Disability Rights Expanding Accessible Markets or DREAM is a training network for early stage researchers stemming from the EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network Funding Programme. The primary aim of DREAM is to professionally develop and educate the next generation of disability policy researchers and entrepreneurs to assist the EU and its Member States in their efforts to implement the UN CRPD at EU and Member State levels. This will involve exploring options for European Union disability law and policy reform in light of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006).
The idea behind DREAM is premised on the insight that respecting disability rights is not only good in itself but helps create economic opportunities for over 60 million European citizens with disabilities and also expands markets for European business.
Fourteen Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) have been recruited across the network on a full-time basis over three years and will explore and develop recommendations for European Union disability law and policy reform in light of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006).