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  • 1. Entrepreneurship for persons with disabilities Sabrina Ferraina18/04/2012
  • 2. Table of contentsIntroduction to EASPDPWDMethodologiesEntrepreneurship and PWDModels of good practices18/04/2012
  • 3. E ASPDThe European Association of Service Providers for Personswith Disabilities (EASPD) promotes the equalization ofopportunities for people with disabilities through effectiveand high quality service systems in Europe.EASPD represents 10.000 service provider organizationsacross Europe.18/04/2012
  • 4. What we do1) IMPACT- Active cooperation with EC, EP, CoE- Policy influencing7)INFORMATION- Inform members- Organization of events- Project development workshop18/04/2012
  • 5. What we do3) INNOVATION-Provider fora-Conferences-Projects-Seminars18/04/2012
  • 6. EASPD’s structures 3 STANDING COMMITTEES • Standing Committee on Education • Standing Committee on Enlargement • Standing Committee on Employment POLICY IMPACT GROUP18/04/2012
  • 7.  3 INTEREST GROUPS -IG on Occupational Services -IG on Independent Living -IG on Assistive Technology18/04/2012
  • 8. Legal framework• UN Convention On The Rights Of Persons WithDisabilities (UN CRPD)• Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015• EU Disability Strategy 2010-2020• Relevant EU laws18/04/2012
  • 9. Legal frameworkUNCRPD: shift of thinking-From « objective needs » to « subjectiverights »-From paternalistic to interactive ethics-Focus on the empowerment of the individual18/04/2012
  • 10. Background information on disability• 80 million European citizens have a disability• 1/6 EU citizens between 16 and 64 is reported to have a long-standing health problem or disability• Persons with disabilities are less likely by more than 50% to reach third level education as non disabled persons• 1/3 of those persons do not experience any restriction in their working abilities18/04/2012
  • 11. Disability & work- Disabled people are 2 to 3 times more likely to be unemployed than non-disabled persons- Over 50% of disabled people are totally excluded from the workforce- 69% of all Europeans have a job- 29% of Europeans with disabilities have a job18/04/2012
  • 12. MethodologiesS.T.A.R.S – StakeholderT – Targeted actionsA – Availability of supportR - Research18/04/2012
  • 13. Why STAR?A multifaceted approach is neededPolicies should be built around the STARareasEmployment is crucial to combate povertyand aim at full inclusion of pwd in society18/04/2012
  • 14. STAR Recommendations• Stakeholder cooperation – Structural multi-stakeholder approach – Shared responsibilities, respect roles and perspectives – At local, regional and national level• Targeted actions – To raise the profile of people with disabilities – To create real employment opportunities• Availability of support – For both employers and employees• Research – Collected data to enable assessment of initiatives and approaches 18/04/2012
  • 15. EASPD & entrepreneurship- Cooperation with ILO Global Business and Disability Networkhttp://www.businessanddisability.org/- Development of innovation- Lobby at EU and national level18/04/2012
  • 16. Main issues for pwd Societal barriers Physical accessibility Accessibility to funding & sponsors Need for adaptations Need for training18/04/2012
  • 17. How to promote entrepreneurship- The starting point is the shift of mind promoted by the UN CRPD- Identify areas where pwd can be a source of inspiration- Support abilities and highlight strenghts of pwd18/04/2012
  • 18. Models of good practicesFOCUS ON ABILITIES:Inclusion Galileowww.inclusion-fp7.orgFOCUS ON STRENGHTS:-Specilisterne (DK)www.specialisterne.com/dk-Capito (AT) www.capito.eu18/04/2012
  • 19. Recommendations- Ongoing support for employers and employees- Technical assistance- Self-employment should not be the substitute for other types of employment-18/04/2012
  • 20. Thank you for yourattention! Sabrina Ferraina Research & Development Officer sabrina.ferraina@easpd.eu www.easpd.eu18/04/2012