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Newsflash November 2013

Table of Contents

 EDITORIAL

 EU NEWS

  • European Commission study on Accessible tourism
  • The new Public Procurement Directive: Member States are free to organise social services in the way they consider more appropriate

 EASPD NEWS

  • High Level Group Inclusion Conference on “Improved mobility of people with disabilities through harmonized procedures”
  • Changes in EASPD staff
  • European Workshop on the Holocaust and the annihilation of people with disabilities

 PROJECT UPDATES

  • EASPD and NASO in Partnership for Dignified and Independent Life
  • New Services for Employment with EASPD and Vision Agency

 EVENTS NOTIFICATION

  • 5 December 2013, Policy Seminar on Self-Directed Support
  • Annual Conference 2014 - Siegen
  • 11-14 December 2013 in Chicago: TASH CONFERENCE
  • 9-11 July 2014: the 14th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP)
  • Patientview introduces ‘myhealthapps.net'
  • UNAPEI: The French government waives its appeal before the Council of State on Amélie’s case
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EDITORIAL

As if a tornado of EU skeptics and populists will wash Europe away and leave the whole continent in darkness and despair; that is how some EC representatives, politicians and theirmedia depict the coalition of extreme right parties concluded last week in Vienna. What they – mainstream politicians – forgot to add is that they paved the way for extremists from both sides of the political spectrum. Read more here
 

EU NEWS

European Commission study on Accessible tourism

The European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT – Brussels), EWORX S.A. (Greece), and Valdani Vicari Associati (VVA – Milan) have been selected by the European Commission to carry out a study investigating accessible tourism services across Europe. The project will analyse supply chains and performance in all of the EU Member States and will propose recommendations and priorities for actions to increase and improve the availability of accessible tourism services. Read more here
 

The new Public Procurement Directive: Member States are free to organise social services in the way they consider more appropriate

A first assessment of new Public Procurement Directive’s impact on social services took place yesterday at the European Parliament. This was done during an event co-hosted by MEP Pietikäinen and MEP Torvalds and organised by EASPD. The hearing gathered relevant stakeholders including representatives of the European civil society, public authorities at national and EU level, service providers and service users. Read more here

 

EASPD NEWS

High Level Group Inclusion Conference on “Improved mobility of people with disabilities through harmonized procedures”

High Level Group Inclusion organized a conference on 22 October 2013 in Brussels to discuss the topic “Improved Mobility of People with Disabilities through Harmonized Procedures.” The conference explained the EureWelcome approach - transnational information on accessibility for all - and its likely impact on the development of European labeling systems, in relation to a European Mobility Card. Read more here
 

Changes in EASPD staff

This month the EASPD team has experienced some important changes. Read more here
 

European Workshop on the Holocaust and the annihilation of people with disabilities

From October 26 until October 31, the Council of Europe in collaboration with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State museum and the Pedagogical University of Krakow organized a European Workshop on teaching about the Holocaust and the annihilation of people with disabilities at the Nazi time. Read more here
 

PROJECT UPDATES

EASPD and NASO in Partnership for Dignified and Independent Life

Partnership for a Dignified and Independent Life is a joint project of EASPD and National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO, Bulgaria), currently in progress. It is funded by the Operational Programme "Human Resources Development”, co-financed by the European Social Fund and European Union. The general objective of the project includes international partnership between the European and Bulgarian network of social service providers to improve the quality of social services and contribute to a dignified and independent life for the people with disabilities in Bulgaria. Read more here
 

New Services for Employment with EASPD and Vision Agency

EASPD and the Agency for Social Development Vision (Bulgaria) have started their joint work on the New Services for Employment Project. The general objective of the project is to develop an international partnership with leading European social services providers to research, summarize and adapt the European experience in providing these services in Bulgaria to ensure effectiveness of services and implement a new methodology in Bulgaria - "supported employment". Read more here

 

EVENTS NOTIFICATION

EASPD Policy Events
  • 5 December 2013, Policy Seminar on Self-Directed Support

As persons with disabilities have begun to claim their proper place as full citizens in society they have often found that funding systems for support services are either inadequate or inconsistent with citizenship - not giving them control over their lives.Across Europe there are now different systems of funding of support services and some experiments in self-directed support. However, there are many differences between these systems and different wordings are used to describe these systems: personal budgets, individual budgets, individualised funding, self-managed funding, self-directed support, service brokerage, direct payments...Read more here
 

  • Annual Conference 2014 - Siegen

EASPD together with the Centre for Planning and Evaluation of Social Services (ZPE) of the University of Siegen are pleased to invite you to the European conference on Planning Inclusive Communities in Siegen, Germany from 27th to 28th of March 2014.The conference is organized in partnership with the Ministry of Employment, Integration and Social Affairs of the German State North Rhine-Westphalia. Registrations are now open! Read more here
 

11-14 December 2013 in Chicago: TASH CONFERENCE

For more than 37 years, the TASH Conference has impacted the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders in the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life. Read more here
 

9-11 July 2014: the 14th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP)

The 14th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP) will be held at Université Paris 8 - Saint Denis from 9 – 11 July 2014 (pre-conference 7 – 8 July 2014). ICCHP focuses on Assistive Technology (AT) and accessible ICT for people with disabilities and older adults enabling a more independent life, participation and inclusion and improved services and support. Read more here
 

Patientview introduces ‘myhealthapps.net'

Patientview has introduced ‘myhealthapps.net’, a new international website helping patients and public find the best health apps to suit their individual needs. It brings together healthcare apps that have been tried and tested by users. Its main objective is to give public, patients and carers a quick and easy way to find trusted apps to make a difference to your own health or help you support someone you care for. Read more here
 

UNAPEI: The French government waives its appeal before the Council of State on Amélie’s case

Established in 1960, the National Union of Associations of parents of persons with intellectual disabilities and their friends (UNAPEI) is a French association working for the representation and advocacy of people with intellectual disabilities and is a member of EASPD. Currently concerned with the case of Amélie Latch, a young disabled woman that has been struggling to find a healthcare structure willing to take her in charge, UNAPEI has engaged a legal procedure against the French government in order to guarantee fundamentals right for the disabled. Read more here