The Belgian Disability Forum (BDF) is dealing with numerous files. This year, BDF General Assembly has decided to give priority to the following topics:
Human rights of persons with disabilities
As we reached the year 2000, it was obvious that disabled persons human rights were not yet sufficiently respected. This was the case in most signatory states which ratified the UN Charter. The United Nations Organisation (UNO) has thus initiated the long-term process of composing and implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)
The process is ongoing
In 2006, the European Disability Forum (EDF) celebrated its 10th anniversary by launching a campaign which collected 1.300.000 signatures! The petition requested the European Union to enact regulations against all forms of discrimination and to guarantee the integration of more than 50 million disabled people within the European society. The European Commission has since launched a draft Directive which is presently being discussed at the EU Council
2010 will be all or nothing!
European disability card
The European parking card is the only document proving the recognition of a disability. But the card is used on many more occasions than just for parking on reserved spaces : reduced rates at the museum or the swimming pool, reserved seats at the theatre, etc.
What is the problem ? When left behind the windscreen, it cannot be used at the ticket office of a cinema, for example !
The BDF has launched a project concerning this issue, which will be relayed by, among others, the EDF ...