2022: Time to move forward and build resilience in the disability services sector
To mark the start of 2022 the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities’ (EASPD) launches its new 2022-2025 strategy: ‘Moving Forward: Smart Transformation and Building Resilience.’ Developed in cooperation with its members, who represent over 20,000 support services across Europe, the strategy will guide the work of EASPD towards the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities through high-quality support services.
Today, EASPD launches its new Strategy for 2022-2025 “Moving Forward: Smart Transformation and Building Resilience. For EASPD: Moving Forward means taking action, doing more and doing it better. Move forward is the new mantra for EASPD, whilst Smart Transformation and Building Resilience are the two guiding forces to ensure this mantra leads to positive outcomes.
EASPD’s Moving Forward Strategy identifies three pillars of work it will implement to increase the resilience of support services, to ensure the sector recovers from the pandemic, as well as to accelerate its smart transformation, to be meet the realities of today’s world and expectations from those who draw on these services. These three pillars include:
- Being an effective partner in policy development.
- Leading innovation, sustainable service provision & community building.
- Being the point of reference for learning and knowledge exchange.
Speaking from Brussels Maya Doneva, EASPD Secretary General highlighted: “We can no longer accept that social services are seen as non-essential. Similarly, we cannot wait for the pandemic to be over for support services to continue our sector’s transition towards the principles of the UN CRPD. We need to move forward! In 2022 and beyond, guided by our new strategy, we want to work with our partners, policy makers and authorities to capitalise on the innovations in our sector and increase the resilience of support services.
“I invite all our friends and partners to read our new Strategy and help us work towards its implementation”James Crowe, EASPD president, stressed. “Most importantly, let’s make sure we continue to move forward in implementing the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”
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Note to editors:
The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities is a non-profit European umbrella organisation, established in 1996, and currently representing over 20,000 social and health services for persons with disabilities. EASPD advocates effective and high-quality disability-related services in the field of education, employment and individualised support, in line with the UN CRPD principles, which could bring benefits not only to persons with disabilities, but to society as a whole.