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June 11, 2013


I’m so unable and powerless,
But I know I could do the better things,
I got a right to work, I got an experience
And the most I got the ethics.
I have a boss ABOVE every boss, I know who he is and if he will tell me anything, I will obey because he is incredible fair man who knows his job like Matt knows.
Only I can’t not to tell some of my rights.
People think I’m bloody fool and that makes them disabled.

The present glossary includes specific disability related terminology, as well as the main EU jargon terms used within the work of the European Disability Forum.
• Disability glossary
• EU glossary
Disability Glossary
• Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament
Informal grouping of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from all nationalities and the major political groups committed to disability issues. This group was established in 1980 and represents an important ally for the European Disability Forum to advance disability rights in the European Union.
• Disability comprehensive legislation
Obtaining a European law that will protect disabled people from discrimination in all fields of life is one of EDF’s major challenges and goals.
In 2000, a European Directive was adopted on Equal Treatment in Employment and Occupation. Yet, discrimination does not merely occur in the field of employment. To guarantee equal access to the employment market, disabled people need assured access to quality education, transportation, products and services…For that purpose, EDF presented in 2003 a proposal for a comprehensive European legislation that will cover simultaneously all these fields. To the present date, the campaign is still ongoing.
See also Directive under EU Glossry
• Heterogeneous group
As with all spheres of society, disabled people form a very diverse group of men and women, with their own specific needs and demands. While representing all these different concerns, the European Disability Forum speaks with one unique and strong voice at EU level.
• High Level Group on Disability
Composed of one representative per Member State of the European Union, the High Level Group monitors the latest policies and priorities of governments regarding disability. With its information and experience, it advises the European Commission on methods for reporting in future on the EU-wide situation with regards to disability.
High Level Group on Disability Website
• Human Rights and non-discrimination
The first article of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights states: “All human beings are free and equal in dignity and rights”. Despite this fact, disabled people continue to suffer from discrimination everyday, in every field of life.
To tackle this situation, society at large should seek to ensure that disabled people can enjoy the full range of Human Rights (civil, political, social, economical and cultural), as acknowledged by the different international Conventions, the EU Treaty and the different national constitutions.
• Invisible citizens
Discrimination faced by disabled people can be based on prejudice, but very often, it is caused by the fact that disabled people are largely forgotten an ignored by society. Oversightness results in the creation and reinforcement of environmental and attitudinal barriers, which prevent disabled people from taking part in society.
For the European Disability Forum, making disabled people visible is the first and crucial step to fight discrimination.
• The Madrid Declaration
The Madrid Declaration is a key document that defined the vision and political priorities of the European disability movement, in view of the European Year of People with Disabilities (2003). The Declaration was the result of a consensus between the European Disability Forum, the Spanish Presidency of the European Union and the European Commission. It was adopted and proclaimed by more than 600 participants from 34 countries during the European Congress of People with Disabilities, held in Madrid in March 2002.
This important document remains a key reference for a united and strong European disability movement.
• Mainstreaming
Disability mainstreaming can be defined as the systematic integration of the priorities and needs of disabled people in all policies and general measures, from the planning stage, to the implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
• Prejudice
Process of “pre-judging” something or someone. Disabled people are very often victims of social stereotypes due to lack of knowledge and fear towards disability. Discrimination occurs when people disregard that disabled people are foremost women and men, as anybody else, making unfair and premature conclusions based on disabled people’s impairments or difference.
• UN Convention on the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities
After 5 years of negotiation a UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will finally be adopted in 2007 by the UN General Assembly. The Convention is based on existing Human Rights Treaties and their application to people with disabilities. Its aim is to guarantee an effective protection of disabled people and ensure that they can enjoy from the most basic human rights. The text prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in all areas of life and addresses access to the full range of human rights: civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including through positive actions.
The Convention binds the signatory States to implement its provisions. A monitoring mechanism reports the advances in each State.

I got a right to work.
I have a right to get appropriate employment.
I have a taxes relief for my boss
I know the job.
I am not the invalid certificated
I am young.
I am only different.
I have an experience.
I only need often to relax.
I can work 7/24.
I am educated.
I never say: that is not my job

Croatian House of Rights, the Town of Zagreb, Croatia,
The Ministry of work, the Republic of Croatia, EU Constitution. UN Constitution

Link to the UN Convention


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