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The Centre For Disability Law & Policy Awarded Major EU Grant

The Centre for Disability Law and Policy (CDLP) at NUI Galway along with five international partner Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have been awarded an EU grant of ε700,000 to fund the Partnership to Ensure Reforms of Supports in other Nations (PERSON).

The new project, funded by the EU Directorate General for Enlargement will increase the competencies of civil society organizations (CSOs) in Balkan states on both regional and national levels.

One of the core tasks of the project will be the development of a strategic plan, which will be crucial to ensure that consistent progress towards reform occurs in each of the partner countries. Each of the partner CSOs will contribute to this strategy by researching the most up to date legislative and policy position in their respective countries, highlighting opportunities for reform, and identifying the organisation’s main advocacy strength.

Within the strategic plan, the PERSON principles will set out the key items that are essential for legal capacity law reform that is compliant with Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

PERSON is initially scheduled for two years. The CSO partners are: the Mental Disability Rights initiative (MDRI-S) in Serbia, the Association for Social Affirmation of People with Psychosocial Disabilities (SHINE) in Croatia, SUMERO in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Institute of Sustainability and Development of Youth (ISDY) in Kosovo and The Initiative for Human Rights in Mental Health (RUSIHAK) in Turkey.

Each of the partners will hold a national event in their country with each event taking a different approach to the issue of legal capacity. The first national event will take place in Serbia in May 2013 and will focus on self – advocacy and legal capacity.

For more information contact:
Joanna Forde
Centre for Disability Law & Policy, NUI Galway
Tel: 091 494272, email:

    Institute for Sustainability and Development of Youth (ISDY) Institute for Sustainability and Development of Youth (ISDY)

    Institute for Sustainability and Development of Youth (ISDY)

Institute for Sustainability and Development of Youth (ISDY)

Institute for Sustainability and Development of Youth (ISDY), the implementing partner of PERSON Project in Kosovo has conducted several meetings with the organizations of people with disabilities representing different communities. Today the organizations signed the declaration of agreement to work jointly in establishing the Kosovo Disability Forum, as an independent organization of people with disabilities and their families. The Forum will represent the interests of all people with disabilities of Kosovo without exception, and will ensure inclusion and participation of people with disabilities in decision-making processes concerning disability.
This action aims to reach PERSON Overall objective 2. to bring together like-minded civil society organisations in Balkan states to support people with disabilities to exercise their rights on an equal basis with other, through bringing together like-minded CSO’s in national level first. It is also a positive action towards achieving PERSON Specific objective, to increase the competencies of CSO’s on both regional and national levels to strategically advocate and monitor reforms affecting persons with psycho-social and intellectual disabilities.

CSF- FPA Kick Off Conference

DATE: 21 January 2013

“Centre de Conférences Albert Borschette” in Rue Froissard 36. Brussels

09:00 Welcome
09:15 Partnership Programmes: inception phase and beyond
09:30 How to manage an EU grant
10:00 Coffee and networking
10:30 Presentation of Partnership Programme strategies (in break-out groups as per broad theme)
Brief presentation of each partnership, max 10 min each. To cover key elements of the strategy with objectives
and results as well as plans for the inception phase

13:00 Lunch – in canteen / outside (not organised)
14:00 Setting the way forward – discussion (in break-out groups as per broad theme)
15:30 Coffee
16:00 Setting the way forward – discussion continued
16:30 Report back and conclusions/reflections – Nicola
17:30 Close and cocktail reception


Facebook group for the project

30 boxes calendar available on facebook:
Password: ‘framework’

1st Meeting of Board of Management

DATE: 22nd January 2013

TIME: 10am-5pm
VENUE: Park View
Enterprise Ireland 5th Floor
180 Chausee d’Etterbeek
1040 Brussels
+32 2 673 9866

1. Strategic plan
2. Budget
3. Consortium agreement
4. Inception conference