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Removing barriers for Active Citizenship by involving persons with disabilities in Europe

The seminar will present findings from the EU research project DISCIT: Making persons with disabilities full citizens. The seminar is free of charge.

Place: Hotel Radisson Blue Scandinavia Holbergsgate 30, 0166 Oslo Date and time: Thursday 9. November 2017 09:00 - 13.30

Blurry city street with people. Blue and white. Photo: colourbox.com

NOVA invites you to participate in a public seminar to discuss the main findings and policy recommendations from the first major comparative and cross-national study of Active Citizenship and disability in Europe: DISCIT - Making Persons with Disabilities Full Citizens.

The UN General Assembly adopted the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in December 2006. By signing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, governments across the globe have committed themselves to ensure that persons with disabilities have the opportunities to ‘full and effective participation’ in society. The DISCIT project has critically examined to what extent European countries live up those expectations by looking at three dimensions of what we call ‘Active Citizenship’ .

In DISCIT a research team has compared how disability policies in nine European countries impact the opportunities for persons with disabilities to

  • exercising social rights and duties,
  • enjoying choice and autonomy, and
  • participating in political decision-making processes.

The first DISCIT volume was out last spring: The Changing Disability Policy System, and the second volume is in production now: Understanding the Lived Experiences of Persons with Disabilities in Nine Countries.

Before the seminar we will produce short summaries of the main findings and policy recommendations presented in the two books.

Program

08.30 – 09.00:
Registration and coffee & tea

09.00 – 09.20:
Welcome – Key findings and recommendations from DISCIT volume one: ‘Changing Disability Policy System: Active Citizenship and Disability in Europe’
Bjørn Hvinden, Scientific Coordinator DISCIT, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA) - NOVA, Norway

09.20 – 09.40:
Key findings and recommendations from DISCIT volume two: ‘Lived Experiences of Persons with Disabilities in Europe: Active Citizenship and Disability in Europe’
Rune Halvorsen, Co-editor and Co-author, HiOA, Norway

09.40 – 10.10:
Comments by Members from the DISCIT consortium

  • Federico Ciani, Co-author, University of Florence, Italy
  • Anne Waldschmidt, Co-editor and Co-author, University of Cologne, Germany

10.10 – 10.25:
Comments by a member from DISCIT’s European Stakeholder Committee

  • Jamie Bolling, European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), Sweden

10.25 – 10.40:
Questions and comments from the audience

10.40 – 11.00:
Coffee/tea break.

11.00 – 12.30:
What opportunities do persons with disabilities have to exercise Active Citizenship and how can these opportunities be improved?
Panel discussion, including questions and comments from the audience

  • Ana Marta Guillén Rodriguez, Co-editor and Co-author, University of Oviedo, Spain
  • Alejandro Moledo, European Disability Forum (EDF)
  • Jerome Bickenbach, Co-editor and Co-author, Swiss Paraplegic Research, Switzerland
  • Arne Lein, Leader, Norwegian Association of Disabled (NAD)
  • Lars Lindberg, The Swedish Disability Rights Foundation

Facilitation: Rune Halvorsen, Co-editor and Co-author, HiOA, Norway

12.30 – 13.30:
Farewell buffet.

Facilitation: Bettina Uhrig, Project Manager DISCIT, HiOA NOVA, Norway

Venue

Hotel Radisson Blue Scandinavia,
Holbergsgate 30, 0166 Oslo

Organization

Jimmy De Lara Andersen, HiOA NOVA, Norway.

Jimmy.Andersen@nova.hioa.no, +47 9425 0539

Read more about the DISCIT project.

Register for the seminar here