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EUD and CNSE Collaborate to Promote Equal Access to Healthcare for Deaf Individuals

EUD Webinar

6th October 2023
17:00h – 19:00h Madrid time

In a significant step towards advocating for equal access to healthcare for Deaf individuals, the European Union of the Deaf (EUD) is proud to join forces with the Spanish Association of the Deaf (CNSE) to present a hybrid seminar titled ‘Using the European Pillar of Social Rights to Achieve the Highest Standard of Health.’ This seminar, scheduled for 5 p.m. on October 6th, were open to National Associations of the Deaf, offering both in-person and virtual participation options through Zoom. The collaborative initiative aims to critically examine Principle 16 of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR), which emphasises the right to quality healthcare, and strategise how to overcome the barriers that Deaf individuals encounter when accessing healthcare across EU Member States.

Introduction and Overview

The seminar, moderated by EUD President, Sofia Isari, kicked off with an introduction by the moderator and Spanish NAD President, Roberto Suarez Martin. The initial segment provided a comprehensive understanding of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR), its principles, and its potential to ensure the full implementation of EU citizens’ rights, with a special focus on Principle 16 related to healthcare access.

EUD’s Policy Recommendations on Access to Healthcare for Deaf Persons in the EU

The first series of presentations were delivered by EUD board members, shedding light on various aspects of healthcare access for Deaf individuals in the EU:

  • EUD Vice-President, Ronit Laquerrière-Leven, discussed the barriers that Deaf people face when accessing healthcare, both within healthcare service providers and in sign language employment. She provided valuable insights into the current situation in Europe.
  • Paal Richard Peterson explored the legal and policy grounds underpinning the right to healthcare, emphasising international legal tools, the CRPD Convention, and relevant EU-level instruments and political initiatives.
  • Andy Van Hoorebeke highlighted strategies for achieving the highest attainable standard of health for Deaf people, including modifications to healthcare services and the promotion of sign language usage in healthcare settings.
  • David Buxton outlined policy recommendations aimed at achieving equal access to healthcare for Deaf persons in the EU, including the inclusion of sign languages in healthcare environments and measures to ensure equality and non-discrimination.

Insights from Spanish NAD (CNSE)

The seminar featured presentations from CNSE representatives:

  • Alba Prado Mendoza presented the report “Encuesta sobre salud integral y mujeres sordas” (“Study on comprehensive health and deaf women”). She discussed the main barriers faced by deaf women in accessing healthcare services and shared insights from the report, as well as steps to provide effective healthcare services for this demographic.
  • Maialen Olea Martinez presented the report “Personas Sordas y Salud Mental” (“Deaf people and Mental Health”). She addressed the barriers for Deaf individuals in accessing mental healthcare, shared data and analysis from the report, and highlighted good practices and initiatives in this domain.

Q&A Session and Conclusion

Following the presentations, a robust 30-minute Q&A session allowed participants to engage with the speakers, seeking clarification and further insights on the topics discussed. The seminar concluded with a forward-looking discussion on the way forward and the importance of ongoing collaboration and advocacy.

Active Involvement for a Brighter Future

This seminar stands as a testament to the commitment of the European Union of the Deaf (EUD) and the Spanish Association of the Deaf (CNSE) to promoting equal access to healthcare for Deaf individuals across Europe. By critically examining the European Pillar of Social Rights and offering concrete policy recommendations, these organisations are actively working towards a future where Deaf individuals can access healthcare services without barriers.

Toate publicațiile din perioada 2022 - 2026 sunt cofinanțate și realizate în cadrul Programului Cetățeni, Egalitate, Drepturi și Valori (CERV) al Comisiei Europene.

Punctele de vedere și opiniile exprimate aparțin exclusiv autorului (autorilor) și nu reflectă în mod necesar cele ale Uniunii Europene sau ale Programului CERV al Comisiei Europene. Nici Uniunea Europeană și nici autoritatea care acordă finanțarea nu pot fi considerate responsabile pentru acestea.

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