Academic Network of European Disability experts

Direc­tors: Cent­re for Disa­bi­li­ty Stu­dies, Uni­ver­si­ty of Leeds (UK); Human Euro­pean Con­sul­tancy, Utrecht (NL)
Mem­ber of Sci­en­ti­fic Board (2008–2011) and coun­try expert (2008–2014) for Ger­ma­ny: Prof. Dr. Anne Waldschmidt
Term: Janu­a­ry, 2008 – Decem­ber 2014
Fun­ding: Euro­pean Com­mis­si­on, Direc­to­ra­te Gene­ral „Employ­ment, Social Affairs and Equal Oppor­tu­nities” (2008–2011), Direc­to­ra­te Gene­ral „Jus­ti­ce” (2012–2014), Brussels

The Aca­de­mic Net­work of Euro­pean Disa­bi­li­ty experts is a pan-Euro­pean aca­de­mic net­work in the disa­bi­li­ty field. It was estab­lis­hed by the Euro­pean Com­mis­si­on in 2008 to pro­vi­de sci­en­ti­fic sup­port and advice for its disa­bi­li­ty poli­cy unit. The Net­work builds upon the exper­ti­se of exis­ting disa­bi­li­ty rese­arch cen­tres and net­works, con­sults with dis­ab­led people’s orga­ni­sa­ti­ons and is sup­por­ted by orga­niz­a­tio­nal part­ners, natio­nal experts, the­ma­tic rap­por­teurs and exter­nal advi­sors. The phi­lo­so­phy and aims of ANED focus on rese­arch and poli­cy advice that sup­port the objec­ti­ves of full par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on and equal oppor­tu­nities for all dis­ab­led peop­le. The tasks of the Net­work are: co-ordi­na­ti­on of cri­ti­cal disa­bi­li­ty rese­arch across EU/EFTA coun­tries; estab­lish­ment of a col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve online working envi­ron­ment; ana­ly­sis of exis­ting data sources, collec­tion of evi­dence and examp­les from dif­fe­rent coun­tries, and pro­duc­tion of the­ma­tic reports on the imple­men­ta­ti­on of the Euro­pean Action Plan and the main­strea­ming of disa­bi­li­ty in EU poli­cy; moni­to­ring inter­na­tio­nal deve­lo­p­ments, inclu­ding legis­la­ti­on and prac­ti­ce rela­ted to imple­men­ta­ti­on of the UN Con­ven­ti­on. The Net­work is co-ordi­na­ted by Human Euro­pean Con­sul­tancy (Nether­lands) and the Cent­re for Disa­bi­li­ty Stu­dies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Leeds (UK), with natio­nal experts in 34 coun­tries and an addi­tio­nal pool of experts in spe­ci­fic fields.

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