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The HOPE Project- Preventing Exploitation of vulnerable children and women in the U.K. and Bulgaria

Mr Keith Smith (Project Manager and Coordinator of HOPE for British Institute of Learning Disabilities) and Ms Monika Heitmann (Project Manager of HOPE for Social Association "St. Andrew") shares with us exciting updates of the HOPE project. 

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New projects: Call for Promising practices, tools, and resources on Supported Decision Making and on integrated Housing & Support

EASPD has embarked on a challenging yet fascinating research! We are looking for promising examples of Supported Decision Making and on integrated Housing & Support.  

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Call for tenders: Advice on organization's compliance with General Data Protection Regulation

EASPD is looking for an advisor to review the internal procedures of the organisation and propose practical recommendations on how our activities and operations should be implemented in order to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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Professor Gerard Quinn steps down as director of the Centre for Disability Law & Policy at National University of Ireland

Gerard Quinn, recipient of the EASPD Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award and an important, well respected scholar in the disability field, will step down as director of the Centre for Disability Law & Policy at National University of Ireland

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Last publications

Overview of the purpose and work of the Taskforce “Developing the Support Services of Tomorrow”

The taskforce “Developing the Support Services of Tomorrow” published an overview of their work.

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Employment for All Awards: 10 Best Practices on Employment Strategies for Persons with Disabilities

This booklet incorporates the 10 best practice that the jury of the Employment for All Awards  judged to be the most promising approaches towards fulfilment of article 27 of the UN CRPD.

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Press releases


The implementation of EU Working Time Directive in the sector of social care and support services for persons with disabilities is facing critical challenges. Provision of personalized and community-based support requires flexible working patterns for staff working in the sector. To ensure this flexibility, service providers, who often operate under severe financial constraints, have no choice but to circumvent the Directive. This has direct consequences on the quality of services and working conditions. In order to make the Directive work in social care and support, it has to be adapted to the needs of the sector.


During the EASPD international conference taking place in Podgorica, Montenegro, on the 26-27 October, 170 professionals from Europe and beyond gathered to debate around Sustainable Development Goals and their link to the realisation of supportive and inclusive communities. The event was organised in cooperation with the  Petrović Njegoš Foundation, the Centre de la Gabrielle and Egart.


The Federation of European Social Employers (FESE) was set-up and launched last Friday in Brussels.