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Ms Catalina Devandas, Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities launched recently a questionnaire on disability-inclusive policies, in English, French and Spanish. The deadline to reply is 15 May 2016.

In addition, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is preparing a study on article 5 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The deadline to reply is 30 June 2016.

Frau sein – frei sein – gemeinsam stark!

Österreichweite Konferenz für junge Frauen mit Behinderungen

14. – 15.05.2016 in Salzburg

Ziel der österreichweiten Konferenz ist es, junge Frauen mit Behinderungen im Alter zwischen 12 – 26 Jahren zu bestärken, ihren Wünschen und Bedürfnissen Ausdruck zu verleihen und einen Austausch zu ermöglichen – kurz, Empowering für Privat- und Berufsleben zu betreiben!

Die Teilnehmerinnen erwartet ein abwechslungsreiches Programm:

Am Samstag und Sonntag ist Zeit, mal was Neues auszuprobieren – in zahlreichen Workshopangeboten (Dance Ability – Wer atmen kann, kann tanzen!, Ich kann mich durch setzen – Selbstbehauptung, Deine Stimme wirkt, Wilde kleine Frau – ich forme mich selbst, Ich bin schön – Wohlfühlnachmittag, Mein Körper – mein bester Freund, ganz  Mädchen – ganz Frau, Singen ist Leben…) und einer Tanznacht setzen sie sich damit auseinander, wie es sich anfühlt, im eigenen Körper zuhause zu sein, mit allen Sinnen wahrzunehmen und welche Möglichkeiten es gibt, um ein positives Körpergefühl beizubehalten…

„Körper- und Selbstbewusst“ präsentieren die jungen Frauen am Sonntag  Nachmittag zum Abschluss das, was sie in den Workshops erarbeitet haben und was ihre Wünsche und Forderungen sind, ihren Freunden und Freund-innen, Eltern, LehrerInnen…. Es sind auch PolitikerInnen da, die wissen wollen, was für sie  wichtig ist – privat und beruflich.

Anmeldeschluss bis 04.05.2016 verlängert!

Anmeldeforumlar Konferenz für junge Frauen

 Detailinfos und Anmeldung www.salzburg.gv.at/make-it



The April newsletter of Zero Project partner ENIL is now available online.

It most importantly informs about the activities planned for 5th May, which will be the 3rd European Independent Living Day! This is an annual day to raise awareness about the right to Independent Living, the importance it has for disabled people and how it allows us to live ordinary lives. Participate, also via Facebook!

It also contains information about:

  • ENIL Youth Network’s study session on sexuality and relationships that finished only some days ago,
  • the General Day of Discussion held by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 19th April, at which disability organisations, human rights groups, researchers and others came together at the United Nations in Geneva to discuss the States’ obligations under Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and much more.

Check it out online, it’s a good read!

http://famouslogos.net/images/barclays-logo.jpgIn order to help businesses  to meet the needs of disabled customers, Barclay recently launched a new web portal – www.barclayscorporate.com/accessibility

This new digital resource which will help enable businesses to learn how organisations have made the leap from a ‘tick the box’ attitude to accessibility, to one which seeks to innovate, inspire and engage.

A research was also commissioned by Barcklays in order to mesure the level of accessibility of 500 companies in the UK, and you can find the full findings here.

Our partner Light for the World is currently looking for an International Director Communications. The person will be part of their International Management Team and will be responsible for an overarching communications strategy. The place of work is flexible, working language is English.

Interested candidates may also apply via their webpage: http://www.light-for-the-world.org/take-action/engage/

G3ict – The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (a Zero Project partner) and AMAC Accessibility Solutions (a Zero Project Innovative Practice 2016) initiated a survey to identify the gaps and needs of post-secondary education and their commitments as measured by regulations, policies and programs, their capacity to implement inclusive environments, and their outcomes (accessibility performance and available services).

Read their Invitation Letter

and Click Here to Start the Survey

The early childhood period is considered to be the most important developmental phase which determines the well-being, quality of health, learning and social-emotional behaviour across the life span. Extensive research has shown that high quality early childhood intervention (ECI) services can change a child’s developmental trajectory and improve outcomes for children, families, and communities at large. Despite developments in the field, children with disabilities and their families are still confronted by barriers including inadequate legislation and policies, negative attitudes, inadequate services, and lack of accessible environments. In order to comply with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, national governments have the obligation to develop and put in place age-appropriate support for children with disabilities to enable their full enjoyment of rights on an equal basis with other children.

The overall conference objectives are to:

  • Provide a comprehensive overview on the state of play of early intervention in Europe and explore the challenges, needs and potential solutions in setting-up high quality community-based ECI services
  • Tackle important issues related to the setting-up of these services such as the deinstitutionalization process, family involvement, the training of staff and innovative ECI techniques and therapies
  • Showcase various models of good practices in ECI both through the plenary and workshop sessions
  • Discuss the development of national implementation strategies in regard to ECI
  • Offer recommendations addressed to various relevant stakeholders and decision-makers

Don’t miss out the pre-conference activities on the 20th of April!

A study-visit to a local early childhood intervention centre in Chisinau

The 2016 edition of the EASPD Project Development Workshop “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

For more information about the conference, visit the conference website or contact Adriana Popa at Adriana.popa@easpd.eu

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