Accessible culture is a right, not a privilege

    How do we promote accessible culture? How are foundations mainstreaming disability in their culture and art-related work? How does an inclusive culture promote social cohesion? How do people with disabilities experience inclusive culture?  These were just some of the key questions that philanthropic funders explored at the session ‘Leave no one behind – Inclusive cultures for people with disabilities’.

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    EFC launches new publication on philanthropy’s impact and practices in the field of disability

    The EFC has released a publication summarising and analysing the results of a survey it conducted on how EFC members and other institutional philanthropy actors are engaging with the field of disability. “Institutional philanthropy – A focus on disability” provides an up-to-date picture of 34 philanthropic organisations active in the field of disability, whether it is part of their core mission or just one of their fields of action, and insights to better understand their practices.

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    EFC continues to support a series of seminars on EU Disability Law and the UN CRPD

    After the 6 successful seminars organised in 2016, we are pleased to announce that the Academy of European Law (ERA) will continue to organise a new series of seminars devoted to EU Disability Law and the United Nation Convention on the Rights of People with Disability (UN CRPD). Six new seminars will be organised in the framework of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme 2014-2020. The series is in cooperation with the European Commission and with the support of the European Foundation Centre (EFC) and the European Disability Forum (EDF).

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    Fundación ONCE wins the first ‘Finance for All’ award

    Fundación ONCE has won the first Finance for all Award for its project on inclusive finance, an initiative to promote financial education for people with intellectual disabilities and learning difficulties.

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    Fundación ONCE calling for contributions to a worldwide travel accessibility and behaviour study

    EFC member Fundación ONCE for Cooperation and Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Spain and Ilunion Technology and Accessibility have recently produced an online questionnaire that focuses on accessibility in travel. The questionnaire is part of a larger study on travel behaviour and accessibility in different countries. The aim is to investigate the preferences, values and satisfaction of tourists travelling around Europe, North America and Asia.

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    Roundtable report – ‘Heritage and Culture becoming accessible: Evaluating a journey of impact towards inclusion’

    Philanthropy House is for the first time hosting Divina Natura, an exhibition that is accessible to all including those with sensory and learning disabilities. The EFC used this opportunity to provide a platform to discuss the challenges of and solutions to cultural heritage accessibility for all. Experts got together on this occasion to discuss the importance of the different aspects related to museum accessibility.

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    Innovative exhibition of ancient civilisations’ art experienced via the senses – first time in Brussels

    The European Foundation Centre (EFC) is pleased to announce the opening of “Divina Natura – Art in Ancient Civilisations: an accessible exhibition for all” on 12 September in Philanthropy House, Brussels. The exhibition, an initiative of the Artesens Association, which is supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, is an innovative and inclusive cultural project which helps children and adults, irrespective of disability, to discover artwork. The exhibition, which runs from 12 September to 21 October, will be officially opened at 18.00 on the first day with a cocktail and welcome from Françoise Reynette, Founder and Director of Artesens, and Gerry Salole, EFC’s Chief Executive.

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    European Foundation Forum for Inclusion Meeting at the EESC, a day of exchange and learning on the future of accessibility in Europe

    On the 22nd June, The European Foundation Centre Disability Thematic Network brought together representatives from EU Institutions, Foundations, NGOS and academia to discuss the role of accessibility in creating a more inclusive Europe. Speakers examined the issue from a variety of perspectives, from a clear breakdown of the EU Accessibility Act to reflections on the […]

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    Call for applications open for the 2016 Ruderman Prize in Inclusion

    The Ruderman Family Foundation has opened the nomination period for its international Ruderman Prize in Inclusion, which awards companies and organisations operating innovative programs and services that foster the full inclusion of people with disabilities.

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    Zero Project 2017 – Call for Nominations on Innovative Practices

    The Zero Project team invites leading experts and organisations to nominate innovative practices concerning this year’s topics: Employment, Work and Vocational Education and Training (VET).