Abstract submission

Provisional programme ready!

Unfortunately, it is not possible to submit abstracts any longer: the provisional workshop programme is ready.

The abstracts, submitted to share knowledge, skills and expertise on a range of themes intended to promote the model and best practice in SE, have been reviewed and scored and the provisional programme is ready. Please see the Agenda, to be found here on the web site under Programme, in the Programme at a Glance.

Abstracts were submitted according to the Call for Abstracts submission guidelines and conditions. The abstract submission deadline was Monday 5 November 2018, before 16:00 hrs (GMT). Abstracts cannot be submitted any longer.

Abstracts have been accepted for the following sessions to be held at the conference:

Session Type Description/Duration Delegates
  • 30 Minutes Presentation
  • 15 Minutes Questions & Answers
  • 45 minutes total
Workshop An interactive session sharing and informing practice and/or policy with an audience – to include activities and/or Question & answer sessions.

  • 45 Minutes
Debate / Discussion Group Lead discussion on topical subject – open forum or debate session.

  • 45 Minutes
Data Collection/ Research Present Research followed by discussion

  • 45 minutes

The purpose of the sessions is to present information and innovative approaches to employment for people with disabilities and people from other disadvantaged situations, as well as to initiate discussion and debate regarding key issues.

Prospective speakers/presenters should view this as an opportunity to present new knowledge, experiences and information and an opportunity to challenge delegates views.

Abstracts should not be an overview of projects or organisations.
Abstracts are particularly welcome from people with disabilities and people from disadvantaged situations.

Size of the abstract: max 500 words

Stated objectives and outcome of presentation: max. 150 words

Target audience:

The conference organisers will endeavour to make sessions available to a wide range of delegates including professionals working in employment initiatives and services, and representatives of disabled persons organisations at all levels:

  1. Operational / Direct Service Worker
  2. Manager / Team Leader
  3. Senior Manager
  4. Decision Makers/Politicians
  5. Users of employment services

Cross cutting themes:

  • Best practice in supported employment services
  • Data collection/research
  • Pan Disability (i.e. physical, learning, mental health, sensory and hidden disability)
  • People from other disadvantaged situations (i.e. young people not in education, employment or training, offenders and ex- prisoners, people recovering from substance abuse etc)
  • Quality assurance/Quality standards

The themes for the conference are:

Goal: This programme line will examine what influences the politics and policies in our national and European networks through more collaboration and sharing impact to achieve results of Supported Employment. There is a need for closer links to political decision making both in attitudes and perceptions.  Also, how to develop more visible and tangible strategies form the EU commission level to nation and regional work.  We are looking for workshop content that will help delegates to influence change in policies and practice in areas of:

  • Changes in political thinking/models
  • Mainstreaming – challenges and opportunities
  • Inter-agency and multi-agency working
  • Impact the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD) has had on the lives of people with disabilities.
  • New developments and approaches (co-design and co-production) in developing new approaches and partnerships
  • Managing Change/conversion
  • Funding strategies and resources
  • Influencing policies – local, national and global

Keywords for abstract submission:

  • Mainstreaming
  • Change in thinking / models
  • Change in strategies through influencing

Goal: This theme will examine innovation and best practice within Supported Employment. We are looking for workshop content that will help delegates to improve practice in the areas of:

  • Employer engagement;
  • Transitions from education to work;
  • Quality assurance;
  • Commissioning services;
  • Adapting to change;
  • New ways of working;
  • Interventions for people with significant disabilities.

Keywords for abstract submission:

  • Innovation
  • Best practice
  • Commissioning
  • Transitions
  • Quality

Goal: This theme will examine innovation and best practice in the life cycle of work: transition from no job to a job and in and between jobs. We are looking for workshop content that will help delegates to improve practice in the area of:

  • Career Development/Career Planning
  • Job Creation
  • In work and ongoing support
  • Job retention (both employees and self-employed)
  • How to be on top of future employment trends
  • Engaging with employers and employers’ networks
  • Employer Champions
  • Business Case
  • Advocacy – self and peer in employment
  • Lifelong learning and diversity in the workplace
  • Self-employment and entrepreneurship

Keywords for abstract submission:

  • Career development
  • Lifelong learning
  • Self-employment
  • Ongoing support

Goal: This programme will explore how new technology can benefit supported employment providers and the people they support (jobseekers, employees and employers). We will examine how organisations can access and embrace digital innovation to provide better support. We want to hear from organisations leading innovation through cutting edge technology and that can share their learning with their European counterparts.

Keywords for abstract submission:

  • Social Media
  • Mobile apps
  • Assistive technology
  • Software
  • Digital skills
  • Grants
  • Innovation
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