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Newsflash May 2014

 


EASPD expresses condolences to the victims' families of the floods in the Balkans

The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities wishes to express our sincere condolences to the families of the victims of the floods that took place in the Balkan region, especially those countries along the Sava River, in Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia.

We also wish a quick recovery and we offer our full support to all those that have been injured in the floods and/or have been forced to flee their homes. We would also call for solidarity at European level to help overcome together a tragedy of this enormous magnitude.


Table of Contents

EDITORIAL

EASPD NEWS

  • Europe needs to better monitor the quality of care-services and support transition to community living
  • European Ombudsman opens investigation on the protection of fundamental rights
  • Registration for the next EASPD conference "A Home for All" in Oslo is now open!
  • EASPD supports EFFE's manifesto on the promotion of community-based services
  • PUSH Europe - Practice and understanding in supported housing
  • What's new within the EASPD Secretariat?

POLICY UPDATES

  • EASPD continues to develop its European contact network

PROJECT UPDATES

  • Offering quality employment for persons with disabilities
  • The new research paper from INVESTT project team has been launched
  • DELAROSE project: the online courses for health and social care workers available soon

ACTIVITIES FROM OUR MEMBERS

  • Accessible elections: participation of persons with disabilities in political life

ON THE AGENDA

  • EASPD Brussels June Events
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EDITORIAL

From the Black Sea to the North Sea...
This month we were made aware of terrible news from some European countries, stories about people with disabilities living in terrible conditions from the Black Sea all the way to the North Sea. We decided to react and ring the bell. Read more
 

EASPD NEWS

Europe needs to better monitor the quality of care-services and support transition to community living

Having recently learnt about bad practices in the provision of care-services for people with disabilities in Belgium, France and Romania, the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) highlights the need to monitor the quality standards of all types of social service provision in Europe and calls on the EU institutions to provide a technical response to avoid more scandals in the future as well as a political reaction based on a public hearing in the European Parliament. Read more
 

European Ombudsman opens investigation on the protection of fundamental rights

The guardian of the rights of European citizens -the European Ombudsman- has decided to launch an investigation on the respect of fundamental rights in Europe when using cohesion funds and the role of the European Commission in the monitoring process. Read more
 

Registration for the next EASPD conference "A Home for All" in Oslo is now open!

The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (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 are organising 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 will take place in Oslo on 9th and 10th October 2014. Read more

 

EASPD supports EFFE's manifesto on the promotion of community-based services

In view of the European Elections, the European Federation for Family Employment (EFFE) launched a new Manifesto on household services, family employment and home care in Europe that directly involves the service providers sector. The Manifesto calls for official EU recognition of “the household services, family employment and home care as an economic sector in its own right that contributes to European competitiveness and social cohesion”. The EFFE Manifesto also highlights the importance of identifying which are the sector’s needs and calls for the reinforcement of the European social dialogue. Read more
 

PUSH Europe - Practice and understanding in supported housing

On 6 May the very first workshop of PUSH Europe took place in Brussels. Thirty people including researchers, practitioners and other experts on housing from Belgium, the Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom participated in this interactive event. Read more
 

What's new within the EASPD Secretariat?

This month, two new colleagues joined the EASPD Team in Brussels. Read more
 

POLICY UPDATES

EASPD continues to develop its European contact network

As usual during the period surrounding the European elections, the work of the European Commission slows down and the European Parliament is put on hold. As a result, both the European Accessibility Act and the Commission Report on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities have been postponed to the second half of 2014. Read more
 

PROJECT UPDATES

Offering quality employment for persons with disabilities

How can we improve the participation of Persons with Disabilities in the labour market? Do you know what the toolkit for supported employment is? Below you have an overview of our latest news related to EASPD Employment projects for Persons with Disabilities. Read more
 

New research paper from INVESTT project team launched

The INVESTT research team has finalised a paper including the local findings from Slovenia, Austria, Norway and Belgium to help practicioners to develop a teaching programme with a universal design. Read more
 

DELAROSE project: online courses for health and social care workers available soon

The DELAROSE project website has just been launched. This project follows the succesful ROSE project and will support health and social care workers to manage their own stress. Online courses will soon be available on the project Website. Read more
 

ACTIVITIES FROM OUR MEMBERS

Accessible elections: participation of persons with disabilities in political life

The EASPD member Center for Society Orientation (COD) in cooperation with National Democratic Institute (NDI) has implemented the project “Accessible Elections”, focused on the electoral process of early parliamentary elections 2014. Read more

 

ON THE AGENDA

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