EASPD (European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities) (Belgium)
EASPD is European network representing around 17.000 services across Europe, whose main objective is to promote the equalisation of opportunities for persons with disabilities through effective and high-quality services. The work of the organisation is based on the three interconnected pillars of Impact (European Policy), Innovation (Research & Development as well as implementation of international projects) and Information (for the members).
EASPD and its members are committed to use and develop models of good practices to promote respect, inclusion and equal rights based on effective participation and full citizenship for those it supports, following the principles enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. EASPD advocates for the quality, accessibility, affordability and availability of community-based, user-centred social and health services for all across Europe.
AIAS Bologna onlus (Italy)
AIAS Bologna onlus is an independent end-user driven Association (NGO). Since 1962, the Association has been advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities and their families and it is fully committed to the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. AIAS Bologna onlus supports people with disabilities providing a range of services and developing political, educational and social activities in the disability area. Innovation and participation is one of the main focus of AIAS Bologna onlus and is further obtained by international projects in different in areas such as education, technological innovation, assistive technology, violence prevention against children with disabilities, gender issues, flexible housing solutions and training programs both for persons with disabilities, for carers, for professionals.
Johannes Kepler Universitat Linz (Austria)
The Johannes Kepler University (JKU) is a modern university with extended research activities and participation in many national and international research programs, including H2020 and Erasmus+. JKU presents participation both as a leader and as a partner in projects concerning (web) accessibility/ training in web accessibility as well as ICT for/ with people with disabilities. JKU is a member of many international organisations concerning higher education.
European University Cyprus (Cyprus)
A higher private educational institution with a broad portfolio of research activity, committed among others, to promoting the use of ICT-AT in inclusive education. The faculty’s research and teaching experience involves issues of teachers’ training for inclusive education, assistive technology and universal design for learning, and the promotion of collaboration and multi-disciplinarity in the area of disability and inclusive education. In addition, the research activity at EUC is centred in a number of research units and laboratories, which among others include the Assistive Technology Lab and the ICT-Enhanced Education Laboratory (ICTEE).
AAATE (Association for the Advancement of the Assistive Technology in Europe) (Austria)
With more than 250 members, among which many institutional members, AAATE is the main AT sector organisation in Europe. The pan-european scientific society focuses on the advancement of assistive technology for the benefit of people with disabilities and elderly people.
Saint John of God Community Services clg.(Ireland)
Saint John of God Community Services clg, provides state funded services and supports in intellectual disability, adult mental health, and child and adolescent mental health services in Ireland. As one of the largest entities of Saint John of God Hospitaller Ministries, it supports up to 6,700 children and adults annually with nearly 3,000 staff and volunteers. Saint John of God Community Services clg is committed to using Assistive Technology to support people attending its services to use and enhance their own abilities and in doing so, to encourage and facilitate their independence.
Atempo is a non profit organisation that since twenty years offers various training and learning facilities for people with learning difficulties and disabilities in Graz (Austria) and several services to assist them to get jobs. Through its networks (social franchise network of capito and Inclu-Edu network) is connected to many partner organisations all over Europe. The atempo team consists of roughly 80 staff, 20 percent out of them are people with learning difficulties and disabilities working as experts on regular contracts for the company.
Hermes Interactiva SL (Spain)
Herms is an information technology company that provides TIC solutions, counseling and training to their clients in order to provide them value in their growth since 1995. Hand to hand with education and PYME sectors, they have developed numerous projects that are still implemented in a wide range of schools and companies, at national and international levels.
Juan Ciudad Foundation (Spain)
The Juan Ciudad Foundation (FJC) is a non-profit organization that works in the areas of research, training, assistance and technical cooperation in the social and health fields. Its scope of action expands to both, the national and international level. FJC was founded in 1985 in Spain by the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God (SJD), with the aim of improving the social and health care provided in its 80 hospitals and social and health centers to the sick and vulnerable.
Vocational Training Center MARGARITA (Greece)
The Vocational Training Center MARGARITA is a specialized center for vocational training and employment for people with intellectual disabilities living in the Region of Attica, Greece. MARGARITA was founded in 1979 by Ioanna Tsokopoulou, mother of Leonidas, a child with Down syndrome. MARGARITA’s mission is to improve the lives of people with mild and medium intellectual disabilities by increasing their inclusion in society through their employment. MARGARITA’s services are based on the anthropocentric social model, where the professionals, the service users, and their families cooperate on the design of an individualized plan related to their needs. MARGARITA’s personnel consist of 45 people with multidisciplinary background on social services, special education & psychology. MARGARITA as an educational entity focuses on intellectual disabilities, its curriculum promotes the autonomy of its beneficiaries and their inclusion by investigating and creating ways of accessibility in society.