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Making Persons with Disabilities Full Citizens - New Knowledge for an Inclusive and Sustainable European Social Model

Objective

DISCIT aims to produce new knowledge enabling Member States, affiliated European countries and the European Union to achieve full and effective participation of persons with disabilities in society and the economy. In investigating the social and political conditions for making such participation a reality, the project adopts a multifaceted understanding of Active Citizenship. Adopting a multilevel and institutional perspective, DISCIT examines how different types of policies (social benefits, social services and social regulation instruments) can be mutually supportive in enhancing Active Citizenship for persons with disabilities.

Using the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as a framework of reference, DISCIT identifies more effective ways to remove and prevent physical, attitudinal, social and organisational barriers to Active Citizenship and participation on an equal basis with others, in a context of rapid social and economic change and evolving conceptions of disability across European societies. DISCIT synthesises policy lessons from a strategic sample of European states: ‘Liberal’ (Ireland, United Kingdom), ‘Conservative’ (Germany, Italy), ‘Social Democratic’ (Norway, Sweden) and ‘Post-Communist’ (Czech Republic, Serbia) regimes. DISCIT involves consortium members from all these countries in addition to Switzerland and Belgium. DISCIT’s results provide new insight into how the European Union can support Member States and affiliated European countries in working towards the realization of the rights of persons with disabilities as expressed in the Fundamental Rights under the EC Treaty and the CRPD. By clarifying the possibilities for a strengthened synergy between policies at diverse levels of governance, DISCIT contributes to knowledge for realizing the ambitions of the EU Disability Strategy 2010-2020 and the Europe 2020 Strategy for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth.

DISCIT has a duration of 36 months; is coordinated by Norwegian Social Research (NOVA); the consortium members are universities, research institutes and two civil society organisations (EDF and MDRI-S). The consortium is supported by a Scientific Advisory Committee with distinguished members mainly from countries not covered by the consortium members, a European Stakeholder Committee and eight National Stakeholder Committees. www.discit.eu

Field of science

  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/civil society
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2012-2
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

OSLOMET - STORBYUNIVERSITETET
Address
Pilestredet 46
0167 Oslo
Norway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 873 552,40
Administrative Contact
Bettina Uhrig (Mrs.)

Participants (10)

NORSK INSTITTUT FOR FORSKNING OM OP PVEKST VELFERD OG ALDRING

Participation ended

Norway
Address
Munthes Gate 29
0260 Oslo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bettina Uhrig (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITAET ZU KOELN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 327 032
Address
Albertus Magnus Platz
50931 Koeln
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dorothee Eder (Mrs.)
UNIVERZITA KARLOVA
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 106 536,80
Address
Ovocny Trh 560/5
116 36 Praha 1
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Helena Rambousková (Mrs.)
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 378 504,60
Address
University Road
H91 Galway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
J.B. Terrins (Mr.)
PIN SOC.CONS. A R.L. - SERVIZI DIDATTICI E SCIENTIFICI PER L UNIVERSITA DI FIRENZE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 115 090,80
Address
Piazza Ciardi 25
59100 Prato
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Enrico Testi (Dr.)
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 200 876
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rafael Lindqvist (Prof.)
Schweizer Paraplegiker-Forschung AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 143 468
Address
Guido A. Zäch Strasse 4
6207 Nottwil
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mirjam Brach (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITY OF YORK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 201 900
Address
Heslington
YO10 5DD York North Yorkshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eszter Papp (Dr.)
INICIJATIVA ZA PRAVA OSOBA SA MENTALNIM INVALIDITETOM MDRI-S
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 36 732
Address
Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 171 Ii 8
11000 Beograd
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Masa Pavlovic (Ms.)
EUROPEAN DISABILITY FORUM AISBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 79 611,40
Address
Square De Meeus 35
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Muriel Da Via (Ms.)