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ZERO PROJECT 2017: Call for Nominations in Employment Practices – Deadline extended until 1st July 2016

The Zero Project team would like to invite leading experts and organizations to nominate innovative practices concerning this year’s topics: Employment, Work and Vocational Education and Training (VET). The deadline is extended until 1st July 2016!

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2016 Include Festival in Cork

Irish Performing Arts presents the 2016 Include Festival in Cork. This Festival is organised in cooperation with the EASPD’s member organisation COPE Foundation and will take place from 25th June to 2nd of July.

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Joint Statement: The Alliance for Investing in Children welcomes Council Conclusions acknowledging the need to address child poverty

The Conclusions adopted by the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumers Affairs Council on Combatting Poverty and Social Exclusion: An integrated approach, are a welcome step in addressing child poverty and promoting children’s well-being.

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Registration for the EASPD 20th anniversary to be open on the 20th June

The registrations for the EASPD 20th anniversary events will be open on the 20th June 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


The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities organised two side events in cooperation with the European Union and the Zero Project during the 9th Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). Models of good practice on supported decision making mechanisms and on early childhood fueled the debate on the sustainable development goals and the steps required for the implementation of a human rights approach.


The European Commission (EC) recently published its 2016 country-specific recommendations (CSRs) to Member States. Following positive statements on the way social care and support should be provided in the last few years by the European Commission, the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-Based Care (EEG) welcomes several recommendations promoting quality care and support and access to employment and inclusive education for disadvantaged groups. Nonetheless, the overall focus on austerity will be detrimental to the transition to community-based services in Europe, if no safeguards are made available for public investment in this area.


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!”