UEmploy: citizenship, rights and employment- UEmploy and inclusive strategies for a changing Europe


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Keynote presentation at UEmploy international Conference: Iasi, Romania, 8 November 2012

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  • Beautifully constructed, integrated explanation of the historical factors, current practices and pathways to successful futures for optimization of people with disabilities into worker roles. While I was unable to hear the presentation, the power point stands on its own. Wonderful to be able to share this information. Thanks, again, Dr. Bruce, for so articulately providing context for the full inclusion of people with disabilities into the mainstream of life.
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UEmploy: citizenship, rights and employment- UEmploy and inclusive strategies for a changing Europe

  1. 1. UEmploy:Citizenship, Rights and Employment:UEmploy and inclusive strategies for a changingEuropeDr. Alan Bruce: Universal Learning Systems, IrelandUEmploy Conference: Iasi, Romania8 November 2012
  2. 2. Background: UEmploy The role of the European Union in social policy measures Traditions of national systems The Lifelong Learning Program Lisbon Agenda (2000) From policy to action
  3. 3. Achievements European Research Report National Reports Consultancy Tools: people, training, interventions eLearning Linkage and Networks
  4. 4. Three common elements State Employment Disability
  5. 5. Globalization in focus Global change: urbanization, migration, media The total marketplace Comparative analysis Speed of communications Demographics Development and transformation Anticipating the future
  6. 6. Implications The emergence of a true global economy dictates a new role in international activities to promote the well being of persons with disabilities through access to jobs, better technology and social supports...Source: NIDRR Long Range Plan 1999-2004
  7. 7. Policy landscapes: workforce developmentRecommendations or enhancing the existing workforcedevelopment platform focus on three future priorities:1. Support for Universal Design principles2. Capacity and community building across stakeholders3. Expansion of Ticket-to-Work and Self-Sufficiency programGolden, T. et al, Rehabilitation Research, Policy and Education, NCRE, Vol. 26, Num.1, 2012
  8. 8. Common challenges Diminishing fiscal resources Increasing client needs (levels of disability, socio-economic dimensions, ageing) Rising unemployment rates Public/private fault lines Focus on rights Impact of generalized and sustained crisis
  9. 9. Professional capacity Recognizing differences Recognizing similarities International skills for an international environment Shared learning and capacity development Looking at national systems with an objective eye Spotting trends and patterns Developing applied research skills Comparative best practice
  10. 10. Common legacies Histories of institutionalization Marginalization Linkage to rights and struggle Impact on family Medicalization Charity Media imagery
  11. 11. European rehabilitationdimensions Emerging from the chaos – the vision of post-1945 Histories of fragmentation The medical model and institutional care Lack of comparable models, methods or statistics The hidden issue – legacies of genocide and eugenics From care to inclusion – policy divergence
  12. 12. European vocationalrehabilitation systems National divergence Historic patterns of care Charity and welfare The impact of war The role of the State Links to independent living
  13. 13. Outlining UEmploy Background and rationale The role of EU supported projects The partnership profile:  Romania  Bulgaria  Hungary  Finland  Ireland
  14. 14. Critical outcomes Employer consultancy Job analysis Advice and consultancy Using shared international perspectives Linkage with North America Engaging disabled citizens Benchmarking best practice Developing networks
  15. 15. UEmploy: process themes Developing shared understanding Engaging diverse national partners Developing communications Enhancing dialogue and defining mythologies Avoiding assumptions Using advanced ICT Products and deliverables
  16. 16. European Report Significant drop in living standards since 1990 in East/Central Europe. Impact of transition to market economy. Generalized impact of crisis in all countries since 2008 Laws, where they exist, are not enforced or only partially understood. Statistics are unreliable. Awareness is poor or uneven Categories used are unclear or often overlap Service provision is highly fragmented Evidence of inherent discrimination through the use of quotas and other measures
  17. 17. European employment issues Companies and employers lack knowledge, awareness and skills Policy and strategy is often aspirational but not supported by tools and practice Invisibility of disability in public or employment related discourse Medicalization External impetus for national legislative and policy initiatives Unfolding process of awareness raising Staff training and professional development completely neglected
  18. 18. European trends Need for Human Rights based approach is identified Fine in theory but issues remain about practice Impact of generalized unemployment rates From punitive systems to employ to quality measures that produce shared benefit Strong legacy of segregation has a significant impact Persisting levels of fear, ignorance or disinterest Need for clear policy leadership role backed up by evidence-based best practice Need to relate experience of disability to wider socio-economic and demographic trends.
  19. 19. The future Dissemination Sustainability Added Value Identifying and supporting change End-user engagement: employers and people with disabilities
  20. 20. Embedding creativity Organic, reflective evaluative follow-up Analysis and modification Lasting partnerships between research units and schools Labor market transformation impact Organic link to work and community Professional passion - out of the strait- jacket
  21. 21. Key issues Assessment Progression Competence Service models: brokers or advocates? Funding and resources Complex disabilities (dual diagnosis) Quality standards development Linkage to emancipatory research models Universal Design models
  22. 22. Directions Innovation based on questions, not answers: avoiding mantras and clichés The poetry of open discovery and delight Constructing schools as critical spaces Connecting science and discovery through technologies of emancipatory practice Rediscovering community in a fractured continent
  23. 23. Thank youDr. Alan BruceULSDublin, Irelandabruce@ulsystems.com