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Final conference in Brussels

by Fara

On 9-10 November 2015, the DISCIT project held its final conference to discuss the results of its 3 year research about active citizenship for persons with disability.

Researchers from the project, EDF as partner of the project and other civil society organisations, leading scholars in the field and various policy makers, gathered in the Norway Mission to the EU in Brussels to discuss the potential impact of the project’s findings on EU social policies.
DISCIT project (February 2013-January 2015) aimed to produce new knowledge to enable the EU, its members states and affiliated European countries to achieve full and effective participations of persons with disabilities in the society and economy in line with the United Nations convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. (UNCRPD)

Based on the key themes of the project, there were several panel discussions during the final conference:

  • Community living in Europe
  • Life courses of Persons with psycho-social disabilities
  • Labour market and participation of persons with disabilities
  • UN CRPD and the opportunites of persons with disabilities and their representative organisations
  • Accessible technology for persons with disabilities

At the closing session of the project, the deputy Head of Unit for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of the European Commmission, Inmaculada Piacencia Porrero, suggested a meeting with the Disability High Level Group, in which the findings of the project will be presented to officials from the European Commission and EU Member state.

The conference programme is available in PDF.

Read the summary of the findings of the Final Conference «New Knowledge for an Inclusive and Sustainable European Social Model”.

EDF has created a video that explains what active citizenship mean, how the situation is for 80 million persons with disabilities in Europe and what DISCIT project is all about. Watch the video here with voiceover and subtitles.

Contact EDF: Lila Sylviti | Communication officer lila.sylviti@edf-feph.org

The European Disability Forum is the European umbrella organisation representing the interests of 80 million persons with disabilities in Europe. The mission of EDF is to ensure that persons with disabilities fully access fundamental and human rights through their active involvement in policy development and implementation in Europe. EDF is a founding member of the International Disability Alliance (IDA).organisation representing the interests of 80 million persons with disabilities in Europe.

The mission of EDF is to ensure that persons with disabilities fully access fundamental and human rights through their active involvement in policy development and implementation in Europe. EDF is a founding member of the International Disability Alliance (IDA). EDF is a founding member of the International Disability Alliance (IDA).

 

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3rd Stakeholder Committee and public workshop

by Fara

On 19 January 2016, results of the DISCIT project were presented at a Public Workshop and Third Meeting of DISCIT͛s German National Stakeholder Committee, hosted by the University of Cologne and involving the British research team.

First, Professor Anne Waldschmidt, University of Cologne, explained the concept of Active Citizenship for persons with disabilities and described the methods applied and the data collected by the DISCIT Consortium. Next, Anemari Karačić  and Andreas Sturm from the German team presented the findings of their Work Package on Active Citizenship as political participation. They highlighted that persons with disabilities need support to become active in disability politics; barriers such as lacking financial resources and accessibility are hampering both organisations and individuals.

Ina third part, Professor Roy Sainsbury and Edmund Coleman-Fountain, University of York, presented findings from their Work Package, the employment policies in Europe and lived experiences of persons with disabilities at the workplace. Their analyses indicated that persons with disabilities experience a lack of choice in their employment opportunities. The British scholars also pointed out that new ideas for increasing the employment of persons with disabilities are needed.

The workshop gathered academic scholars, disability rights activists as well as persons representing official disability politics. It resulted in lively discussions on social enterprises, niche jobs and ͚sheltered͛ employment settings. The participants also emphasized the importance of self-representation in disability rights activism.

See the full programme

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