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EURECO 4th Annual Forum- Digital transformation and the impact of the COVID19 pandemic

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 10:00 to 17:00

The fourth annual EURECO forum will take place on Tuesday 30th of March 2021 10.00 – 17.00 CET. EURECO is a European collaboration platform of academic researchers and service providers working on inclusive community planning and development in the perspective of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). 

During the 2021 EURECO Forum, we plan to discuss current trends and problems relevant to European research activities concerning disability, inclusive communities, and service delivery. The topic of this year, digital transformation and the impact of the COVID19 pandemic is particularly relevant for many stakeholders involved in disability support services and inclusive community planning. By bringing together academics, service providers, and public authorities, the forum will help stress the key elements for the research agenda in these areas. 

The main topics of discussion include:

  • What is meant by digital transformation processes in society and in the disability field?
  • Has the COVID 19 pandemic created a momentum for more digitalisation in day-to-day-life?
  • What is meant by ‘digital divide’ in the context of persons with disabilities and why can the momentum of the COVID 19 pandemic result in widening or closing it?
  • Why is there a need for a reviewed research agenda on the digital transformation of life-worlds of persons with disabilities and of support services? 

For further information on the topics and to read the full agenda, click here.

To register for the event, click here.



The platform originated from a joint initiative of the European Association of Services Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) and the Centre for Planning and Evaluation of Social Services (ZPE), University of Siegen, Germany to foster European theory-practice cooperation in the disability services’ sector.
It was intended to develop a network of academic researchers and research aligned service providers specifically interested in developing inclusive communities. Furthermore, regular meetings of platform members in format mixing elements of academic conferences and project development workshops were to be organised. In the following years, the partnership grew to include the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) and ZonMW, The Netherlands.