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The World’s first-ever day for Albinism Awareness (13th June 2015), is an opportunity to celebrate the talents and achievements of people with albinism, and to join the struggle against the challenges they face.
Meeting in plenary session on June 18th, the Spanish Congress of Deputies (lower house) adopted the Voluntary Jurisdiction Act, which includes an amendment removing from the Spanish Civil Code restrictions on persons with disabilities acting as witnesses in wills and testaments.
BrailleTech is a very special event about tools and products specifically adapted for the visually impaired persons. For three days, (15-17 October) all Belgian manufacturers involved have a booth at the "Brailleliga / Ligue Braille" in order to present their ingenious products.
The Union of the Blind and Partially Sighted of Slovenia (UBPSS) will celebrate its 95-year anniversary on 7th November this year, a magnificent jubilee making it the oldest disability organization in the country.
The UNCRPD and its Optional Protocol were adopted by the UN in 2006 and the UNCRPD by the EU in 2010. It is the first human rights convention ever to be signed and ratified by the EU. The Convention contains innovative provisions on the role of organisations representing people with disabilities as well as on the role of civil society.
35 of the European Blind Union's 44 member countries have now individually ratified the UNCRPD, and EBU has already created a database to monitor the implementation of certain articles particularly relevant to the blind or visually impaired, including implementation and monitoring.
In order to understand how the implementation process is applied (or not) in differing countries Philippe Chazal, Chair of the EBU Commission on the Rights of Blind and Partially Sighted People, compiled a summary report based on the 15 replies which EBU received in response to its questionnaire on UNCRPD article 33 'Implementation and Monitoring'.