Persons with Disabilities in Employment: Inclusion through Jobs - Making It Real

Employment is crucial for people's social integration, physical and mental health, well-being and self-realisation. Article 27 of the UNCRPD states that “States Parties recognise the right of persons with disabilities to work, on an equal basis with others; this includes the right to the opportunity to gain a living by work freely chosen or accepted in a labour market and work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities. States Parties shall safeguard and promote the realisation of the right to work, including for those who acquire a disability during the course of employment, by taking appropriate steps, including through legislation”. Article 27 clearly recognises and stresses the right of persons with disabilities to work, on an equal basis with others. This includes the right to gain a living by work, freely chosen or accepted in a labour market that is open, inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities.

However, employment for persons with disabilities is not easy and has been worsened by the economic crisis that has hit Europe in the last years. Today we acknowledge that many efforts have been done to bring persons with disabilities to the labour market. However, the low success rate of people with disabilities employed shows that the efforts needed to achieve wider employment have been underestimated.

The objective of this conference is to help unlock the potential of persons with disabilities and show how both employers and employees with disabilities can benefit from a more accessible and diverse labour market through sharing expertise and good practises on different levels and by different stakeholders. By looking at alternative new employment strategies/ideas, the conference aims to find ways to remove barriers and boost the employment opportunities for peoples with disabilities in Europe.


• The Conference will highlight the impact of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Right to Work and Employment (Art. 27).
• The Conference will promote exchange between employers, employees, persons with disabilities and social services and show innovative and best practices that have evidence-based results.
• The Conference will identify the necessary steps to create a positive synergy between all stakeholders by actively involving all participants.
• Re-launch the new EASPD Declaration on Employment.

Conference presentations:

01-Spectrum of employment for disabled people and activation measures
02-Step by step towards employment in the open labour market - Scheidl and Haindl
03-From DEW to EDEW - Cyrielle Claverie
04-Impact of the crisis-new employment models and new trends in EuropeCristianRovira
05-Dispel the myth-methodologies of success in the open labour market - Frederic Karinthi
06-Universal Design_ICT_PCT in the work place- Steve Bernard
07-Business_Disability and Corporate Social Responsibility
08-Employment for Autistic People through Social Enterprise-Frank Holt
09-Employment in the public sector-Marinka Bakula Andelic
10-Employment in the social sector-client and colleague-Senada Halilcevic
11-Employment in the private sector-Self-employment vs. apathy-Baricu and Radicu
12-Effective Partnership to promote the employment of persons with disabilities-Marjatta Varanka



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