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Pre-Conference EASPD

Pre-Conference EASPD

Pre-conference event: Innovations in Support Services for Independent Living



This session will take place on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 10:00 – 12:30, in the Room Hvammur of the Grand Hotel Reykjavík, Sigtún 38, 105 Reykjavík (maximum attendance: 40 participants).


This session serves as a pre-conference event for the 2023 edition of the Conference of the Nordic Network on Disability Research.


The event is free of charge, but seats are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, thus we encourage interested participants to register soon.


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With this pre-conference organised by EASPD and Throskahjálp, we intend to focus on how support services can impact the quality of life of persons with disabilities. In particular, the session will examine the question of independent living. As many organisations across Europe work towards ensuring Human Rights and dignity for persons with disabilities, the process of deinstitutionalisation brings about new challenges and opportunities. In this context, self-directed support and user-centred services and funding models have become key approaches to ensure that users are at the centre of service provision and that service actually contribute to an improvement in their quality of life and meaningful participation in the community.


We will explore various innovative practices related to independent living in Iceland and across Europe, before discussing the next steps for European collaboration and research needs.



Moderation: Anna Lára Steindal (Þroskahjálp) and Renaud Scheuer (European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities – EASPD)


10:00 – 10:20


  • Anna Lára Steindal, Þroskahjálp / Átak
  • Javier Güemes, ONCE/EASPD 


10:20 – 10:35

Speaker 1: The perspective of local public authorities

  • Aðalbjörg Traustadóttir, Office for Disability, Policy and Department of Welfare, City of Reykjavík


10:35 – 10:50

Speaker 2: Needs and opportunities for inclusive housing in Iceland

  • Anna Lára Steindal, Þroskahjálp / Átak


10:50 – 11:05

Speaker 3: User-led personal assistants in Iceland

  • Rúnar Björn Herrera Þorkelsson, NPA stöðin
  • Erna Eiríksdóttir, NPA stöðin

11:05 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 11:45

Speaker 4: Making services more accessible in Iceland

  • Ósk Sigurðardóttir, Sjálfsbjörg 


11:45 – 12:00

Speaker 5: Needs and rights, implementation and assessment, and quality of life – Lessons from European collaboration

  • Maarit Aalto, M.A. Education & Survey


12:00 – 12:20


12:20 – 12:30

Conclusion: Next steps, what to expect from European collaboration, and what are the research needs

Registration is OPEN
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