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October 2019

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EU policy, projects and conferences updates
Social Affairs 

Disability Hub Europe website has been launched

Disability Hub Europe for Sustainable Growth and Social Innovation (DHub), is a European initiative led by Fundación ONCE co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) that will be developed until 2020. DHub is aimed at building a reference space (“hub”) for best practice exchange, dissemination, mutual learning and raising awareness on the binomial Disability and Sustainability.

DHub is a multi-stakeholder engagement initiative that involves relevant organisations of different kinds and from different European countries. As main partners it counts with the participation of L’Oréal, Dow Chemical, CSR Europe, Global Reporting Initiative, the European Disability Forum and the ILO Global Business and Disability Network.  

The final aim of DHub is to foster social and labour inclusion of people with disabilities in Europe while promoting inclusive and sustainable businesses.

>> Read more about the Disability Hub here.

Open letter to move European Commission's Disability Unit
Persons with disabilities are affected by virtually all EU laws and policies; freedom of movement, transport, digitalisation, EU funds, anti-discrimination laws, employment strategies and more.

That is why 8 MEPs and 9 disability organisations, led by the European Disability Forum, published an open letter calling for the Unit in charge of disability to be moved to the Secretariat-General, to focus only on disability and to be strengthened in terms of financial and human resources. They further recognise that this is an encouraging step in adding the fulfilment of the EU’s obligations towards the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the mandate of the Commissioner-designate for Equality.

The EU ratified the UNCRPD as a regional body, which means that the EU itself (not only the Member States) has binding obligations that extend to all its competences. The MEPs and organisations believe establishing the Disability Unit in a prominent position with adequate resources within the Commission will facilitate the accomplishment of this goal.

>> Read the Open Letter led by the European Disability Forum here.

 European Social Fund - Public Consultation:
Have your say!

The European Commission has launched a 12-week public consultation to evaluate the support to social inclusion by the European Social Fund (ESF) in the 2014-2018 period.
The evaluation will assess:
  • How the ESF promotes social inclusion (integrating disadvantaged people into society and ensuring fairer life opportunities for all) and how it combats poverty/discrimination;
  • structural reforms;
  • the visibility, usefulness, relevance, value for money and effectiveness of ESF measures;
  • whether the persons most in need of assistance were adequately reached (including geographically);
  • which type of support has been the most effective.
The consultation is available in all official EU languages of the EU and will end on 19 December 2019.

>> Read more and answer the consultation here. 
Employment & VET

More inclusive education in Greece and Czech Republic
The European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education will be providing technical support to the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs (MERA) and the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MŠMT) to assist on-going work towards inclusive education and to design reforms of special education provision. This is a continuation of the work with the European Commission’s Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP). In Greece, the goal is to empower mainstream schools to respond to the diversity of all learners, in line with the shared European vision for inclusive education systems. In the Czech Republic, the Agency will support work towards more inclusive and equitable learning opportunities for all learners in the Karlovarský and Ústecký regions.

>> Learn more about the SRSP here. 
>> See here for information on Greece.
>> See here for information on Czech Republic.
Compilation of case studies on Inclusive Education

Inclusive Education in Action (IEA) have a website which presents interesting and important case studies on diverse policy approaches to develop inclusive education systems all around the world. The website is regularly updating their compilation and has an open call for new case studies. The case studies can be used as a resource for policy-makers working to develop equity and equal opportunities within education systems globally. 

>> Read the case studies here. 
Calls to strengthen employment and social policies
On 10 Octo­ber 2019, Members of European Parliament (MEPs) approved a report by Yana Toom (Renew Europe, EE) on employ­ment and social pol­icy of the euro area, in the presence of then Commissioner Mar­i­anne Thyssen. The report states that labour mar­ket con­di­tions in the euro area have improved and that the employ­ment rate has reached a new record high of 240.7 mil­lion peo­ple in work. How­ever, employ­ment rates con­tinue to vary widely between Mem­ber States, regions and pop­u­la­tion groups, which calls for more work to be done at Euro­pean level especially to make employment inclusive and provide more opportunities for people with disabilities to access employment. 

>> Read the full article on our website here.

Theme Park: "People with Disability at work"
One of the most important conditions for the inclusion of people with disabilities is active participation in working life. In September 2020 in Düsseldorf (Germany), exhibitors will be presenting a wide range of support and counselling services for people with disabilities in their professional lives.

At the International Trade Fair for Rehabilitation and Care in Düsseldorf,
 exhibitors will for example present three digital systems in use that are tailored to the needs and abilities of patients, including a human-robot collaboration (MRK) in which a robot arm supports the assembly of a work piece. Another digitally supported workstation shows how work processes in assembly and packaging can be secured by intelligent image processing in order to offer the user a high degree of safety and autonomy. The third assistance system helps to visually record work steps during assembly, repair or maintenance and to individually design the pace of work. 

The advisors at the fair will give you advice and focus on promoting inclusion through active participation in professional life.

>> Read more and sign up as an exhibitor or visitor here. 

European Solidarity Corps 4 Youth promotion campaign
Autumn 2019


Do you have immediate job, traineeship or apprenticeship placements in solidarity/social related areas? You are still on time to post your placements via European Solidarity Corps 4 Youth (ESC4Y) platform by early November 2019.

How does it work? 
An organisation can simply post a vacancy on the ESC4Y project website. Once this is done one of the employment advisers analyse the vacancy, do the research of youngsters according to criteria specified and send a shortlist of the most suitable candidates to the organisation. 
This programme also offers financial assistance for organisations. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) can benefit from the integration bonus (up to €2.000 per placement) for organising an integration programme for the new recruit, financial assistance for youngsters: job interview travel costs reimbursement, relocation allowance/reimbursement, subsistence allowance, language course reimbursement, recognition of qualifications and diploma costs reimbursement. Organisations can rely on a seamless support chain, made up of dedicated employment advisers who will guide the organisation and the youngster along the process and throughout the placement.

>> Read more and post your placements here.
>> Find out more about European Solidarity Corps and follow them on Twitter here.
>> Rather use LinkedIn? Click here to learn more!
European Projects
Jump to Job! New Erasmus+ project, coordinated by EPR, Kicks Off Next Week in Brussels
On November 13 -14, EPR will kick off in Brussels a new Erasmus + project aim at training peers and job coaches for young people with disabilities. The actors integrating the project's partnership are: University Rehabilitation Institute (Slovenia), Fundacion INTRAS (Spain), GTB (Belgium), Theotokos Foundation (Greece), Lyk-z & Dotre (Norway) and EPR leading the Coordinator role.  
>> More information about the project will be available soon. 
>> EPR Info: All Call Summaries for EU funded projects are available on our Online Forum here. 
Erasmus + Be RIGHT

The Erasmus+ project Be RIGHT has officially come to an end this month of October. The project aimed at increasing awareness of the human rights of people with mental health issues in mental health services provision by developing a tailor made training course in human rights applied to care settings, aimed in particular at professionals of health and social services that have persons suffering from mental illness among their patients and clients.

A final conference was held in Brussels to present the project’s results and discuss with professionals working with people with mental health issues about human rights in the field of service provision. The Conference took place on October 10th to mark the World Mental Health Awareness Day by raising awareness on the human rights of people with mental health issues. It was a success with more than 40 people from all over Europe participating on the day including partners from Mental Health Europe and the United Nations Committee of the CRPD.

>> Read the final newsletter of the Be RIGHT Project here and get to know more about the project and the final conference.
>> Find out more about the project and the training course for professionals on the Be RIGHT website.

 Preventing School Failure
The Preventing School Failure (PSF) project examines evidence to suggest that inclusive education policies have the potential to prevent school failure. The literature review gives an overview of European and international research on the prevention of school failure in relation to inclusive education. It identifies key concepts and themes underpinning policy and practice for preventing school failure.

>> Read the literature review here.
13 November 2019 - Online
Webinar on Happiness in the Workplace
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Public Affairs Event
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