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The International Foundation of Applied Disability Research – Call for projects 2015

The International Foundation of Applied Disability Research (FIRAH) announces the opening of the Call for projects 2015.

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Social Platform's position on the financing of social services

The largest civil society alliance fighting for social justice and participatory democracy in Europe –Social Platform- presents in a policy paper which should be the key elements for the development of a policy framework that ensures sustainable financing for social services.

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EASPD celebrates the European Day of Persons with Disabilities!

To mark the celebration of the 2014 European Day of Persons with Disabilities [3.12], EASPD organised several conferences and meetings to follow up the political work that is currently been carried out together with its members.

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Seasons' Greetings & Happy New Year 2015

EASPD staff would like to thank all its members and partners for their cooperation in 2014. We wish you wonderful holidays and all the best for the New Year. The EASPD team will be on holidays from 24th december to 4th January.

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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


In December 2014, the EASPD Board endorsed the new Employment Declaration which results from several months of consultations with EASPD’s members and stakeholders, in particular the members of EASPD’s Standing Committee on Employment. The final document analyses the situation in Europe regarding the participation of persons with disabilities in the open labour market and highlights the need to shift the focus away from a disability perspective on to a skills and competences perspective.


On such an important day such as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, service providers from across Europe gathered together in the European Parliament and analysed with key European politicians the main issues regarding the disability sector: Mr. Juncker’s Jobs, Growth and Investment package; the need for a stronger social dimension in the European Semester, the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 strategy, the work plan 2015-2020 of the European Disability Strategy and progress made in Europe regarding the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), in particular the transition from institutional to community-based services.


The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) welcomes the European Parliament’s announcement to re-establish the Social Economy Intergroup and hopes that it will be able to support the push for the development of a political, legal and financial framework which ensures that the Social and Health Services sector maximises its potential to create quality jobs and help fight poverty and social exclusion in Europe. EASPD also embraces the renewal of the Disability Intergroup and will support its work, putting efforts in to speeding up the transition from institutional to community living for persons with disabilities