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Newsletter July I

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Editorial from Luk Zelderloo “2017: half-time score”

Our Secretary-General assesses EASPD's work in the first six months of 2017. Read more



Website launch: "EU investment plan for the social sector"

Check EASPD’s new website dedicated to leveraging the EU investment plan for social services. There you can find how Social Services, Public Authorities and Investors can use the EU Investment Plan. Check the website

Employment for All Awards: 10 Best Practices on Employment Strategies for Persons with Disabilities

This booklet incorporates the 10 best practice that the jury of the Employment for All Awards judged to be the most promising approaches towards fulfilment of article 27 of the UN CRPD. Read more

Sabrina Ferraina elected as co-chair of the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG)

We are very happy to announce that our Policy Manager, Sabrina Ferraina, was elected co-chair of the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG)!  Read more

EASPD discusses the role of support services at the UN CRPD Conference of States Parties in New York

Since its accreditation to the Conference of States Parties 4 years ago, the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) has brought to light the role of support services in the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) with the United Nations. This year, EASPD is represented in two side events looking at multi-stakeholder cooperation and the reform of social services. Read more

Videoflash n°15 is out! Discover our June achievements

In this episode, we review our exciting achievements from June: outcomes of the “Employment for all – a global perspective” conference, the launch of our website; the selection of the co-chair of the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care. And much more. Enjoy! Read more

Reforming social services: the role of EASPD

Sabrina Ferraina, Policy Manager, writes about what we achieved since March. This editorial is part of our AGORA Europe newsletter. Read more

Carrefour Spain and ACCESS Integrationsbegleitung (Germany) are the winners of Employment for All Awards 2017

Carrefour Spain and ACCESS Integrationsbegleitung (Germany) are the winners of the “Employment for All Awards”, which were announced on the 15th June 2017 in Belfast during the gala dinner of the 1st World Conference on Supported Employment,  “Employment for All -  A Global Perspective” Conference. The Employment for All Awards recognise the most promising practices towards full inclusion of persons with disabilities in the labour market. This third instalment received over 60 applications from all across Europe. Read more

650 participants commit to full inclusion of persons with disabilities in the open labour market

The “Employment for All -  A Global Perspective” Conference ended on Friday, 16th June in Belfast with participants from all corners of the globe committing to do more for full inclusion of persons with disabilities in the job market.Read more



Encourage your city to apply to Access City Awards 2018

The award recognises and celebrates cities which proactively support accessibility for persons with disabilities and take exemplary steps to improve accessibility in the urban environment. It is open for cities with more than 50 000 inhabitants. Tell your city to apply by 11 September 2017. Read more

Public Hearing - 20 July 2017 - "European Pillar of Social Rights" Save the Date

The European Economic and Social Committee is hosting a public hearing on the European Pillar of Social Rights. The event will focus on the interinstitutional proclamation endorsing the European Pillar of Social Rights and the link between the pillar and the reflection paper on the social dimension of Europe by 2025. Read more

Event Outcomes: The 2030 Agenda as a positive narrative for the future of the EU

On 7 June 2017, the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament, in collaboration with the European Disability Forum (EDF), gathered experts and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to talk about their role in realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the European level. Read more

EPALE Community June theme was Adult Learners with Disabilities

EPALE is a multilingual open membership community for teachers, trainers, researchers, academics, policy makers and anyone else with a professional role in adult learning across Europe. June's theme was Adult Learners with Disabilities Read more



Our board member, Karin Astegger, elected as member of Salzburg’s regional Independent Monitoring Committee for the implementation of the UNCRPD

We congratulate our board member, Karin Astegger, for her election for this important position, which will be key to fully implement the UNCRPD in Austria. Read more

Members' news: Caucasus Network for Children meets Lebenshilfe Salzburg in Austria

Lebenshilfe Salzburg and Bridge of Hope, two EASPD members, successfully organised a meeting and study visit between Lebenshilfe Salzburg and the Caucusus Network for Children. The visit was facilitated by Interkulturelles Zentrum Vienna. Read more

NEXEM presents the successful outcome of the pilot project “Assistance au projet de vie” (in French)

Read NEXEM’s press release about “Assistance au projet de vie”, a service to support families of persons with disabilities. Read more (in French)



A very successful DESC project closing conference in Brussels

The final conference of the DESC project took place in the Thon Hotel EU in Brussels on the 21st June. It consisted of a lively debate between policymakers and social service providers on how to promote inclusive employment strategies. Read more 

EMISC Third project meeting took place in Budapest on 29-30 of June 2017

The European Mentoring in Social Care project delivers support for the role of mentors in social care at the entry level, with a formal curriculum and mentor training course, a mentoring assessment tool and an exploration of ways of promoting formal recognition of such skills. The third meeting took place in Budapest. See a photo of the event

EASPD attended the second transnational NEWSCAT meeting held in Varna (Bulgaria) on 8-9 June 2017

The partnership discussed a proposal on developing guidelines for assistance methodologies for Customised Accessible Tourism, as well as planned the design and structure of Professional Profile and Competence Model. The partners also discussed an initial proposal on the Training course, distributing responsibilities for the design of Units of Competences among partners. The NEWSCAT project brings together partners from Spain, Belgium, Italy, Bulgaria, Latvia and the Netherlands, with the aim of improving skills and competences of tourist guides, professionals and policy makers to deal with needs and demands of clients with special needs. Learn more about the project


Pathways project held workshop in Belfast on strategies for professional integration and reintegration for persons with chronic diseases and mental health issues

The Pathways project, in which EASPD is partner, presented the workshop “Strategies for professional integration and reintegration for persons with chronic diseases and mental health issues” in Belfast, United Kingdom on the 14th June 2017. Read more 


06 October, Belgrade: Early Childhood Intervention: For meeting sustainable development goals of the new millennium

25-27 October, Podgorica – EASPD Conference on Community based support and Sustainable Development


Have a great summer

We wish you  a great summer, with restful vacations to gather strength for the second half of 2017. The newsletter will resume mid-August.

André Félix,
Events and Communications Officer