This page shows a selection of speakers at the Forum. For a full list of speakers please see the individual sessions in the programme.
Helga Stevens is a Member of the European Parliament. Previously, she was a Member of the Flemish Parliament and the Belgian Senate, as well as Ghent city council. In 1993, she was the first deaf person to be awarded a law degree in Belgium. She has also been the director of the European Union of the Deaf (EUD) for several years. Her main areas of interest are disability and equality, as well as migration and privacy. Her vision is that the full implementation of all fundamental and human rights can only be achieved when people with disabilities cease to be discriminated against and excluded.