The 7th NewsBite is out! You can find out more about the recent activities we have done before and during the European elections: 

  1. Dedicated section on the European elections on EUD’s website
EUD has produced materials that the National Associations of the Deaf or any other interested parties can use to do their lobbying work during the European elections 2019. 
On EUD website you can find:
-       Advocacy materials  
-       Information on the European elections
-       EUD tips during the political campaigning for the European elections 2019 explains how you can use all the materials on the national level.
Advocacy materials section contains materials that NADs should be using while campaigning for more accessibility during the EU elections. EUD has written a statement, in 24 languages, that should be disseminated among the candidates and political parties to ensure that they consider and guarantee the rights of people with disabilities during the European Parliament elections. It can be downloaded in the Word document and can be easily edited. In this section you can also find materials produced by the European Disability Forum (EDF) including EDF’s petition and manifesto on the EU elections.
Information in your language section provides with information on the European elections, including information on This Time I’m Voting campaign, information on the lead candidates, some infographics and statistics. We have made sure it is available in your language. Yes, one of the 24 official EU languages!

  1. Don't Leave Deaf Voters Behind campaign in collaboration with EUDY and efsli 

EUD, together with EUDY and efsli released the joint statement ‘Don’t Leave Deaf Voters Behind’. The statement is available online in English and International Sign. We also produced 5 social media videos with references to the joint statement.

  1.    ‘Choose your Future’ by the European Parliament
For the first time ever EUD worked together with the European Parliament to produce a campaign video on the European elections 2019 in 31 sign languages!
We are particularly excited as this is the first time in history when the video content produced by the European Parliament is available in the mother tongue languages of many deaf Europeans – 31 sign languages. The videos will inform deaf voters about the European elections in an accessible way. Accessibility of information and communication is the key to ensure an effective and meaningful political participation of deaf voters.
EUD sees this initiative as an excellent opportunity to reach out to all Europeans during the elections and highlights that ensuring accessibility is an opportunity, not a burden. EUD called upon the candidates for the European Parliament and all relevant national authorities to empower deaf voters to meaningfully exercise their right to vote by removing significant obstacles when accessing information and communication during the European elections and to make all information and communication available in national sign languages.
EUD hopes to collaborate with the European Parliament in the future making more and more accessible content for deaf Europeans.

  1. Deaf candidates for the European Elections

During the European elections 2019, there were eight deaf candidates aiming to be elected as MEPs: 

Kaija-Liisa Savolainen from Finland
Ida Collu from Italy
Amílcar Morais from Portugal
Steffen Helbing from Germany
Ádám Kósa from Hungary
Alexander Exner from Germany
Edgars Vorslovs from Latvia 
Dimitra Paschali from Greece

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