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Implementation Period:

1 September 2011- 31 August 2014
Financed by: EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network Funding Programme
Project Number: FP7 265057
Project Coordinator: Centre for Disability Law and Policy at the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway
Project Partners:

Maastricht University

The University of Leeds

NOVA Norwegian Social Research

The University of Iceland

Swiss Paraplegic Research

Technosite Spain 

 

Objectives

Disability Rights Expanding Accessible Markets or DREAM is a €3.7 million training network for early stage researchers stemming from the EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network Funding Programme. The primary aim of DREAM is to professionally develop and educate the next generation of disability policy researchers and entrepreneurs to assist the EU and its Member States in their efforts to implement the UN CRPD at EU and Member State levels. This will involve exploring options for European Union disability law and policy reform in light of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006).

A key driving force behind DREAM was the idea that disability rights are not only a good in themselves, but also that they help create economic opportunities for more than 60 million European citizens with disabilities and expand markets for European businesses.

 

Results

Fourteen Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) were recruited across the network on a full-time basis over three years which began in September 2011 and will end in August 2014. They explore and develop recommendations for European Union disability law and policy reform in light of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006).

The DREAM network is focusing its research on three main research clusters. These clusters were selected as they emanate from the logic of the UN CRPD and are mapped onto pressing EU reform priorities:

  • Cluster 1 – Core Rights: Empowerment, participation and social inclusion

  • Cluster 2 – Harnessing Market Forces: Disabled People as Market Participants and Expanding Accessible ICT Markets
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    n this cluster, researchers spend time within commercial organisations in order to experience the constraints they work under.

  • Cluster 3 – Sustaining Change: Embedding a Dynamic of Reform in Europe
    In this cluster, researches focus on ways of embedding change for the future by addressing issues such as the monitoring mechanisms that might be used, and how to craft indicators that would allow objective assessment of the impact of changes made.


For further information, please visit the project website at http://www.disability-rights.eu/