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Editorial by the newly elected Vice President James Crowe

At the recent meeting of the EASPD General Assembly in Oslo, I made my personal case to be elected to the position of an EASPD Vice President. Over the 8 years plus that I have been taking part in EASPD it has grown tremendously in size, maturity, its range of activities and ...

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FINANCIAL STUDY on the European trends in the service providers sector

On October 11, 2014 a new project on the funding and the financial sustainability of the disability sector was presented at the General Assembly of EASPD in Oslo. Read more about the study and how you can participate.

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30 years improving lives of people with special needs!

The EASPD Slovenian member, CUDV Draga, celebrates its 30th anniversary and for the occasion they transformed their center into a colorful medieval village. Read more about the activities they organise to celebrate!

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International conference "securing career paths and supported employment"

L'ADAPT (Association pour l'insertion sociale et professionnelle des personnes handicapées) will host a conference on “securing career paths and supported employment” on the 20th of November in Paris in the framework of the “Week for the employment of disabled people”.


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Last Publications

REACHING OUT: EASPD Strategic Choices 2014-2017: Building an Inclusive Society

With European society struggling to balance social rights with budget cuts in the face of the lingering economic crisis, the disability sector finds itself at a crossroad. The coming years will be decisive in shaping the social support services sector of the future, and we cannot do it alone. Cooperation and networking have to be developed at all levels to pave the way for an inclusive society where persons with disabilities can fully enjoy all their rights, and if needed, be supported by community-based services.

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Report on recruitment and retention in the social services sector

The report 'HR strategy and recommendations for improving the attractiveness of the social services sector in Europe' was commissioned by EASPD to Vlerick's University and includes a fact sheet on staffing tendencies in the social sector in Europe; a toolkit with creative ideas on staffing and HR methods and a set of recommendations to EU authorities. The information has been gathered through desk and field research: more than 20 interviews were conducted with social service providers for people with disabilities across Western Europe.

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Press Releases


On the 9th and 10th October representatives from a variety of different social sectors are together in Oslo, Norway, at the EASPD annual conference “A Home for All”. What is the right to adequate housing? Given the demographic and societal changes, what are the main challenges, obstacles and gaps in protecting this right today but also in the future? Which is the role of social service providers in ensuring the implementation of this right? All these questions have been addressed at the introductory session as well as the plenary session during the first day of the conference.


This week the European Parliament begins the hearings for the Commissioners-designate. Following the official announcement made by the new President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, on the 12th September, now the EP will have to approve the proposed candidates.


For the first time ever, social partners in the social services field came together to discuss the added value of European social dialogue for Employers in the sector, as well as to discuss what topics they would be interested in discussing at European level. The conference, held on 23rd September, brought to an end the second phase of the PESSIS project which aims at promoting employers in the social services sector in social dialogue.