The conference is organised in the context of the annual meeting of Alter – European Society for Disability Research. Its goal is to offer a European and international multidisciplinary view of disability research, across its whole spectrum, addressing sociohistorical and political dimensions as well as the subjective experiences of the actors concerned (disabled persons themselves and those close to them, professionals of the field and other social and political actors). Considering disability as a category of analysis is also likely to shed light on the modes of organisation of contemporary societies.
10.00 – 10.30: Anne Waldschmidt (University of Cologne, Germany): “Active Citizenship of persons with disabilities in Europe – concept and methods of the EU research consortium DISCIT”
10.30 – 11.00: Andreas Sturm & Anemari Karacic (University of Cologne, Germany): “Active Citizenship as political participation – persons with disabilities and their representative organisations”
11.00 – 11.30: Discussion
11.30 – 12.00: Lunch break
12.00 – 12.30: Roy Sainsbury & Edmund Coleman-Fountain (University of York, Social Policy Research Unit, UK): “Disabled people and employment in Europe – findings from DISCIT on policies and lived experiences”
12.30 – 13.00: Roy Sainsbury & Edmund Coleman-Fountain (University of York, Social Policy Research Unit, UK): “How can employment for disabled people be increased – ideas from DISCIT”
Germany yet to Achieve Active Citizenship for Persons with Disabilities
Important days for the rights of people with disabilities in Germany lie ahead: On March 26 and 27, 2015, Germany’s first state report on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will be audited by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
“Not only the state report, but also empirical research,” says Professor Anne Waldschmidt, University of Cologne, “clearly shows that Germany still has substantial problems in enabling Active Citizenship for persons with disabilities.” Waldschmidt is head of the International Research Unit Disability Studies (iDiS) representing Germany as partner in the EU-funded project DISCIT – Making Persons with Disabilities Full Citizens.