The week of 13 February, the DREAM ESRs were hosted by the University of Leeds for a week-long training and network event. The event was divided into four themes coinciding with the DREAM focus areas, Disability, Rights, Accessibility and Markets.
- Colin Barnes presented a reflection on the social model of disability
- Rannveig Traustadottir explained the Nordic understanding of disability in an international context
- Mark Priestley demonstrated the materialist, idealist and realist approaches to disability
- Theresia Degener described rights, non-discrimination and intersectionality
- Lisa Waddington explained the evolution of international and European human rights instruments from a disability perspective
- Dagmar Schiek demonstrated non-discrimination and intersectionality in Europe
- Anna Lawson showed how to think about accessibility and reasonable accommodation
- Roberto Torena presented European initiatives for measuring eAccessibility
- Patricia Rubio described the economic assessment of eAccessibility
- Mark Davis presented consumerism and markets and discussed whether the market can deliver equality and social inclusion for disabled people in Europe
Also in attendance were Rea Maglajlić from the Mental Disability Advocacy Center, Jamie Bolling from the European Network on Independent Living, and Luk Zelderloo from the DREAM Research to Practice Advisory Forum.
The week-long event, though mentally exhausting, was a resounding success. It enabled the DREAM ESRs to become familiar with new topic areas, discuss opportunities for exploring new directions in research, and rekindled enthusiasm for collaboration and partnership. Copies of the presentations may be requested by contacting the authors directly.
The next DREAM event will be in June, hosted by Technosite in Madrid. Looking forward to another amazing experience!