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COFACE Disability Expert meeting 2018

25-26 June 2018
Sitges, Spain

Host: Instituto de Robotica Para la Dependencia
Meeting place: Hotel Ibersol Antemare, Av. Mare de Déu de Montserrat, 48, 08870 Sitges


Meeting participants
Final Agenda
Practical information
Expenses form

Presentation Magdi Birtha: Update on EU developments
Presentation Ana Perez: Discussion on the Communication strategy of the Family Carers Study

Newsletter article
Pictures of the meeting


25 June 2018 (Monday)

COFACE Families Europe – Statutory business

 10.00 – 13.00   COFACE Disability General Assembly (closed)
Working language: Français
Participants: APF, UNAPEI, AIAS, APEMH, CoFaAs Clelia, AP3

  • Vote on dissolution of COFACE Disability, and integration of a Disability platform in COFACE
  • Next steps + develop vision for COFACE Disability platform
  • Brainstorm on topics to cover/actions to take in 2019

13.00 – 14.00   Lunch

COFACE Disability expert meeting

14.00 – 17.00 Session 1: Seminar on Support needs in Spain
(This session will also be open to non-COFACE members, based in Catalonia)

  • Welcome by Antoni Reverter (Instituto de Robótica para la Dependencia) and Annemie Drieskens, COFACE Families Europe

Context in Catalonia- key perspectives

  • Rosa Cadenas (Presidenta Dincat)
  • Glòria Canals (Directora Fundació Aura, membre de Junta de Down Catalunya)
  • Montserrat Falgera (Directora Redós)


15.30-16.00 Coffee break

  • Closing by Mónica Ribes (Subdirectora general d’Atenció i Promoció de l’autonomia Personal, Secretaria d’Afers Socials i Famílies, Generalitat de Catalunya)

Introduction of different projects

  • Projecte Xarxa de Llars (Alèxia, Esther)
  • Presentació IRD (Joan Oliver)
  • Never Alone (Antoni Reverter)


17.00 Bus departure from the hotel to the field visit

17.00 – 19.00: Session 2 – Visit to see the following projects focused on enhancing independent living of persons with disabilities in the community

  • Never Alone project (telecare platform for people living at home)
  • Visit of the innovative residential care facility of the Ave Maria Foundation for persons with disabilities
  • Laundry ID (2017 EESC Civil Society Prize winner project for labour market inclusion of persons with disabilities)

20.00  Dinner to celebrate COFACE Disability 20th anniversary


26 June 2018 (Tuesday)

This session is open to COFACE members only. Working languages: French and English.

9.00 – 9.10   Welcome by Chantal Bruno, President, COFACE Disability

9.10 – 9.30    Tour de table – Round of Introductions

9.30 – 10.30  Session 3: Update on EU developments

  • European Accessibility Act
  • EEG/DI, next EU Multi-Annual Financial Framework
  • EU Disability Strategy
  • European Pillar of Social Rights (ECEC, inclusive education, disability, long-term care, childcare etc.)

10.30 – 10.50  Coffee break

10.50 – 11.50   Session 4: Upscaling the Study on Family Carers and Planning a COFACE Advocacy Strategy

  • Update: publication of the study, feedback from national and EU level so far
  • Discussion of how the study has been used since the publication
  • Discussion and decision on dissemination and advocacy strategy

11.50 – 12.50  Session 5: COFACE’s position on long-term care: the family dimension

  • Update on EU policy developments in the area of long-term care
  • Discuss the concept note on long-term care and its family dimension
  • Agreement on main approaches, issues to highlight in position paper (e.g. situation of ageing carers, necessary support to informal carers, investment in community-based/in-home services for persons with different support needs etc.)

13.00 – 14.00  Lunch

14.00 – 15.00  Session 6: Exchanges between members on training programmes for family carers

To kick-start discussion: Presentation of a training programme to family carers in France (Chantal Bruno)

15.00 – 15.30 AOB, Next meeting, potential hosts




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