Academic Network of European Disability Experts

  • Number of the Project: JUST/2011/PROG/PR/01/D3-30-CE-0450002/00-88
  • Duration of the project: 1/01/2008 – 31/12/2014
  • Budget: Depends on actual cost
  • Main executor: Human European Consultancy and Centre for Disability Studies – Leeds University
  • Institution at VMU: Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Responsible person (s) at VMU: Jonas Ruškus, Roberta Motiečienė

Aim of the project

Establishment and maintenance of a European network of academic experts in the field of disability.

Actors involved

Universität Innsbruck, Institut für Erziehungswissenschaften, University of Antwerp, European, University of Cyprus, Department of Education, Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Pedagogická Fakulta, National Institute for Health Development, ELTE University, Labour Law Department, Centro Interuniversitario di Ricercaper lo Sviluppo Sostenibile , University of Rome “La Sapienza”, APEIRONS, Liechtenstein-Institut, Social Work Department , Kaunas Vytautas Magnus University, Luxemburg University, Various NGOs supporting disabled people and promoting their inclusion, Division of Special Education for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities , Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education, Faculty of Social Work, University of Ljubljana  Center for Disability Studies, University of   Iceland, Disability Law and Policy Research Unit, Department of Social Work and Health Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) The Institute for Labour and Family Research, Instituto Universitario de Integración en la Comunidad, INICO, University of Salamanca, The Swedish Institute for Disability Research, University of Örebro , Centre for Disability Studies, University of Leeds , University of Leeds, Centre for Independent Living (CIL) Sofia, Danish National Institute of Social Research, Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Institut Fédératif de Recherche sur le Handicap, International Research Unit Disability Studies,  Universität zu Köln, National University of Ireland, Galway, Kummissjoni Nazzjonali Persuni b’Dizabilità, Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas Universidade Técnica de Lisboa Pólo Universitário da Ajuda Rua Almerindo, DISABNET, the Romanian Forum of Service Providers in the disability sector

Short description of the project

This project was established to financially support the implementation of the objectives of the European Union in the employment and social affairs area, as to set out in the Social Agenda, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Lisbon Strategy goals in these fields.

The seven-year programme targets all stakeholders who can help shape the development of appropriate and effective employment and social legislation and policies, across the EU-27, EFTA-EEA and EU candidate and pre-candidate countries.

PROGRESS’ mission is to strengthen the EU contribution in support of Member States commitment. PROGRESS is instrumental in:

  • providing analysis and policy advice on PROGRESS policy areas;
  • monitoring and reporting on the implementation of EU legislation and policies in PROGRESS policy areas;
  • promoting policy transfer, learning and support among Member States on EU objectives and priorities;
  • relaying the views of the stakeholders and society at large.

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