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On 18 February 2017 at 10.45-11.30, EDF is organising a conference on ‘Inclusive Workplaces: Employment of Persons with Disabilities in the Labour Market’. The conference will take place at the Qawra Palace Hotel in Malta, as part of EDF Board meeting.

During the conference, an extended 45-minute coffee break will include a “Meet the Projects” session. During this session, EDF members and participants of the conference will be able to move around the room and discover different projects on employment for persons with disabilities. Representatives of these projects will present their activities and interact with participants giving information about the design, implementation and delivery of their projects. In the case that a representative of a project cannot be present, material could be sent to be displayed during the coffee break.

Persons with disabilities and employment

The aim of the conference is to discuss the best ways to ensure the implementation of Article 27 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) concerning work and employment at the European and national level. Article 27 clearly indicates that persons with disabilities have “the right to the opportunity to gain a living by work freely chosen or accepted in a labour market and work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities.” It also states that persons with disabilities have the right “on an equal basis with others, to just and favourable conditions of work, including equal opportunities and equal remuneration for work of equal value, safe and healthy working conditions, including protection from harassment, and the redress of grievances.” Persons with disabilities have the right to access and retain employment both in the public and private sector, as well as receive support in self-employment, entrepreneurship, and the development of cooperatives.

Submit your project

EDF would like to invite individuals, organisations, employers, researchers and institutions with projects on employment for persons with disabilities in an open, inclusive and accessible labour market and work environment to submit their applications to present their projects during the relevant session of the conference in Malta.

Applications should be sent to EDF Social Policy officer, Laura Marchetti, by Monday 30 January 2017 including the following information:

Name of the project

Contact person

Brief description of the project, including: Its objectives and scope, its timeframe and geographical coverage, its target group (i.e. age and/or impairment), involvement of stakeholders – particularly persons with disabilities and their representative organisations, its funding (i.e. European funds, provide funds, etc.), outcomes and follow-up (if applicable). Please also highlight how the project complies with and promotes the implementation of Article 27 of the CRPD on work and employment.

Please note that EDF is not able to cover the participation costs including travel and accommodation. If you are not able to attend, please send us your material, such as posters, leaflets, publications, and we will make sure they will be displayed during the “Meet the Projects” session.

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