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Do you feel concerned by issues about art and disability?

Pour la Solidarité - PLS and Centre de la Gabrielle MFPass organise on 21 November 2014 the conference « Art for All: for equal access to art education and to the public market of art and culture for persons with intellectual and/or mental disabilities ».  

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European cooperation to support employment for persons with disabilities

On the 19th of September, 95 stakeholders from the T-EST project met in Izmir, Turkey, to bring an end to this two years project. The final conference was attended by the main partner organisations, public bodies, employment agencies, universities, research institutions and NGOs working in the field of disability.  

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“Not Patients, but citizens with rights” project: spreading the European Care Certificate across the continent

The project “Not Patients, but citizens with rights” is coming to an end. For that, more than 120 delegates and representatives from the European social sector meet today in the city museum of Ljubljana (Slovenia) at a final conference to analyse the learning results of the intensive work developed during the past two years.

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Two more weeks to participate in the EASPD survey on the workforce in European social sector

The results of the survey will be analysed by the EASPD's Interest Group on Workforce Development and Human Resources. This working group aims at promoting high standards of knowledge, skills and understanding within the European social care workforce of good quality services. The Interest Group is also planning to set up a European Observatory on Human Resources (EOHR).

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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.