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Inclusion Europe

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

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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: http://inclusion-europe.eu/?p=1224

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

Best regards,

The Inclusion Europe team

15th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs ICCHP 2016
July 13 – 15 2016 (Preconference July 11-12)
University of Linz,
Altenbergerstr. 69,
4040 Linz, Austria
http://www.icchp.org

Dear colleague,

The Call for Contribution for ICCHP 2016 is open!
Download the call as .pdf or .txt following
http://www.icchp.org/call-16

ICCHP 2016 will be held at University of Linz, Austria.
The call for papers is open until February 1, 2016.

We are proud to announce that Christian Bühler, Technical University of Dortmund and FTB Vollmarstein, accepted to act as General Chair of ICCHP 2016.
http://www.icchp.org/welcome-chair-16

ICCHP is a unique platform for scientific and application oriented discussions on ICT / AT / eAccessibility and its improvements for participation and quality of life of people with disabilities and the aging population in a global information society.

A broad range of topics including eAccessiblity, Assistive Technology (AT), educational / vocational inclusion, mobility support, service provision, ageing and disability rights are openly discussed at ICCHP in an inclusive and agreeable framework:
http://www.icchp.org/topics-16

ICCHP hosts high-quality, well reviewed submissions (acceptance rate about 50%) from scientists, users, practitioners, educators and policy makers from around the world.
http://www.icchp.org/submission-16

Feel invited to organise targeted Special Thematic Sessions (STS) leading to well structured chapters in the proceedings as a recognised key reference for your specific domain of research and application.
http://www.icchp.org/sts-16

Publishing with Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science guarantees availability at widest range and in particular in almost all IT and CS libraries around the globe.
http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html

ICCHP co-operates with leading journals (e.g. Journal on Assistive Technology, JAT, http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journal/jat and Technology & Disability http://www.aaate.net/Journal).

In addition to traditional paper sessions, ICCHP invites industry representatives showing their latest products and looking for new ideas.

ICCHP expressly welcomes students and young researchers, the next generation of experts in our field, to contribute to the Young Researchers Consortium (http://www.icchp.org/yrc-16) as well as to the Code for a Cause (C4C) competition: http://www.icchp.org/c4c-16.

For all registered participants, ICCHP provides complimentary facilities to organise meetings (http://www.icchp.org/meetings-16), exhibitions & poster sessions (http://www.icchp.org/exhibition-and-posters-16) as well as workshops & trainings (http://www.icchp.org/workshops-16).

We would be very honoured in having you as a contributor to reach the aims of the conference.

Christian Bühler (General Chair) and Klaus Miesenberger (Organising/Publishing Chair)
Come and get involved!

SAVE THE DATES!
Call for Papers: September 18, 2015 – February 1, 2016
Conference: July 13 – 15, 2016 (preconference July 11 & 12, 2016)

The new UNICEF/WHO discussion paper “Assistive Technology for Children with Disabilities: Creating Opportunities for Education, Inclusion and Participation” was launched last Monday in Copenhagen. An electronic version of the paper along with easy-to-read, ePub, DAISY and accessible html formats is available on the UNICEF Disability website under the section resources as of Monday.
Link to discussion paper: http://www.unicef.org/disabilities/index_71769.html

What is the new role of organisations that want to be of support for persons with disabilities? What do users want service providers to do to promote inclusion and implement the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD)? There is a need to reinforce cooperation between persons with disabilities, public authorities and support services organisations to develop comprehensive policies and to facilitate the right support services. EASPD is organising a panel debate with Members of the European Parliament, Disable Persons Organisations (DPOs) and support services organisations on how to reinforce “Users’ involvement in all aspects of support services”.

A theoretical concept has been created to define the new way of developing support for persons with disabilities: “Co-production”. This term refers to a method and the kind of social services needed to come with a more inclusive society. Freedom of choice for the users, individualised care support services and a very strong cooperation between all stakeholders involved to design, develop and deliver the services. As for the cinematographic sector, in the delivery of services sector, every link in the production chain is vital to have the best result possible with the highest quality.

The event will be part of the EASPD multiannual strategy to reach out to all actors in society promoting inclusion through high quality services. EASPD has already started to implement the strategy by consulting European umbrella disabled people organisations (DPOs). This event will also be a great opportunity to present the results of the research paper on the situation of the workforce in the health and care sector across Europe.

Therefore, EASPD is organising a panel debate with the Members of the European Parliament, the organisations representing persons with disabilities and service providers on how to reinforce “Users’ involvement” in all aspects of service provision.

This event will take place the 2nd June 2015 from 09h00 to 13h00 and will be a great opportunity to address:

EASPD multiannual strategy implementation: Reaching Out
– The research paper “Strengthening the workforce for people with disabilities: Initial mapping across Europe”
– The list of questions published by the United Nations following up the evaluation of the report submitted by the European Union on the implementation of the CRPD.
– Coproduction and the implementation plan of the European Disability Strategy

Practical information

Full programme of the Hearing
Concept Note
– To register or receive more information, please contact Nieves Tejada, EASPD Communications Officer

The European Commission estimates that 80 million people in the EU have disabilities, and face a number of challenges that hamper their daily activities and hinder their social inclusion. To tackle some of these challenges, the European Commission prepared a proposal for a European Accessibility Act in 2013, which complements the existing EU legal framework in this field and support the creation of a market for accessible goods and services.

European Accessibility Act