Early Stage Researchers

Maastricht University

Stelios Charitakis

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Project Information

The doctoral research project of Stelios is entitled: The Challenges and the Consequences of the Implementation of Article 9 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for the EU, with a focus on Accessibility.

In summary it entails an in depth analysis of the nature of the obligations of Article 9 UNCRPD on accessibility and an examination of how and to what extent the EU is competent to implement these obligations.

Qualifications

Stelios holds a Law Degree from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a LLM degree in International Human Rights and Criminal Justice from the Faculty of Law of Utrecht University.

Biography

Stelios Charitakis is a Doctoral Candidate at the Law Faculty of Maastricht University. Stelios was engaged as a practicing lawyer in a Law Firm specializing in labour law. He has also worked as an Intern for the Hague Institute for the Internationalization of Law (Hiil).

Stelios did his secondment for four months at the European Disability Forum, working on the European Accessibility Act.

His principal area of interest lies in International Human Rights and European law with a focus on disability. He takes part in a Marie Curie Training Network for doctoral researchers and his doctoral research is entitled “The Challenges and Consequences of Implementation of the UN CRPD for the European Union, with a focus on accessibility”.

Stelios is a scholar at the Maastricht Centre of European Law (M-Cel) and a member of the Ius Commune Research School.

Papers/Presentations

Presentation

The Challenges and Consequences of implementation of the UN CRPD for the EU with the focus on Accessibility [Ius Commune Training Programme: Introduction, Maastricht, 26-27/9/2011, and Marie Curie ITN, Network DREAM – Disability Rights Expanding Accessible Markets- Introduction to Policy Environment in the EU Institutions, Brussels, 23-25/11/2011]

Training on the European Accessibility Act for the European Disability Forum Members (Brussels, 11th December 2012), Brussels, 11/12/2012

Austerity measures in Greece: Do they violate affordability of Article 9 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities?, Venice Academy of Human Rights, Summer school, “State Obligations”, 8-19/6/2013, Venice.

Article

An introduction to the disability strategy 2010-2020, with a focus on accessibility, Ars Aequi, January 2013, http://maandblad.arsaequi.nl/actueel/ http://www.nuigalway.ie/dream/downloads/an_introduction_to_the_disability_strategy_20102020_with_a_focus_on_accessibility.pdf

Conferences Attended

  • Ius Commune Training Programme: Introduction, Maastricht, 26-27/9/2011
  • ERA Conference: The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Madrid, 15-16/12/2011
  • Maastricht Centre for European Law research seminar series: The uneasy relationship between the Member States and the Brussels structures during negotiations in a multilateral setting, 29/2/2012
  • Consumer Law Symposium, Utrecht, 15/3/2012
  • International Conference “30 Years Netherlands Institute of Human Rights SIM: Regional Human Rights Systems-Tools for Social Justice?” Utrecht, 16/3/2012
  • Maastricht Centre for European Law research seminar series: Holding power to account by investigating executive action. Inquiries and other investigations by the European Parliament, 21/3/2012
  • Comparative law methodology, Utrecht, 10-11/4/2012, Ius Commune
  • Maastricht Centre for European Law research seminar series: Federalism: The European Union’s Uncommon Principle, 25/4/2012, Nikos Skoutaris, Maastricht
  • CRPD and EU Structural Funds: the way ahead for independent living, UN Office of Human Rights Commissioner, 7/5/2012, Brussels
  • Maastricht Centre for Human Rights Lunch Lecture, The future of the UN HR Treaty Bodies: Some Views from an Insider, 23/5/2012, Maastricht
  • Maastricht Centre for European Law: Understanding resistances towards EU fundamental rights policy, 25/5/2012, Maastricht
  • Zero Project Conference, 21/6/2012, Brussels
  • European Policy Centre, Accessibility Act: Ensuring access to goods and services across Europe, 11/10/2012, Brussels
  • European Economic and Social Committee, Implementation and monitoring of the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities by the EU institutions, 16/10/2012, Brussels
  • European Foundation Centre, Assessing the impact of European Governments’ austerity plans on the rights of people with disabilities, 6/11/2012, Brussels
  • European Policy Centre, Policy Dialogue: Accessibility, from European challenge to global opportunity, 13/11/2012, Brussels
  • European Commission, European Day for People with Disabilities, 3-4/12/2012, Brussels
  • Ius Commune, Annual Conference, 29-30/12/2012, Amsterdam3rd European Parliament for Persons with Disabilities, 5/12/2012, Brussels
  • Venice Academy of Human Rights, Summer school, “Limits of Human Rights”, 9-18/6/2012, Venice
  • Closing Conference, The European and National Constitutional Law (EunaCon), 20-22/2/2013, Maastricht
  • Maastricht Centre for European Governance, 20 Years of EU Citizenship: Changes and Challenges, 8/3/2013, Maastricht
  • Launch of Volume 3 of the European Yearbook of Disability Law in the European Parliament, 9/4/2013, Brussels
  • Maastricht Centre of European Law, Guest lecture by Prof. J. Zeitlin (University of Amsterdam), Extending Experimentalist Governance, 24/4/2013, Maastricht
  • Maastricht Centre of European Law, Seminar, State Aid and Public Procurement in the European Union, 23/5/2013, Maastricht
  • Inaugural speech of Prof. Devroe, The protection of non-economic interests in European competition law, 23/5/2013, Maastricht
  • Venice Academy of Human Rights, Summer school, “State Obligations”, 8-19/6/2013, Venice

Contact Information

Phone: +31 433 883530

Fax: + 31 43 3884907

Email:  Stelios.Charitakis@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Andrea Broderick

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Project Information

Andrea’s doctoral research project is entitled “Non-Discrimination: Full and Effective Participation and Inclusion in Society.” In summary, it involves a critical analysis of the equality and non-discrimination provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Qualifications

Andrea holds a B.A. International (Law and French) degree with First Class Honours from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). She also graduated from NUIG with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.). Andrea has also completed an LL.M. in International and Comparative Disability Law and Policy at NUIG. In addition, Andrea is a qualified Solicitor, having graduated from the Law Society of Ireland, Dublin.

Biography

Andrea Broderick is a Ph.D. Candidate and Marie Curie Fellow in the Department of International and European Law at the Faculty of Law, Maastricht University. Her current research interests lie in the area of international and European human rights law and, in particular, in the area of disability law and policy. She is currently working under the framework of the DREAM (Disability Rights Expanding Accessible Markets) network of researchers. Andrea has previously worked as a legal officer in the area of banking law and as a trainee Solicitor in a general practice firm. Her interest in disability rights stems from a broader interest in issues of social justice. Her Master’s thesis was entitled “An Analysis of the Adequacy of Irish Law and Policy for Older People with Disabilities: an International and European Perspective.” After completing the LL.M. offered by NUIG in the area of disability law and policy, Andrea undertook a research internship at NUIG, where she was involved in researching diverse issues such as mental health law, equality law and special education law and policy. Andrea is a also a member of the Free Legal Advice Clinic at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy (NUIG) and has worked as a volunteer at the Clinic in the past.

Papers/Presentations

Broderick A, ‘Special Educational Needs Provision: Does Ireland Measure up to International Standards?’ [Griffith College Cork, 'Beyond the Law: Critical Reflections on International Human Rights Law and Policy,' 7th-8th June 2012]. http://www.nuigalway.ie/dream/downloads/griffith_college_cork_powerpoint.pptx

Presentation

Broderick A, ’Standard of scrutiny of exceptions to the prohibition of discrimination at the ECtHR’ [Conference on “Il(legitimate) Differential Treatment held by the Maastricht Centre for European Law in conjunction with the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights, Maastricht, The Netherlands, 27th and 28th June 2013].

Broderick A, ‘Equality and Non-Discrimination in the UNCRPD: Interpretation of these Norms in Accordance with Human Rights Research Methodology’ [Maastricht Centre for Human Rights, Seminar, 24th January 2013]
http://www.nuigalway.ie/dream/downloads/methodology_seminar_powerpoint.ppt

 

Invited Guest Lecture

Broderick A, Specific substantive obligations under the UNCRPD: Education, Health, Participation, Work and Employment, Standard of Living, Social Protection, with a Focus on Participation Issues.’ [Academy of European Law, Trier, Germany, ’EU Disability Law and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ 13th – 14th December 2012]
http://www.nuigalway.ie/dream/downloads/december_2013__powerpoint_presentation__era_seminar.pptx

Broderick A, ’Specific substantive obligations under the UNCRPD: Education, Health, Participation, Work and Employment, Standard of Living, Social Protection, with a Focus on Participation Issues.’ [Academy of European Law, Trier, Germany, ’EU Disability Law and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ 11-12 April 2013]

http://www.nuigalway.ie/dream/downloads/april_2013__powerpoint_presentation__era_seminar.pptx

 

Publications

Broderick A, Book Review of Callard et al, Mental Illness, Discrimination and the Law: Fighting for Social Justice (Wiley-Blackwell 2012) 30(1) Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine 93.

Broderick A and Quinlivan S, ‘The Right to Education: Article 24 of the CRPD’ in Quinn G and O’Mahony C (eds), The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Comparative, Regional and Thematic Perspectives (Intersentia Publishers October 2012).

 

Forthcoming

A Broderick, ‘The Standard of Scrutiny at the ECtHR of Justifications for Differential Treatment of Persons with Disabilities and Roma: A Reflection of Substantive Equality Jurisprudence?’  International Journal of Discrimination and the Law (forthcoming 2014)

A Broderick, Report on the 2013 Work Forum on the Implementation of the UN CRPD in the EU, drafted at the request of the European Commission (forthcoming 2014)

 

Invited Rapporteur

Rapporteur at the Civil Society Forum on UN CRPD, 14th October 2013
Rapporteur at the EU Work Forum on the Implementation of the UN CRPD in the EU, Brussels 24-25 October 2013

 

Teaching Responsibilities

Tutor and Guest Lecturer International Human Rights Law, Maastricht University, November 2013 – January 2014

 

Forthcoming:

Broderick A and Quinlivan S, ‘The Right to Education: Article 24 of the CRPD’ in Quinn G and O’Mahony C (eds), The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Comparative, Regional and Thematic Perspectives (Intersentia Publishers October 2012).

Conferences Attended

Seminar on Reasonable Accommodation  (EU and CRPD), given by L. Waddington [Maastricht Centre for Human Rights, November 2012]

Launch of Volume 3 of the European Yearbook of Disability Law in European Parliament [Brussels, 9th April 2-13].

“20 Years of EU Citizenship: Changes and Challenges” [Maastricht Centre for European Governance, 8th March 2013]

Disability Summer School [National University of Ireland, Galway, 17th-22nd June 2013]

Organised

Broderick A., Waddington L. and Muir E., Conference on “Il(legitimate) Differential Treatment held by the Maastricht Centre for European Law in conjunction with the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights, Maastricht, The Netherlands, 27th and 28th June 2013.

Broderick A. and Charitakis S., Conference on Equality and Accessibility, to be held at Maastricht University 3rd and 4th July 2014

 

Contact Information

Email: andrea.broderick@maastrichtuniversity.nl

National University of Ireland, Galway

Abigail Rekas

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Project Information

Re-balancing Intellectual Property (copyright) with the disability rights to enable blind & deafblind users to access electronic media

 

Qualifications

Graduated Summa Cum Laud from the University of Massachusetts, Boston with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with departmental honors in 2007. Abby had previously studied Acting at Emerson College, transferring to UMass in 2005. She graduated from Northeastern University School of Law with a Juris Doctor in 2011.

Admitted to US Bar December 2011

 

Biography

Abby’s DREAM topic is focused on using digital technology to increase access to print and other copyrighted material for people with print disabilities.

As part of her work in the CDLP, Abby has worked on a paper entitled ‘Tracking the Progress of an International Instrument for the Print Disabled at WIPO”.

She graduated Summa Cum Laud from the University of Massachusetts, Boston with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with departmental honors in 2007. Abby had previously studied Acting at Emerson College, transferring to UMass in 2005. She graduated from Northeastern University School of Law with a Juris Doctor in 2011.

She fell into her work in disability rights almost by accident. Northeastern University School of Law requires that all students obtaining a JD complete four “co-op” placements in the legal field. Two of her four placements had been in the field of “soft” intellectual property (the music and film industry, with a touch of publishing for spice). Her last co-op placement was with the Centre for Disability Law & Police at NUI Galway in Ireland. Abby was offered a co-op position to examine the negotiations at WIPO over a treaty (or joint recommendation) to create greater access to copyrighted material for persons with print disability. Her familiarity with copyright law and some familiarity with international law helped her make sense of the various proposals. Her sense of social justice combined with her strong love of books made her a passionate advocate for greater access to copyrighted material world wide and committed to ending the book famine.

Abby’s other interests include acting, singing (formerly she was the lead singer of a Boston powerpop/punk influenced band, and she also sang in a chamber choir at University) and animal rights.

 

Papers/Presentations/Conferences

Conferences and Events
November 2011 – Universal Design Conference, Tullamore

March 2012 – Genetic Discrimination Conference, Galway
Meeting with members of parliament about the EU presidency and the importance of flexible copyright reform in the EU
Conferences on copyright and others on technology (multiple)
Presented at the VDRDC conference in San Fransisco
Presented informally at UN conference in Boston
Presented at A11y group meetings
Attended conferences on Copyright, Technology and Accessibility
June 2013 – Future Publishing and Accessibility – Copenhagen, Denmark
June 2013 – WIPO Marrakesh Treaty Diplomatic conference
July 2013 – HCII 2013, Access to Books: Human Rights, Copyright and Accessibility – Las Vagas, NV
August 2013 – Tech @ LEAD – Washington, US
February 2014 – UNCRPD Article 30(3): Implications for Copyright, Works in Progress in Intellectual Property – Santa Clara,

Events Organised
April 2012 – Major conference in Dublin on the WIPO Process
April 2014 - Copyright Reform in Ireland & Reflections on the Marrekesh Treaty, NUIG

Papers/Articles
Tracking the Progress of an International Instrument for the Print Disabled at WIPO

Forthcoming
Policy position paper for Benetech on crowd sourced image description
Editing White paper for G3ict & Google with a broad range of industry experts

Publications
Authored Submission of CDLP to Copyright Reform Commission
CDLP Yearbook Article
Access to Books: Human Rights, Copyright & Accessibility – Springer 2013
Submission to European Commission on behalf of CDLP on Reforming Rules of Copyright (Project Organizer, other authors include Delia Ferri and Ronan Kennedy) – 2014

Training and Skills Enhancement
Guest lectured in Copyright, and on Copyright and Technology to Journalism and Law & Technology LLMs
January 2012 – DREAM Network Event, University of Leeds
June 2012 – DREAM Network Event, Technosite, Madrid
June 2012 – CDLP Summer School, NUI Galway
June 2012 – WIPO Summer School, Geneva
January 2013 – DREAM Network Event, Maastricht University

Lecturing
Seminars on Copyright and Print Disability

Contact Information

Email: abigail.rekas@nuigalway.ie

Magdolna Birtha

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Project Information

National and European Monitoring of the CRPD (Article 33.2).

Qualifications

Master’s degree in Sociology, 2010 (ELTE University, Budapest)

Biography

Magdi is Marie Curie Research Fellow and PhD candidate at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at National University of Ireland, Galway. Magdi’s research in the frame of the DREAM project is focusing on the National and European Monitoring of the CRPD and civil society involvement. She will be researching the process of creating a self-sustaining triangular mechanism to promote, protect and monitor the implementation of the Convention by collecting promising international practices. She has a special focus on the active and effective involvement of persons with disabilities in policy and decision-making processes (Article 33.3 CRPD). She is following the implementation of the Convention at the EU level and aiming to provide recommendations by the end of her three years on ways of effective monitoring.

Previously Magdi worked on the implementation and monitoring mechanisms of the CRPD at EU level as a trainee at the Unit of Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the European Commission. In 2008-2010 she was Hungarian coordinator of the two years Grundtvig Multilateral EU project ’My Opinion My Vote’ focusing on the political participation and voting rights of persons with learning disabilities.

Magdi became dedicated to disability rights while working as a volunteer in a group home maintained by the Hungarian Down Foundation in Budapest between 2006 and 2008. Assisting the everyday life and building up personal relations with a number of persons with intellectual disabilities ensured her better understanding regarding the barriers they have to face in our society. She worked closely with a number of advocacy NGOs and DPOs raising awareness on the right to vote, organizing training sessions on citizenship and participation, and monitoring human rights in big institutions all around Hungary.

She holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from ELTE University, Budapest; her dissertation focused on “Ethnomethodology of the category ’intellectually disabled”.

In May 2014 Magdi became the first ever recipient of the international Carla Vlaskamp early career award.  The award is given in recognition of the lifetime achievements of Professor Vlaskamp (University of Groningen) in placing a focus on the voice and rights of persons with profound intellectual disabilities.  It enables a young researcher to present at the World Conference of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD).

Papers/Presentations/Conferences

Presentations

19 March 2013 – ‘Nothing about CRPD monitoring without us!’ – case study on Article 33 CRPD implementation in Zambia presented at the Australian Human Rights Centre, Sydney http://www.ahrcentre.org/node/471

11-12 March 2013, Co-training with Mental Disability Advocacy Centre on implementation of Article 33 CRPD, Chisinau, Moldova

29 January 2013 – Presentation at the DREAM network event (‘Exploring the Zambian solution to implement Article 33 CRPD’), Maastricht, the Netherlands

3 April 2013 – Seminar at the New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice, Auckland (’Challenges and key factors of effective civil society participation in policy and decision-making processes’)

4 April 2013 – Seminar at the Auckland University of Technology (‘CRPD as a tool for change – participation of persons with disabilities’)

30 April 2013 – Presentation at the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Hawai’i (’Nothing about CRPD monitoring without us’ – case study on the involvement of the disability movement in policy-making in Zambia)

30 May 2013 – Presentation at the Nordic Network on Disability Research conference, Turku, Finland (“Nothing about CRPD monitoring without us’ – case study on the involvement of the disability movement in policy-making in Zambia”)

20 June 2013 – Presentation at the CDLP NUIG 5th International Disability Summer School, Galway (Article 33 – Innovation from around the world )

27 June 2013 – Citizenship in the European Union: Twenty years after Maastricht conference (‘Citizenship rights of persons with disabilities’), Corvinus Univeristy, Budapest

28 June 2013 – Citizenship in Europe: Citizenship and solidarity, ISES Summer school, Koszeg, Hungary (‘Advocacy and citizenship rights of persons with disabilities’)

18 & 19 September 2013 – ‘The Rights of persons with disabilities’ conference organized by the Council of Europevadul-Lui-Voda, Moldova,
http://www.nuigalway.ie/dream/downloads/participation_in_policymaking_mb_draft.pdf
http://www.nuigalway.ie/dream/downloads/citizenship_rights_of_persons_with_disabilities.pdf

21 October 2013 – ‘Participation of persons with disabilities in policy and decision-making processes’ Roundtable Discussion on Human Rights and Disability: Between Choice and Control, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania

Papers/Articles

November 2013 – “Nothing about CRPD monitoring without us’ – case study on the involvement of the disability movement in policy-making in Zambia”, In: African Disability Rights Yearbook, University of Pretoria

March 2013 – UN CRPD as a real engine of change – training experiences from Moldova on http://disabilityrightsresearch.com/2013/03/15/un-crpd-as-a-real-engine-of-change-training-experiences-from-moldova/

December 2012 – ’Remove another barrier! – Literature of persons with intellectual disabilities’ on http://disabilityrightsresearch.com/2012/12/04/remove-another-barrier-literature-of-persons-with-intellectual-disabilities/

September 2012 – ’How constructive a dialogue could be? – Hungary’s State Report has been reviewed by the UN CRPD Committee’ on http://disabilityrightsresearch.com/2012/09/24/how-constructive-a-dialogue-could-be/

April 2012 – ’The value of life – Eugenics strikes back as human right in the 21st century?’ on http://disabilityrightsresearch.com/2012/04/30/the-value-of-life-eugenics-strikes-back-as-human-right-in-the-21st-century/

Mar 2012 – “Nothing about us without us!” on http://disabilityrightsresearch.com/2012/03/08/nothing-about-us-without-us/

Dec 2011 – Europe’s Way Out of the Crisis: A Gloomy Celebration of the European Day of People with Disabilities on http://disabilitylawnews.blogspot.co.at/2011/12/europes-way-out-of-crisis-gloomy.html

Summer schools

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; How to use it. The 4th International Summer School, NUI Galway, Ireland, 18-23 June 2012 Mental Disability Law in Practice, Summer University, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 19-30 July 2010

Publications

“Nothing about CRPD monitoring without us’ – case study on the involvement of the disability movement in policy-making in Zambia”, In: African Disability Rights Yearbook, University of Pretoria (2013)

’Mennyire lehet konstruktív egy párbeszéd? – Az ENSZ CRPD Bizottságának felülvizsgálata a Fogyatékosjogi Egyezmény magyarországi végrehajtásáról’ (in Hungarian) In: Fundamentum (Hungarian Human Rights Journal) (2013).

’A chance to pioneer or a lost opportunity?:  Monitoring disability rights effectively and independently in the EU in line with Article 33 of the UN CRPD’ In: European Yearbook of Disability Law, Volume 5, Intersentia (2014- forthcoming)

Online publications on the DREAM research blog:

March 2013 – UN CRPD as a real engine of change – training experiences from Moldova on  http://disabilityrightsresearch.com/2013/03/15/un-crpd-as-a-real-engine-of-change-training-experiences-from-moldova/

December 2012 – ’Remove another barrier! – Literature of persons with intellectual disabilities’ on  http://disabilityrightsresearch.com/2012/12/04/remove-another-barrier-literature-of-persons-with-intellectual-disabilities/

September 2012 – ’How constructive a dialogue could be? – Hungary’s State Report has been reviewed by the UN CRPD Committee’ on  http://disabilityrightsresearch.com/2012/09/24/how-constructive-a-dialogue-could-be/

April 2012 – ’The value of life – Eugenics strikes back as human right in the 21st century?’ on  http://disabilityrightsresearch.com/2012/04/30/the-value-of-life-eugenics-strikes-back-as-human-right-in-the-21st-century/

Mar 2012 – “Nothing about us without us!” on  http://disabilityrightsresearch.com/2012/03/08/nothing-about-us-without-us/

Dec 2011 – Europe’s Way Out of the Crisis: A Gloomy Celebration of the European Day of People with Disabilities on  http://disabilitylawnews.blogspot.co.at/2011/12/europes-way-out-of-crisis-gloomy.html

Lecturing experience:

11-12 March 2013: Co-training with Mental Disability Advocacy Centre on implementation of Article 33 CRPD, Chisinau, Moldova;

Secondments

February-July 2012: European Disability Forum (EDF), Brussels, Belgium
November-March 2013: European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Vienna, Austria

Publications in Hungarian:

February 2013 – ’Mennyire lehet konstruktív egy párbeszéd? – Az ENSZ CRPD Bizottságának felülvizsgálata a Fogyatékosjogi Egyezmény magyarországi végrehajtásáról’ In: Fundamentum (Hungarian Human Rights Journal, website: http://www.indok.hu/kezdolap)

Contact Information

Tel.: 353 (0)91 49 4009
Office: CDLP, Block T, NUI Galway.
email: magdolna.birtha@nuigalway.ie

Anna Arstein Kerslake

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Project Information

Restoring Voice to People – Reforming Legal Capacity Law & Introducing supported decision-making

 

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Sociology from San Diego State University (SDSU) and a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree in Law from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law.

 

Biography

Before beginning work as a DREAM researcher, she worked on disability rights issues in the Brussels office of Human Rights Watch.  Her training in human rights comes from her year as a student attorney in the International Women’s Human Rights (IWHR) Clinic at CUNY School of Law, and her course work at University College London (UCL), where she spent a semester studying EU Law and Human Rights Law.   From 2008-2010 she sat on the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (ABCNY) Committee on Legal Issues Affecting People with Disabilities, where she participated in awareness raising of the UN CRPD and organized a panel discussion on domestic violence as is affects people with disabilities.  Anna has also completed internships at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR), New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), the United Kingdom Ministry of Justice Human Rights Division, and Comité Español de Representantes de Personas con Discapacidad (CERMI).

Anna has held a variety of positions in the field of disability rights, ranging from Community Support Service Provider to Human Rights Researcher.  She has experience in several areas, including domestic violence issues, discrimination law, international human rights law, and disability rights law.

Papers/Presentations/Conferences

Presentations:

  • 30-31 May 2013, “An Empowering Dependence: Exploring the Role of Supported Decision-Maker,” Nordic Network on Disability Research Conference, Turku, Finland, http://nndr2013.fi/
  • 19 April 2013, “Capacity Law and Supported Decision Making in the Context of Prader-Willi Syndrome,” Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of Ireland Annual Conference 2013, Dublin, Ireland, http://pwsai.ie/annual-conference-2013/
  • 12-13 February 2013, Presentation on MDAC position paper on legal capacity and Article 12 CRPD, “Revisiting Mental Capacity in Light of the CRPD: Forced Treatment,” London, England
  • 16 November 2012, “Restoring Voice to People: The UN CRPD and Good Practice in Supported Decision Making,” presented at the Disability Studies Conference at Hotel Hilton-Nordica, Reykjavik, Iceland, Restoring Voice to People
  • 15 November 2012, Presentation on requirements of Article 12, CRPD and supported decision-making practices, National Strategies Workshop, Reykjavik, Iceland sponsored by the Association of Municipalities and the Centre for Disability Studies
  • 15 October 2012, Joint presentation with Dr. Eilionoir Flynn, “Implementing a Support Model of Legal Capacity: Enabling Conditions and the Continuum of Support”, 2nd World Congress on Guardianship, Melbourne, Australia,  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZlb4K0Q6Kw
  • 11-12 October 2012, “Respecting Choices: Decision-Making and the Law”, Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability, Inc. (VALID), Empowerment: The Masterkey to Success, Melbourne, Australia
  • 20-22 September 2012, Delegate for the Essex Autonomy Project Summer School, presenting on Legal Capacity and Supported Decision-Making
  • 12-13 September 2012, Legal Capacity Roundtable, New York, NY, presenting on obligations of Article 12, CRPD
  • 5-7 September 2012, “Cognitive Disability and the Capabilities Approach: Exploring a Human Right to Individual Development,” Human Development and Capabilities Approach Conference, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 30 July 2012, Presentation to Disability Rights International and other Serbian NGOs on legal capacity reform and best practices in supported decision-making, http://www.mc.rs/mc_press_centar/dogadjaji.4.html?eventId=8635
  • 10 March 2012, Joint Presentation with Dr. Eilionoir Flynn, “Equal Recognition Before the Law: Exploring a Support Model of Legal Capacity,” ’Equality: Are We There Yet?’, The Kent Critical Law Society at the University of Kent, Canterbury, http://www.nuigalway.ie/disability-rights/downloads/kent_presentation.docx

Conferences/Events participated in organisation

  • 30 Nov 2011, “Getting it Right: Capacity Legislation and the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities,” Amnesty Ireland and NUIG, Dublin, Ireland, http://www.amnesty.ie/content/getting-it-right
  • 3 April 2011, Looking Globally, Legislating Locally,” Amnesty Ireland and NUIG, Dublin, Ireland, http://www.amnesty.ie/content/looking-globally-legislating-locally
  • 26 June 2012, Supported Decision-Making Workshop for Professionals, Facilitated by Wayne Martin of the Essex Autonomy project, Amnesty Ireland and NUIG, Dublin, Ireland
  • 12-13 February 2013, “Revisiting Mental Capacity in Light of the CRPD: Forced Treatment,” MDAC, UCL, Institute of Philosophy, Durham University, Center for Medical Humanities, and Wellcome Trust, London, England

Publications

  • Anna Arstein-Kerslake, “A Call to Action: The Realisation of Equal Recognition Underthe Law for People with Disabilities in the EU,” European Yearbook of Disability Law, Vol. 5, Waddington, Quinn, Flynn (eds.) (Forthcoming 2014)
  • Anna Arstein-Kerslake and Eilionoir Flynn, “Legislating Personhood: Realising the Right to Support in Exercising Legal Capacity,” International Journal of Law in Context, (Cambridge University Press Forthcoming 2014)
  • Anna Arstein-Kerslake and Eilionoir Flynn, “The Support Model of Legal Capacity: Fact, Fiction or Fantasy?,” Berkeley Journal of International Law, (Forthcoming 2014)
  • Anna Arstein-Kerslake, “Legal Capacity and Supported Decision-Making: Respecting Rights and Empowering People,” Charles O’Mahony and Gerard Quinn (eds.), Regional, Thematic, and Comparative Perspectives: UNCRPD, Intersentia (Forthcoming 2013)
  • Gerard Quinn with Anna Arstein-Kerslake , “Restoring the ’Human’ in ’Human Rights’ – Personhood and Doctrinal Innovation in the UN Disability Convention ,” The Cambridge Companion to Human Rights Law, Conor Gearty and Costas Douzinas (eds.) (Cambridge University Press 2013)

Lecturing experience

  • Co-lecturer with Gerard Quinn, NUIG Disability Law and Public Policy LLM, course: Legal Capacity Law and Policy, Feb. – Apr. 2012

Secondments

  • January-April 2013, Mental Disability Advocacy Center (MDAC), Budapest, Hungary
    Visiting researcher working on advocacy and strategic litigation on the right to legal capacity and the right to live in the community
  • May-June 2013, Interights, London, England
    Visiting researcher working on strategic litigation on the right to legal capacity

Contact Information

Website: http://capacityrights.org/

Email:  anna.arsteinkerslake@nuigalway.ie 

NOVA

G. Anthony Giannoumis

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Project Information

Researching the monitoring, implementation, and enforcement of eAccessibility law and policy at the EU Member State level.

Qualifications

G. Anthony Giannoumis is a Temple University College of Health Professions Master of Public Health graduate. He was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship with the Norwegian Social Research Institute (NOVA). Giannoumis received his B.S. in business from Shepherd University.

Biography

He is also conducting research in with the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University on effective rehabilitation technology and the right to the web for persons with cognitive disabilities. Previously he has conducted international health research with The Guru Charitable Foundation, and World Hope Inc. In addition he has conducted research in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Program Office for Public Health Law Research, Fox Chase Cancer Center, and The Pennsylvania State University.

His research experience includes eAccessibility and eInclusion policy, stress and dementia caregivers, international health services, international health and public policy, knowledge translation, health care workforce and education policy, and U.S. public health law.

Giannoumis has previously worked for Temple University Beasley School of Law, Citigroup and The Pennsylvania State House of Representatives. He has also worked on projects related to social media and public health, cancer disparities, and nursing accreditation.

 

Papers/Presentations

Publications

Presentations

 

Conferences

May 2nd to 4th 2012: 1st European Mind Change Conference

June 11th to 13th 2012: Universal Design 2012

June 18th to 20th 2012: 8th International Conference on Evaluation for Practice Pori, Finland

August 21st to 22nd 2012: Reassessing the Nordic Welfare Model

August 23rd to 25th 2012: RC 19 Annual Conference

September 13th to 15th 2012: Sixth Pan-European Conference on EU Politics 

September 26th to 29th 2012: NEUJOBS Socio-ecological transition: Employment, education and welfare 

October 11th to 12th 2012: Disability and Development: Rights, Politics, and Practice 

April 10th to 11th 2013: NOVA welfare policy strategic workshop

April 16th to 17th 2013: MARATONE Kick off meeting

May 2013: IT uten Terskel

May 2nd 2013:  REASSESS seminar, presented by Rune Halvorsen and Bjørn Hvinden

June 12th to 14th: New Pub, organized by Nota, held in Copenhagen

June 24th to 27th 2013: CES, organized by Columbia University and held in Amsterdam

October 2013: Voluntary regulation of web accessibility organized by NOVA and held in Oslo

October 21st 2013: Human Rights and Disability: between choice and control, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas Lithuania

December 2nd 2013: Seminar on Disability Rights in Development, University of Oslo

December 19th 2013: Artikkelpresentasjon, Oslo University College

February 12th 2014:  SPF DREAM Network Event

April 1st -5th 2014: Equal Rights and Accessible Environments, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University

16-18 June, UD2014, University of Lund, http://ud2014.se/

23-25 June, DREAM final event, NUIG, http://www.disability-rights.eu/?p=60

Contact Information

http://about.me/ganthonyg

Facebook 

Twitter 

LinkedIn 

+01 215 948 2754

 +47 91 91 97 26

gagian@hioa.no

Yuliya Kuznetsova

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Project Information

My present research will be about how the international corporations adopt their corporate culture towards employing and accommodating persons with disabilities in accordance with international and national policies on the example of the comparative analysis of selected enterprises in two countries: Norway and UK.

Qualifications

Graduated as a teacher of English and French from the Horlivka State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages. Yuliya also has a degree as a Manager of foreign economic activity from the European University of Finance, Management and Business in Kiev, Degree of Master in European Higher Education.

Biography

My name is Yuliya Kuznetsova. I am from Ukraine, Donetsk. I have lived, studied and worked both in Donetsk and in Kiev. I have worked as a teacher, and later on, as educational programmes coordinator at Soros Foundation Donetsk branch and Educational Advising Center at Donetsk State University. Further on, in Kiev, I have worked for Ukrainian Business Incubators and Innovation Centers Association, and for the project of National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA/USA) “Establishing Business Internet Centers in Underserved Ukrainian Communities”. I have also had experience working for the World Bank country office in Ukraine as a team assistant for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Sector.

I have varied international experience. In 2008 I was awarded Erasmus Mundus scholarship to study higher education policies and higher education administration (HEEM Programme) offered jointly by the University of Oslo, Norway, the University of Tampere, Finland, and the University of Aveiro, Portugal. I graduated in August 2010 from the University of Oslo with the degree of Master in European Higher Education and defended my thesis about “The response of the “non-vocational disciplines” towards increasing focus on employability in their curricular”. After graduating I have taken one year course in Multimedia in Education at the University of Aveiro.

I have been working as an Early Stage Researcher at NOVA – Norwegian Social Research Institute since September 5th, 2011.

Papers/Presentations

Presentations

Toward economic independence of persons with disabilities: Corporate Culture and inclusion into the workforce

http://www.nuigalway.ie/dream/downloads/enhancing_access_to_employment_for_persons_with_disabilities_hanasaari.pptx

http://www.nuigalway.ie/dream/downloads/ufhrd2012_conference_presentation_ykuznetsova2.ppt

http://www.nuigalway.ie/dream/downloads/alter2012_conference_presentation_ykuznetsova.pdf

http://www.nuigalway.ie/dream/downloads/poster_haanasari_ykuznetsova.pdf 

Conferences Attended

Jan 2012 – International Conference on Good Policies for Disabled People

Jan 2012 – Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus

May 2012 – 1st European Mind Change Conference, “Social Inclusion for People with Disabilities”

May 2012 – University Forum for HRD Universidade Lusíada de Vila Nova Famalicão (ULF), Portugal

June 2012 – NordWel conference, “Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on Welfare State Development”, University of

                 Southern Denmark, Odense

Aug 2012 - 1st International Conference of the Alter: European Society of Disability Research, Paris, France

Contact Information

Email:  yuliya.kuznetsova@nova.no

SPF

Carly Toepke

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Project Information

I am based at the Swiss Paraplegic Research and the University of Lucerne, Faculty of Law in Switzerland. My work focuses on the right of inclusive education highlighted in Article 24 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Qualifications

  • Bachelors of the Arts in Political Science from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 2008
  • Bachelors of the Arts in German from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 2008
  • Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall Law School in 2011

Biography

After college, I attended the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois where I focused on public international and human rights law courses. While in law school I had the opportunity to study a semester at the University of Lucerne Law School in Switzerland. There, I was able to focus on human rights courses that really gave me a different perspective on the law. In May 2011 I graduated law school in the top third of my graduating class.

While in law school I worked at a variety of firms ranging from international corporate transactions to toxic tort defense work to U.S. immigration law. Working for a variety of law firms specializing in diverse facets of the law has strengthened my ability to adapt to many different and difficult situations. Now, I look forward to the opportunity to work with the DREAM project and all of the new challenges and experiences it will bring.

Papers/Presentations

Presentations

“T he Importance of Participation in Education for Society. Fulfilling the participation aspect of Article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,” DREAM Network Event, Oslo, Norway (September 2013)

“Transferring Skills and Experience from NGO work to Academic Research,” SPF Colloquium (June 2013)

“Participation in Inclusive Education under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.” Poster Presentation at The Nordic Network on Disability Research (NNDR) International Conference 2013, Turku, Finland (30-31 May 2013)

“Keeping Children Health through Education – A Look into the Connectedness of Health and Education under the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.” DREAM Network Event, Maastricht, The Netherlands (January 2013)

“Aligning State Party Legal Obligations in Education for Children with Disabilities under the UN CRPD.” SPF PhD Colloquium (September 2012)

Existing Human Rights and Disability Streams in Europe, DREAM Network Event, Brussels, Belgium (November 2011)

Papers

“The Importance of Participation in Education for Society. Fulfilling the participation aspect of Article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.” Recht und Gesellschaft Junge Rechtswissenschaft Luzern LBR 80. Ed. Mariela Maidana & Carly M. Toepke: Schulthess (2014) forthcoming

“Keeping Children Health through Education – A Look into the Connectedness of Health and Education under the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.” LBR 70 Recht und Gesundheit der Jungen Rechtswissenschaft Luzern. Ed. Helena Zaugg and Lea Schläpfer. (2013) 25-22 ( forthcoming)

“An Illinois Court Refuses to Assist in Discovery for Arbitration in England.” International Law News. Volume 39. Number 2. Spring 2010. p. 24-25; reprinted in GP Solo. Best of ABA Sections. Volume 28. Number 2. March 2011 p. 38-39

Teaching experience

“The Anatomy of the Civil Litigation Process,” Lawyering Skills course, University of Lucerne, Switzerland (September 2012)

“Disability Rights in Africa,” African Law course, University of Lucerne, Switzerland (November 2012)

“International Disability Human Rights.” Transnational Litigation course, University of Lucerne, Switzerland (March 2012)

“Protecting the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,” Protection of Vulnerable Groups course, University of Lucerne, Switzerland (March 2012)

Conferences attended

“Conference in Disability Research” hosted by the Nordic Network on Disability Research (NNDR) International Conference 2013 in Turku, Finland (May 2013) ( forthcoming)

“How to Litigate Before the European Court of Human Rights Event” hosted by ERA Academy of European Law in Strasbourg, France (March 2013)

“Regional Workshop on Desegregation in Central and Southeastern Europe” hosted by Chance for Children Foundation in Budapest, Hungary (February 2013)

“Workshop on the UNCRPD (“How to Use It”) hosted by the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (April 2012)

“Pathway to Inclusive Education” hosted by European Association of Service Providers for People with Disabilities (EASPD) in Budapest, Hungary (September 2012)

Secondment

Mental Disability Advocacy Center (MDAC) in Budapest, Hungary (February – May 2013). MDAC’s mission is to advance the rights of children and adults with intellectual disabilities or psycho-social disabilities through creating a body of progressive jurisprudence, instigating law reform, and empowering people with disabilities and promoting participatory politics.

Seminars and Courses

“Research and Scientific Writing Course” by Dr. Reuben Escorpizo, University of Lucerne, Switzerland (Fall 2012)

“Academic Writing Skills” by Dr. Mark Kyburz, University of Lucerne, Switzerland (Fall 2012)

“Workshop on how to use the ICF” Swiss Paraplegic Research (September 2012)

“The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; How to use it.” The 4th International Summer School. NUI Galway, Ireland (June 2012)

“Knowledge Transfer” by Dr. Sarah Rubinelli, University of Lucerne, Switzerland (May 2012)

Continuing Legal Education

“Lawyer Ranking & Ratings: The Impact on Ethics and the Profession,” ABA, webinar (October 2013)

“Advanced Tips for Enhanced Legal Research on Fastcase (2013),” ISBA, webinar (October 2013)

“Introduction to Legal Research on Fastcase (2013),” ISBA, webinar (April 2013)

“Legal ethics for new attorneys,” IICLE, webinar (July 2012)

Contact Information

Email: ctoepke2@gmail.com or carly.toepke@paraplegie.ch

Dimitris Skempes

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Biography

Dimitris Skempes is a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Swiss Paraplegic Research, an affiliate of the Swiss Paraplegics Foundation ( http://www.paraplegie.ch/). He holds a BSc in Physical Therapy (2006) and received his Master of Public Health and Healthcare Management (MPH) from the University of Crete Medical School , Greece (2009) . During 2008 he worked as a Research Assistant at the Dept. of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, UK. He has also acquired work experience in the healthcare business arena with a global medical devices manufacturer and consulted with policymakers and parliamentarians on several aspects of health sector reform in Greece. Most recently he was seconded to the World Health Organization Headquarters (WHO) in Geneva and contributed to the development of WHO’s International Guidelines on Rehabilitation.

Dimitris Skempes’ main area of interest lies in disability research focusing particularly on rehabilitation, global health policy and human rights law. His activities as part of the DREAM training network are focused on the development of evidence based policy tools and indicators to monitor progress in the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD). In this regard, he works towards a doctoral degree at the University of Lucerne with the objective to identify and propose a set of contextually relevant and scientifically valid indicators to monitor the implementation of rehabilitation aspects of the CRPD (Article 26).

Papers/Theses/Conference Presentations/Work in Progress

Skempes D. Promoting the right to rehabilitation for persons with disabilities: a new role for health professionals (invited oral presentation). European Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine, Thessaloniki, Greece. May 2012

Skempes D, Reinhardt JD, Fellinghauer B, Bickenbach JE. Unmet needs, denial of and satisfaction with healthcare among persons with physical and mental impairments: Results from the World Health Survey. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2012;48(2):91

Skempes D. Do we need an International Classification of Rehabilitation Services? (invited oral presentation). International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine – WHO Liaison Committee and European Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Meeting. Thessaloniki, Greece. May 2012.

Skempes D and the ISPRM Rehabilitation Service Organization Taskforce. Conceptual framework to classify rehabilitation services:  A systematic approach. Journal of rehabilitation medicine : official journal of the UEMS European Board of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2013;45(53):36

Meyer T, Gutenbrunner C, Kiekens C, Skempes D, Melvin JL, Schedler K et al. ISPRM discussion paper: Proposing a conceptual description of health-related rehabilitation services. Journal of rehabilitation medicine : official journal of the UEMS European Board of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2014;46(1):1-6.

Skempes D. Submission to WHO Guideline Review Committee: Issues for consideration in utilizing and complimenting GRADE in the case of complex health interventions. World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. April 2013

Skempes D. Submission to the World Health Organization Disability and Rehabilitation Team: “WHO International Guidelines on Health related Rehabilitation – Technical Report”. World Health Organization, Geneva. Switzerland. November 2013

Skempes D, Stucki G, Bickenbach JE. Health related rehabilitation and human rights: Analyzing States obligations under the UN Disability Convention. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation [under review]

Skempes D, Bickenbach JE, Kieckens C, Meyer T, Gutenbrunner C, Stucki G. An international systematic review of the core elements of physical medicine and rehabilitation services integrated into the health system. [Work in progress]

Lecture on enabling equality at the British Library

Keynote: Tom Shakespeare

http://www.bl.uk/whatson/events/event159848.html

Workshop on Access to health care for people with disabilities

Workshop instructors include leading figures in disability research and practice (Nora Groce, Tom Shakespeare, Hannah Kuper)

http://www.iddcconsortium.net/events/iddc-ga-2014-workshop-access-health

Contact Information

Email:    dimitrios.skempes@paraplegie.ch 

 

Technosite

Robert Huffaker

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Project information

Robert’s doctoral research project is entitled “People with Disabilities as Market Participants and Expanding Accessible ICT Markets: Building the Business Case of eAccessibility”.

His thesis begins with a background to the eAccessibility business case, including the status and purchasing power of people with disabilities in an LDC/MDC context, and the possible pitfalls for technology. Additionally, the moral and economic imperatives for change are examined via the UNCRPD, and the implications of EU ratification, including examining the business and regulatory domains. Further research is focused on the business case of eAccessibility around the world and in the EU, and a conclusion is made with lessons for EU implication. Robert is expected to complete his PhD studies in this subject in 2015.

 

Qualifications

Cert. Social Cost Benefit Analysis, Estonian Business School (2012)
MA Human Development and Food Security, University of Rome III (2008)
BA (hons) International Relations, Richmond American International University (2006)

 

Biography

As a fellow through the European Commission’s Marie Curie Initial Training Network, for the past year Robert has been a Technical Officer at Technosite, ONCE Foundation in Madrid, Spain. He is conducting a cost benefit analysis of countries and companies in the EU28 that include eAccessibility into their economic policies.

Robert also has 5 years’ experience with projects related to online media, outreach and advocacy at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the United Nations World Food Programme in Rome, Italy.

 

Papers/Presentations/Conferences

Papers to be published in 2014:

“Determining Costs and Benefits of Website Accessibility in Ireland: Results from an Empirical Approach.” Journal of Accessibility and Universal Design (JACCES)

The United States’ Legislative Impact on eAccessibility: What the European Union Can Learn. Web4All Conference, Seoul, South Korea (April 2014).

Presentations:

“Legal Framework and Related Results on eAccessibility: A Legislation Review” Nordic Network on Disability Research conference in Naantali, Finland (May 2013) 

“How to Ensure Accessibility in Your WordPress Blog Posts” University of Leeds, UK (February 2012)

“People with Disabilities as Market Participants and Expanding Accessible ICT Markets” European Commission, Brussels (November 2011)

Invited Guest Lecture:

“eAccessibility: Legislation Review and Cost Benefit Analysis” National University of Ireland at Galway, Centre for Disability Law and Policy (November 2012) 

Conferences & Workshops Attended:

Social Cost Benefit Analysis Course (January 2014)

Technology Platform for Health and Active, Independent Life Assembly (eVIA) (November 2013)

4th CENTAC Congress meeting (October 2013)

5th International Disability Law Summer School: Voice and Choice, Galway (June 2013)

Nordic Network on Disability Research – 12th Research Conference, Naantali, Finland (May 2013)

Community Living for All Conference, Galway (May 2013)

7th European e-Accessibility Forum: Developing e-Accessibility as a Professional Skill, Paris (March 2013)

ThyssenKrupp Encasa Conference: Hacía la acceSÍbilidad universal” (October 2012)

3rd CENTAC National Congress of Accessible Technologies (October 2012)

“The Fourth International Summer School: The UNCRPD – How to Use it” at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at NUI Galway (June 2012)

Vodafone España Workshop on Developing Accessible Apps (September 2011)

Interviews:

ONCE Así Somos

FSC Inserta

Solidaridad Digital

Contact Information

Email: rhuffaker@technosite.es 

 

University of Iceland

Ciara Brennan

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Project Information

My project explores developments in independent living and personal assistance in three Nordic countries; Iceland, Sweden and Norway. It is a qualitative study in close collaboration with independent living organisations in the Nordic countries. The project aims to enhance knowledge of how to advance to Article 19 based on the experiences of diverse stakeholders including members of independent living organisations, indiviudals entitled to personal assistance, policy makers and administrators responsible for implementing personal assistance.

I worked in close collaboration with the JAG association and co-operative based in Stockholm, Sweden from January-May 2013 where I produced the report- ’Investing in Human Rights: Measuring the Value of Personal Assistance for People Who Require Intensive Supports’.  JAG a non-profit organisation and personal assistance co-operative and NGO. It is a civil rights organisation and is part of the Swedish independent living movement.

Qualifications

  • MSc Applied Social Research, Trinity College Dublin
  • BSc Social Policy and Political Science, University College Dublin

 

Biography

I worked as a research assistant at the National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID), Trinity College Dublin from 2009-2011. The NIID promotes the inclusion and rights of people with intellectual disabilities through research, advocacy and education. I worked on a diverse range of reports at the NIID including;

The Anti-Bullying Research Project. Dublin: National Institute for Intellectual Disability, Trinity College Dublin.
http://www.nda.ie/website/nda/cntmgmtnew.nsf/0/013D71A85AE4D88D80257AFB0050D6AD/$File/The_AntiBullying_Research_Project.pdf

A story to tell: An online archive
http://www.tcd.ie/niid/life-stories/

Transition from post-primary school for students with intellectual disabilities for the National Council for Special Education
http://www.ncse.ie/uploads/1/Transition_from_post_primary_school_for_students_with_intellectual_disabilities.pdf

Other research projects included;

  • a survey of university graduates with intellectual disabilities
  • the experiences of third level institutes implementing a course for people with intellectual disabilities
  • an exploration of the landscape of educational opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities in Ireland and internationally
  • a guidebook for employers of people with intellectual disabilities based on the work experiences of university students with intellectual disabilities

 

Papers/Presentations

Presentations

  • ’Reforming personal assistance: Learning from the experiences of multiple stakeholders’. Paper presented at the DREAM Network Event: European Assistive Technology Ecosystem, Oslo, Norway, 24-26 September 2013
  • ’Theorizing the economics of independent living: Commodification of human rights in Iceland in a Nordic context’ Paper accepted for the Nordic Network on Disability Research (NNDR) International Conference 2012, Turku, Finland, 30-31 May 2013
  • ’The CRPD, independent living and user-led personal assistance’. Paper accepted for the Nordic Network on Disability Research (NNDR) International Conference 2013, Turku, Finland, 30-31 May 2013.
  • ’Moving forward together: Advancing the right to live independently in the community for all disabled citizens’. Paper presented for the JAG association in Sweden and Finland, Stockholm, Sweden, 27 April 2013.
  • Capital, class and cohesion: Capital, class and cohesion: An analysis of the misuse of EU structural funds to reinforce segregated living arrangements for disabled people in Europe. Paper presented at The disability Studies Conference: Theorizing Normalcy and the Mundane 3rd International Conference “Cripping the Norm”, University of Chester, Chestershire, United Kingdom, 26-27 June 2012.
  • Exploring the Nordic Experience of Direct Payments and User-Led Personal Assistance. Paper presented at the Centre for Disability Studies Doctoral Seminar, University of Iceland, Reykjavik. 2 May 2012.

 

Conferences Attended

  • Theorising normalcy and the mundane, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom, 3-4 September 2013
  • The Nordic Network on Disability Research (NNDR) International Conference 2013, Turku, Finland, 30-31 May 2013
  • Community living for all. A conference on the Future Role of the European Union Structural funds to Advance Community Living for Older People and People with Disabilities, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway, Ireland, 03 May 2013
  • IFA Debattforum och Rådsmöte (IFA Discussion forums and council meeting), Hotel Courtyard by Marriott, Stockholm, Sweden, 13-14 April 2013
  • Mannréttindasáttmáli SÞ fyrir fatlað folk: Innleiding og eftirlit (UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: implementation and monitoring), Harpa, Reykjavik, Iceland, 11 October  2012.
  • Disability Studies Conference: Disability, Poverty and Neo-Liberalism, University of Lancaster, United Kingdom, 11-15 September 2012.
  • CRPD and Structural funds: The way ahead for independent living. Conference sponsored by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Brussels, Belgium, 7 May 2012.
  • Að túlka óskir annarra (To interpret the wishes of others), Grand Hotel Reykjavik, Iceland, 14 March 2012.
  • Notendastýrð persónuleg aðstoð (user-managed personal assistance). Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik, Iceland, 10 February 2012.
  • Toward a 21st Century Model of Supports for Persons with Disabilities.  Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit. Co. Galway, Ireland, 11 November 2011.
  • Active citizenship and Disability. Towards a 21st century model of supports for persons with disabilities. NUI Galway.  Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit. Co. Galway, Ireland, 12 November 2011.

Secondment

  • JAG association and co-operative. Stockholm, Sweden. January-May 2013
    JAG is a non-profit organisation and personal assistance co-operative and NGO. It is a civil rights organisation and is part of the Swedish independent living movement

Report for Secondment

  • Investing in human rights: Measuring the value of personal assistance for people who require intensive supports

Seminars

  • Disability and Diversity: Identity and Neoliberalism, by Professor Leonard Davis, University of Illinois, Chicago. Organised by the M.Sc. in Disability Studies, Trinity College Dublin in collaboration with the Centre for Deaf Studies and the School of English. 8 May 2013, Dublin, Ireland
  • JAG organisation and co-operative annual meeting, Clarion Hotel, Stockholm, 20-21 April 2013
  • Seminar on Independent living and user-led personal assistance in Sweden and Iceland. The Seminar was sponsored by the Centre for Disability Studies, University of Iceland. Hafnarborg, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland, 5 December 2012.
  • Implementing the National Disability Strategy. The seminar was sponsored by The Association of Municipalities in Iceland. The Centre for Disability Studies, University of Iceland Icelandair Hotel, Reykjavik, Iceland, 15 November 2012.
  • Seminar on the World Report on Disability. The seminar was sponsored by the Icelandic Ministry of Welfare, Ministry of the Interior, Directorate of Health, The Organisation of the Disabled in Iceland, Association on Intellectual Disability and the Centre for Disability Studies, University of Iceland. Grand Hotel Reykjavik, Iceland, 15 March 2012.

Summer school

  • The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities- voice and choice. The 5th International Summer School. NUI Galway, Ireland, 17-22 June 2013
  • The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; How to use it. The 4th International Summer School. NUI Galway, Ireland, 18-23 June 2012.

 

Contact Information

Email: csb1@hi.is

Orla Kelly

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Project Information

Orla is currently working as an Early Stage Researcher with the DREAM Network on the project entitled “Advancing Deinstitutionalization and Community Living” and is based at the University of Iceland. This project will focus on Article 19 of the CRPD, particularly the process of transition from deinstitutionlaization to community living and the examination of the major barriers experienced by people with intellectual disabilities to the enjoyment of their rights to full and equal community inclusion.

Qualifications

BA Public and Social Policy in 2006 and a Masters in Social Work from NUI Galway.

Biography

Orla graduated with a BA Public and Social Policy in 2006 and with a Masters in Social Work (with an emphasis on supporting people with intellectual disabilities) in 2009 from NUI Galway. Her thesis for her Masters in Social Work was entitled “The Role of Social Work in Supporting the Sexuality of People with Intellectual Disabilities”. Orla also carried out a ten month internship with the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies Providing Services to People with Intellectual Disabilities and among her activities included the carrying out of an extensive literature review on the topic of friendships and relationships of people with intellectual disabilities. During this time Orla was also involved in the Inclusive Research Network which supports people with intellectual disabilities to actively participate and become equal partners in research.
Orla has experience working in partnership with people with intellectual disabilities in a number of varied and diverse roles, both as a direct support worker and in the capacity of a researcher. These roles have included social worker, team leader, social care worker, care worker, independent advocate, volunteer and researcher.

Papers/Presentations

’Implementing Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Hungary’, DREAM Network Event, Oslo, 26th September 2013

’Translating Art 19 of CRPD into Practice: Getting Behind the Professional Language’, Presentation at Conference entitled Community-Based Services: The Way Forward for Service Providers, organised be the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD), Thessaloniki, Greece, 30 May 2013
’Beyond Needs and Services: Advancing the Deinstitutionalisation of Living Independently and being Included in the Community’, DREAM Network Event, Maastricht, 29th January 2013
Advancing Deinstitutionalisation and Community Living: Research Proposal, Paper presented at the Centre for Disability Studies Doctoral Seminar, University of Iceland, Reykjavik. 26 April 2012
’Advancing Deinstitutionalisation and Community Living: Article 19 of the CRPD’, DREAM Network Event, Brussels, 25th November 2011

Conferences Attended

International Conference on Volunteering in the Disability Sector: Quality and Qualification in Volunteering for Disability, organised be the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD), Thessaloniki, Greece, 31 May, 2013
Community-Based Services: The Way Forward for Service Providers, organised be the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD), Thessaloniki, Greece, 30 May 2013
Community Living for All: A Conference on the Future Role of the European Union Structural Funds to Advance Community Living for Older People and People with Disabilities, sponsored in part by the European Foundation Centre (EFC) Consortium of philanthropies on Human Rights and Disability (Brussels) and Fundación ONCE, Spain. National University of Ireland Galway, 3 May 2013
Launch of Volume 3 of the European Yearbook on Disability Law and Research Colloquium: ’The Future of European Disability Scholarship as a Tool for European Policy Makers’, organised by the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights, Maastricht University and the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, National University of Ireland, Galway. European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium, 9 April 2013
Mannréttindi í framkvæmd (Implementing human rights). Icelandic Network for Disability Research Conference, Hilton Hotel Nordica, Reykjavik 16th November 2012
Disability Studies Conference: Disability, Poverty and Neo-liberalism, Lancaster 11th-13th Sep 2012
International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSID) World Congress: A World of Potential, Halifax, Canada 9th-14th July 2012
Málefni fatlaðs fólks í alþjóðlegu ljósi (Disability in an international perspective) Official launch of the World Report on Disability by Tom Shakespeare from the World Health Organisation (WHO). Sponsored by the Icelandic Ministry of Welfare, Ministry of the Interior, Directorate of Health, The Organisation of the Disabled in Iceland, Association on Intellectual Disability and the Centre for Disability Studies, University of Iceland. Grand Hotel Reykjavik, Iceland on the 15th March 2012.
Notendastýrð persónuleg aðstoð (User Led Personal Assistance):  Conference about a new Icelandic law supporting user-personal assistance and independent living in Iceland held by the Ministry Reykjavik, Iceland on the 10th February 2012.
Active Citizenship & Disability – Towards a 21st Century Model of Supports for Persons with Disabilities, organised by the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, National University of Ireland Galway, Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit, Galway, 4thof November 2011
’More Choice, More Control’ Supporting Citizenship Through Individalised Supports, Organised by the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies in cooperation with the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, National University of Ireland Galway Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit, Co. Galway, 3rd November 2011

Seminars Attended
Institutional Ethnography Intensive Two Week Workshop with Dorothy E. Smith, PhD, and Susan M. Turner, PhD, hosted at the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, Toronto, Canada, June 14 – 28, 2013
Institutional Ethnography Intensive Week Workshop with Dorothy E. Smith, PhD, and Susan M. Turner, PhD, hosted at the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, Toronto, Canada, February 17 – 22, 2013
Seminar on Independent living and User-led Personal Assistance in Sweden and Iceland, organised by the Centre for Disability Studies, University of Iceland, Hafnarborg, Harnarfjördur, Iceland 5th Dec 2012.
Workshop on Disability Strategies, sponsored by the Association of Municipalities and the Centre for Disability Studies, held in Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura, Reykjavík, Iceland 15th Nov 2012
Institutional Ethnography Autumn 2012 Weekend Workshop with Dorothy E. Smith, PhD, and Susan M. Turner, PhD, hosted at the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, Toronto, Canada, October 13 & 14, 2012.
Information meeting regarding the 7th EU research framework in social science held at the University of Iceland on the 16th of April 2012.
Að túlka óskir annarra (Interpreting the wishes of others). Seminar with Cecilia Blanck, vice executive of JAG (independent living organization) in Sweden, held by Þroskahjálp (parents’ organisation in Iceland) in Grand Hotel Reykjavik, Iceland on the 14th of March 2012

Summer School
’The UN Convention on the Rights if Persons with Disabilities: How to use it’ – Summer school in Disability Law and Policy Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway, 18th-23rd June

Secondment
Mental Disability Advocacy Center, Budapest, Hungary, February – May 2013
The Mental Disability Advocacy Center (MDAC) is an international human rights organisation which advances the rights of children and adults with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities through strategic litigation, advocacy, research, monitoring and capacity-building.

Deliverables for Secondment
• Contribution to data collection, data analysis, and drafting of the final report regarding the use of restrictions and restraints in 
    psychiatry in the Czech Republic
• Development of a community living resource webpage.
• Development of a draft position paper entitled ’why group homes are non-compliant with Article 19 of the CRPD’

Contact Information

Email: ock1@hi.is

Phone: +354-823-1224

University of Leeds

Ieva Eskyte

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Project Information

Effective Customer Policies for Disabled People in the Private Market.

Qualifications

Ieva graduated with a BA in 2008 and with a MA in Social Work in 2010 from Vytautas Magnus University. Her Master thesis was entitled ’The Analysis of the Need of Social Day Services for People diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in Kaunas District’.  During her Master studies Ieva spent six months studying at the  University of Applied Sciences, Osnabrueck in  International Business and Management.

Biography

Ieva has previously worked as a social worker in a children day care centre. In addition she was the assistant of the international expert in the European Commission network ANED and also has experience in working as a project coordinator at Vytautas Magnus University. She has also worked as a geography teacher.

Her research experience includes children’ social participation, day care services for people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers, pupils interdisciplinary skills, quality management in preschool education, the evaluation of  study programs, and immigration.

Papers/Presentations

BOOK

Ruskus, J., Zvirdauskas, D., Zybartas S., Eskyte, I., Motieciene, R., Dorelaitiene, A. (2012) Primary, Pri-primary Education in Lithuania. State and Possibilities. Please click here to read a review

PAPERS 

Eskyte, Ieva (2013) ‘Disability and Social Work. One Feature and Three Positions’, Socialinis darbas. Patirtis ir Metodai, 11 (1): 81-93

Eskyte, Ieva (2009) ‘The Development of Social Participation in Daytime Child Care Centres’, Socialinis darbas. Patirtis ir metodai, 3 (1): 77-89

Eskyte, Ieva (2008) ‘The Process of Entering into and Developing the Relations with Children Who Live in Families at Social Risk’, Socialinis darbas. Patirtis ir metodai, 2 (2): 143-165

PRESENTATIONS

Eskyte, I. (2014) ‘Translating Accessibility ‘Needs’: Perspectives of the Private Market and Disabled People Organisations’. Paper presented at The Lancaster Disability Studies Conference, Lancaster, UK

Eskyte, I. (2014) ‘The ‘Blind area’ of the city: Drawing shopping-boundaries for people with vision impairments’. Design case presented at The Universal Design Conference, 16-18 June, Lund, Sweden

Eskyte, I. (2014) ’Experiences of shopping: constructions of choice, control and vulnerability in retail stores’. Paper presented at The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, 17-21 May, Honolulu

Eskyte, I. (2013) ‘Information Provision in the Mainstream Private Market: Business Practices and Disabled Customers’ Realities’. Paper presented at Human Rights and Disability: Between Choice and Control, 21st October, Kaunas, Lithuania

Eskyte, I. (2013) ‘Making Customer Choice in the Disabled Private Market. The Case of Information Provision in Lithuania and the United Kingdom’. Paper presented at DREAM Network Event: European Assistive Technology Ecosystem, 24th – 26th October, Oslo, Norway

Eskyte, I. (2013) ‘Shopping Disability in Lithuania’. Paper presented at the DREAM Network Event: Legal research Methodology, 39th January – 1st February, Maastricht, Netherlands

Eskyte, I. (2013) ‘Accessible Private Market for Disabled People? Crisis in Policy and Market Practices’. Paper presented at the 20th International Conference of Europeanists, 25th-27th June, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Eskyte, I. (2013) ‘Shopping Accessibility: Between the Ideal and the Real’. Paper presented at the Nordic Network on Disability Research (NNDR) 2013 Conference in Disability Research, 30th-31st May, Turku, Finland

Eskyte, I. (2012) Effective Consumer Policies for Disabled People in the Private Market’. Paper presented at the Sociology and Social Policy Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Leeds

Eskyte, I. (2012) Disability and Social Work: Between Life-World Colonization and the Support to overcome Barriers. Paper presented at the Social Work for Sustainable Social Development Conference, 27th – 29th September, Vytautas Magnus University, LT

Eskyte, I. (2012) ’Effective Customer Policies for Disabled People in the Private Market. Paper presented at the Disability Studies Association Conference, 11th-13th September, Lancaster University, UK

 

CONFERENCES ATTENDED

2014

16-18 June: The Universal Design Conference, Lund, Sweden

19-20 May: The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Honolulu

2013

21 Oct: Human Rights and Disability: Between Choice and Control, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania

25-27 June: 20thInternational Conference of Europeanists. Crisis and Contingency: States of (In)stability, Council for European studies at Columbia university, Amsterdam, Netherlands

18 June: 2nd European Energy Conference on Consumers & Sustainable Energy, The Sustainable Consumption Foundation, Brussels, Belgium

05 June: New Payment Methods: Good or Bad for Financial Inclusion?, European Foundation for Financial Inclusion, Brussels, Belgium

30-31 May: NNDR 2013 Conference in Disability Research, NNDR Network, Turku, Finland

23-25 May: European Disability Forum Annual general Assembly: ’A social Way Out of the Crisis’,European Disability Forum, Athens, Greece

16 May: Accessibility Design at the Service of Age-friendly Environments, AGE Platform, VERITAS Project, Brussels, Belgium

15 May: Dissenting Voices and Liberal Values in Today’s Ukraine, ALDE, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

08 May: Vocational Education and Training for All, European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education, Brussels, Belgium

09 April: European Yearbook of Disability Law launch Event and Research Colloquium, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

2012

05 Dec: EU Non-discrimination Law and Policy – A Future Mandate, School of Law, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

27-29 Sept: Social Work for Sustainable Development, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania

11-13 Sept: Disability Studies Conference: Disability, Poverty and Neo-Liberalism, Lancaster, UK

29 June: Transforming Social Policy: an International Colloquium in Honour of the Work of Emeritus Professor Fiona Williams OBE, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

12 June: Sociology and Social Policy Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

11-13 Apr: BSA Annual Conference 2012 – Sociology in an Age of Austerity. Postgraduate Pre-Conference OurPhDs: Our Future, British Sociology Association, Leeds, UK

02 Apr: The Future of Inclusive Education: Future Bright or Future in Crisis?,Centre for Disability Studies, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

16 Mar: Law in the Light of Europeanization, Centre for European and Legal Studies, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

2011

04 Nov: Active Citizenship and Disability, Centre for Disability Law & Policy, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

26 Oct: The Neoliberal Attack on Humanities, Bauman Institute, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

 

SEMINARS ATTENDED

21 May: ‘International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) Workshop’, Honolulu, USA

21 May: ‘What THREE Essential Things do you need to know to apply the ADA Requirements to Design, Construction, or Businesses Successfully?’, Honolulu, USA

21 Feb: ‘Crafting design spaces for inclusion?’, ESRC, Kings College London, UK

2013

13 Dec: ‘Design for all’ and responding to the manifold nature of embodiment’, ESRC, King’s College London, UK

4 Dec: ‘UK disability history month – reflections on doing disability research: an audience with Colin Barnes’, Centre for Disability Studies, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

30 Oct: ‘Equality and Human Rights Commission disability rights consultation event. Are disabled people included as full and equal participants in current UK society?’, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

04 Oct: ‘Ideal Homes?: embodiment and care across the life course’, ESRC, King’s College London, UK

17 May: Europe’s Digitalisation – The Potential for Growth and Jobs, European Policy Centre

14 May: Am M2M Future, Stockholm School of Economics

2012

28 Nov: Teach In. Repression, Resistance and Revolution – Fighting Capitalism in an Age of Austerity, University of Leeds

29 Aug: Liquid Cities, Bauman Institute, University of Leeds

08 Apr: Personalisation and Place: the Future of Day Centres, Centre for International Research on Care, Labour & Equalities

06 Mar: New Kids on the Block! Sharing the Research Arena with Children, School of Education, University of Leeds

29 Feb: The “Theoretically Perfect Physical Machine”, Centre for Disability Studies, University of Leeds

2011

07 Dec: The Disabled Peoples Movement: An Affirmative Biopolitics, Centre for Disability Studies, University of Leeds

DREAM TRAINING EVENTS

23-26 Sept, 2013: ’The European Assistive Technology Ecosystem’, Oslo, Norway

29 Jan – 1 Feb, 2013: ‘Legal research Methodology’, Maastricht, Netherlands

13-15 June, 2012: ‘Cost-Benefit Analysis on Disability. Approaches, Practices and Impact of the European Union’s Policy on eAccessibility’, Madrid, Spain

12-17 Feb, 2012: ‘Introduction to Disability Research & Transversal Themes’, Leeds, UK

TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIES

Tutor in Sociology and Social Policy Research Methods at the University of Leeds (Fall, 2013-2014)

SECONDMENTS

DIGITALEUROPE, (DE). Brussels, Belgium. January – April, 2013.

DE is the voice of the European digital technology industry, which includes large and small companies in the Information and Communications Technology and Consumer Electronics Industry sectors

 

EUROPEAN DISABILITY FORUM, (EDF). Brussels, Belgium. April – July, 2013.

EDF is an independent NGO that represents the interests of 80 million Europeans with disabilities. EDF is the only European platform run by persons with disabilities and their families.

 

SUMMER SCHOOL

18-23 June: 4th International Disability Summer School. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities- How to Use it, Centre for Disability Law & Policy, National University of Ireland, Galway

 

Contact Information

Email: i.eskyte@leeds.ac.uk

Betul Yalcin

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Project Information

Active Labour Market Policies for Disabled People: A Comparative Analysis of the European Union Member States project sets its main objective as to identify how states can better promote the employment of disabled people in the private sector within the European context. To this end, it is necessary to analyse the current situation of active labour market policies for disabled people in the Member States from a broader perspective. The analysis will explore similarities and differences between the EU Member States, as well as the policy mechanisms that reveal better results for economic integration of disabled people. In addition, as the stakeholders of active labour market policies, employers’ and disabled people’s interpretations and experiences will be scrutinized alongside the public interpretation on employment of disabled people to see in what ways they interact with the policy implementation.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science Degree, Psychology (METU, 1997)
Master of Science Degree, Developmental Psychology (METU, 2001)
Master of Science Degree, Comparative Social Policy (Oxford University, 2009)
European Commission, Jean Monnet Scholarship Award (2008)

Biography

I graduated from Psychology Department of Middle East Technical University in 1997. Right after, I have started Developmental Psychology Master Programme at the same university. In 2001, I was awarded Master of Science Degree. In 2008, I was awarded the Jean Monnet Scholarship of the European Commission, which annually supports a limited number of Turkish public servants to pursue postgraduate study in the EU member states. I used this scholarship to enrol Comparative Social Policy Master Program at Social Policy and Intervention Department of University of Oxford  in the academic year of 2008 – 2009. My dissertation was titled “Active Labour Market Policies (ALMP) for People with Disabilities: A Comparison of the UK and Ireland”. This study was aimed to compare the structural, institutional and social context in which ALMPs are implemented in the UK and Ireland. After accomplishing the course requirements, I have been awarded with Master of Science Degree.

Since 1997, I have been working for the Turkish Republic, Prime Ministry Administration for Disabled Persons (ADP) with the title of Expert on Disability. In 2002, I submitted my career qualification thesis named “Teacher and Administrator Thoughts about Usage of Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) in the Education of Children with Mental Retardation”.  Between 2005 and 2007, I managed a project titled “Systems of Integration of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) into Labour Market.”  The project was held under the SOCRATES- Life Long Learning Program (LLP) with the participation of six EU countries. The project aims to share information on the systems, legislation, best practices on PwDs integration into labour market and to develop a training program framework for professionals who are working with PwDs. I’m currently on special leave from the Turkish Civil Service.

Papers/Presentations

Presentations

Effective employment policies for persons with disabilities

May 2012 – Citizenship, Disability and Rights (for Social Policy and Disabilty Module)

January 2013 – DREAM Network Event, Maastricht – http://www.nuigalway.ie/dream/downloads/betul_yalcin_maastricht_29_01_2013_dream1.pptx

February 2013 – Vienna Conference – http://www.nuigalway.ie/dream/downloads/vienna.pdf

Papers

Systems of Integration of People with Disabilities into Labour Market

January 2013 – DREAM Network Event, Maastricht – http://www.nuigalway.ie/dream/downloads/betul_yalcin_maasticht_conference_r_29_01_2013_1_4.docx

February 2013 – Vienna Conference – http://www.nuigalway.ie/dream/downloads/vbetul_yalcin_vienna_conference_19_02_2013_1.doc

Employment of disabled people: a comparative analysis of disabled people’s views in European context

Employers’ views on employment of disabled people: a comparative analysis in the EU context

Disabled people’s and employers’ attitudes towards  discrimination in the labour market: a comparative analysis in the EU context

Is it all about the money?: A comparative analysis of Active Labour Market Policies in Ireland, the Uk and Sweden: employers’ perspective

Conferences Attended

November 2011 Neo Liberal Attack on Humanities
March 2012 Law in the light of Europeanization
April 2012 Inclusive Education Conference
Sept 2012 Lancaster Disability Studies Conference 2012
Sept 2012 Palliative Care for All Conference 2012
Feb 2013 Zero Project Conference
March 2013 GESIS 3rd European User Conference for EU-LFS and EU-SILC

May 2013                             Twelfth Nordic Network of Disability Research Conference

July 2013                              6th UNCRPD State Parties Conference

August 2013                         GESIS Summer School Training-Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling Framework

September 2013                    DREAM Network Event, NOVA, Oslo, Norway

November 2013                     Rights, Choice and Control for People with learning Difficulties and individuals on the autism
spectrum

Contact Information

Email: b.yalcin@leeds.ac.uk