5th International Disability Law Summer School.

The popular Summer School will again bring together leading international activists, policy-influences and others connected with the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  The theme this year will be VOICE (restoring
full legal capacity) and CHOICE (achieving community living in accordance with the wishes and preferences of the person)


Date/Time: Monday 17th June, 2013 – June 22nd, 2013. Venue: Aras Moyola,
National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland.


Community Living for All – Conference on the Future Role of the European Union Structural funds to Advance Community Living for Older People and People with Disabilities.

This conference will consider how the EU Structural Funds can ne better harnessed in the future to achieve community living and empowerment for both older people and people with disabilities.  It is been held ‘in association with the Irish Presidency
of the Council of the European Union.’


Date/Time: Friday 3 May, 2013, 9.30am – 5.30pm. Venue: Aras Moyola, National
University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland.

9 April 2013 – Launch of Volume 3 of the European Yearbook of Disability Law in the EP


Launch of Volume 3 of the

European Yearbook of Disability Law


 Research Colloquium:

“The Future of European Disability Scholarship as a Tool for European Policy Makers.”

Keynote: Anna Lawson, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Leeds


Co-Organized by the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, based at the National University of Ireland (Galway), and the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights of Maastricht University.


Hosted by: Mairead McGuinness (MEP) and Marian Harkin (MEP).

Date/Time: Tuesday, 9th April 2013, 12pm-3pm

Venue: European Parliament, Room P5B001, PHS Building, Brussels.


Languages: English and International Sign

The event will be preceded by a light lunch to which participants are invited.


To Register:

(This event requires pre-registration)

Please fill out the registration form and return to:

charlotte.may-simera@nuigalway.ie or

Charlotte May-Simera

Centre for Disability Law and Policy, National University of Ireland, Galway

For more information please visit the CDLP website: http://www.nuigalway.ie/cdlp/events/yearbook_launch.html 


The launch of the book is an opportunity to bring together a range of stakeholders in the disability field, such as civil society and industry representatives, academics, human rights activists, policy-makers from European and national institutions and politicians, including Members of the European Parliament, to discuss and map out the future of European legal research and scholarship on disability.

The research colloquium, held in conjunction with the book launch, will provide a unique opportunity to increase the efforts and possibility to network and forge links between disability stakeholders from across the EU. Additionally, the occasion of the book launch is an opportunity to bring together and encourage the exchange of ideas and expertise amongst many disability stakeholders. This event will gather a wide audience from a variety of backgrounds and mandates to establish cross-sectoral links between numerous areas, most notably between, civil society, academia and EU and national institutions.

This research colloquium and the ensuing discussions are a key opportunity to frame disability policies and reform discussion as they continue to emerge. There are a number of key challenges and debates facing Europe in the coming decade, and disability scholarship can play a crucial role in providing accurate information to decision-makers, framing debates, and forming solutions to potential challenges. One example of an area where academic research can contribute to the debate is in the implementation and monitoring of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The EU concluded the Convention in 2010, and most Member States have now ratified, or are close to ratification. Current debates in this area have focused on how a division of responsibilities and competencies can be agreed between the EU and its Member States, and this is another area in which disability scholarship can provide clarity and elucidation.



Prof. Lisa Waddington (European Disability Forum Chair in European Disability Law, Maastricht University)

Prof. Gerard Quinn (Director, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, National University of Ireland, Galway)

Dr. Eilionóir Flynn (Senior Lecturer, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, National University of Ireland, Galway)

The Yearbook can be ordered here.

DREAM Panel – Disability Policy in Crisis – accepted to 20th International Conference of Europeanists

cover of conference brochureA panel submission by DREAM ESRs Stelios CharitakisG. Anthony Giannoumis, and Ieva Eskyte will be presented at the 20th International Conference of Europeanists 25 to 27 June 2013 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The panel titled “Disability Policy in Crisis – Legal, Public Policy and Practical Approaches” will be chaired by Dr. Mark Davis, and Dr. Thomas Campbell will be acting as the discussant.

The panel will be divided into three sections:

  • Austerity measures in Greece: Do they violate the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities? presented by Stelios Charitakis
  • Disability.eu – the impact of the crisis on the participation of persons with disabilities on the web presented by G. Anthony Giannoumis
  • Accessible Private Market for Disabled People? Crisis in Policy and Market Practices presented by Ieva Eskyte

Panel Summary: The austerity measures that have been adopted throughout Europe have put pressure to the beneficiaries of social welfare, most significantly minorities. As a minority group, disabled people are facing significant reductions or cuts to their benefits. Households with people with impairments are more vulnerable because they have lower than average household incomes. At the same time, a crucial shift on how disabled people are perceived has emerged from the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This UN Treaty marked the shift from the medical model of disability that focused on the impairment of disabled people and was expressed through social welfare benefits, to the social model that promotes full participation and inclusion for people with disabilities through the removal of barriers to equal and active participation in society. States are not the only ones responsible for the implementation of this approach. The private sector in general can be and should be, according to the Convention, leading that cause. Furthermore, the Convention focuses particular attention on information and communication technology (ICT), because of the important role it plays in ensuring social inclusion and full participation in society for disabled people.

The first speaker will take a legal approach. They will examine the case of cutbacks in Greece and will identify the measures that have been taken to reduce the benefits for people with disabilities. The discussion will include whether these measures amount to a violation of the CRPD or whether they are justified, according to Human Rights law. Finally, whether these measures can be seen as an opportunity to change the medical model approach and focus more on the social model approach and what measures Greece have taken to that respect will be considered.

The second speaker will take a public policy approach. They will compare regulatory regimes in the United Kingdom, Norway and the United States, focusing particularly on the social regulation of ICT service providers. The discussion will include the impact of the economic crisis on policy implementation in terms of the choice of policy tools (legislative, incentive, or hortatory). Finally regulatory enforcement of web design will be discussed in terms of standard setting, monitoring, certification and compliance.

The third speaker will take a practice oriented approach. They will examine practical measures that need to be taken by governments in order to achieve a more accessible private market for disabled people. The discussion will cover the impact of economic crisis on disabled shoppers’ position and patterns in the market as well as on experiences of sellers and producers of ICT. The discussion will be framed in Habermas’ life world colonization theory and informed by the position of the EU through a discussion of pertinent policy documents.

Symposium on Disability, Technology and Rehabilitation in Low and Middle Income Countries

University of Washington LogoJune 27 & 28, 2013—Seattle, WA, USA

Ensuring the right to full and effective participation and inclusion in society for people with disabilities through the provision of appropriate technology and rehabilitation services. 

Symposium Goals

The primary goal of this symposium is to bring together researchers, clinicians, consumers, consumer led organizations, technology developers and providers, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders who focus on improving and increasing access to technology and rehabilitation products and services with the goal of ensuring full inclusion and participation for people with disabilities in low-resourced comm10unities in low and middle income countries.

Symposium Themes

This symposium supports the purpose of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), that is, “to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.”  The 50 articles in the CRPD detail the breadth of human rights belonging to people with disabilities. Although the full scope of the CRPD is relevant, in this symposium, we are primarily interested in proposals that address:

  • Article 9—Accessibility
  • Article 19—Living  independently and being included in the community
  • Article 20—Personal mobility
  • Article 25—Health
  • Article 26—Habilitation & rehabilitation

We are also interested in the following as they relate to rehabilitation, assistive technology, and accessible information and communication technologies:

  • Article 24—Education
  • Article 27—Work and employment

Read more about the symposium at their website.

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

Invitation to the DREAM Network-Wide Event in Madrid, Spain: Friday 15 June 2012

The DREAM Initial Training Network and Fundosa Technosite would like to invite you to the  DREAM Network-Wide Event on Cost-Benefit Analysis on Disability: Approaches, Practices and Impact of the European Union’s Policy on eAccessibility.

Topics covered will include approaches and results of cost benefit analysis studies, accessibility policy and practice in the banking sector, key aspects of costs and benefits in accessibility and policy traits of the UN CRPD and the DREAM network.

Guest speakers include Mr. Jesus Hernandez, Director of Universal Accessibility at ONCE Foundation; Ms. Blanca Alcanda, CEO at Technosite; Dr. Jose Angel Martinez Usero, Director of International Projects and Relations at Technosite; Prof. Gerard Quinn, Project Coordinator of DREAM ITN Network; Prof. Thea van der Geest, University of Twente; and and Mr. Josep Marti Salat, ATM business development manager at “la Caixa”.

The morning of 15 of June 2012

If you are interested in participating and would like to receive a full programme please send an email to: dream@technosite.es before 12 June 2012 including your name, position and organization.

Presentation at the ECPR Sixth Pan-European Conference on EU Politics

""I will be presenting a paper titled “How Social Institutions Impact E-Accessibility Policy” at the ECPR Standing Group on the European Union’s Sixth Pan-European Conference. It will be hosted by the University of Tampere, Finland from 13 to 15 September 2012. The Standing Group’s Pan-European Conference is the largest academic conference on the European Union in Europe and brings together scholars working on the European Union from all over the world.


The paper examines how social institutions (i.e. the differences in norms, values and procedures) impact the design and implementation of national and supranational policies to promote accessibility of information and communication technology (E-Accessibility). Based on original research currently in progress the paper presents preliminary findings based on a content analysis of policy documents from the UN and EU, and the US, UK and Norway.

The conference will feature Eleven sections

  • Theories of European Integration
  • EU Institutions and EU Politics
  • EU and Domestic Politics
  • Public Opinion, Party Politics and Interest Groups
  • Political Economy of the EU
  • EU Foreign Policy and External Relations
  • The EU and Conflict Resolution
  • The EU: Challenges and Reforms
  • Gender and Diversity
  • Immigration, Migration and Asylum
  • New Developments in Research on the EU

“Finding our way”! The 23rd International Conference for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus is taking place June 15–16, 2012, in Stockholm.

""The International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF) (www.ifglobal.org) and the National Association for Disabled Children and Youths in Sweden (RBU) (www.rbu.se) are organising IF’s 23rd International Conference taking place in Stockholm on June 15–16, 2012. Registration for this event is now open.

Since 1979, IF, in collaboration with its members, had the tradition to bring together stakeholders from different disciplines, backgrounds and countries to make the point on the advancements related to research, studies and care regarding Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. The theme of this year’s conference is “Finding Our Way” indicating that not everybody fits in with mainstream solutions. Many of us have to find our personal roads in life. There will be medical sessions of importance, practical workshops and cultural activities as well as social meeting points.

It’s the first gathering of its kind in Sweden for decades, there will be ample opportunities to learn more about Spina Bifida, connect to new people and have fun. More information about the program of the conference can be found in this page (http://www.rbu.se/higlights-program). Information about the registration can be found in this page (http://www.rbu.se/form/sign-form-conference-anmalan-till-konferensen).

Participants who register no later than 12 April will profit from the early bird fee.

Who is it for?

·      Adults with Spina Bifida
·      Young people with Spina Bifida
·      Parents of children with Spina Bifida
·      Personal assistants
·      Medical doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists and everybody who works or lives with people who have Spina Bifida

What will I gain?

·     New knowledge about Spina Bifida
·     Your own personal pathway for a good life with Spina Bifida will be strengthened
·     You will sharpen your awareness of the complexity in Spina Bifida
·     Better knowledge is the key to a better life

Stefania Pirani: Stefania.pirani@ifglobal.org
Badr Mouhcine: badr.mouhcine@ifglobal.org
Ammi Sundqvist: ammi.sundqvist@rbu.se

Sociology in an Age of Austerity

Annual Conference 2012 Sociology in an Age of Austerity http://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/conference/


The theme for the 2012 Annual Conference is: Sociology in an Age of Austerity.  The conference will take place at the University of Leeds, from 11-13 April 2012.

The 2012 annual conference promises to be dynamic, informative, inspiring and is definitely not to be missed.  Bettering our 60th anniversary conference this year will be a challenge, but we’re determined we can make it happen – starting with our world-renowned keynote speakers.

Stephen Ackroyd – Esteemed UK sociologist renowned for his work on organisational analysis

  • Zygmunt Bauman – World-famous Polish sociologist and author of over 50 books including Liquid Modernity
  • Rosemary Batt – Acclaimed US Professor of Women and Work and international specialist on call centres
  • Michael Buroway – Highly respected Berkley-based British sociologist best known in the UK as the leading proponent of public sociology
  • John Brewer – President of the British Sociological Association and renowned specialist on peace processes

Our themes are deliberately broad and all-encompassing, designed to appeal to the entire spectrum of sociologists and stimulate lively debate. We’re assessing the impact of austerity on law, families, education, healthcare, research, and much more. You are at the heart of the discipline. Your voice is important. Join the finest scholars from across the globe to lead the debate. Policy makers are coming to hear what you – the people with real experience – have to say.

Who should attend?

  • Senior academics looking to engage in a lively, stimulating debate with peers and bright new stars.
  • Researchers looking to connect with like-minded colleagues.
  • Teachers looking for new ideas and inspiration.
  • Students looking and learn from experts and Postgraduates looking to present and get ideas on their research.
  • Policy-makers looking for scientific facts to back or steer their ideas or to develop new directions in policy.
  • Anyone looking to engage with the wider sociological community.

The aims of this conference are: to showcase the latest sociological research; to attract a concentration of international specialists in our major research fields; to provide a forum in which to discuss the teaching of sociology and the professional practice of being a sociologist; and to facilitate debate, networking and professional development opportunities.

The BSA annual conference is the primary annual conference for sociology in the UK with opportunities for everyone connected to the discipline.

See you there in 2012 and every year!