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Annual Conference 2018 - Barcelona



Technology and digitalisation in the social care sector

The impact on education, employment and independent living

Barcelona, 4-5 October 2018


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Venue: Caixa Forum
Conference partners: The ENTELIS Network, Confederación Nacional de Centros Especiales de Empleo (CONACEE), Guardianship Girona Foundation, Educational Platform Private Foundation (Fundació Privada Plataforma Educativa), Grup Fundació Ramon Noguera (Grup FRN), Som – Fundació Catalana Tutelar 
EASPD contact personsDomenico Manente


Aim of the Conference 

The conference aims to explore how technology and digital solutions impact the social care sector and will give participants an insight into the available promising practices.

By bringing together key stakeholders including, service providers for persons with disabilities, technology business providers, public authorities and disabled persons’ organisations the conference will also facilitate discussions on the key factors in the design and adoption of person-centred technology products and services.

In addition, the conference will provide participants with an understanding of the main barriers and obstacles that are needed to be overcome for a full deployment of technology in care and support services, as well as an overview of legal and ethical frameworks that facilitate the use of person-centred technology in the sector.

Panel and Workshop Presentations

Panel 1: Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf   
Panel 1: Steve Barnard   
Workshop Session 1 Education: Katerina Mavrou
Workshop Session 1 Education: Salvador Sancha   
Workshop Session 1 Employment: Fabrizio Fea
Workshop Session 1 Employment: Stefano La Cesa
Workshop Session 1 Independent Living: Johanna Mätäsaho
Workshop Session 1 Independent Living: Olga Berrios
Workshop Session 1 Integrated Care: Rami Kirshblum
Panel 2: Maurice Gringberg
Panel 2: Klauss Candussi
Panel 2: Sarah Weston
Panel 2: Miguel Angel Valero
Workshop Session 2 Economic Sustainability of PCT Service Delivery: Luc De Witte
Workshop Session 2 Accessibility as a Business: Susanna Laurin
Workshop Session 2 Accessibility as a business: Matthias Schneider
Panel 3: Antonio Luis Martinez-Pujalte
Panel 3: Pat Clarke
Panel 3: Thomas Bignal
Panel 3: Laszlo Lovaszy
Panel 3: Maite Ferrando
Workshop Session 3 User Involvement: Sarah Boland
Workshop Session 3 Accessibility: Klaus Miesenberger
Workshop Session 3 Socio-Ethical Perspectives: Maria João Maia
Workshop Session 3 Change Management: Angela Currie



  • Technology, disability and social care services
  • The impact of technology in social care
  • Exploring legal and ethical frameworks
  • Next steps towards digital inclusion
  • Applying technology to service provision
  • Economic sustainability of PCT service delivery
  • Accessibility as a business factor
  • Keynotes for person-centered technology


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