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Annual Conference 2015 - Zadar

 

"Persons with Disabilities in Employment: Inclusion through Jobs - Making it Real" Zadar Croatia, 7- 8 May 2015

 

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Title: "Persons with Disabilities in Employment: Inclusion through Jobs - Making it Real"
Date: 7 to 8 May 2015
Venue: Višnjik sport center, Splitska 3, 23000 Zadar, R.Hrvatska.

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CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES IN A NUTSHELL

Employment is crucial for people's social integration, physical and mental health, well-being and self-realisation. Article 27 of the UNCRPD states that “States Parties recognise the right of persons with disabilities to work, on an equal basis with others; this includes the right to have the opportunity to gain a living by work freely chosen or accepted in a labour market and work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities. States Parties shall safeguard and promote the realisation of the right to work, including for those who acquire a disability during the course of employment, by taking appropriate steps, including through legislation”. Article 27 clearly recognises and stresses the right of persons with disabilities to work, on an equal basis with others. This includes the right to gain a living by work, freely chosen or accepted in a labour market that is open, inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities. However, employment for persons with disabilities is not easy and has been worsened by the economic crisis that has hit Europe in the last years. Today we acknowledge that many efforts have been done to bring persons with disabilities to the labour market. However, the low success rate of people with disabilities employed shows that the efforts needed to achieve wider employment have been underestimated.

 

The objective of this conference was to help unlock the potential of persons with disabilities and show how both employers and employees with disabilities can benefit from a more accessible and diverse labour market through sharing expertise and good practises on different levels and by different stakeholders. By looking at alternative new employment strategies/ideas, the conference aimed to find ways to remove barriers and boost the employment opportunities for persons with disabilities in Europe.
 

  • The Conference will highlight the impact of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Right to Work and Employment (Art. 27).
  • The Conference will promote exchange between employers, employees, persons with disabilities and social services and show innovative and best practices that have evidence-based results.
  • The Conference will identify the necessary steps to create a positive synergy between all stakeholders by actively involving all participants.
  • Launch the new EASPD Declaration on Employment.

EASPD EMPLOYMENT FOR ALL AWARD CEREMONY

EASPD would like to promote better employment opportunities for persons with disabilities, and your help is needed. EASPD invites you to share your best practice, model, method or tool by participating in the EASPD EMPLOYMENT FOR ALL AWARD.

The winning best practice from each category will receive the award during the EASPD Annual Conference “Persons with Disabilities in Employment: Inclusion through Jobs - making it real” in Zadar (Croatia).


WORKSHOPS ON INCLUSIVE EMPLOYMENT IN 8 DIFFERENT JOB AREAS

We are organising a session on Thursday 7 May from 14:30 to 16:00 including 8 round tables to share experiences and best practices on 8 Job sectors/areas:

1- Job training and qualification - Franchise
Chair: Mr Wolfgang Scheidl – Caritas für Menschen mit Behinderungen, Austria
Best practise: Mr Roman Braun-Hüttner - Job training and qualification
Rapporteur/Co-chair: Ms Adriana Popa – EASPD

 

2- Bridging the gap: Innovative ways to link employers and employees
Chair: Ms Cyrielle Claverie/ Mr Stéphane Forgeron – l’Adapt
Best practice: Ms Siobhan Kearney – Stewart Care / Mr Frédéric Karinthi – Fegapei
Rapporteur/Co-chair: Ms Sabrina Ferraina – EASPD

3- Employment in the Agricultural Sector
Chair: Mr László Jakubinyi –Symbiosis Foundation
Best practise: Ms Monika Szakacs – Symbiosis Foundation
Rapporteur/Co-chair: Mr Thomas Bignal – EASPD

4- Quality, competitiveness and social inclusion of people with disabilities: creative solutions based on the product and quality as unique selling points
Chair: Mr Cristian Rovira – GrupoSifu
Best Practise: Mr Albert Riera – La Fageda
Rapporteur/Co-chair: Ms Carmen Arroyo – EASPD

5- Supported Employment and Skills Development: Person centred Approach
Chair: Mr James Churchill – United Response
Best practice: Mr Christopher English & Ms Andrea Wayman - ELITE
Rapporteur/Co-chair: Mr Harrison Crabtree – EASPD

6- Employment in the Creative Industry
Chair: Mr Frank Holt - Specialisterne
Best practice: Dr Fabrizio Fea – Scuola Viva
Rapporteur/Co-chair: Ms Nieves Tejada – EASPD

7- Sheltered employment in an open society: a different perspective
Chair: Ms Nora Horváthová – WELLNEA s.r.o.
Best Practise: Ms Elena Kopcová Elena Kopcová – TENENET o.z.
Rapporteur/Co-chair: Ms Marta Fusella  – EASPD

8- The ICT sector: PCT/AT and accessibility at work
Chair: Mr Steve Barnard – Hft
Best practice: Dr Alireza Darvishy – Credit Suisse
Rapporteur/Co-chair: Hélène Konopski – EASPD
 

The Final report is available in English

Conference presentations can be found on www.easpd-zadar.eu

 

PUT THE PUZZLE TOGETHER: 2015 EASPD PROJECT DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

Putting all the pieces together can be challenging. You have all those shapes (funding streams), forms (project ideas) and colors (different partner profiles)... but how to get the final picture without getting puzzled? The 2015 edition of the EASPD Project Development Workshop wants to offer participants with 2 EXTRA DIMENSIONS on how to reach your goal! We will follow a “3D approach”.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & ACTIVITIES

Date

Hour

Event

Venue

6 May 2015 (Wednesday)

14:00:00-17:30

Project Development Workshop

Hotel Adriana

 

18:00-20:00

Board Meeting

Hotel Adriana

7 May 2015 (Thursday)

09:00-17:30

Conference day 1

Višnjik sport center

 

20:00-23:00

Dinner offered by Osvit

Hotel Club Funnimation

8 May 2015 (Friday)

09:00-16:00

Conference day 2

Višnjik sport center

 

16:00-18:00

Goodbye cocktail

Višnjik sport center

 

18:00-20:00

Interest Group on Human Resources meeting

Hotel Adriana

 

18:00-20:00

Interest Group on Arts meeting

Hotel Adriana

 

18:00-20:00

Interest Group on early Intervention meeting

Hotel Adriana

9 May 2015 (Saturday)

09-11:00

Standing Committee on Employment meeting

Hotel Adriana

 

09-11:00

Standing Committee on Education meeting

Hotel Adriana

 

09-11:00

Joint meeting of Standing Committee on Enlargement and Interest Group on Independent Living

Hotel Adriana

 

09-11:00

Policy Impact Group meeting

Hotel Adriana

 

11:30-13:30

General Assembly meeting

Hotel Adriana