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- Greece assumes EU presidency amid lingering crisis
- The new EU rules on public procurement and concession contracts have been approved by the European Parliament
- A historic opportunity for people in institutional care: EU Funds must be used to develop community-based alternatives in 2014 – 2020
- Roadmap on deinstitutionalisation: making community-based services a reality
- EASPD needs your help in expanding online activity
- Conclusions from the participants of the Forum ‘Better services for persons with disabilities, a better society for all’ in Serbia
- ACT NOW! EDF Position on the European Standard on “accessibility requirements suitable for public procurement of ICT products and services in Europe”
- UNAPEI: a look into the life of persons with severe disabilities in France
- UNAPEI: People with intellectual disabilities deserve to have a say in the decisions made by city administration
- European Conference on "Full inclusion of children and young people with disabilities into society": general conclusions
- Great news from Progress!
- Changes in EASPD staff
- ETNA – the end of a project; the beginning of a solid network
- Looking for partners for mobility project!
- The T-EST Project: Transfer of Employment Support Tools for People with Disabilities
- EASPD Policy Events
- Annual Conference 2014 - Siegen
Let’s not be too cynical. Indeed it is always good news when think tanks such as WEF start to understand that economic wealth should be distributed in a fair way and that leaving nobody behind – social inclusion and cohesion – is crucial not only from a Human Rights perspective but also when having a more business-oriented approach. A successful economy needs a strong social component, otherwise they clash. Read more
Greece assumes EU presidency amid lingering crisis
Greece has assumed the Presidency of the Council of the EU at a time when Europe is going through a crucial phase. The EU’s biggest challenge is to foster growth and to ensure stability and prosperity for all. In order to respond to these challenges, the Greek Presidency has committed in their programme to focus their social and employment policies in the following key actions. Read more
The new EU rules on public procurement and concession contracts have been approved by the European Parliament
On 15 January 2014 the European Parliament adopted a new Public Procurement directive which recognizes the specific identity of social services, and, because of this, entitles them to a specific so called “lighter regime” that requires simpler rules and a stronger focus on quality outcomes. There is now an increased emphasis on quality rather than price in the criteria that is to be used by Member states and local authorities when awarding contracts for social services. Read more
A historic opportunity for people in institutional care: EU Funds must be used to develop community-based alternatives in 2014 – 2020
The European Union (EU) is preparing to implement the next 7 years of the Structural and Investment Funding. The framework put in place for this new programming period represents a historic opportunity to protect the rights of Europe’s most excluded people - those living in institutional care. For the first time, the new Regulations for the EU Cohesion Policy investment, adopted last December by the European Council and the European Parliament include specific references to support the “transition from institutional to community-based care”. Read more
Roadmap on deinstitutionalisation: making community-based services a reality
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) has brought a change in the way society views people with disabilities and the services they use. One of EASPD’s goals is to promote the implementation of the UN CRPD. Service providers are being asked to think about how social services are provided to persons with disabilities.. Read more
EASPD needs your help in expanding online activity
Following the successful launch of the new website, EASPD has continued to develop its online activity in order to reach out and better connect itself to its members, partners and European institutions. Read more
Conclusions from the participants of the Forum ‘Better services for persons with disabilities, a better society for all’ in Serbia
The Service Provider Forum, organised by COD in Serbia and EASPD on 13 and 14 December 2013 in Belgrade, gathered more than 80 representatives of service providers from more than 20 towns/cities and municipalities in Serbia, as well as policy-makers in the field, officials from the central and local levels, NGOs, media and EASPD representatives.. Read more
ACT NOW! EDF Position on the European Standard on “accessibility requirements suitable for public procurement of ICT products and services in Europe”
The Standardization Mandate 376 on European accessibility requirements for public procurement of products and services in the ICT domain (M/376) was launched in 2005 by the European Commission, and was made possible by the inclusion of reference to accessibility, design for all and fight against discrimination on the basis of disability in the Public Procurement Directive for which EDF advocated in the past. Read more
UNAPEI: a look into the life of persons with severe disabilities in France
Earlier this month, two French television channels broadcast documentaries about the challenges that children with severe disabilities face in France with regards to access to appropriate treatment. Read more
UNAPEI: People with intellectual disabilities deserve to have a say in the decisions made by city administration
People with intellectual disabilities deserve to have a say in the decisions made by city administration as they have a direct effect on their daily lives. Therefore, they need to become better involved in the municipal elections process. Unapei (National Union of Associations of parents of persons with intellectual disabilities and their friends), with its partner associations, is challenging candidates to consider this new target group and allow them the opportunity to fully participate in campaigns and elections. Read more
European Conference on "Full inclusion of children and young people with disabilities into society": general conclusions
The European Conference on "Full inclusion of children and young people with disabilities into society" has given a much clearer understanding on what is meant by inclusion of children and young people with disabilities into society. It is not only about integration but also about allowing these children to live with their peers with appropriate assistance, in order to direct society towards a better acceptance of human diversity. Read more
Great news from Progress!
The EASPD team is proud to announce that the European Commission has confirmed our budget for 2014 (PROGRESS). PROGRESS is an EU funding programme which financially supports activities with a strong Europe-wide dimension and of an appropriate scale to ensure EU added value. Read more
Changes in EASPD staff
After almost three years of work as Policy and Communications Officer, Irene Bertana is leaving EASPD. She wishes to thank everyone for the opportunity that she had to be part of the ‘EASPD family’ and we would like to thank her for the enthusiasm she put in her work and wish her good luck for her new adventure. Read more
Launching of the ALDO Project: identifying best practices
ALDO (Adults with a learning disability – Observatory of Best Practice) is a Lifelong Learning project which aims to support improvements in the quality and accessibility of education and training for adults with a learning disability by identifying and validating best practice approaches. Its objective is also to promote an increased use of the best practice resources identified by raising awareness of the resources and presenting them in one central online portal or observatory. Read more
ETNA – the end of a project; the beginning of a solid network
EASPD participated in the European Thematic Network on Assistive information technology (ETNA) project, supported by the European Commission. The ETNA network involved 23 European organisations from 13 countries and was coordinated by the Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer of the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation in Italy. Over a period of three years, ETNA has implemented a European Web Portal which provides information on ICT-based assistive products and e-accessibility solutions available in Europe. Read more
Looking for partners for mobility project!
Robert-Kümmert-Akademie gGmbH (RKA) from Würzburg, Germany, will apply for a mobility project for students and trainers under the Erasmus+ Programme in March 2014.They are active partners in the ECC project ‘Not Patients, but Citizens with Rights’, so they would like to link it to the European Care Certificate, a basic entry certificate for staff in the social care sector. Read more
The T-EST Project: Transfer of Employment Support Tools for People with Disabilities
Following the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020, organisations from 6 different countries engaged in the Transfer of Employment Support Tools for People with Disabilities (T-EST) project, under the auspices of the Leonardo Da Vinci transfer of Innovation program. This project started in November 2012 and will run until October 2014 with a mission to contribute to the full accessibility to education as well as to the labour market for people with disabilities. Read more
EASPD Policy Events
- UPDATE: 27-28 March 2014 in Siegen, Germany: EASPD Conference on ‘Challenges and Strategies of Local Implementation of the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)’.
Our next international conference ‘Planning Inclusive Communities: Challenges and Strategies of Local Implementation of the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)’ which will focus on the concepts and practices for implementation of the UNCRPD in municipalities, communities and local entities is getting closer! Here is the latest news:
1. It is now possible to showcase your good practice, implemented at the local or municipal level at the ‘Market of Possibilities’ which will take place on the first conference day - 27th March. More information on the market and the selection procedure you can find in the attached ‘Call for Contributions’.
2. The schedule of the EASPD governance and working group meetings you can find in the attachment ‘EASPD meetings-Siegen 2014’.
3. The EASPD General Assembly will take place on 29th March, when we will discuss the EASPD strategy for the next 3 years!
For participants from Eastern European countries, Baltic states and Portugal, preferential conditions for participation fees are available! For more information, please contact Stefana Cankova, Project and Membership Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
- JUNE EVENTS EASPD: Please note down in your agenda the following EASPD activities in Brussels! More information on the events will be posted on our website in 2014.
18 June 2014
12:00 - 18:00 – Project Development Workshop
19 June 2014
9:00 - 12:00 - 3 parallel (closed) meetings:
- Final project meeting of BITSE
- Final project meeting of ‘Adapting Services for persons with disabilities to new users’
- EASPD Board meeting
14:00 - 18:00 - Seminar on the project BITSE on the challenges in transition from school to employment for people with disabilities and the project ‘Adapting Services for persons with disabilities to new users’ on the challenges of providing services to people with an intellectual disability also experiencing mental health problems
20 June 2014
9:00 – 18:00 – Special board and Standing Committee meeting on Employment