convention/facts.shtml

The list of signatory states to the convention is available at:http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/conventionsign.htm

Source: EDF Press Release

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Other News

International course (for Deaf and Hearing People) in Finland

Aim of the course

The aim of the course is to prepare the students to act in developmental projects and more generally in a foreign culture and in intercultural communication situations, especially in development cooperation. The student is provided with facts and skills of how to act on the individual level as equal partners in making a better world. Also an outline of our global world and its dynamics are presented.

Schedule for the course

3.9. 2007- 30.5.2008

Further information

Kuurojen kansanopisto 
Isa Biese 
PL 61 
00401 Helsinki 
GSM 040-5255586 

Source: http://www.kl-deaf.fi/en-GB/

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Online questionnaire in German Sign Language for Deaf people at work

Olaf ESCHENHAGEN, a German MA student in Science, Traffic and Transport is conducting a research about the situation of Deaf people at work.

Deaf people who understand German Sign Language are invited to have a look at:


Deadline for participation is 15th July.

Source: Email from Olaf ESCHENHAGEN

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Public Consultation to prepare for the European e-Inclusion Strategy

The European Commission launches an on-line public consultation   (http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/ipm/forms/dispatch?form=eInclusion ) to gather opinions from the wider public (Europe’s citizens, civil society organisations, business entities, public authorities) on the following areas of e-Inclusion (digital inclusion):

  • e-Accessibility
  • Digital literacy and competences
  • Inclusive e-Government
  • Information & communication technologies for cultural diversity
  • Information & communication technologies for active ageing at work
  • The role of stakeholders in reaching e-Inclusion goals

As stated in the Communication on " i2010 – A European Information Society for Growth and Employment ", the Commission intends to launch a European Initiative on e-Inclusion in 2008.

In order to prepare for the initiative the Commission intends to propose a Communication on a comprehensive approach to e-Inclusion by the end of 2007 with the aim to support the achievement of the policy objectives of the Riga Ministerial Declaration (June 2006).

The consultation will be on-line until 15 th August 2007. Your feedback on the questions is very valuable and highly appreciated. Position papers, based on the issues raised in the questionnaire, can also be sent to the following e-mail: einclusion@ec.europa.eu

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