Today, the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) launches a website to help social service providers get better loans through the EU Investment Plan and the European Investment Bank. The new website -www.socialinvestment.eu- provides a simple, yet detailed overview of the Plan itself, the different options available, tips and success stories. It also provides useful information for investors and public authorities willing to invest in the social services sector.
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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.
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) brings 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. Both are current debates which shape the agendas of social policies and where EASPD takes actively part with its 20 years’ expertise.
The “Employment for All – A Global Perspective” First World Conference on Supported Employment takes place from the 14th to 16th June in the La Mon Hotel & Country Club. 650 participants from 5 continents will come together to discuss how to unlock employment for persons with disabilities.
Yesterday, the European Commission launched its 2017 Spring Package, which includes a series of Country-Specific Recommendations to Member States. The Country Specific Recommendations outline the Commission’s perspective on what are the major economic challenges in each Member State. The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) welcomes the stronger emphasis on responding to social challenges and the progress made by the European Commission towards better engagement with civil society in finding adequate solutions.
Yesterday, the European Commission launched a social package proposing progress on the social dimension of the European Union. The package includes a reflection paper on three possible scenarios for the social dimension of the EU. It also includes a proposal for the European Pillar of Social Rights, a Social Scoreboard and initiatives related to the balance between work and private life, access to social protection and the working time directive. For EASPD, these initiatives demonstrate the European Commission’s commitment to building a more social Europe. We now call on the European Member States, Parliament and civil society to work together to make progress on social rights in Europe.
On April 11, 2017, some of the most prominent researchers in the field of disability and disability services attended the Joint Research Forum “Community Planning and Inclusive Services – Perspectives for European Research Activities”. One of the main outcomes of the meeting is the commitment to initiate a European research platform for inclusive community planning and service development for people with disabilities.
On 21st March, major Employers in Social Services from 6 European Union Member States launched a Common Declaration on the Contribution of Social Services to Europe. At both the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee, the Employers presented and discussed their views that establishing European Social Dialogue structures for social services would be an important factor in taking full advantage of the opportunities the sector offers in terms of social cohesion, economic growth and job creation.
Yesterday, the European Commission launched its country reports, analysing the economic and social challenges in the European Union Member States. Since 2013, the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) has been calling on the European Commission to do more to help develop high quality support services through these Country Reports and more broadly the European Semester. EASPD is pleased to see far more messages in the Country Reports aiming to break down barriers for persons with disabilities through high quality support services.
The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) launches two studies to provide evidence that developing inclusive labour markets for persons with disabilities brings economic and social return for governments, society, businesses and persons with disabilities.