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Newsflash April 2014

Table of Contents

 EDITORIAL

 EASPD NEWS

  • EASPD Reaffirms Importance of Tax Exemptions for Social Services
  • Exchange Mobility Project: how to promote European mobility for students with disabilites
  • What's new within EASPD Secretariat?
  • Austrian students of Social Work visit EASPD to deepen understanding of EU social policy

 PROJECT UPDATES

  • ERGO WORK - Joining academia and business for new opportunities in creating ERGOnomic WORKplaces

 ON THE AGENDA

  • 5th May: Press Conference. "Stop Disability Cuts" - a wake-up call to Europe! European Day for Independent Living
  • 6th May: First PUSH Europe Workshop: "Integrated housing and services for people with support needs"
  • EASPD Brussels June Events
  • Save the date! Next EASPD conference in Oslo from 9 to 10 October 2014
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EDITORIAL

Getting out of our bubble to involve all actors in society
Over the last few months, I have attended several conferences organised by authorities, Disable Peoples’ Organisations (DPO) and support providers. Each and every one of these meetings looked at how to develop a more inclusive society, a society valuing diversity. After these meetings, it has become increasingly clear to me that, over and over again, it is always the same people who meet, the same people who discuss, the same people who come to agreements. We are preaching to the converted, we have to open up, we have to reach out. Read more
 

EASPD NEWS

EASPD Reaffirms Importance of Tax Exemption for Social Services

EASPD issued a response to the Public Consultation launched by DG TAXUD, European Commission, on a Review of existing VAT legislation on public bodies and tax exemption in the public interest. Read more
 

Exchange Mobility Project: how to promote European mobility for students with disabilities

Mobility offers young people opportunities for self-development and enhances their future employability. Participation in exchange programmes is a challenge for young people, as they are facing an unfamiliar environment, such as a new language and culture. It can be even more difficult for students with disabilities who may face inaccessible environments or disability-related stereotypes. In recognition of such challenges, Erasmus Student Network (ESN) developed the ExchangeAbility project to make our organisation accessible and to help remove obstacles to enhance participation in exchange programmes. Read more
 

What's new within the EASPD's Secretariat?

This month, the EASPD's team in Brussels has been affected by some changes. We said goodbye to Philippine Cartier and Andrea Tivoli and we warmly thank them for their work during the past year, wishing them all the best in their future. Read more

 

Austrian students of Social Work visit EASPD to deepen understanding of EU social policy

The European Association of Services Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) welcomed from 24 to 25 of April, a group of students of Social Work from the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences. The need to reinforce European Civil Dialogue and to better involve EU civil society’s organisations in the European Semester’s work were some of the main issues discussed. Read more
 

PROJECT UPDATES

ERGO WORK - Joining academia and business for new opportunities in creating ERGOnomic WORK places

ERGO WORK is a European project conducted under the Lifelong Learning Programme. The consortium involves 10 partners from Slovenia, Poland, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and Belgium (EASPD). During its lifetime, the project will be seeking to improve the ergonomic design of jobs and workplaces for people with disabilities. It will promote Knowledge, Skills and “Social Cohesion” in order to create Reasonable Accommodation at work for all employees, including persons with disabilities. Read more
 

 

ON THE AGENDA

5th May: Press Conference. "Stop Disability Cuts" - a wake-up call to Europe! European Day for Independent Living

Since the beginning of the financial crisis a range of cuts to services and benefits for disabled people have been announced and implemented in many Member States. The support we provide to facilitate independent living in the community is being reduced or taken away, and the threat of institutionalisation, or re-institutionalisation, is a reality for many of us. The European Foundation Center (EFC) has issued a report to assess the impact of European governments’ austerity plans on the rights of people with disabilities. Read more

 

6th May: First PUSH Europe Workshop: "Integrated housing and services for people with support needs"

The PUSH Europe network was launched further to a meeting of support and housing practitioners organised by FEANTSA (European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless), EASPD (European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities) and CECODHAS (European Federation of Public, Cooperative & Social Housing) in November 2012 in Paris, in the context of an OECD Consultation on integrated housing & services for vulnerable groups. Read more
 

EASPD Brussels June Events

EASPD is organising a series of events on the employment of persons with disabilities which will take place on the 18th, 19th and 20th of June 2014 in Brussels. There are two events that are open to all: the Project Development Workshop is a half day event where info is provided on relevant EU funding opportunities and where project ideas and partnerships are discussed in working groups; the project seminar "Current challenges for service providers in the disability sector: Person-centered approaches and good practice models" will present the research and results of three 2-year projects and whose results can be a strong tool to improve the full inclusion of people with disabilities in society. Are you interested in taking part of one of our June events? Check all the information on how to register, venue details and full agenda! Read more
 

Save the date! Next EASPD conference in Oslo from 9 to 10 October 2014

A home is a cornerstone in the lives of most people. The right to housing is one of the most basic human rights ensuring human dignity. The successful integration of housing and social services enables people with support needs to live independently and be included in society. It is thus one of the most important challenges and responsibilities of service providers and authorities across Europe. This conference will focus on one of the most pressing issues in European politics. Read more