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Newsletter November I

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Join us on the 23 November in the European Parliament in Brussels to debate the implications of the EU Working Time Directive on the European Pillar of Social Rights! Register here


Editorial - Sprinting towards 2018: Next two months at EASPD

In this editorial Sabrina takes us through what EASPD will be working on during the next two months. Read more




SAVE THE DATE: European Conference on the "EU Investment Plan for Social Services"

EASPD and the European Policy Centre host the conference "The EU Investment Plan:  Investing in Social Care & Support" on the 27th November in Brussels. Read more


First Forum of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities in FYROM

On the 10th November, EASPD and Poraka organised the First Forum of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities in FYROM. This meeting was an important first step to create an informal national network of service providers, which will coordinate actions to fully implement UN CRPD in service provision. Read more

Videoflash n°22 is out!

In this edition, Tim and Tom present the news of the past 2 weeks, plus a state of play of our efforts to bring the EU Investment Plan to the Social Sector. Discover what we have done, are doing and will do in the next weeks to improve financing of our sector.  Read more



Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth – 17th November 2017

Together with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will host a Social Summit in Gothenburg on 17 November 2017, focusing on promoting fair jobs and growth. Part of the event will be livestreamed here.

Social Summit 2017: Civil society exchange, ‘Our Europe: Civil society and the future of the EU’

 In view of the upcoming Social Summit, Social Platform invites you to participate in their civil society exchange on the 16th of November in Gothenburg. Read more

European Day of Persons with Disabilities

On the 4-5 of December, the European Commission and the European Disability Forum will be hosting its annual conference in Brussels, Belgium. This year, the event will focus on citizenship. Read more

4th European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities

The European Disability Forum and the European Parliament are hosting the 4th European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities (EPPD) on the 6th of December. Read more

New OECD Health Report shows important growth of employment in Health and social work sector

OECD calculates that employment in the Health and Social Work sector grew an average of 42% in OECD countries, from 2000 to 2015. Read the report (figure on page 149)

European Commission hosts a stakeholder workshop on web accessibility on the 29th November in Brussels

The European Commission is inviting interested stakeholders to discuss aspects and practices of the accessibility of websites and mobile applications.
The European Commission is taking concrete actions to develop cross-border digital public services and ensures the use of digital tools and systems to provide better and modern services to citizens. One example is the Web Accessibility Directive, which aims at making websites and mobile apps of public sector bodies more accessible. Specifically, the directive states that website and apps must comply with EU accessibility standards (e.g. developers need to learn how to make their codes accessible to assistive technologies; designers and editors need to learn how to create accessible user experience and design, like how to check the contrasts of their colour schemes or how to write alternative texts for images and create captions for videos); managers need to know how to plan and incorporate accessibility into their internal processes; finally, the directive provides feedback mechanism where anyone can notify failures to comply with accessibility standards.
For this workshop, the Commission is particularly interested in inviting organisations representing the interests of persons with disabilities and of the elderly, social partners, industry involved in the creation of accessibility software relating to websites and mobile applications, and civil society
Register here


Inspire’s Achievement Day 2017

In September, Inspire celebrated Achievement Day 2017 – a day during which Inspire invites parents, guardians, clients, staff and volunteers to celebrate all the successes achieved by Inspire’s clients throughout the year. Read more

L’ADAPT presents best practices in supported employment with the support of the French Foreign Ministry

L’ADAPT will organise roundtable and conference in 3 European countries with the support of the French Foreign Ministry and local partners. Read more (French)



Creative Inclusion in Adult Education projects starts on the 15th November

The kick-off meeting for this project, that aims to improved arts education for adult learners with disabilities is taking place in Cork. Read more

Fund your project ideas!

EASPD has developed a funding information system which contains a series of useful information about funding and financing opportunities. You will also find a project partners search platform. Check it out now!

5 new European-funded projects started: New opportunities for improving services for persons with disabilities

This fall has marked the launch of a number of exciting projects in which EASPD is involved as partner. From September 2017 until now, five projects have kicked off. Discover them here.


23 November, Brussels: Roundtable: Implications of the EU Working Time Directive on Social Rights

27 November, Brussels: The EU Investment Plan:  Investing in Social Care & Support

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