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2015: A new beginning?

The year 2014 started with a very important meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

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Check out the final report on the conference “A Home for All”

The report on the conference “A Home for All:  Housing and Services for People with Support Needs” is now available on the EASPD Website!

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Outcomes of the conference on People with Disabilities in Disaster Preparedness and Response

How can people with hearing impairment contact emergency services? How can civil protection officials be trained to better support people with disabilities in emergency situations? These and other practical questions were addressed at the Conference on People with Disabilities in Disaster Preparedness and Response organised by the Council of Europe in Brussels on 4 and 5 December 2014 under the auspices of the Belgian Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

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Art for All: Brussels closing events

The closing event of the European project Art for All – including an Art exhibition and final conference – has resonated the fruit of two years of work on the issues of Art and Disability. Organized by the Centre de la Gabrielle-MFPass and Pour la Solidarité–PLS, the event was held in Brussels on the 20th and 21st of November.

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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 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


Once again we are witnessing unacceptable living conditions of persons with disabilities in Europe. A new scandal has been recently denounced by the media. On this occasion the alarm has occurred in a Greek center for disable children run by the Greek State. Reported by the BBC, the information describes the terrible living conditions in a center in Lechaina, a small town in the south of the Hellenic country.