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2015 EARM prize winner, Dr Jorek Nonnekes, PRM trainee from Nijmegen, Netherlands, has presented  a paper titled "Balance and Gait in Neurodegenerative Diseases" in the European Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine Session at the ESPRM 2016 Congress in Estoril. Prof  Bengt Sjolund presented him with the Swedish Foundation prize.
Leeds University researcher bags the European Academy prize for the best research in rehabilitation

Manoj Sivan MD, who held the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) Academic Clinical Fellow post in Rehabilitation Medicine (Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Leeds University) has been awarded the prestigious European Academy prize for his work on home-based rehabilitation robotic device (hCAAR) for enhancing arm recovery after stroke. The research work (MD degree) was undertaken within the academic departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and Mechanical Engineering in the University.

Stroke is the leading cause of adult onset disability worldwide, and annually, leads to 5 million people developing long-term disability. Only 50% of stroke survivors regain complete functional use of the affected arm. Robotic devices are being developed to help provide arm exercises to enhance the recovery of the arm. Most of the robotic devices developed so far have mostly been tested only in research labs and hospital setting.

The hCAAR device is the first assistive device that has been tested exclusively in a clinical study in a home setting. Stroke patients have used the device on their own without the constant supervision from therapists. The clinical trial published in the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation involved 17 stroke patients, who had used the device in their homes for a period of eight weeks. The study demonstrated improvement in arm function in some patients.

The research is likely to influence the future direction of research in rehabilitation robotics. As more and more care is now being moved out of hospitals to homes, this research will lead to development of more advanced technologies that can be used by patients independently in their homes, giving them greater control of their rehabilitation program.

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EU ratification of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


10 January 2011, Budapest. The Mental Disability Advocacy Center (MDAC) welcomes the European Union's 23 December 2010 ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This step binds the EU institutions - the Commission, Parliament, Council and Court of Justice - to uphold the rights of persons with disabilities.


Together with the adoption of the European Union (EU) Disability Strategy 2010-2020 launched on 15 November 2010, the EU's ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) represents a significant commitment to raising awareness of the human rights violations experienced by persons with disabilities, mainstreaming disability rights across all areas of EU competency and taking concrete steps towards ensuring that the rights of persons with disabilities are respected, protected and fulfilled. 


The EU's ratification is, however, only a first step. MDAC recommends the following actions as a matter of urgency: 


1. Eleven Member States have not yet ratified the CRPD (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland and Romania). Following its own ratification, the EU needs to ensure a European synthesis of human rights protection. Hungary was the first EU Member State to ratify the CRPD and currently holds the rotating Presidency of the European Council. MDAC encourages the Hungarian government to use this mandate to ensure the EU Disability High Level Group (senior civil servants responsible for domestic disability policy) prioritises ratification of the CRPD and its Optional Protocol by all Member States. 


2. The European Commission should assign a monitoring framework to promote and protect the rights of people with disabilities across the EU institutions, and to monitor the EU's compliance with the CRPD, in accordance with Article 33(2) of the CRPD. There should be a transparent process involving broad civil society consultation in establishing such a framework. Any monitoring framework should be independent from the Commission and other EU institutions, be adequately resourced, and include civil society as required by Article 33(3) of the CRPD.  


3. The European Commission should initiate a comprehensive and ongoing evaluation of compliance with respect to existing EU law and practice, and produce a publicly-available base-line report. This can be used by the independent monitoring framework, civil society and the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, to measure progress towards full CRPD implementation.  


4. To embed the CRPD's prohibition of disability discrimination within EU law, the European Council (the Member States themselves) should continue efforts to finalize a comprehensive horizontal non-discrimination directive. Such a law would prohibit discrimination on grounds of religion or belief, age, disability or sexual orientation, whether direct or indirect, and whether based on real or presumed criteria. The directive would go beyond areas of employment to cover access to goods and services such as banking, education, transport, housing and health - which are all areas covered by the CRPD. Any such directive must specify, as the CRPD does, that a denial of reasonable accommodation to persons with disabilities constitutes discrimination.  


5. The EU and its Member States contribute significantly to international aid and development financing. Article 32 of the CRPD requires such programmes to be "inclusive of and accessible to persons with disabilities". MDAC urges European Commission services responsible for foreign affairs, development aid, and neighbourhood policies, to take action. They should provide funding for civil society organisations in low and middle income countries to advocate for the abolition of mental health laws sanctioning the unlawful detention, ill-treatment and disenfranchisement of people with psycho-social or intellectual disabilities. Such efforts outside the EU should be matched with similar actions within each EU Member State. 


6. The EU should ratify the Optional Protocol to the CRPD, which would enable victims of alleged EU non-compliance to take their complaint to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


For more information, contact Ngila Bevan, MDAC Legal Officer, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , tel. +361 413 2730. For full disclosure, MDAC's Senior Advocacy Officer, Gábor Gombos is a Member of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, serving a two-year term starting 1 January 2011.

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