6 December 2016 // To renew and expand its IF Youth Group, IF is looking for active and engaged European young people with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus (SBH), between 18-30 years of age. The objectives of the Youth Group are (1) to make young people with disabilities experienced self-advocates, and (2) to develop IF's work on issues that are important to youth with SBH.
In October 2016, the IF Board decided to partially renew and expand the Group. European IF members are invited to nominate one young person from their membership to the Youth Group. Nominating associations should commit to actively supporting their young people in their work at the Youth Group. Read more or download the call for nominations to learn more about the criteria and requirements.
10 November 2016 // Smarter Futures just published a new language version of its FORTIMAS tool- in Portuguese. Globally 86 countries have legislation to mandate fortification of at least one industrially milled cereal grain. However, many countries have struggled with how to assess the impact of this public health intervention over time. Some countries have included a micronutrient module when conducting Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS). However, the DHS and similar large surveys are quite expensive, usually require donor funding, and are only done at five to 10 year intervals. This approach does not allow for more frequent findings on the quality, population coverage and early evidence of the impact of a flour fortification program before investing in an “evaluation study”.
9 November 2016 // The Conference on the proposal for a European Accessibility Act (EAA) organised by the European Disability Forum (EDF) and the Disability Intergroup took place in Brussels on November 8 at the European Parliament and brought together a wide range of stakeholders from civil society, decision-makers, researchers and representatives of the industry. The conference focused on accessibility of ICT products and services as well as on accessibility of transport and built environment.
This second part is especially relevant for persons with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus as it focuses on accessibility of services such as bus, train, metro and the accessibility of ticketing machines.