AGORA is a professional-oriented social networking site for interaction between key stakeholders. Here you can browse through the different categories and interact with other participants.  

You'll find two types of AGORA forums/chats: 

  • Opened to everyone: these are forums/chats based on the core interests of EASPD, where anyone can participate
  • Closed to certain participants: some topics are closed because they are forums/chats dedicated to a specific group (projects, communities of researchers, etc.)

Our open forums are free, however you will need to enroll before accessing. This is a one minute process! You just need to click on "Enrol me in in this course" on the top left corner of your screen when you access each module, as you cans see in the image below. 

Enrol me

Start by selecting one of the AGORA topics and choose to CHAT or to use the FORUM.  

Take a look first at the different AGORA chats and forums before publishing your comment or doubt. Please try to integrate your publication in the most adequate topic.

Agora section

In the CHAT you’ll be able to send in real time messages to the other participants in the CHAT. You can use this function to interact with other participants, post questions or to find out more about the topics discussed in the FORUM. 

Please keep in mind that in the CHAT users might not be able to see your message if they are not logged in to AGORA in the moment of your message. Being an immediate way of communication, the chat should be mostly used in more imminent matters.

The FORUM is a space for reflection and sharing of experiences, where you can express your doubts, comments or opinions in with other users that share the same interests as you. Here you can start your own topic or browse through the other topics to join the conversation.

Please check the other topics before creating your own.

For both the CHAT and the FORUM there will be an assigned moderator, an expert on that topic from EASPD.

Don’t hesitate to ask your questions and participate in the discussions! The AGORA depends on the engagement of its public!

The EASPD Communication Network is a platform dedicated to communication officers and those who are responsible for communications in our Member organisations.

This forum is moderated by Rachel Vaughan

This forum is private and can only be accessed by the communication officers from the EASPD members, if you are a communication officer and can’t access this forum, please contact us

The European research platform for inclusive community planning and service development for people with disabilities (EURECO) is aimed at bringing research and practice together for more innovative research on inclusive community development.

In this forum your moderator will be Asel Kadyrbaeva.

This is a private forum, only accessible to the EURECO partners. If you are a partner and can't access this forum please contact us. 

AMiD (Access to services for Migrants with Disabilities) is a project coordinated by EASPD that aims to support an efficient management of the reception and integration of asylum seekers and migrants with disabilities in the EU.

In this forum your moderator will be Domenico Manente

This is a private forum, only accessible to the AMiD partners. If you are a partner and can't access this forum please contact us. 

Access to education and lifelong learning programmes in mainstream schools and other educational facilities are still far from being the reality for many pupils and learners with disabilities. This is often due to a shortage of qualified staff, a lack of appropriate accessible buildings, facilities/equipment and widespread and persistent prejudice about the skills and potential of persons with disabilities.

EASPD is however convinced that the goal of inclusive education is real and achievable, and this forum is the perfect place to exchange ideas on how to do it. 

In this forum your moderator will be Rachel Vaughan.

Employment and job opportunities are high on the agenda of service providers in Europe.

While EASPD recognises that employment on the open labour market is the best option, it also acknowledges that many people with disabilities are in other labour schemes for reasons of culture, history, policy or degree of handicap. The standing committee covers all areas of employment and work opportunities.

Independent living is only possible when the necessary support services and systems are made available, as well as having the right attitude with staff and management in social services.

The Standing Committee (SC) on Inclusive Living aims to find and propose solutions to these challenges.

In this forum your moderator will be Sabrina Ferraina

The Policy Impact Group focuses on developing EASPD’s ability to have an impact on cross-cutting or horizontal policy issues; in other words on policy areas which affect all social service provision (care, support, employment, education, etc). This primarily means working on EU policies or activities which impact funding (public procurement, state aid, European Social Fund, Investment Plan for Europe, European Semester) and workforce matters (job creation, working time directive, etc), as well as the EU’s strategic vision; Europe 2020 and the European Pillar of Social Rights being good examples of this. The Group acts both pro-actively and re-actively to influence EU policies in these fields.

In this forum your moderator will be Thomas Bignal.

This Interest Group is a special working group on ICT and Assistive Technology, which was created to look at all the benefits that new technologies can bring to disabled people in areas such as communication, employment, commerce, learning, independence, safety and free time. It also follows up relevant EU policy objectives concerning Person centred Technology/Assistive Technology and the existing barriers at EU level. 

In this forum your moderator will be Domenico Manente.

In order to build an effective inclusive society, persons with disabilities have to be included in every step of their lives. From the very early stages of life, we must build on the capabilities, skills and resources of the person and their family, not their deficits. EASPD recently launched an Interest Group on Early Intervention, to join existing groups on education and employment and cover the whole life-span. 

In this forum your moderator will be Timothy Ghilain.

The Interest Group on Workforce Development and Human Resources aims to promote high standards of knowledge, skill, competence and understanding within the social care workforce of the EU in general and amongst those of EASPD members in particular as a means of delivering quality services. It seeks the development of a social care workforce, widely respected and qualified, delivering services based on shared principles of care.

In this forum your moderator will be Asel Kadyrbaeva.

The Interest Group on Arts provides a platform for the exchange of information, good practices and the sharing of common concerns in the field of supporting access to arts (addressing barriers such as the lack of accessible formats that inhibit persons with disabilities to access artistic and cultural activities, materials and places for performances and services such as theaters, museums, cinemas) and supporting artistic careers (artistic education and training for persons with disabilities).  EASPD members with an interest in Visual Art, Music, Dance, Drama, Theatre, Technology in Arts or Arts Therapies explore new cross-border partnerships & synergies between the Arts and Disability sectors.

In this forum your moderator will be Sydney Vonihering