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Join the Trip! 20 Years on the Road

Join the Trip! 20 Years on the Road

Service providers are constantly evolving and adapting to pave the way to inclusion



Title: Join the trip! 20 Years on the Road. Service providers are constantly evolving and adapting to pave the way to inclusion.
Date: From 19 to 21 October 2016
Location: different locations in Brussels

  • 19th October: Entelis seminar venue:Thon Hotel EU, 75, Rue de la Loi, Brussels, Belgium
  • 20th October: Policy conference venue: Thon Hotel EU, 75, Rue de la Loi, Brussels, Belgium
  • 20th October: Photo exhibition venue: Les Halles Saint-Gery / Sint-Gorikshallen, 23, Place Saint Géry. 1000 Brussels, Belgium

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Contact: Any query or question related to the EASPD anniversary events has to be sent to the email



EASPD will not be able to cover the travel and accomodation costs for the participants.

  • Download the EASPD INFO LEAFLET including all the information related to the accomodation, public transportation and useful tips to prepare for your trip.


In 2016, the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities celebrates its 20th anniversary. Under the slogan “Join the Trip! 20 Years on the Road”, EASPD organises exciting activities which will bring service providers, persons with disabilities, decision makers and other partners and stakeholders together in Brussels.

Service providers are constantly evolving and adapting to pave the way to inclusion. This year's celebration will be the occasion to continue discussions on the importance of co-production, but also celebrate the 10 years since the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and of course, commemorate the 20 years of EASPD’s existence and work.

*The set of events for the celebration will take place from 19th to 21st October 2016. Please note that registration is mandatory for all events.

Wednesday 19 October 2016


When & where: Wednesday 19th October 2016 from 13h to 17h15 in the Thon Hotel EU, 75, Rue de la Loi, Brussels, Belgium.

The ongoing digital revolution is rapidly changing society, including the way people live, learn, work and communicate. During this seminar we will assess how these changes impact on the lives of people and in particular on the lives of people with disabilities. Technological innovation brings important opportunities for society to get really inclusive and for persons with disabilities to better develop their full potential. The question is whether the different stakeholders and gatekeepers are ready and willing or not to facilitate citizens and communities to grasp these opportunities. Starting from the policy document “Towards full digital inclusion: the Entelis Manifesto against the digital divide”, the seminar will look forward, anticipating future scenarios and possible pathways to full digital inclusion. Policies and good practices will be presented and discussed, together with two self-assessment tool for schools and service providers developed in the ENTELIS project.

Download the preliminary programme


Seminar organised by the partnerts of the project ENTELIS

  • GALA DINNER (under invitation only) with its key partners and stakeholders in the European Parliament. The night event will be hosted by the Member of the European Parliament Mr. Dieter-Lebrecht Koch. This magic evening will be full of surprises and our guests will submerge in a fantastic evening featuring great performers and artists.

When & where: Wednesday 19th October 2016 at 18h30 in the European Parliament in Brussels.

In cooperation with



Thursday 20 October 2016


Policy conference "Developing together the support services of tomorrow"

When & where: Thursday 20th October 2016 from 9h00 to 17h30 in the Thon Hotel EU, 75, Rue de la Loi, Brussels, Belgium.

EASPD organises the policy conference "Developing together the support services of tomorrow". The Conference is co-produced hand-in-hand with the European Disability Forum, the European Network for Independent Living, Inclusion Europe, Mental Health Europe and COFACE, with the involvement of the European Commission. The Conference will involve high level representatives from the disability field but also representatives from mainstream organisations and public authorities. The objective is to have a frank exchange on the meaning and role of support services in building a more inclusive society in the future and will include both discussion panels and workshops. It will cover topics such as access to the labour market, inclusive education, de-institutionalisation, co-production, technologies, etc.

We can confirm the presence of:

  • Ms Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Mobility,
  • Hon. Justyne Caruana MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing of Malta
  • Mr Franz Wolfmayr, President of EASPD,
  • Ms Diane Kingston, Vice-Chairperson of the Expert Committee for the UN CRPD
  • Mr Yannis Vardakastanis, President of the European Disability Forum.
  • Mr Nigel Henderson, President of Mental Health Europe
  • Ms Jana Hainsworth, President of the Social Platform
  • Mr Freek Spinnewijn, President of Social Services Europe
  • Mr Jan Willem Goudriaan, Secretary General of the European federation of Public Service Unions
  • Mr Fons Leroy, Chair of the European Network of Public Employment Services
Download the programme of the conference



Conference co-produced with:

With the financial support of:



Supported by:


Thursday 20 October 2016

Opening photo exhibition "Revealed & Unveiled" & Celebration (open events)

When & where: The exhibition will take place at Les Halles Saint-Gery / Sint-Gorikshallen (23, Place Saint Géry. 1000 Brussels) from 20th October to 4 December 2016.
OPENING (UNDER REGISTRATION ONLY): The opening will take place on the 20th October 2016 in the evening at 19h. During the opening there will be the awards ceremony of the photo competition "Revealed & Unveiled" and the winner will be announced.


As part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary in 2016, EASPD organizes a photo exhibition on the role of support services for people with disabilities in society. The exhibition will present the 20 best pictures of the photo contest "Revealed & Unveiled" which was launched by EASPD in 2015. The exhibition aims to raise-awareness in society on disability issues, and to show the role and work developed by professionals working in support services for people with disabilities through Art and Culture. This exhibition is open to all citizens of the city of Brussels, the partners of EASPD, professionals, people with disabilities and their families, policy makers, media, artists and representatives of the Belgian and European associations.


In cooperation with:

Supported by the VGC, State secretary of Welfare mevr. Bianca Debaets









10.00 - 12.00

General Assembly

EASPD members & observers

Room: Belgium III


13.30 - 15.30

Standing Committees

EASPD members & observers


  • SC Education, Room: Belgium I
  • SC Employment, Room: The Netherlands I
  • SC Independent Living, Room: The NetherlandsII
  • Policy Impact Group, Room: The Netherlands III


16.00 - 17.30

Interest Groups

EASPD members & observers


  • IG on Arts, Room: Belgium I
  • IG Early Intervention, Room: The Netherlands I
  • IG Workforce Development & Human Resources, Room: The Netherlands III