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IFHOHYP Newsletter Winter 2008
Wednesday 31 December 2008

Information from IFHOHYP

  • Dear IFHOHYP members, volunteers and activists! by IFHOHYP Board
  • Congratulations to...
  • Call for volunteers
  • The EFHOH Board meeting in the Netherlands by Karina Chupina
  • Challenges and Hopes seminar by Muhammad Akram
  • Hard of Hearing and Deaf Israelis Under Fire by Karina Chupina
  • Training of Trainers For Diversity and Inclusion of Minority Youth course by Rinne Oost
See: Newsletter page
Invitation to AGM 2009 in Malmö, Sweden
Tuesday 2 December 2008

The AGM for 2009 is held in Malmö, Sweden on 9th - 13th of April during the Easter holidays.
Each member organization is allowed to send 1 delegate and 1-2 observers. Any youth, youth hard of hearing organization or other organization, which is not a member of IFHOHYP, can send its representatives as observers to the AGM.

More information about the hostel, how to get there, programme etc will come when your application is approved.

Deadline for the application is the 6th of March 2009, but if you need visa, please give us the possibility to help you. That means we must have your application as soon as possible.

See more information in the attachments!


Microsoft Word document Invitation AGM 2009 (size: 312.5 KB) 
Microsoft Word document Application form (size: 27.5 KB) 
Microsoft Word document Time table (size: 22 KB) 
IFHOHYP Newsletter Autumn 2008
Sunday 30 November 2008

Information from IFHOHYP

  • NEWSFLASH by Karina Chupina
  • IFHOHYP AGM in Valencia, Spain by Juraj Variny and Lianne de Jonge
  • Invitation to AGM 2009
  • Summercamp 2008 in Slovakia by Juraj Variny
  • “I improved my English at the Summercamp very much” by Kristina Kratochvílová
  • Three days of IFHOH Congress by Karina Chupina
  • Training day on Funding for International Non-Governmental Organisations by Lianne de Jonge
  • DYS Training Course for Facilitators of Non-formal Education Activities by Juraj Variny
  • European Disability Forum Youth Committee – representing HoH young people by Karina Chupina
See: Newsletter page
EDF Statement on the Economic Crisis
Tuesday 18 November 2008

Disabled People Must Not Pay for the Crisis

Paris, 16 Novembre 2008 – The European Disability Forum, which is the voice of more than 50 million European people with disabilities, calls on the European Council, Commission and Parliament and other European institutions and all the governments of Europe to ensure disabled people and their families do not pay for the worldwide economic crisis by the reduction in their income, benefits, employment opportunities or in cuts in support to our representative organisations.

The crisis was caused by the irresponsible lending and unacceptable negligence by those in charge of the financial institutions and regulatory bodies of the world. Governments' response to the 'credit crunch' has been to create financial resources to bail out the banks. Now as this lack of confidence feeds its way into the general economic system it is vital that poor, elderly and disabled people and their families of Europe do not pay for this crisis. We already in a precarious position prior to the crisis, therefore call for a reflationary approach to spend more on investment in accessible infra structure, on benefits and the provision of tax relief, so that these groups can buy goods and services so improving the economic situation.

The world through the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities has only just recognised the urgent need to extend the international human rights law framework to disabled people. Society cannot afford to dilute its commitment to human rights including the right to employment and family life. Traditionally disabled people have been the 'reserve army of labour', 'the last to be hired the first to be fired', seen as expendable at times of economic crisis. Disabled People, their families, the unemployed and the poor cannot become the scapegoat for a crisis not of their making. Already the worsening economic position has led to attempts to cut benefits in many countries such as Ireland, Hungary, Sweden and Italy.

The lesson of this crisis - the value of investing in people - is far more important than speculative investment and it benefits the whole of society and strengthens its resistance to such crisis driven changes. If the gap between the disadvantaged and the wealthy widens, it will cost society more in the long run. The EDF will ensure the equality and rights of disabled people come to the top of the political agenda in the forthcoming European Elections.

Cutbacks and mass unemployment will develop a fertile ground for violence, hate crime, undermine solidarity and produce dangerous attitudes for democracy. We call on all those with political and economic decision making responsibility to do all they can to ensure that disabled and poor people are treated with equality and their economic well being is assured by the measures they take at this time. Now is the time for strong action so that in 2010-European Anti Poverty Year- disabled people and other disadvantaged groups do not again come to the top of the agenda.

For more information, please contact: Irina Papancheva, EDF Communication and Press Officer; Tel: (+32 2) 282 46 04; Mobile phone: (+ 32 ) 485 64 39 93; E-mail:

The European Disability Forum (EDF) is the European umbrella organisation representing the interests of 50 million disabled citizens in Europe. EDF membership includes national umbrella organisations of disabled people from all EU/EEA countries, as well as European NGOs representing the different types of disabilities, organisations and individuals committed to disability issues. The mission of the European Disability Forum is to ensure disabled people full access to fundamental and human rights through their active involvement in policy development and implementation in Europe.

EXTENDED, TARGETED CALL for applications - TC Democratic Leadership and Management of Youth Organisations
Sunday 12 October 2008

Information from The Directorate of Youth and Sport of the CoE

The Directorate of Youth and Sport of the Council of Europe is organising a Training course on

from the 10th - 19th of NOVEMBER at the European Youth Centre Strasbourg.

As we have received very few applications from INGOs and other regular partners we would like to spread this call once more to encourage youth leaders and board members to apply for this truly interesting course. See attached documents for the course presentation and the application form (in English and Russian, which are the forseen working languages for this training course).

Microsoft Word document TC LOM Presentation and application form - English (size: 0) 
Microsoft Word document TC LOM Presentation and application - Russian (size: 0) 

Final deadline: Wednesday, 15th of OCTOBER.
Please send any application, in combination with the letter of support to:

Kind regards,
Sabine Klocker
Participation for All
Sunday 5 October 2008

A conference in Örebro, Sweden, on Education, Interpreting and other issues concerning the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Language Impaired.

The conference welcomes professionals in the field, parents and other interested parties.

For more information and Call for papers go to
Empowring the PWDs - online web development course for PWDs
Sunday 5 October 2008

Here is information from one of our member organisations

Greeting from Danishkadah!!!

We at DANISHKADAH launched an online accessible web development course for beginners, please check this web page for detail.

If you are interested get register, and also you can tell you friends who you think might be interested to join.

Thanks you
Akram Muhammad
Founder & Chairman
Handinnov Award
Wednesday 17 September 2008

Information from EDF and IFHOHYP President Karina Chupina

Further to previous announcement in the weekly mailing, EDF together with CFHE, the French national disability council, is cooperating with French organisations called "ONISEP", "Réadaptation" and "Droit au Savoir" on the HANDINNOV Award. This European prize is supported by the EU French presidency and it aims at recognising the best practice at EU and national level of projects supporting the inclusion of people with disabilities in the European Union.

I would like to kindly invite you once again to actively support the HANDINNOV Award through encouraging participation of known projects and considered as a best practice in the fields of education, employment or community living for people with disabilities.

All projects whether coming from the disability movement or coming from private and public actors can be accepted.

EDF will be part of an international jury that will decide on the best projects to receive this award.

The prize "Handinnov" aims at giving recognition to national projects but also cross-national projects at European level. Therefore European NGOs members of EDF are invited to send their proposals to EDF in order to be considered by the jury of European award of trans-national projects.

Please see further information about the Award in French version or English version

German, Spanish and Italian versions are available on the French Presidency website

Applications MUST be submitted by 25 September 2008.
International Call for Videos about Disabilty
Sunday 20 July 2008

WebbyTalents, new video site networking for disabled people launched … by going international!

WebbyTalents is a Free video hosting designed to break down barriers for the world's disabled. WebbyTalents is a site of talent and entertainment. It is also the space for creation, exchange, and sharing for people with disabilities

Disabled people, Filmmakers, Organizations or Associations, from anywhere in the world, are invited
to upload for FREE their videos or their trailers on, whether fiction, documentary testimony or animation, on the theme of disability.

Get out your cameras, upload now your videos and spread the word!

Welcome to ALL your videos and many thanks for your contents.

Infos: -

The Gazette - Magazine VOIR.CA - Journal 24 HEURES
REMINDER: Summercamp 2008 in Slovakia
Thursday 24 April 2008

The Summercamp is here!

IFHOHYP and the Slovak HoH youth organisation SOMNED would like to invite you all to the Summercamp 2008 in Slovakia!

The Summercamp is organised from 26th of July to 8th of August.
Price for members of IFHOHYP is 300 €
non-members 350 €

You'll find more information in the attachments.

The new deadline for registrations is the 30th of April! There are still a lot of free places, please registrate asap!

You can registrate at


Microsoft Word document Application for Summer Camp '08 (size: 341 KB) 
Adobe Acrobat document SC'08 (size: 3.13 MB) 
Intercultural language course: Programme 2008
Thursday 27 March 2008

Developing international youth cooperation through intercultural language training

Every year Council of Europe organises intercultural language courses for young people working in organisations on international level. Many IFHOHYP volunteers have already participated on these courses and IFHOHYP encourages its members to apply!
This year the language courses are organised in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian and Arabic languages.

You can find more information here

Contact Maria Lopez Garcia for the needed recommendation letter.
Summercamp 2008 in Slovakia
Thursday 27 March 2008

The Summercamp is here!

IFHOHYP and the Slovak HoH youth organisation SOMNED would like to invite you all to the Summercamp 2008 in Slovakia!

The Summercamp is organised from 26th of July to 8th of August.
Price for members of IFHOHYP is 300 €
non-members 350 €

You'll find more information in the attachments.


Microsoft Word document Application for Summer Camp '08 (size: 341 KB) 
Adobe Acrobat document SC'08 (size: 3.13 MB) 
Call of nominations to IFHOHYP Board
Tuesday 11 March 2008

Information from IFHOHYP - The nomination committee

It is time to choose new members to the IFHOHYP board. You will find more information from the attachment.

Explanation for delaying:
We, the members of nomination committee, want to apologise the delay for preparing the call for nominations. Unfortunately we were all too busy with the university and our job, some of us also were to busy with the local HOH organisation. So please do not blame the board team for the delayed call for nominations.

You find attached the nomination form, please send the filled nomination form (if possible) before 16.3.2008 to Noora

Microsoft Word document Nomination form (size: 45 KB) 
REMINDER for you! - Training for Trainers for Diversity and Inclusion of Minority Youth
Sunday 2 March 2008

Information from Karina Chupina

Here for you as a reminder! This is a unique Training of Trainers for minority youth trainers and there is no guarantee the same course will be run in thenext years. Representatives of minority and disability organisations have a very good chance for this training, and if you want to apply, youshould do it NOW.

Deadline is March 5.

Do not forget to request recommendation letter from IFHOHYP *in advance*.

Adobe Acrobat document ToT Diversity Presentation (size: 118.66 KB) 
IFHOHYP AGM 2008 in Valencia, Spain
Tuesday 22 January 2008

Welcome to this year's AGM!

The AGM will be held 20th – 24th of March 2008 during the Easter holidays.
One delegate and two observers from each member organisation can participate.

Applications before 11th of February.

See more information in the attachments!


Microsoft Word document Invitation to AGM in Spain (size: 559.5 KB) 
Microsoft Word document Application (size: 23 KB) 
IFHOHYP Newsletter Winter 2007
Saturday 5 January 2008

Information from IFHOHYP - The Information committee

  • Christmas' card competition: the winners!!!!
  • IFHOHYP Study Session 2007 in Budapest by Lianne de Jonge
  • Building the Future of IFHOHYP - you can contribute! by Karina Chupina
  • Conference about the Rights of Girls and Women with Disabilities by María López García
  • EFHOH Annual General Meeting in Oslo, Norway, May 3-6 2007 by Karina Chupina
  • DYS Italian Language Course in Levico Terme/Italy by Laura Marti
  • My experience of the CoE English Language course in Ireland by Katerina Monakhova
  • Five minutes with …
See: Newsletter page
EDF Trainee Scheme
Saturday 5 January 2008

Dear colleagues

The secretariat of the European Disability Forum is launching its new traineeship scheme for a young disabled activist for a 5 month period. Please disseminate this call as widely as possible to any interested person and among your contacts.

The aims of the traineeship are three-fold:
  • to provide a unique training opportunity for disabled persons within the EDF Secretariat and to provide the trainee with practical experience in the development and operation of EU disability policy and EU decision-making.
  • to provide the Trainee with hands-on experience of working at EU level with the EU institutions, in particular the European Parliament, and with European NGOs and stakeholders.
  • to provide EDF secretariat with invaluable support and added value that a young disabled person can bring
Essential skills and requirements:
  • The applicant must be a disabled person
  • The applicant must be undertaking a college or university education
  • Commitment to disability rights and interest in working for a European NGO
  • Good level of computer knowledge
  • Good written and spoken English language skills, the knowledge of French will be an asset
Deadline for the submission of applications: 15 January 2008

Start of traineeship: 15 February 2008

How to apply: CV and cover letter to be sent to Ms Janina Arsenjeva at the EDF secretariat, Tel+ 322 282 46 02

The job description, the person's specification and application procedures are available on EDF website
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