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Dyslexia and Disability - a common commitment in Europe.

The members of the board of the European Dyslexia Association met the European Disability Forum (EDF) secretariat team in Brussels. Both organisations highlighted the convergence of their actions for an inclusive Europe for all and accessible to people with specific learning difficulties (SpLD).

On the occasion of the meeting of its Board of Directors in Brussels on Friday 12 January, representatives of EDA and its President Michael Kalmar exchanged with some of the staff of the European Disability Forum and its Director Catherine Naughton.


Accessibility to everything for everyone


The European Union has important responsibilities for the accessibility of services and products for all European citizens. The accessibility of educational tools and content particularly concerns people "DYS". The exchanges showed that the lobbying actions carried out by EDF were in line with EDA actions for a better inclusion of people with specific learning disabilities.

EDF is lobbying the European institutions to ensure that strong accessibility criteria are defined at European level. This includes buildings and transport, but also many aspects that concern persons with specific learning difficulties and more widely those who are struggling with specific skills including reading. Thus EDF acts with the European authorities to ensure that all digital content, the signage of public places, is accessible to everyone, including people with dyslexia or specific learning difficulties. Both organisations agreed that the lobbying made by EDF for blind or visually impaired people are also often useful for people with specific learning disabilities. Michael Kalmar is proud to say that EDA contributed to the lobbying for ratification of the Marrakesh treaty by the EU. Thanks to enhanced accessibility standards, DYS people can better access to alternative formats and can use assistive technology compensation tools on an individual basis.

Mobility for students in Europe

Even though education issues are not a competence of the European Union, but remain under the authority of the Member States, certain points of European policy are the duty of the European Union, i.e. the mobility of European students is the responsibility of the EU. EDA and EDF note that young Europeans with specific learning disabilities do not always have the same opportunities to travel in Europe for their studies.

Employment and Learning Disabilities.

Access to employment for adults with dyslexia or specific learning disabilities in Europe face some similar difficulties as those with a disability: difficulty in obtaining "reasonable adaptations" of the work space, fear of people to see their career slowed down because of their special needs.

Full programme available

Programme broschureThe Autumn Seminars is not far away now and we welcome you to browse through our full programme with all the presenters and interactive posters published.

View the programme and download abstracts. Programme for Autumn Seminars 2017.

Read all about the Autumn Seminars: Autumn Seminars 2017

 

Dyslexia Awareness Week Oct 3–9

The upcoming week is the Dyslexia Awareness Week. The European Dyslexia Association would like all member organisations and people around Europe to help spread the word. Use the hashtag #EDAdyslexiaweek in your social media and let the world know about your events this week.

Read more on our Dyslexia Awareness Week

Presentation slides from the 5th EDA conference

We are happy to provide you with slides from our keynote speakers at the conference, who have gracefully accepted to share their files with our participants.

Please respect the copyright and don't spread or use any content in these files without written permission from the author. 5th EDA Conference, 2016

The 5th EDA conference is in the books

the conference poster

Between September 22nd and 24th 2016 the University of Modena and Reggio Emiglia welcomed us to sunny Modena for a well visited conference.

The conference kicked off with a welcoming reception at the fascinating museum of Enseo Ferrari. We were treated with some nice food and drinks and got to enjoy both the company of friends from all over the world and the wonderful designed Ferraris on display.

Thursday through Saturday was all about conferencing with lots of informal meetings in the hallways of the University.

Expect more information in a couple of days, together with some more photos from the event. In the mean time, here are some quick photos to enjoy.

Welcome reception at the Ferrari Museum
Welcome reception at the Ferrari Museum

 

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