Developing Europe’s policy skills to advance disability rights

DREAM featured as success story by EU Directorate General for Research, led by Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn. The following is an excerpt of the story featured on the EU Directorate General for Research website.

Most Member States of the European Union (EU), and the EU itself, have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). However, while the Convention will mark a major advance both for disability rights and also for European business, the necessary changes to turn it from vision into reality will not happen overnight. Adopting the Convention imposes numerous legal obligations on signatories affecting many areas of daily life.

In the words of the DREAM (Disability Rights Expanding Accessible Markets) project coordinator, Professor Gerard Quinn of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway: “EU Member States need a lot of new skills and competences to drive this forward.”

The article concludes stating with a quote from the DREAM project coordinator, Gerard Quinn.

“The researchers are already developing a common instinct for where the opportunities for change may lie, and indeed they are starting to create that space themselves. It is beautiful to watch,”

“The phrase I use to sum it up is ‘policy entrepreneurship’ – developing people who can really bring about change that transforms the lives of our citizens with disabilities,”

The remaining article may be found at the EU Directorate General for Research website.

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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”.

Time:
The morning of 15 of June 2012

RSVP:
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.