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Open letter to the Business World: why you should support the Accessibility Act

I recently attended an event on the European Accessibility Act (EAA), bringing together stakeholders from the disability field, the business world and public authorities. The Act sets common accessibility requirements for certain (mostly ICT) key products and services. In short, it is about not creating additional barriers for persons with disabilities. Expecting to hear all speakers state their overall support for the Act and recommending improvements –the usual lobbying stance-, I was surprised to hear the representative from Business Europe state their “strong opposition” to the Act as a whole.

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EASPD presents its 2015 Annual Report and welcomes new members

On 23rd April 2016, the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) presented during its General Assembly in Chisinau, Moldova, its 2015 Annual Report. In addition, EASPD welcomed 14 new members from January to April 2016.

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EASPD launches the animation video “Reaching Out: building an inclusive society”

During its last general assembly held in Chisinau on the 23rd April 2016, the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities officially launched its video presentation “Reaching Out: building an inclusive society”. The animation video is part of the EASPD’s activities to celebrate its 20th anniversary and explains in easy to read what EASPD does. “Together we will improve services to improve lives! Join us!”

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Zero Project call for nominations 2017 on Employment

Once again, the Zero Project team invites leading experts and organizations to nominate innovative policies concerning this year’s topic “Employment”. The deadline for contributions is the 15th may 2016.

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Last publications

Zero Project Analysis: Social Innovations in Early Childhood Intervention

This is the first edition of the Zero Project Analysis. This booklet covers eight outstanding Innovative Practices on Early Childhood Intervention, with a focus on Central and Eastern European countries.

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New EASPD publication: “Five good practices on support services and independent living”

EASPD launches this new publication outlining five models of good practices in Europe with regard to support services and the implementation of article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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Press releases


From 21st to 22nd April, the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities organised in Chisinau, Moldova, its annual cross-sectorial conference “Growing Together: from grassroots initiatives to national strategies in early childhood intervention”. Over 200 delegates shared their views on the situation of Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services in Europe. In addition, the Zero Project Analysis research was officially launched presenting 8 innovative practices on ECI services.


The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) officially launches its Salzburg Education Declaration “Towards more inclusive learning environments in Europe”. The text acknowledges the necessity to strengthen efforts in order to make real the principle of inclusive education, which is highlighted in several International and European legal and policy frameworks.


EASPD announces its study on unlocking the Juncker Package (European Fund for Strategic Investment -EFSI) for the Social Services sector. The study provides practical steps and recommendations on how to ensure that EFSI supports the financing of projects in this sector, as well as an overall analysis of the barriers currently hindering this process; both from the perspective of social service providers and financial intermediaries.