Disability, between individual trajectories and institutional rationale: employment, work and social policy

The international symposium “Disability, between individual trajectories and institutional rationale : employment, work and social policy”, funded within the framework of the IReSP/MiRe/CNSA calls for projects, aims to take stock of French research while welcoming international contributions on issues relating to disability, employment and social policies. The symposium will take place on Thursday 11 April and Friday 12 April 2013 at the University of Lille 3, France.

The papers, expected in English or French, will be divided into three issues:

  • Disabled people and employment policies
  • Disabled people at work
  • Occupational interruptions and biographical rupture

Research presented should involve any national or supra-national context and may relate to institutions, individual life courses or, ideally, both. Methods used may be quantitative, qualitative or archive-based.

Deadline for proposed papers: *Monday 3 December 2012*

You will find in the full length call for papers in English and in French, and all information on the symposium will be – gradually – put on this webpage : http://www.ceriesrqth.net/colloque/

There will be no registration fee for our symposium, and we will provide French food and wine to our contributors and discussants. However it will be more difficult to fund transportation and accommodation – still, some exceptions are possible if your institution can’t grant it.

We are enthusiastically looking forward receiving your papers’s proposals.

Louis Bertrand for the organizing comittee

**Organizing committee*: Louis Bertrand, Vincent Caradec, Muriel Delporte, Jean-Sébastien Eideliman *Academic committee:* Jean-Claude Barbier, Jean-Yves Barreyre, Louis Bertrand, Alain Blanc, Marie-Christine Bureau, Marcel Calvez, Vincent Caradec, Muriel Delporte, Michel Desjardins, Jean-Sébastien Eideliman, Benoît Eyraud, Anders Gustavsson, Claude Martin, Barbara Rist, Eric Samoy, Pierre Vidal-Naquet, Isabelle Ville, Florence Weber


Voting Rights and Personal Assistance in Iceland

Thursday 11th October 2012 marked a step forward in civil and political rights for disabled people in Iceland. The Icelandic Parliament voted in favour of an amendment to electoral laws which will enable people to be accompanied by their personal assistant in polling booths. The move follows complaints that disabled people were denied privacy in the Presidential election held in June of this year. Personal assistants were refused access to the polling booths. Instead, people were accompanied by an employee of the polling station. The result was announced at a Conference on the implementation and monitoring of the UN CRPD held in Reykjavik on the same day as the vote.


Position Announcement ‐ Work Disability Research Scientist

""Center for Disability Research, Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety Hopkinton, Massachusetts

We are recruiting a Research Scientist to develop, direct, and implement new studies on understanding and improving the return to work process, with an emphasis on the early phases of returning to work / staying at work. This is a fully‐salaried, permanent position; all results are published in the scientific literature; compensation and benefits are excellent.

The full announcement can be found here.

DREAM publication of “How do social institutions influence E-Accessibility polices in the UK, US, and Norway?”

Improvement by Evaluation cover pageI’m happy to announce the publication this summer of my paper co-authored by Rune Halvorsen “How do social institutions influence E-Accessibility polices in the UK, US, and Norway?“. The paper is a peer reviewed publication published as part of the 8th International Conference on Evaluation for Practice: Improvement by Evaluation and published by the University of Tampere School of Humanities and Sciences Unit at University Consortium of Pori.

The article appears as part of Section III, International Comparative Approaches in Evaluation and the publication editors introduce the article as

[an analysis of] policy documents from the U.S., UK and Norway in order to investigate how national and supranational, policies balance and mediate regional and international economic and social needs in the context of E-Accessibility, regulated by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The results show that the different national policy traditions truly matter. The authors conclude by emphasizing the utility of judicial enforcement, the flexibility of providing a low threshold administrative complaint mechanism, and the importance of monitoring.

Of additional note is “The slippery slope of evaluation: Ethics, issues, & methodological challenges using the case study of a housing development” by JoDee Keller at Pacific Lutheran University which discusses the impact on various populations including persons with disabilities of public housing development in the United States Pacific Northwest.