Disability Thematic Network Autumn Forum

This meeting is a key opportunity for foundations working on a range of issues relating to disability including how to mainstream disability, to connect with each other and to explore potential synergies and collaboration. The event will also mark the official launch of the mapping ‘Institutional philanthropy – a focus on disability’ recently commissioned by the EFC Disability Thematic Network (DTN).

The recently published report “Institutional Philanthropy – A focus on disability” of the European Foundation Centre commissioned by the Disability Thematic Network, will be also officially launched. It represents the first attempt to provide an up-to-date picture of EFC members and other funders active in the field of disability – whether part of their core mission or just one of their fields of action – and an insight to better understand their practices.

Please note that this is an event open to funders only.

For further information please contact Giulia Lombardi glombardi@efc.be

Por Mil Razones (For a thousand reasons)

For a thousand reasons is a campaign launched by Fundación ONCE to inform and encourage people with disabilities to make use of Portalento (portalento.es), a portal that provides guidance, training and support to increase the access of those living with disabilities to quality employment while raising awareness among employers and entrepreneurs of the site as a tool to help them find suitable employees. This campaign is co-financed by the European Social Fund.

Fundación ONCE 2nd European Award for Social Entrepreneurship and Disability: Promoting Social Investment

The award ceremony for the 2nd European Award for Social Entrepreneurship and Disability: Promoting Social Investment will take place 1 July in Brussels and will be hosted by the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen.

The aim of this Award, launched by Fundación ONCE within the framework of the European Network for CSR and Disabiltiy, an initiative co-funded by the European Social Fund, is to identify and promote social entrepreneurship projects and to contribute to giving people with disabilities a leading role in the European model for sustainable economic growth.

The ceremony will be held at Philanthropy House and registration will take place between 17:30-17:50.

There are limited places so confirmation of attendance is kindly requested by sending an email with complete name, surname, organisation and position before 24th June to sed-award@csr-d.eu

Torino Tour for All (ToTo)

Torino Tour for All (ToTo) is a touristic and cultural itinerary designed to be accessible to all via a mobile app.

The project is promoted by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Torino.

The itinerary is representative of the historical, architectural, social and daily life in Turin and it is designed to encourage the inclusion of people with disabilities in touristic activities and therefore to be independently used by persons with special needs and people with mobility and perceptive impairments.

It was developed involving users with different disabilities, in a co-design process according to the Living Lab methodology.

Download the ToTo app to have on hand accessibility information and active support during your visit.

Down Cafe


The Down Cafe was opened in Konya (Turkey), with the aim of enabling young people with mental disabilities to participate in the economic and social life of the town. The Cafe also helps to change the negative perception of people with Down Syndrome and other mental diseases, within the Eregli community.

Students with mental disabilities are able to participate in production through practical trainings at vocational schools and yet they are unable to make the most of their potential outside of schools, in social and economic life.

Project Results

  • Project website (www.kedc.gen.tr) and Facebook page.
  • Sevgi Down Cafe” where youth with Down syndrome and mental disabilities can work was officially opened.
  • 14 teachers from Kâzim Demirel School participated in a “training of trainer” programme.
  • 37 students attended applied training and 24 of them started working at the café in rotations.
  • 7 students from Eregli Down Café received applied training at Etiler Tourism and Hotel Management School and visited Sisli Down Café with their teachers in Istanbul.
  • 9 young people with mental disabilities started working in 2 different facilities in town after their Down Cafe experience.
  • A “Practices Workshop for Down Cafe in Turkey” was held in Konya Eregli to share the Down Cafe experience.

Launch of the ENIL-ECCL Shadow Report on the implementation of Article 19 of the UN CRPD

ENIL-ECCL will be launching its Shadow report on the implementation of Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Living independently and being included in the community) in the European Union. The launch will take place on 14 November 2014 in Brussels (Philanthropy House).

The Shadow report will provide an overview of access to Independent Living in the EU, and will analyse EU’s compliance with Article 19 since its ratification of the CRPD in 2010.

The launch event is co-organised with the EFC Consortium of Foundations on Human Rights and Disabilities and the Zero Project whose preliminary results will be presented by Michael Fembeck (Head of Zero Project, ESSL Foundation).

The draft agenda is available here.

To register, please click here. Deadline for registration: 24 October 2014

Important information: The working language of the event in English, with sign language interpretation provided if needed. Due to limited seating, spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

League of Historical and Accessible Cities

Europe’s historical cities, museums, ancient buildings, monuments and townscapes are renowned worldwide for their beauty, diversity and historical significance. Millions of people visit them every year but many others feel unwelcome due to physical barriers and inadequate services that can prevent people with sensory or physical disabilities from accessing them.

How can you make historical city centres and buildings more accessible without compromising their cultural heritage? How can wider access be reconciled with conservation interests? This is the one of the biggest challenges in Europe regarding accessibility and an important field for the foundation sector to engage in.

Launched in 2010, the League of Historical and Accessible Cities (LHAC) is a pilot project focusing on improving the accessibility of historical towns while at the same time promoting the development of sustainable tourism and the protection of cultural heritage.

Current cities are:

Ávila (Spain)
Lucca (Italy)
Mulhouse (France)
Sozopol (Bulgaria)
Torino (Italy)
Viborg (Denmark)

Visit www.lhac.eu