After the limited impact of the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative on social inclusion, the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities calls the EU institutions to take concrete action to ensure the new Recovery and Resilience Facility mproves access to social services in the years to come, especially in response to the huge impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the sector, its workers and beneficiaries.
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The EU, Western Balkan and Eastern Partnership Regions must work together to promote community-based services for persons with disabilities
Bringing together over 90 participants online, the forum addressed the key challenges and trends of service provision in non-EU countries from the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership regions.
European Semester: services for children with disabilities need stronger legal and financial support
On 8th September EASPD brought together stakeholders to identify how the EU can support children with disabilities from the very first step
Investing in inclusiveness is key to ensure that persons with support needs can receive services where they live
On 1st July EASPD and support service providers in the disability field called for inclusive investment in rural areas to face the post COVID-19 recovery.
On 25 June 2020, EASPD and the entire social services sector came together at European level to call the European Union to strengthen recognition, urgency and resilience in social services during the COVID-19 pandemic and the recovery.
EASPD’s webinar of 17th June addressed the needs of disability services in non-EU Member States. The COVID-19 pandemic has had detrimental effects on non-EU member States, particularly in the Balkans and in the countries of the Eastern Partnership, where the traditionally weaker social care systems have been put under threat.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, countires need to urgently develop a coherent legal framework that will allow these services to support children and families also during times of crisis, based on the family-centered model, with provisions for (re-)training staff. The EU needs to include ECI in its future Child Guarantee
On 3rd June 2020 the European Commission organised an online helpdesk on support to social services to respond to COVID-19 crisis. The helpdesk focused on bridging the gap between the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative (CRII & CRII+) and the funding needs of social services due to COVID-19. The outcome was clear: CRII can be used to fund the emergency funding needs of social services due to COVID-19, but access to these funds is needed now, in order to enable services to respond to the reality of COVID-19.
As schools begin to open under the threat of a resurgence of COVID-19, it is crucial that authorities and schools ensure the continued education of their students, including those with disabilities, by building the capacities of teachers, learners, parents and support service providers to utilize the opportunities of digital learning tools.
Fostering creative resilience – better access to cultural participation and arts as a tool to empower people in times of crisis
Arts and cultural participation in all their forms are central to a person’s well-being and are often crucial to the support provided to persons with disabilities.