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Project DESC: promoting equal opportunities and securing professional career paths for young people with disabilities in Europe

The project was inaugurated in October 2014 in Paris and was promoted during the EASPD International Conference in Zadar (Croatia) “Persons with Disabilities in Employment: Inclusion through Jobs - Making it Real“.

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European Parliament adopts Resolution on the rights of persons with disabilities

On the 20th of May the European Parliament adopted a resolution in which it expresses its strong support to the full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).  It was adopted with an overwhelming majority among the political parties.

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Video: Meet the winners of the 2015 Access City Awards

The Swedish city of Borås is this year's winner. Helsinki took the second prize and the third prize was awarded to Ljubljana.

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: International music festival “Supremacy of the Spirit"

The EASPD Bulgarian member association, National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO), has officially announced the 2015 edition of the International Music Festival “Supremacy of the Spirit”.

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Last Publications

Employment for All booklet

All the information related to the awards as well as a description of the best practices can be found in the Employment for All booklet in English, French and German.

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Europe 2020 and the European Semester, bringing well-being to all?

EASPD releases its latest report on the European Semester, calling for a change to the “growth at all costs” approach towards Social Investment and a growth focusing on the well-being of all citizens. The report proposes several recommendations to policy-makers on how they can integrate well-being into European and national public policy, in a manner that is both practical and sustainable. The report also includes national messages from EASPD's membership to their respective governments and the European Commission; in particular within the framework of the European Semester.

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Press Releases


The secret has been revealed in Zadar during the EASPD conference “Persons with Disabilities in Employment: Inclusion through Jobs - Making it Real”. The winners of the 2015 Emloyment for All awards are Elite Supported Employment Agency, Ltd (United Kingdom) as a best practice on providing support services in employment for persons with intellectual disabilities and La Fageda Fundació (Spain) for their work in facilitating quality job opportunities for individuals with mental illness and disabilities.


The European Commission (EC) has recently launched a public consultation asking for recommendations to tackle long-term unemployment in Europe. In view of contributing as early as possible into the EC's work, the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) has developed a position paper presenting the key factors needed for support services to effectively contribute to tackling long-term unemployment in Europe; not only of persons with disabilities, but all disadvantaged groups. EASPD calls on the EC to implement measures which provide a win-win situation for both the employee and employer and recommends the “STAR” holistic approach.


Social service providers and policy makers convened at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels on 26 March to work together on how to put social investment back on the European Commission’s agenda. The breakfast session was organised by Social Services Europe, which brings together eight Europe-wide networks of not-for-profit social service providers. Through its membership, Social Services Europe represents over 100,000 organisations throughout Europe.