EASPD is located in Europe's political capital, Brussels, and is run by a team of professional staff managed by our Secretary General, Luk Zelderloo. The association's President is James Crowe.
We are an independent, democratic and participatory organisation governed by an Executive Committee, a Board and a General Assembly. Each of these body's members are elected every 4 years. They define the strategic direction, steer the work of the organisation and ensure its smooth running.
EASPD's work is carried out within the thematic member forums. The Member forums are permanent working groups responsible for the implementation of the three key pillars of EASPD: Information, Innovation, Impact. The MFs address a wide area of work and they advise, support and guide the Board and Secretariat. They represent the interest of EASPD in their own field through active research, policy development, advice and networking among the members. The MFs are coordinated by two co-chairs: one co-chair with a board member position elected by the General Assembly and an internally elected co-chair by the membership of each MF.
The current EASPD member forums (8) focus on the following topics: employment, independent living, education, policy impact, early-childhood intervention, arts and culture, workforce development & human resources and person-centred technology.
Find out more about the EASPD member forums here.
EASPD also develops, coordinates and participates in EU-funded projects to implement good practices in our core working areas.
As such, we have developed a significant expertise in the field and like to provide our members with information regarding funding opportunities and support in applying for funding.
We additionally help our members to prepare project ideas and develop partnerships.
It is clear that our members are the association's greatest asset. They are committed to working together, to sharing best practices, to innovate and challenge established ideas.
As an organisation which represents the family of service providers for persons with disabilities throughout Europe, it is only by working together that we can find solutions to common problems, promote the achievement of sustainable results and constructively interact with the European institutions to achieve a better future for all.
EASPD Independent Complaints Committee (ICC)
EASPD is committed to working in an open, friendly and accountable way that builds the trust and respect of all our members and partners. Nevertheless, we do acknowledge that situations may arise when our members and partners may be dissatisfied by our work and/or the way we operate.
To handle such potential situations, the EASPD complaints mechanism allows listening and responding to the concerns of our members, partners and stakeholders, and treat any potential complaint which may arise efficiently and fairly in a transparent and procedurally correct manner.
The EASPD Independent Complaints Committee (ICC) will handle formal complaints, should the need arise. Its objective is to resolve the complaint to the satisfaction of all involved in a manner which is consistent with the EASPD Code of Conduct.
The current members of the EASPD ICC are:
- Kaiti Katsouda (Greece, Theotokos Foundation)
- Antonio Garcia Sabater (Spain, Fundacio Espurna)
- Franz Wolfmayr (Austria, Chance B)
- Mirela Juka (Albania, Down Syndrome Albania) – reserve member