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Coproducing employment initiatives for young persons with disabilities and mental health problems

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On Tuesday 30st January EUD participated that the event organised by the EASPD and its partners in the Taskforce “Support Services of Tomorrow” at the European Parliament. The event focused on ‘Co-producing employment initiatives for young persons with disabilities and mental health problems’. The event engaged MEPs, Commission officials, social service providers, employers, persons with disabilities as well as civil society to share best practices and discuss how we can empower all stakeholders in the design, development and delivery of inclusive employment practices. 

The discussions brought together key stakeholders including individuals wishing to access employment opportunities on the open labour market, employers, social service providers and the family members of persons with disabilities. The experiences of these stakeholders drew attention to the importance of fostering strong links between all stakeholders to create inclusive employment initiatives, listening in particular to people with disabilities and their families as the specialists in their own support needs. These testimonies also stressed that employers must become more flexible to be able to make the best use of co-productive methods and include people with disabilities within their workplaces. 

Luk Zelderloo, Secretary General of EASPD closed the event with a call to MEPs to incorporate co-production methods into policy-making practices and review the accessibility of EU employment services and practices to ensure that they all young people, including those with disabilities, are able to fully benefit from the opportunities they offer. 

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