iddc 05 December 2016 // The first week of December, IDDC and its partners are organising the European Disability and Development Week (EDDW), a week of activities dedicated to raising awareness among EU policy makers, Member States and relevant stakeholders on the issue of disability and international cooperation.

The week begins on 3 December which is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and ends on 10 December which is Human Rights Day, the day on which in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Smarter Futures logo10 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”.

EU accessibility9 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.

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