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Key European stakeholders in the social and disability field



Disability issues in International Organisations



European Commission Programmes



Useful Publications and database





Key European stakeholders in the social and disability field



European Diversity: Research & Consulting

A pan-European Think Thank in the field of Diversity & Inclusion that has experience concerning Diversity in Europe as well as (dis-)abilities in specific. Their work is based on proprietary research and spreading extensive public information, especially for practitioners. Their mission is to promote ‘Diversity Management’ as a powerful tool to leverage the potential of diverse societies.


European Disability Forum (EDF)

An independent European non-governmental organisation (ENGO) that represents the interests of disabled people in the EU.


Academic Network of European Disability Experts (ANED)

A pan-European academic network in the disability field to support policy development in collaboration with the Commission's Disability Unit.


DG Employment, Social Affairs & Equal Opportunities of the European Commission

A DG workings towards the creation of more and better jobs, an inclusive society and equal opportunities for all.


DG Education & Culture of the European Commission

A DG that aims to improve the quality of learning systems and provide greater opportunities for people at all stages of their lives.


European Parliament Disability Intergroup

An informal grouping of Members of the European Parliament who are interested in promoting the disability policy in their work at the European Parliament as well as in the national contexts.


Platform of European Social NGOs (Social Platform)

Alliance of representative European federations and networks of non-governmental organisations active in the social sector.


Global Applied Disability Research and Information Network on Employment and Training -GLADNET

A network that brings together research centers, universities, enterprises, government departments, trade unions, and organisations of and for persons with disabilities.


Business Disability Forum

An employers' organisation whose mission is to enable companies to become disability confident by making it easier to recruit and retain disabled employees and to serve disabled customers.


Social Employers Network (SEN)

A network set up to encourage, consult and support employers in recruitment and retainment of any kind of disadvantaged or disabled workers.


European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)

A Confederation whose aim is to promote the interests of working people at European level and to represent them in the EU institutions.


Business & Disability: European Network

A European Network that works to raise awareness of the business case for disability, promotes disability inclusion initiatives, and encourage the exchange of ideas amongst business, political actors and people with disabilities.


The European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD)

A non-profit NGO that represents European social service providers across disability.


Social Services Europe

The new network brings together nine Europe-wide networks of not-for-profit providers of social and health care services.



Disability Issues in International Organisations



Council of Europe

International organisation whose agenda includes social cohesion and the integration of people with disabilities.


International Labour Organisation (ILO)

International organisation devoted to advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity.


Nordic Council

Intergovernmental forum for co-operation between the Nordic countries that developed an important partnership between the disability sector and the disability policy sector, with the aim to promote a society that is usable and accessible for every citizen.


Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

International economic organisation whose agenda includes the fight against poverty and social inclusion, as well as a wide range of social and welfare issues.


Rehabilitation International (RI)

A global network of experts, professionals and advocates working together to empower persons with disabilities and provide sustainable solutions for a more inclusive and accessible society.


United Nations (UN)

Direct link to "UN Enable", the UN Unit on Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities.


World Bank

Direct link to the World Bank Unit on Disability and Development.


World Health Organisation (WHO)

Direct link to the WHO Programme on Disability, including prevention, management and rehabilitation.




European Commission Programmes



PROGRESS  -  EU's employment and social solidarity programme (2007-2013)

PROGRESS is the EU's employment and social solidarity programme. It was established to financially support  the implementation of the objectives of the European Union in employment, social affairs and equal opportunities, as set out in the Social Agenda.


Lifelong Learning Programme: Leonardo da Vinci

The Leonardo da Vinci Programme, as a part of the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme, funds practical projects in the field of vocational education and training.


Seventh Framework Programme (Research Funding)

The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) bundles all research-related EU initiatives together under a common roof playing a crucial role in reaching the goals of growth, competitiveness and employment; along with a new  Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), Education and Training programmes, and Structural and Cohesion Funds for regional convergence and competitiveness.


European Social Fund

The European Social Fund (ESF) is one of the EU's Structural Funds, set up to reduce differences in prosperity and living standards across EU Member States and regions, and therefore promoting economic and social cohesion.




Useful Publications and database



Study on Assessing the impact of European governments'austerity plans on the rights of people with disabilities

The European Consortium of Foundations on Human Rights and Disability commissioned the study to gather evidence and data on how the current economic crisis, especially the recent cuts made by a number of European governments, has impacted people with disabilities.
The study has been discussed and disseminated at the event at the European Parliament on 6 November 2012.


UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


Easy-to read version of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities  and its Optional Protocol


DOTCOM: the Disability Online Tool of the Commission
The new database developed by ANED (Academic Network of European Disability experts) in collaboration with the European Commission and the Member States maps the progress made on a range of key instruments relevant to implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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