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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

DISCIT

DISCIT has published a new working paper on Diversity and Change of the Employment Prospects of Persons with Disabilities. The paper is the first output of Work Package 5 of the DISCIT study which focuses on the employment prospects of disabled persons in nine European countries. Taking article 27 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as its focus, WP5 asks whether “the right of persons with disabilities to work, on an equal basis with others” is being made a reality. Whilst the main data, derived from interviews with disabled persons and other stakeholders in nine European countries, will form the basis of later papers, the present paper provides crucial context by bringing together currently available figures on labour market participation with data on the regulatory and redistributive measures that have so far structured that participation. It thus represents the initial phase in an effort to study how the employment prospects of disabled persons have been influenced by policy contexts which the Convention now informs. The countries selected represent different European welfare and policy traditions, allowing for key differences and similarities in provision and outcome to be explored. They include: Ireland, the UK, and Switzerland (Liberal); Norway and Sweden (Nordic); Germany and Italy (Conservative); and the Czech Republic and Serbia (Post-communist). By gathering data on the employment rates of persons with disabilities in each country, alongside information on the provisions available to help persons with disabilities into or to maintain them in work, the paper raises questions about the diverse contexts in which access to work for persons with disabilities has, to date, been sought. The purpose then is to think of the extent to which “equal” participation in the labour market may be achieved in policy contexts which are already well established.

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The Zero Project researches the status of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), this year with a focus on independent living and political participation. Data on 150 countries were collected, together with 50 Innovative Practices and Policies that can be considered as worldwide role models in their fields.
Find the whole Zero Project Report online at http://www.zeroproject.org. The website also gives you the opportunity to research Social Indicators in all 150 countries on world maps, or to search the database for all the Innovative Practices and Policies that have been analysed and selected since 2013: Employment (2013), Accessibility (2014) and now Independent Living and Political Participation.
The Zero Project takes a network approach. In the last three years, more than 3,000 experts around the world have contributed with their knowledge and expertise.

Registration is open for the International Course on Disability & Development to be held at the VU University Amsterdam on Nov. 28- Dec. 23, 2011. Topics covered include: disability models and stereotypes, International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) conceptual framework, rights of people with disabilities, including the CRPD, and disability-relevant research methods, including survey methods.
Click here for further information.

Following formal ratification, it is the first time in history the EU has become a party to an international human rights treaty – the United Nation’s (UN) Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. The Convention aims to ensure that people with disabilities can enjoy their rights on an equal basis with all other citizens. It is the first comprehensive human rights treaty to be ratified by the EU as a whole. It has also been signed by all 27 EU Member States and ratified by 16 of these. The EU becomes the 97th party to this treaty. The Convention sets out minimum standards for protecting and safeguarding a full range of civil, political, social, and economic rights for people with disabilities. It reflects the EU’s broader commitment to building a barrier-free Europe for the estimated 80 million people with disabilities in the EU by 2020, as set out in the European Commission’s disability strategy.
Read the full press release.