EASPD – The European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities
EASPD is the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities and represents over 10,000 service providing organisations across Europe and across disability. The main objective of EASPD is to promote the equalisation of opportunities for people with disabilities through effective and high quality service systems. The work of the organisation is based on three interconnected pillars: Impact (by participating in and influencing European policy in the fields of disability, social services and social inclusion), Innovation (by working on research and development) and Information (for the membership). The organisation works extensively on the following subject areas, drawing on the expertise of the membership and of the staff: education, employment, specific issues relevant to services in Eastern Europe and European Social Policy (which includes Social Services of General Interest, Quality of Social Services, and Employment in the Care sector, to name but a few key dossiers).
EASPD and its members are committed to using and developing best practice to promote respect, inclusion, rights based on effective participation and full citizenship for those it supports, following the principles enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. EASPD strongly believes in partnership between user organisations, providers and authorities at all levels.
Luk Zelderloo, Secretary General:
Mr Zelderloo has been active as a professional in the disability sector for more than 27 years, first as a manager of a social service for persons with disabilities in Flanders (for 17 years), and then on the European level as well. He is one of the founders of EASPD and has extensive knowledge and expertise in the European disability and social service provision sectors. Furthermore, he has considerable experience in coordinating and developing European projects.
Miriana Giraldi, Policy and Communications Manager:
Miriana holds Master degrees in Political Science, International Relations and European studies.
She has worked for over 4 and a half years as project manager and has gained valuable experience in writing and coordinating innovative international research projects. She has worked as a Policy Officer at EASPD for 4 years, during which time she has developed expertise in European Social Policy, most specifically in Social Services of General Interest and all related policy dossiers.