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Time to unleash the social economy for inclusion & jobs

EASPD commits to supporting the growth of the Social Economy and inclusive societies at Annual Conference in Varna

Today in Varna, Bulgaria, the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) opened its Annual Conference: ‘Social Economy as an Effective Model for Social Inclusion', with a call for all stakeholders to join it in its commitment to support Europe’s growing Social Economy and ensure the inclusion and the participation of all in society.
 

Taking-up the challenge: A digital society that can ensure inclusion for all!

EASPD to raise awareness of Assistive Technologies as a human rights enabler at the United Nations in New York

On the 13th June the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) will co-host a side event at the 11th Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). The event will focus on the role of assistive technologies to enable people with disabilities to enjoy their rights.

Collaboration for Innovation: New platform unites researchers and practitioners to turn innovation in disability services into reality

13th March saw the first launch of the first EURECO Forum, which aims to support more innovative research on inclusive community development, through collaboration between service providers, researchers and persons with disabilities.

European Commission advocates use of quality criteria in public procurement

In a letter to the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD), the European Commission has clarified how the European Union (EU) Public Procurement Directive is applicable to the procurement of social services. EASPD has long called for the inclusion of quality criteria into all tendering of social services as a crucial element for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 

Co-production: Working together to create inclusive employment opportunities!

On Tuesday 30st January EASPD and its partners in the Taskforce “Support Services of Tomorrow” (EDF, COFACE Families-Europe, ENIL, Inclusion Europe and MHE-SME) cohosted the event ‘Co-producing employment initiatives for young persons with disabilities and mental health problems’ alongside MEP Brando Benifei. The event engaged MEPs, Commission officials, social service providers, employers, persons with disabilities as well as civil society to share best practices and discuss how we can empower all stakeholders in the design, development and delivery of inclusive employment practices.

EU needs to boost social infrastructure investment, new report says.

On the 23rd January, the High-Level Taskforce on Investing in Social Infrastructure in Europe presented their report on how to boost investment in healthcare, long-term care, education and social housing in the European Union. Highlighting important underinvestment in these areas, the high-level taskforce -led by former President of the European Commission Romano Prodi- recommends practical steps the European Union and relevant stakeholders should take to meet the funding gap.

Europe needs a Social Infrastructure Agenda, say social services AND investors.

The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) launched earlier this week its latest report “Investing in Social Care and Support, a European Imperative” in a Conference organised with the European Policy Centre. The message was clear: the European Union must develop a European Strategy for Quality Social Infrastructure. The Strategy would include a fund dedicated to the needs of the social sectors, strengthen the capacity of social service providers and investors to build a pipeline of quality projects and support the exchange of quality social infrastructure investment standards.

 

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