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THEMES

Date: 5, 6 and 7th June 2024

Venue: Port Aventura Convention Center, Tarragona, Catalonia

The 15th European Supported Employment Conference "WE HAVE THE TALENT" aims to bring together people with disabilities, companies, professionals, experts, researchers, and other social agents to explore innovative strategies and best practices in promoting Supported Employment for individuals with disabilities. Affirming the principles of Supported Employment allows us to look positively towards the future with creative ideas. We invite submissions of innovative experiences, updated research, case studies, and practical perspectives related to the following topics.

THEMES

  • 1. Human Rights Model of Disability
  • 2. Person-centered approach in Supported Employment
  • 3. Enhancing Supported Employment Practices
  • 4. Towards the future of Supported Employment
  • 5. Building strong partnerships
  • 6. Long-life Supported Learning

1. Human Rights Model of Disability

The model of rights for people with disabilities has established a new perspective and framework. We explore challenges and opportunities, examining legal frameworks and policies to empower individuals, identifying education and employment as human rights. We advocate for the effective implementation of the Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities by various stakeholders. We analyse the relationship between the right to work (Art. 27) and the rest of the Convention. Additionally, we consider it necessary to disseminate relevant European initiatives and policies, such as the European Pillar of Social Rights and the EU Social Strategy.

  • Human Rights Model of Disabilities
  • Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD)
  • Right to inclusive and freely chosen employment
  • Accessible workplace
  • Reasonable accommodations in the right to work
  • General Comment No. 8 Art. 27 (October 2022)
  • Transition towards an inclusive and open labour market
  • State obligation to ensure the right to work
  • European Pillar of Social Rights

2. Person-centered approach in Supported Employment

The person-centred approach and the community-based model are at the core of Supported Employment (SE). We need strategies to promote empowerment, self-determination, and peer support. By prioritizing the talents, strengths, and unique aspirations of each person, we aim to develop practices that promote not only work and employment but also a sense of purpose and satisfaction in their lives, contributing to meaningful life projects. We consider the individual's journey comprehensively, facilitating flexibility between different phases of work activity and a smooth transition after the end of the working life.

  • Person-Centred Plan
  • Family-Centred Plan
  • Community support model
  • Self-advocacy
  • Self-representation
  • Discovery and respect for personal preferences
  • Entrepreneurship Skills
  • Life Project
  • Peer supportnetworks
  • Emotional wellbeing support
  • Work and health
  • Support for individuals with higher support needs
  • Supported Employment for individuals at risk of social exclusion

3. Enhancing Supported Employment Practices

Respecting the principles of Supported Employment (SE), we assume an innovative perspective in continuous improvement of outcomes. We need practical ideas to identify and address challenges, share success stories, and discuss innovative methods and tools to provide effective support. We analyse the impact of SE on individuals, companies, organizations, and communities, building strong relationships among all parties and presenting the latest studies on impact measurement.

  • Improving mentorship programs for PwD
  • Inclusive workplace design
  • Success stories
  • Innovative methodology
  • Impact measurement
  • Career guidance
  • Skills of Employment Specialists and Job Coaches
  • Profiles with complex support needs
  • Empathy and effective communication in the processes of SE
  • Natural supports on the workplace
  • Supported Self-Employment
  • Adapt to the needs of new business models

4. Towards the future of Supported Employment (SE Quality Framework -SEQF, Research, Innovation, Sustainability, Technology)

We explore the future landscape of supported employment, which, although presenting significant challenges and uncertainties, is full of new opportunities. From cutting-edge research to emerging technologies, we examine how sustainability, innovation, and technological advances such as Artificial Intelligence or process automation can shape the future of work for people with disabilities. We need to encourage individuals to envision and contribute to a future where support seamlessly integrates into diverse work environments.

  • Future of Supported Employment
  • Sustainability
  • Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in SE
  • Process automation
  • Integration of SE into organisations and companies
  • Opportunities
  • Cutting-edge research
  • New profiles and job positions
  • Digital employment support
  • Artificial Intelligence: opportunities and prevention measures
  • Technology: development, applications and equality measures
  • Fundamental right to privacy and data protection

5. Building strong partnerships (Businesses, Unions, Universities, Families)

Creation and strengthening of partnerships among all key stakeholders involved in SE. Explore how Public Administrations, businesses, unions, universities, families, and people with disabilities can work synergistically. By fostering meaningful collaborations, we seek to build inclusive ecosystems that support the diverse needs of people with disabilities and contribute to the new business future model (sustainable with the diversity).

  • Public policies for SE
  • Co-creation among stakeholders
  • Employers perspective
  • Research (Universities)
  • Labor and union participation
  • Employment in the Public Sector
  • Inclusion plans in private companies. Diversity and inclusion
  • Financial sustainability of entities, a shared challenge with private companies
  • Global challenge: Communication and visibility of SE

6. Long-life Supported Learning

Innovative educational strategies, inclusive curricula, and effective support systems. From early education to lifelong learning, we explore how educational institutions can adapt and thrive to nurture the talents and potential of people with disabilities, preparing them for successful transitions to the workforce. Once their work phase has begun, we seek practical ideas to ensure inclusive continuity in employment, where individuals fully understand their value within the company.

  • Innovative educational strategies
  • Effective support systems
  • Lifelong learning
  • Supported vocational training
  • Successful transition to the workforce
  • Inclusive continuity
  • Added value in companies

KEYWORDS

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Challenges
  • Collaborative Practices
  • Creativity
  • Diversity
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Empathy
  • Empowerment
  • Equality
  • Flexibility
  • Future
  • Inclusion
  • Inclusive Work Environments
  • Innovation
  • Job coaches
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Partnerships
  • Person-Centred Approach
  • Policy Innovation
  • Positive Outcome
  • Quality (SEQF)
  • Opportunities
  • Research Advancements
  • Rights
  • SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)
  • Self-advocacy
  • Social Economy
  • Social Impact
  • Successful Practices
  • Sustainability
  • Technology
  • Transition Planning