Institutions and associations
The European partners
European Disability Forum (EDF)
The European Disability Forum is an independent NGO that represents the interests of 80 million Europeans with disabilities. EDF is a unique platform which brings together representative organisation of persons with disabilities from across Europe. EDF is run by persons with disabilities and their families. We are a front runner for disability rights. We are a strong, united voice of persons with disabilities in Europe.
The European Parliament is an important forum for political debate and decision-making at the EU level. The Members of the European Parliament are directly elected by voters in all Member States to represent people’s interests with regard to EU law-making and to make sure other EU institutions are working democratically. Over the years and with subsequent changes in European treaties, the Parliament has acquired substantial legislative and budgetary powers that allow it to set, together with the representatives of the governments of the Member States in the Council, the direction in which the European project is heading. In doing so, the Parliament has sought to promote democracy and human rights – not only in Europe, but also throughout the world.
Conseil Français des personnes handicapées pour les questions Européennes
The CFHE aims to provide a link between France and Europe for disability policies. Via the European Disability Forum, they actively seek to promote the voice of people with disabilities and their families, in France and in Europe. Their goal is to ensure that relevant legislation is improved to ensure a better inclusion for all.
European Commission / Erasmus + Programme of the European Union
Erasmus + is a programme of the European Union that aims to support actions in the fields of Education, Training, Youth and Sport for the period 2014-2020.
The European Commission is the EU's executive body. It represents the interests of the European Union as a whole (not the interests of individual countries). The term 'Commission' refers to both the College of Commissioners and to the institution itself.
European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities is a non-profit European umbrella organization, established in 1996, and currently representing over 11.000 social and health services for persons with disabilities. EASPD advocates effective and high-quality disability-related services in the field of education, employment and individualised support, in line with the UN CRPD principles, which could bring benefits not only to persons with disabilities, but to society as a whole.
Fundación Emplea (SPAIN)
Fundación Emplea is a non-profit foundation created in 2008 that aims at enhancing the methodology of Supported Employment and innovation in employment programs for vulnerable groups.
Scuola Viva Onlus (ITALY)
Scuola Viva Onlusis a rehabilitation, research and training centre in the field of intellectual disabilities, but not only, that focus on the personal development and social inclusion and participation of users.
The European association partners
L’AViQ, Agency for the Quality of Life
L’AViQ, Agency for the Quality of Life, is the new administration in Wallonia that is responsible for major policies:
- policies relating to wellness and health: the reimbursement of social security services for health in nursing homes and for health treatment, the organisation of front line support and treatment, health prevention and promotion, home care, etc.
- disability policy: help for home refurbishments, funding for employment policies, policies relating to welcoming and housing people with disabilities, awareness raising and information regarding disability, etc.
- family benefits: regulation of family benefits, management of budgets and control of relevant funds, etc.
The aim of each of these policies is to help towards a greater quality of life both through supporting disabled people, elderly people or individuals who have lost independence.
With a large number of shared convictions, FEGAPEI and LADAPT formed a partnership in 2016 to promote and raise awareness about supported employment on the occasion of the European Disability Employment Week. This partnership has taken shape in a number of communications campaigns, including a special edition of the Fegapei magazine, "Les Forces du Handicap", dedicated to supported employment, and distributed during a range of events linked to the Employment Week. FEGAPEI brings together 500 associations and 4 000 establishments and services. The latter employ 120 000 employees and provide support to over 240 000 people. FEGAPEI is represented regionally through its 19 regional delegations and also works at a European level. Through their activities, the administrative member associations cover a range of fields: support for children and adults, protected employment and adapted companies, accommodation and monitoring in the home, as well as legal protection for adults. FEGAPEI works in favour of innovation and the deployment of new support solutions for people with disabilities through recommendations, tools or regional experimentation. In particular, since 2013, with the support of the Malakoff Médéric Foundation, it has carried out a regional experiment aimed at setting up and providing a model for a supported employment service in terms of methodology, economics, the law and organisation.