22-24.11, Kuala Lumpur: International Forum on Disability Management 2016

The IFDM 2016 ‘Transforming Disability Management’ is a conference to look forward to as this conference is aimed to transform how Disability Management is perceived and implemented through a wider perspective of discussions, papers and experiences. Through this transformation, it is hoped that Disability Management will be implemented, enabling us to reach greater heights in our quest of reducing the negative impact of workers with injuries and illnesses through efficient and effective Disability Management strategies.

Register by 31 August 2016.

The programme is available online: http://www.ifdm2016.com.my/programme

And one can find out more here: http://www.ifdm2016.com.my/

Malaysia’s Return to Work Programme has been highlighted by the Zero Project in 2013.

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27.-29.10., Orlando: Self-Advocacy Leadership Summit

Shaping the Future: Self-Advocacy Leadership Summit
part of the International Forum and National Convention co-hosted by Inclusion International and The Arc

As part of their commitment to build self-advocacy leaders for inclusion, Inclusion International is proud and excited to host a global self-advocacy leadership summit. The leadership summit will be held on 27 October and will be a defining moment for global self-advocacy. The summit is an incredible opportunity for self-advocates to connect and be part of building self-advocacy everywhere. It will set the course for self-advocacy for inclusion and define what matters most to self-advocates around the world. The summit will also mark the launch of their global self-advocacy initiative.

For the last two years, Inclusion International has been talking with self-advocates, families and organisations about encouraging and empowering people to embrace self-advocacy. Through meetings, workshops and surveys, they have been listening to what people with intellectual disabilities say about what self-advocacy is and why it matters. They have been collecting resources and experiences from around the world about how they build and support self-advocacy for inclusion.

Their global self-advocacy initiative will provide a platform where people can access information, tools and resources to enable them to make self-advocacy a reality. The platform will provide a “one-stop-shop” to help:
·         self-advocates to learn about self-advocacy and connect with self-advocates around the world.
·         families to understand their role and give them guidance on how to build and support self-advocacy from birth.
·         supporters to develop their skills when they are supporting individuals.
·         organisations to become more inclusive, supports supporters, and ensure that self-advocates have the opportunities to participate and lead the organisation.

The aim of the platform is to help collect and share the good practices and efforts that exist already. The platform will be a key plank of our effort to build, support and profile self-advocacy leaders for inclusion.

They look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

Register here

EASPD Call for tenders – European Observatory on Human Resources

EASPD Call for tenders – European Observatory on Human Resources

Research on “Implications of the Working Time Directive on working conditions in the social care sector: Cases from EU countries”

EASPD is looking for a Researcher/Research team to investigate the implications of the EU Working Time Directive on working conditions in the social care sector (including case studies from several EU countries).

As such, EASPD wishes to commission a study that would:
–          analyse how the WTD impacts on working practices in the social care sector;
–          examine how selected EU Member states have adapted to and worked with the WTD, noting both models of good practice and also examples of failure/disregarding the WTD (NOTE: one or two European countries should be selected by candidates per each European welfare model: i) Continental, ii) Anglo-Saxon, iii) Mediterranean, iv) Nordic, and v) Central European);
–          provide recommendations on new labour law provisions that will promote a fairer way of working in the social care sector, which cover both the need to protect against excessive hours and excessive casualization and yet still meet the needs of the people needing support.

Please consult the full text of the Call for Tenders for a more complete description of work and the list of required expertise.

Requested documents
–          CV(s)
–          A motivation letter describing your expertise and explaining why you are the right candidate(-s) for the assignment (not more than 1 page).
–          A research proposal explaining how you plan to conduct the research, including a review of what has already been done, an outline, a proposed methodology, a work plan (including a timeframe), resources needed, budget, etc. (not more than 2-3 pages).
–          Proposals concerning how in particular it is proposed to find out information in the countries representing the different welfare models of care in the EU (i.e. subcontracting researchers in selected countries).

Important dates
Deadline for application: 25 September 2016
Response to application: 30 September 2016
Intermediary Report to be submitted: 31 December 2016
Final Report to be submitted: 31 May 2017

Fee of max. EUR 7,000 covers the study, including a report for at least one welfare model;
Additional fees of max. EUR 2,000 per model are available for the main contractor to find subcontracted researchers to prepare reports covering the remaining four European models of care provision.

Note to editors
The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities is a non-profit European umbrella organization, established in 1996, and currently representing over 12,000 social and health services for persons with disabilities. EASPD advocates effective and high-quality disability-related services in the field of education, employment and individualised support, in line with the UN CRPD principles, which could bring benefits not only to persons with disabilities, but to society as a whole.

For more information, please contact:
Asel Kadyrbaeva
EASPD Research and Development Officer
T. +32 2 282 46 11

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15th Sept. 2016, Hamburg: Discussing inclusive urban development

Our Innovative Practice 2014, Hamburg’s citizens forum for all (Bürgerforum „Eine Mitte für Alle“), will meet again on 15th September 2016 to discuss the topic of social infrastructure, in order to make visible its key features, to incentivize cooperation and to explore potential gaps.

In cooperation with the relevant authority the forum has also elaborated criteria for the controlling of accessibility and inclusion projects, which will be presented and discussed.

Due to the international attention the forum has received since receiving our award in 2014, its staff has now published a translation of its working paper “Objectives and Steps for Inclusive Urban Planning Mitte Altona”, which can be accessed here.


3-5th October, Geneva: 2016 Social Forum on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Social Forum is an annual event convened by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, that provides a unique space for interactive dialogue between civil society actors, representatives of Member States, and intergovernmental organizations, on a theme chosen by the Council each year.

The theme of the 2016 Social Forum is “The promotion and full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities in the context of the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”.  The Forum will include eleven Panels and roundtables.

Provisional programme

According to informal consultation with the OHCHR, the program of work will seek to cover:

  • 3rd October – review of the last 10 years of the CRPD implementation – progress, remaining challenges, and sharing of practices
  • 4th October –  implementation, the role of persons with disabilities and their representative organisations and accountability
  • 5th October – expectations and commitments from different stakeholders on the wanted future in terms of the CRPD and the SDGs implementation


The 2016 Forum aims to underline the importance of coordinated efforts at national, regional and international levels towards the CRPD implementation. Its panels and roundtables are of maximum 45 minutes each, followed by 45 minutes of interactive dialogue. The main purpose of this structure is to introduce open and participatory debates that will arise from sharing of practices, knowledge and experiences, with the objective to equally value participation from the floor as much as panellists’ interventions. This unique aspect of the Social Forum allows for high quality constructive dialogue among UN Member States and relevant stakeholders, including civil society organisations, national human rights institutions, intergovernmental organisations and academics.

Interactive dialogue: the constructive role of DPOs

The interactive dialogues represent excellent opportunities to advance positions and views of persons with disabilities and their representative organisations. States and other stakeholders are keen to learn from experts with disabilities to better implement the CRPD.

Excepted outcomes:

  1. The discussions themselves: The space for open and constructive dialogue between UN Member States, UN agencies, civil society actors, National Human Rights Institutions, private actors, intergovernmental organisations, academics and others, constitutes in itself a unique outcome, considering the UN machinery and its conventional protocols.
  2. Strengthen CRPD understanding: The Forum will serve as a vector to gather most updated experiences, practices and lessons learned on the CRPD implementation and monitoring,
  3. ‘Call to action’ from DPOs: IDA will aim to present a call to action at the end of the Forum to UN Member States, the Human Rights Council and the OHCHR to strengthen the mainstreaming of the rights of persons with disabilities in their daily work. Side events Side events will be organized, in parallel of those panels, by different stakeholders, including IDA, its members, DPOs, Members States, UN organizations and others.

Side events

Organisations planning a side event, either with IDA or by itself, is advised to prepare a concept note of the event, (the topic, participants, optional sponsors of the side event and all relevant information), and send it to the secretariat of the Social Forum at socialforum@ohchr.org no later than 30 August.

Registration – Please register by 31 AUGUST 2016

All organizations accrediting representatives or individuals wishing to attend the 2016 Social Forum are invited to complete and return to the secretariat of the Social Forum, by email to socialforum@ohchr.org, the following documents:

  1. Microsoft Office document iconA letter submitted on the official letterhead of the organization – click to download template
  2. Microsoft Office document iconThe registration form (one per person) – click to download the form
  3.     A copy of passport or other official picture identity document
  4. Further information can be found at www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Poverty/SForum/Pages/SForumIndex.aspx
  5. Do not hesitate to contact us if further information is required: hrc2@ida-secretariat.org

19-21 October 2016: EASPD 20th Anniversary Events

In 2016, the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities celebrates its 20th anniversary. Under the slogan Join the Trip! 20 Years on the Road, EASPD organises exciting activities which will bring service providers, persons with disabilities, decision makers and other partners and stakeholders together in Brussels.


Service providers are constantly evolving and adapting to pave the way to inclusion. This year’s celebration will be the occasion to continue discussions on the importance of co-production, but also celebrate the 10 years since the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and of course, commemorate the 20 years of EASPD’s existence and work.


Wednesday 19 October
Thursday 20 October

Social Media: Follow us on Twitter and make your comments and thoughts using #EASPDturns20

Contact: Any query or question related to the EASPD anniversary events has to be sent to the email anniversary@easpd.eu

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The Story of a Teacher and his Pupil with Autism

“The student even got a role in a music clip”

I participated in a training course to be a support teacher for children with disabilities in the city of Erbil. I was placed in a school and assigned to work with a child with autism. I found the behaviour of the child very challenging. Hearing about my situation, officials from the Ministry of Education came to visit our school. They spoke for a long time with me, the family, and the school leadership about the rights of this child. They also came to the classroom, gave practical advice, and promised follow-up visits and support. Realising the importance of my job, I persevered.

The student is now fully accepted in the school and making progress in the classroom. He has demonstrated a musical talent and even has a role in a music clip made to raise awareness of autism (http://bit.ly/1S41uF1). Now, even if you asked me to leave, I would do the job voluntarily.

Learn more about Iraqi-Kurdistan’s Inclusive Education Programme demonstrating that with the help of inclusive learning materials and staff training early intervention, Inclusive Education is possible within post-war instability and dire economic conditions.

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The Story of Sven

“They find dignity and a sense of purpose”

I have been working as a counsellor for students with special needs since 2010. I see on a daily basis how many of my students now continue to university, because they have noticed that others have been able to succeed in that environment. It is a wonderful feeling to see the beam in their eyes thanks to their newly found dignity, sense of purpose, and independence when they realize that an academic life at a university is truly accessible to them. At awareness-raising events, I have met students, cloakroom staff, and even cleaning ladies who have come to me to say how great it is that there are so many disabled students studying at Tallinn University of Technology (TUT). I have seen students with neck injuries able to study alone, to live in dorms, and to put on clothes with the help of a motorized bed. They are happy, independent, and capable of pursuing their futures and careers as valuable members of society.

I suppose one has to have lived in a post-Soviet state to realise how remarkable it is that in such few years both the older and the younger generation have seen and welcomed so many changes as part of their everyday life. By providing funding to people with disabilities and by giving them a push to try something that had previously been considered unthinkable and too expensive, the Primus programme has achieved a lot: greater awareness, accessibility, and joy for disabled people.

Learn more about Estonia’s Primus Programme improving access to higher education for students with disabilities.


4th Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards for Leaders with Disabilities

The Viscardi Center announced an official call for nominations for the 2016 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards, which recognize exemplary leaders with disabilities from around the world. Recipients will be honored during a special ceremony in New York City on December 1.

The Henry Viscardi Achievements Awards were established to commemorate the vision of the Center’s founder, Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., who himself wore prosthetic legs. As a premier disability advocate, he served as an advisor to eight presidents, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Jimmy Carter, and implemented groundbreaking employment and education programs for people with disabilities.

First bestowed in 2013, these international awards celebrate those in the disability community who, through the example of their professional accomplishments and advocacy efforts, are continuing Dr. Viscardi’s legacy by reshaping societal perceptions and eliminating barriers. Past recipients were individuals with a wide range of disabilities from distinguished backgrounds in academia, healthcare, government, non-profit, and corporate sectors.

The submission deadline is September 30, 2016. To submit a nomination or learn more about our selection process, please visit www.viscardicenter.org/about/hvaa.

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Call for UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize

The call for nominations for the 2016/2017 edition of the UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities is now open.

The aim of the Prize is to reward the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations that promote inclusion and the enhancement of the lives of persons with disabilities in society through the effective, innovative and inclusive application of digital solutions.

Candidates (individuals and institutions) must have distinguished themselves through outstanding activities that have contributed to the digital empowerment, as the processes whereby people are able to have more power and control over their lives, particularly in terms of greater inclusion, participation and contribution to societal development as well as enhanced life experiences.

UNESCO places special emphasis on the ways through which information and knowledge can contribute to the empowerment of persons with disabilities notably by:
•       formulating policy, advocacy, co-operation and partnerships;
•       creating and developing digital solutions, enabling environments and processes, including tools and resources; and
•       building and strengthening capacities of people to create, adapt and use digital solutions in a cost efficient and sustainable manner.

The Prize recognizes the converged nature of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and adopts a broad definition of the term digital solutions as a combination of:
•       Digital technologies: any digital informational or communication device or application, including but not restricted to mobile phones, computers, laptops, televisions, radios, satellite systems, networks, hardware, software and applications;
•       Digital resources: content and information that are accessible through digital technologies; and
•       Enabling environments and processes: standards, tools, physical, technical and online infrastructures, resources and locations.

The total amount available for the Prize biennially is USD $ 40,000, which will be distributed equally between the individual and the organizational winners. No later than on 15 September 2016, all applicants must complete the application form, either in English or French, available separately for individuals and institutions online, at: http://en.unesco.org/prizes/digital-empowerment

Nominations can be endorsed and proposed by Ministries in charge of relations with UNESCO, National Commissions for UNESCO and Non-governmental organizations having official relations with the Organization.