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Annual Conferences


EASPD organises every year two annual conferences for its members and partners throughout Europe. You will find here information regarding the two annual conferences we are organising this year.

EASPD Annual Conference in Belfast, 14 to 16 June 2017

In 2017, from 14 to 16 June 2017 the European Union of Supported Employment and the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities will host in Belfast the first World Conference on Supported Employment. The conference will be on Employment for All – A Global Perspective and aims to challenge everyone to improve access to the employment market by bringing the employers closer to those furthest from the labour market and in doing so recognising the challenges and changes that we as professionals may face.  To help us through this process the conference themes are: the Right to Work, the Economy and the Employers, Tools and Methodologies, Legal Frameworks and Policy.

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EASPD 20th anniversary "Join the Trip! 20 Years on the Road"

In 2016, the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities celebrates its 20th anniversary. Under the slogan “Join the Trip! 20 Years on the Road”, EASPD organises exciting activities which will bring service providers, persons with disabilities, decision makers and other partners and stakeholders together in Brussels. Service providers are constantly evolving and adapting to pave the way to inclusion. This year's celebration will be the occasion to continue discussions on the importance of co-production, but also celebrate the 10 years since the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and of course, commemorate the 20 years of EASPD’s existence and work.

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Annual Conference in Chisinau (Moldova), 21 to 22 April 2016

EASPD in cooperation with the Alliance of Organisations for People with Disabilities from Moldova (AOPD) and with the support of EurlyAid and Zero Project is organising, the 21st-22nd April 2016, an international conference in Chisinau, Moldova on the state of play of early childhood intervention (ECI) in Europe. By bringing together various stakeholders in the ECI field, the conference will take a critical look at the development of national strategies needed to set up quality community-based ECI services both in Western and Central and Eastern European countries while focusing on the exchange of know-how and best practices in the field. On the 20th of April, EASPD organises a Project Development Workshop and a study visit to a local early intervention centre in Chisinau.

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For information in Romanian, please click here.

Annual Conference in Salzburg (Austria), 22 to 23 October 2015

From 22 to 23 october 2015 EASPD, in cooperation with the projects EQF meets ECVET, INVESTT and TIDE, will showcase a selection of best practices in developing inclusive teaching programmes for persons with disabilities. The event is expected to bring together a wide range of stakeholders to discuss these best practices. This conference will be a great opportunity to assess where inclusive education stands in Europe, and for everyone to select the elements that would fit best and enrich to their own learning environment.

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Annual Conference in Zadar (Croatia), 7 to 8 May 2015

From 7 to 8 May 2015, the conference “Persons with Disabilities in Employment: Inclusion through Jobs - Making it Real” will showcase best practises from across Europe on employment and disability. Participants will have the chance to understand what support persons with disabilities need to successfully integrate in the open labour market and to be able to access a job after finishing school. The nominees of the Employment for All awards will be presenting their candidatures and the 6th May EASPD organises a Project Development Workshop.  Don’t miss this opportunity. Registration is open until 10 April.

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Annual Conference in Oslo (Norway), 9 to 10 October 2014

EASPD together with the Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues (NVC), the Norwegian SOR Foundation and the partners of PUSH Europe: FEANTSA, CECODHAS and MHE organised an international conference on the development of homes and housing services for persons with disabilities, persons with mental health problems, homeless people and people in need of housing support.

The conference took place in Oslo on 9 and 10 October 2014, with the financial support of the European Commission, Husbanken & Triodos Bank.

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Annual Conference in Siegen (Germany), 27 to 28 March 2014

27-28 March 2014 in Siegen, Germany: EASPD Conference on ‘Challenges and Strategies of Local Implementation of the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)’.

EASPD together with the Centre for Planning and Evaluation of Social Services (ZPE) of the University of Siegen organised the European conference on Planning Inclusive Communities in Siegen, Germany from 27th to 28th of March 2014.The conference was organised in partnership with the Ministry of Employment, Integration and Social Affairs of the German State North Rhine-Westphalia.The conference will focus on the concepts and practices for implementation of the UNCRPD in municipalities, communities and local entities.

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Annual Conference In Istanbul (Turkey), 27 to 28 September 2013

EASPD co-organised the event with the Turkish Authorities, in close co-operation with ISKUR, the RACE consortium & the Dolunay Association. The event was also supported by the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the International Labour Organization.

The conference tackled the main challenges preventing people with disabilities from enjoying fully their right to work: legislative frameworks, discriminative attitudes and lack of adequate support schemes.

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Annual Conference in Thessaloniki (Greece), 31 May to 1 June 2013

EASPD organised, in close cooperation with the Greek organisation IER, an International Conference on Volunteering.
The Conference presented results regarding the European project Quality and Qualification in Volunteering for Disability (QQVD). 

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