The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities
EASPD represents over 10,000 social service provider organisations across Europe and across disability. All together these services employ several millions of staff in the social and health care sector. The main objective of EASPD, based on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006), is to promote the equalisation of opportunities for people with disabilities through effective and high quality service systems. We believe in interdependence and partnership of user organisations, providers and authorities at all levels to tackle the challenges ahead. www.easpd.eu
Fontys Teacher Training College for Special Educational Needs (Fontys Opleidingscentrum Speciale Onderwijszorg)
Fontys OSO is one of the 38 institutes of the Fontys University of Applied Sciences. Fontys OSO currently has about 3500 students with relevant working experiences in special educational needs, having the authority to teach. Students are supported by some 450 lecturers and researchers. The staff is divided in 12 teams, subdivided into primary, special, advanced and high school level vocational training. Fontys OSO also works on the level of action research and evaluative acting. From 2007 on, Fontys OSO offers its students a Master on Special Educational Needs (SEN). Fontys OSO mostly works in the field of special education, Youth care and the transition towards labour, living, work and leisure time. Developments with regard to inclusion and competence based education are central in this work. www.fontys.nl/oso
Association for Life Long Learning (Szövetség Az Életen Át Tartó Tanulásért)
ALLL was established with the aim of creating operational contributions to the development of lifelong learning in hregions with a wide range of services provided for different disadvantaged groups. 8 of them are primarily focussed on supporting people with disabilities.
The Association, a national umbrella organisation, acts in the following areas:
- Supports the member organisations in developing new ways of competence development of their target groups, provides consultancy, trainings;
- Assists the members in fund-raising activities;
- Creates a common database of results and activities of members, creates partnerships and helps mutual exchange of experience on local, regional and European level;
- Organises conferences to keep contact with decision makers.
Flemish Association of Catholic schools for Special Education (Vlaams Verbond van het Katholiek Buitengewoon Onderwijs)
VVKBuO is an umbrella and support organisation for Catholic schools for special needs education. It coordinates the planning of schools for special needs education in Flanders and functions as interest/pressure group towards government.
Its main activities are:
- supporting member schools
representing the schools by participation in governmental negotiations and advising groups concerning new legislation
- providing information and interpretation on legislation
- advising and coaching headmasters and school staff on the implementation of legislation and school management
- advising and coaching headmasters and school staff on educational planning, working in a multidisciplinary team, etc.
- organising platforms on education themes, on specific target groups
- developing educational curricula and instruments for ‘self evaluation’
- organising training sessions for school staff
- organising Congresses and Symposia for headmasters, counsellors and teachers
- Negotiation with government, unions and other umbrella organisations.
National Federation of Voluntary Bodies providing services to people with intellectual disability
The National Federation of Voluntary Bodies Providing Services to People with Intellectual Disability is a national umbrella organisation for voluntary/non-statutory agencies who provide direct services to people with intellectual disability in Ireland. Our 64 Member Organisations provide services to 22,000 people with intellectual disability and their families in the Republic of Ireland and employ 15,500 staff in a wide range of roles. Our members account for in excess of 85% of this country’s direct service provision to people with an intellectual disability. The services provided to people with an intellectual disability are founded on the values as set out in the O’Brien (1987) Principles of Inclusion, Choice, Dignity, Respect, Participation and Contribution. They are rooted in the rights based perspective that people with intellectual disability have the right to live full and active lives, and be active participating members of their own community. www.fedvol.ie
Association for Help for Persons with disabilities (Die Steirische Behindertenhilfe)
The Association for Help for Persons with disabilities represents most of the service providing organisations for persons with disabilities and associations for persons with disabilities and for families in the Styria region. So the members of this umbrella are the key players in the field of disability in Styria. Die Steirische Behindertenhilfe is very much interested in this project, especially as a means to support the shift from the medical to a human rights and civil rights driven model of disability in the political and legal framework, in service provision and in general public awareness.
Many of the members are working in the field of education and were also part of the school integration movement. They have established a strong network of contacts. They have been instrumental in the creation of a new law to provide services for persons with disability and their families. www.behindertenhilfe.or.at
Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Kehitysvammaliitto ry)
The FAIDD is a national central organisation and cooperative forum for organisations and persons working for the better quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities, as well as others needing support in learning, understanding and communicating. The FAIDD was founded in 1952 and has 6 units: Education, Information and Web services, Plain Language Centre, Development and Research, Communication and Technology Centre Tikoteekki and Teaching Materials Centre Opike. Its goal is that all people can live together from an equal footing. This requires appropriate support and sufficient, quality services for people who need them and positive attitudes within surrounding society. International networking supports FAIDD’s special expertise and knowledge. FAIDD has taken part in development cooperation for nearly 20 years and has a long tradition of cooperation in Russia. FAIDD is also a member of many of the most notable international organisations in the field. www.kehitysvammaliitto.fi
Training, Occupation and Care Centre Draga (Center za usposabljanje,delo in varstvo Dolfke Bostjancic Draga)
CUDV Draga is an institution for training and education, occupation, health care and rehabilitation of children, adolescents and adults with moderate, severe and profound learning disabilities and sensory impairments.
There are three basic and several additional programmes available at the Centre:
- Education and rehabilitation programme carried out in accordance with the Special Education and Training Scheme
- Social care including basic care and suitable accommodation conditions
- Health care including basic and special health treatment and special care.
Special treatment includes:
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Psychological therapy
- Expert team work.
Beside institutional care, CUDV Draga offers to their clients supervision, care and work under special conditions and family assistance. www.center-db.si
University Siegen, Centre of Planning and Evaluation of Social Services (Universität Siegen, Zentrum für Planung und Evaluation Sozialer Dienste)
ZPE is an academic research centre at the University of Siegen where 8 professors and 24 research officers cooperate to realise aninterdisciplinary approach to social science research. The disciplines represented in the ZPE are educational science, sociology, social administration, social work, psychology and social medicine. The objective of the research centre is to support the modernisation of social services in response to the challenges of consumer orientation and achieving “state of the art” services. One of the ZPE main research areas is disability and rehabilitation. In recent years ZPE disability research groups worked on respite care services, crisis intervention service, quality of residential services for people with intellectual disabilities and early childhood education in inclusive settings. The centre is a well established research organisation and operates on regional, national and European level with a focus on disability research. www.zpe.uni-siegen.de
Mutualité Française Indre-Touraine, Institut d’Education Motrice Charlemagne
La Mutualité Française Indre-Touraine is a not for profit organisation, managing health care services. It is the local branch of the Mutualité Française which is the most important not for profit organism in the field of health in France (38 millions members).
IEM Charlemagne is one of these services. It is an institution taking care of children with physical disabilities providing health care, rehabilitation and education at home, in local schools or in our institution. www.mutualite-indre-et-loire.fr
Education Centre for the Citizen with Special Needs (Centro de Educação para o Cidadão Deficiente Mira Sintra)
C.E.C.D. MIRA SINTRA is a solidary non profitable cooperative, recognised officially as an Institution of public utility. It was founded in 1976 by technical staff and parents of children with a disability.
Nowadays, C.E.C.D. attends more than 800 persons with an intellectual disability and it offers specific (educational) services and therapeutic programs for all ages and abilities, in order to enable and ensure the well being of the users, as well as their autonomy, independence and social inclusion.
C.E.C.D. is working in a community based setting and uses, as service provider, a person centred approach. It works closely with different stakeholders and most of its services are included in the mainstreaming.