• Tuesday, March 21, 2023 (11:00) - Tuesday, March 21, 2023 (12:30)
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Lessons learnt a year on: Civil society and authorities working together to support Ukrainian refugees with disabilities

One year ago, the Russian Federation invaded Ukraine. Since then, millions of people in Ukraine have had to flee their homes. One year on, this event will examine the current situation and explore the next steps.

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24th February 2023 marked one year since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation’s Forces. Since then, civil society organisations across Europe have responded quickly to provide emergency humanitarian support to those who need it, including persons with disabilities. Many of these civil society organisations have relied on their own resources to be able to provide this essential support, creating additional pressures on their daily operations.

As the war on Ukraine enters its second year, it is crucial EASPD is hosting this webinar to:

  • Raise awareness for the work of civil society organisations to provide essential humanitarian assistance to persons with disabilities and their families who have been displaced.
  • Explore the way forward for greater cooperation between civil society and authorities to ensure the sustainability of this support to those who still need it.

Real-time captioning in English and interpretation in Ukranian will be provided.




  • Jim Crowe, President, EASPD


What is civil society doing in supporting Ukrainian refugees with disabilities one year on?

Moderator: Representative of EASPD

  • Representative of Dzherelo, Ukraine
  • Steliyana Tonchevska and Antoaneta Ivanova, Social Teahouse, Bulgaria
  • Martin Mňahončák, TENENET, Slovakia


How can civil society and policy-makers work better together in responding to those impacted by the war on Ukraine?

Moderator: Maya Doneva, Secretary Geneal, EASPD

  • MEP Anna Júlia Donáth (TBC)
  • MEP Sergey Lagodinsky (TBC)
  • Representative of Social Platform (TBC)
  • Gunta Anca, Vice-President, European Disability Forum


Closing Remarks

  • Maya Doneva, Secretary General, EASPD