Welcome to the Horizontal Issues Knowledge Centre!
Here you will be able to find regularly updated database of theoretical and practical materials & resources on Horizontal Issues for service provision to people with disabilities, such as:
- Policy and Legislation
- Quality of Services
- Funding of Services
- Users' involvement and Co-production
You'll also be able to find information related to several EASPD projects. At the moment, the projects available are:
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EQUASS Certification: A Tool for VET Providers to Show Compliance with the EQARF for VET
EQUASS (European Quality Assurance in Social Service) is a tool for Vocational Education Training (VET) providers to show compliance with the EQARF (European Quality Assurance Reference Framework) for VET.
EQUASS Training Module on Quality of Social Services for Persons with Disabilities & the CRPD
This training module is dedicated to Social Service providers and their staff, as well as students in Social Work and other related fields, interested in understanding how the CRPD related to quality of services to persons with disabilities.
EU Funding - Private and Public Donor Schemes for Service Provider Organisations
This booklet focuses on the financial perspectives 2007 – 2013 relevant for the organisations active in the disability field. It offers information to support NGOs and GOs accessing EU funding opportunities, but also alternative funding such as grants provided by different private foundations or Ministries.
EU Public Procurement and Social Services
This is a technical briefing note focusing on the increased flexibility and expanded possibilities to take into account social considerations.
Europe 2020 (EU Growth Strategy)
The Europe 2020 strategy is the EU's agenda for growth and jobs for the
current decade. It emphasises smart, sustainable and inclusive growth as
a way to overcome the structural weaknesses in Europe's economy,
improve its competitiveness and productivity and underpin a sustainable
social market economy.
Europe 2020 and the European Semester. Bringing Wellbeing to All?
This report presents EASPD's views on: on the one hand, European policy-making as a whole, and more specifically, how to achieve the Europe 2020 targets. On the other hand, it presents EASPD's views on the essential challenges faced by service providers for persons with disabilities throughout Europe, with particular emphasis on employment, inclusive education and social affair. Finally, the report compiles national perspectives from EASPD members in Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, and Romania. Members have highlighted a number of essential policy changes they deem vital to the improvement in wellbeing of persons with disabilities. We hope this will elucidate practical solutions at both a European, and national level.
European Accessibility Act
This paper explores the European Accessibility Act (EAA) which aims at improving the functional of the internal market for accessible products and services by removing barriers created by divergent legislation.
European Disability Strategy 2010-2020
DescriptionThe aim of this Strategy is to empower people with disabilities so that they can enjoy their full rights, and benefit fully from participating in society and in the European economy. Its objectives are pursued by actions in eight priority areas: accessibility, participation, equality, employment, education and training, social protection, health and external action.
European Quality in Social Service - Cross Reference (EQASS)
This a cross reference study between the Voluntary European Quality Framework for Social Services (VEQF for SS) and the requirements of the European Quality in Social Service certification programs.