The Final Journey

ITN 265057: The final journey to the DREAM deliverables

Introduction:

 

The DREAM researchers have had a remarkable journey.  Here they recount that journey.  The journey was consciously designed to enable them lift their gaze from their specific field of research to begin to understand the complexity of change and to imagine the kinds of constructive roles they might play in it into the future.  Their research clustered into three main areas: basic rights as a precondition for active participation, market participation in all its forms (viewing people with disabilities as active market participants) and sustaining a process of change through appropriate monitoring and participation in policy processes

Toward the end of their 3 year journey we asked them to reflect on their experiences and specifically what impact it had on them as future disability ‘policy entrepreneurs’ – researchers who were both able and willing to put ideas to work in bringing about positive change.  This is their story.

Without intending to straightjacket them in the telling of their stories we asked them to (1) set out their own field of research under the project, (2) to reflect on their own research journey (especially the expected and unexpected obstacles), (3) to reflection the process of change and how they saw their role as future agents of change, and (4) what specific conclusions/recommendations they derived from their individual work packages.

The following stories are of intrinsic interest to anyone interested in their very specific fields of research (e.g., the need to liberalize copyright laws to give enhanced access to the market for electronically available books and material on the internet).  But much more importantly, the stories tell about how the researchers matured beyond thinking of themselves as providers of inert ideas (that have tended in the past only to accumulate on library shelves) to active participants in broader processes of change.

It is this ‘scholarship in action’ that helps generate real added value from existing and latent European research prowess.  Although only a beginning, the stories attest that the researchers are well on their way to becoming ‘policy entrepreneurs’ and so help Europe a more inclusive society and economy for all its citizens.

Meet the Early Stage Researchers:

 

Cluster 1. Core Rights as Preconditions for Reform: Empowerment, Participation and Social Inclusion.

 

NUI_Anna_200px ESR1 – Dr. Anna Arstein Kerslake

 

Restoring Voice to People – Reforming Legal Capacity Law & Introducing supported Decision-making (Art. 12).

 

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UI_Ciara_200px ESR2 – Ciara Brennan

 

The right to Independent Living and the Development of User-led Personal Assistance (Art. 19).

 

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UM_Andrea_200px ESR4 – Andrea Broderick

 

Non-discrimination, full and effective participation and inclusion in society (Art. 5).

 

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LEEDS_Betul_200px ESR5 – Betul Yalcin

 

Toward Economic Independence (1): Toward effective employment policies for persons with disabilities (Art. 27).

 

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NV_Yuliya_200px ESR6 – Yuliya Kuznetsova

 

Toward Economic Independence (2): Corporate Cultureand inclusion into the workforce (Art. 27)

 

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Cluster 2. Harnessing Market Forces: Disabled People as Market Participants and Expanding Accessible ICT Markets.

 

LEEDS_IEVA_200px ESR7 – Ieva Eskyte

 

Enhancing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as Consumers of Retail Services available to the Public (Art. 9).

 

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NUI_Abigail_200pxESR8 – Abigail Rekas

 

RE-balance Intellectual Property (copyright) with the disability rights to enable blind & deafblind users to access electronic media (Art. 9).

 

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NV_Anthony_200px ESR9 – Anthony GIannoumis

 

Monitoring the implementation & Enforcement of eAccessibility law and policy at the Member State level (Art. 3,4,21,31,49)

 

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TECH_Robert_200px ESR10 – Robert Huffaker

 

Building the Business Case for eAccessibility and assessing its socioeconomic impact (Art. 9).

 

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Cluster 3. Sustaining Change: Embedding a Dynamic of Reform in Europe.

 

UM_Stelios_200px ESR11 – Stelios Charitakis

 

Implementation: The Challenges and Consequences of Implementation of the UN CRPD for the European Union, with a focus on accessibility (Art.  9).

 

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NUI_Magdi_200px ESR12 – Magdolna Birtha

 

Monitoring: European & National Monitoring of the UN CRDP (Art. 33.2).

 

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SPF_Carly_200px ESR13 – Carly Toepke

 

Policy Tools (1) Existing Human Rights & Disabilities Data streams in Europe (Art. 31).

 

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SPF_Dimitris_200px  ESR14 – Dimitrios Skempes

 

Policy Tools(2) Developing Tools & Indicators for Measuring Progress (Art. 31 & 33).

 

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