Death of a woman activist and Swiss pioneer Rita Vökt – Iseli

FIMITIC Expert woman member, Switzerland, has passed away. FIMITIC Secretariat, Vác, Hungary, March 15, 2008

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that , Rita Vökt – Iseli, Maisprach, Switzerland, due to a serious ill-health died on March 15, 2008.

The funeral will take place in Maisprach on Saturday, April 5, 2008.

The FIMITIC Board extends its most sincere condolences to Rita´ s family and the leaders and members of the Swiss member association procap.

The sudden loss of our colleague and friend is devastating.


The division for leisure and sport for persons with disability of the FIMITIC member association just published the catalogue 2008 related to the forthcoming events. It includes many ideas for inspiration of your future activities, adapted related to age, disability and abilities of everybody, children, adolescent, young and adult.

For more information see and

COUNCIL OF EUROPE adopts two disability related resolutions

On 12 December 2007, the Committee of Minister of the Council of Europe adopted two new Resolutions as follows

COUNCIL OF EUROPE adopts resolution on Universal Design

On the 12th of December 2007 a resolution on Universal Design was adopted by the Council of Europe. EDF was represented in the working group drafting the resolution throughout the negotiations.

UNITED NATIONS: International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3. December 2007

The theme of the Day was “Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities.” At the press briefing and panel discussion, speakers explained how companies benefit from employing persons with disabilities.

At a piano concert that evening entitled “Different Notes,” renowned artists from around the world performed at United Nations Headquarters.

UNITED NATIONS: General Assembly Adopts Two New Resolutions on Disability

The General Assembly adopted two resolutions related to disability in December.

The first, entitled "Implementation of the World Programme of Action Concerning Disabled Persons: Realizing the Millennium Development Goals for Persons with Disabilities," (62/127) calls upon all parties involved in discussions of UN system-wide coherence to ensure that the disability perspective is appropriately incorporated in the implementation of internationally agreed development goals, including the MDGs.

UNITED NATIONS renames International Day of Disabled Persons

On 18 December 2007, the United Nations General Assembly renamed the International Day of Disabled Persons, observed every year on 3 December, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The 192 Member States of the General Assembly took that decision unanimously when adopting a resolution on "Implementation of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons: realizing the Millennium Development Goals for persons with disabilities".

Portugal: ANDST - National Association of Disabled Workers - urging pension improvements for people suffering from work accident


After April 25, pensions, for work accident or professional disease, were actualized for the first time, in 1975, with the promulgation of Decree-Law 668/75, from November 24, being indexed to the update of the national minimum wage. Since that year, the update of these pensions has been based on the percentage of increase of the national minimum wage. Even in 1997, during the discussion of the Draft-Law 67/VII, at the Republic Assembly, - that led to Law 100/97, from September 13 -, Teixeira dos Santos, Secretary of state of the Treasury and Finance at the time (current minister), said about the need of changing a legislation that was inappropriate to the realities of the new world of work which dated from 1965, in order to abandoned the concept of retribution-base and that the calculation of compensation and pensions could take into consideration the national minimum wage.As we know, the repair of work accidents are ensured by private insurers. And the branch of workplace accidents is not at all bad for insurance companies. On the contrary, the value of compensations paid is well below the revenue collected.

40th Anniversary of the Croatian Association of Societies of Disabled Workers - HSUIR - in 2007

The FIMITIC member association HSUIR (Croatian Association of Societies of Disabled Workers), Croatia, in the year 2007 was celebrating 40 years of its existence, looking at a significant review period of hard work and tremendous achievements to support disabled people in Croatia in the various fields of their major concern in daily life.

It was a time of many commendable common actions on national and international level.


We wish you Merry Christmas
and a Happy and peaceful New Year!

We are looking forward to our work together in the Year 2008!

Nous vous souhaitons Joyeux Noël
et une Bonne Année en paix!

Nou nous réjouissons de continuer à travailler ensemble avec
vous dan le nouvel an 2008!

Les deseamos Feliz Navidad
y paz en el prospero Año Nuevo!

Esperando tener la oportunidad de trabajar juntos una vez mas el ano 2008!

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