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The European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion organises the yearly conference celebrating the Day of Persons with Disabilities on 7-8 December 2015, “Growing together in a barrier-free Europe”.

Conference celebrating the Day of Persons with Disabilities on 7-8 December 2015, "Growing together in a barrier-free Europe".

Conference celebrating the Day of Persons with Disabilities on 7-8 December 2015, “Growing together in a barrier-free Europe”.

The conference will focus on children and young people with disability under the theme: “Growing together in a barrier-free Europe”. Presentations and discussions will be on the current situation of children with disabilities in Europe, including personal testimonies and on inclusive education, an opening door for equal participation of children and young people with disabilities in work and society.
Commissioner Thyssen will announce the winners of the 2016 Access City Award, (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) on 8 December as well as two special mentions on access to work and accessible smart cities, at a special ceremony during the conference.
As every year, the European Commission is celebrating the Day of Persons with Disabilities together with the European Disability Forum.


Inclusion Europe

The European Association of Societies of
People with Intellectual Disabilities and their Families


Brussels, 5 November 2015

Dear colleagues,


On 19 November, Inclusion Europe will organise an important Policy Seminar at the European Parliament, concentrating on Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and particularly on the involvement of the community in supporting people with intellectual disabilities to live independently. Hosted by Richard Howitt MEP, and featuring speakers including Jan Jarab, Regional Representative of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and Peter Lambreghts, from the European Network for Independent Living, the event will discuss using person-centred planning in furthering the deinstitutionalisation process. The seminar will also draw on the policy input of experts in the field and on good practices collected by partners in the New Paths to InclUsion Network, a project Inclusion Europe has been involved in for the past 3 years.

We would very happy if you could join our event, and disseminate it among your contacts. With many self-advocates in the audience, as well as some presenting, we are trying our best to organise an accessible event, but one that would also bring person-centred planning on the EU agenda.

You can find a full agenda, as well as a registration form here:

We look forward to hearing from you soon, and would welcome your important contribution to our event.

Best regards,

The Inclusion Europe team







The EPR public affairs event will explore how specialized service providers can best accompany de-institutionalisation and design effective support in the mainstream environment. The event will showcase good practices from EPR membership and signals the launch of the EPR Report on the Delivery of Services in the Mainstream Environment. The report and recommendations drawn from the research will be presented. This will be followed by a panel discussion with representatives of the institutions and other stakeholders, to respond to the research and recommendations and consider future steps.

This event is open to all interested stakeholders
Registration is mandatory

WSIS Knowledge Community
Building Inclusive Societies for Persons with Disabilities
(29 October – 18 November 2015)


Organized by:                                                                                             Co-funded by:

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Overall aim of this discussion

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, recently adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, provides an integrated and universal vision of the future, “based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable”.

Ambitions are high, including for education, which is integral to the 2030 Agenda, as Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4), ‘Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’. Within SDG 4 there are specific targets on technical and vocational education and training (TVET). Education and training are also essential for the achievement of the other Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG 8 ‘Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all’. Under SDG 8, one target is ‘by 2030 to achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value’.

Internationally, TVET is increasingly seen as part of a lifelong learning approach to the development of education and training systems. TVET promotes knowledge, skills and attitudes for work and life.

The overall aim of this discussion is to analyze TVET policies, systems, programmes and practices from the perspective of inclusive education and social equity, with a central focus on people with disabilities, and to consider what can be done to ensure that TVET fulfils its potential contribution to Agenda 2030, including SDG 4 and SDG 8.

The discussion will also be inspired on the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, particularly its article 24 on Education and article 27 on Work and Employment.

Three interconnected topics are in focus, taking place in consecutive weeks and starting with a background document that will be available.

(1) Advancing inclusive and equitable access to TVET
(Week 29/10 – 4/11/2015)

(2) Improving quality and relevance in TVET to support and transitions
(Week 5/11 – 11/11/2015)

(3) Transforming TVET for inclusive and sustainable societies
(Week 12/11 – 18/11/2015).

Participants are asked to identify success factors for policies, programmes and practices, to explore new trends, and to provide insights on how to collect relevant data that can be used by policy makers and practitioners. Contributions are encouraged from all regions of the world so that evidence and experience can inform recommendations for the future.

The discussion is aimed at the wide variety of stakeholders involved in this field, going from policy makers, to experts, professionals and organizations working in the field from Europe and worldwide.
The result of the discussion, after its three week duration will be a document containing recommendations for different stakeholders groups based on the contributions to the three key questions. The document will be available in December 2015 on the websites of WSIS and the incluD-ed network (English, Spanish).

How to participate:

To participate in the discussion, please register on the WSIS Knowledge Community website creating a profile for you and/or your organization and joining the community “Building inclusive societies for persons with disabilities”. To do so please click on the following link:

To help you in the registration process, please find a video that explains the different steps (in English):

The deadline is 28 October, however, you will be able to register during the course of the discussion once it has started.

If you need any further help in the registration process, please contact the incluD-ed Network Secretariat by mail or telephone +34.933670434.

For more information you may contact:

incluD-ed Network Secretariat;
Tel.: 34 933 670 400
Tel. dir.: 34.933670434

Thank you in advance for your contributions!

M-CARE developed a Mobile Training for Home and Health Caregiver For People with Disabilities and Older People. They just released their 5th M-CARE newsletter. You can view it below. You can find them on / /

This project (M-Care – 539913-LLP-1-2013-1-TR-LEONARDO-LMP) has been funded with support from the European Commission.

The iTag Hackathon is a computer programming and game design competition which teams participate internationally or locally here at the host Nottingham Trent University.

This hackathon is part of an IEEE academic conference called the Interactive Technologies and Games Conference (iTag). See more at

The idea is to create a game (in the most general meaning of the idea) around the Hackathon theme* (secret: which will be revealed before the 72 hour period).

*The aim of the hackathon is to develop an application that can benefit an educational environment or provide enhanced accessibility to a specified user base. For those that wish to take part, all they need to do is register as either an individual or team on our website. All participants can either take part at a designated venue or remotely.

Voting by the iTag IEEE conference delegates will take place, winning and runner-up teams will be acknowledged officially by NTU and iTag. Winning team is also awarded a total cash prize of £250.

The Hackathon is taking place from Thursday 20th of October 9am until Thursday the 22nd of October 5pm (GMT).