This pilot project established by Ádám Kósa MEP and Werner Kuhn MEP aimed at easing the lives of one million deaf sign language users in Europe.
The goal of this project is to develop a service concept and later a technology platform and service that can be used by any deaf or hard of hearing citizen within the European Union to assist them with real-time live sign language interpretation by a certified sign language interpreter or/and a real- time captioning service in order to enable independent communication with the institutions of the European Union, such as the European Parliament or the European Commission.
Vilnius, 16-17 November 2013 | The European Disability Forum met this weekend in Vilnius, Lithuania, gathering together representatives of its member organisations all around Europe, as well as representatives of the Lithuanian Republic and European institutions. On the first day of the Board meeting, a European conference took place focusing on: 'Disability and sustainable development. A perspective from the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities'.
Opening the conference, Dovilé Juodkaité, President of the Lithuanian Forum for the Disabled welcomed this event as the only one focusing on the rights of persons with disabilities within the three pillars: social, economic and environmental of sustainable development and in the frame of the programme of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU.
EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, underlined the importance of inclusive development. “It gets more and more understandable that inclusive development cannot be considered as such, unless it takes into account and on board persons with disabilities. Development that does not include persons with disabilities is a direct violation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). Development should affect every citizen in society without any exclusion or discrimination”, said Yannis Vardakastanis.
Speaking also at the opening of the conference, the Lithuanian Minister of Social Security and Labour, Algimanta Pabedinskiene, stressed the Lithuanian Presidency’s commitment to a sustainable growth for Europe with the inclusion and active participation of persons with disabilities.
Federacion Española de Sordoceguera (Deafblind Spanish Federation) launched today its brand new fund raising campaign in Barcelona, Spain.
This campaign aims to promote the awareness of deafblind as a unique disability, to influence for suitable facilities around the nation and as a way to raise the necessary funds to support families, professionals and deafblind people.
FESOCE is a Spanish organization that gathers all country´s deafblind associations to assess, assist and represent all those individuals affected by deafblind around the country.
It is of great importance to emphasize that FESOCE has lately being declared as a Charity organization, meaning that all companies and individuals donating money to the Federation are exempt from tax paying.