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GLADNET Chair's Report 2013
Michael Kamp, Director, Tact & Vision

Introduction

This Report provides an overview of the GLADNET association's activities in 2012 and 2013. Includes are: a discussion of the GLADNET Membership and GLADNET budget, GLADNET services currently offered, and an overview of GLADNET activities and relationships with other organizations over the past years.

GLADNET Membership

GLADNET membership is stable during the last years. With the introduction of group memberships the total number was end 2013: 60, exceeding the budgeted total of 59 paid memberships. GLADNET has individual members and group members for 5 or 10 people.

Over the course of its existence, GLADNET leadership has worked to identify ways to increase membership. Beside the efforts to update information in the database GLADNET is working on ways to increase involvement of members in its activities. The baseline is the objective of GLADNET: " - to promote disability policy and program reform with emphasis on integrated training and employment options for working age persons with disabilities". Those objectives are achieved through collaborative applied research projects, and by the global exchange of information via the internet.

The New Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities gives new impulses in creating opportunities for e.g. employment for persons with disabilities. GLADNET is taking a lead in making sure that the implications of the Convention are made close to those national and international agencies with responsibility for promoting the implementation of the Convention in the areas of training and employment.

The Convention places through Article 27 a heavy emphasis on the reintegration of persons with disabilities following onset of a disability condition as well as improved access to broader employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. Different international organizations which have the objective to promote the equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities see n active role in promoting the implementation of the UN Convention and are following developments in this area. Based on mutual interest GLADNET is aware of the need of collaboration with other international organizations.

GLADNET members can have an active role related to research and employment for persons with disabilities. Research questions with relevance for implementation of the UN Convention can be formulated in cooperation with international organizations. Research findings can be used for dissemination and implementation. Further, with input from research findings, thematic discussions can be organized and/ or stimulated with a focus on problems who need to be solved. Universities and research institutes can participate e.g. in carrying out research by students. Through this a win- win situation can be created.

GLADNET Leadership

Donal McAnaney has completed his board membership term end 2011 and has rotating off as Chair. Susanne Bruyere rotated off as past Chair and was appointed as extraordinary board member. Michael Kamp was appointed as Chair, Fabrizio Fea as Vice- Chair, Thomas Golden as Secretary- Treasurer. Stigg Larsson has completed his board membership term. Marc Maudinet retired as board member. New elected board members: John Selander, Gary Shaheen and Tobias van Reenen.

End 2012 Mathilde Niehaus retired. New elected board members. Mary Barros-Bailey and Lynda R. Matthews. In 2013 Gary Shaheen retired from the board. Nicholas Buys and Ilene Zeitner completed their board membership term and were appointed as extraordinary board members.

Since the election of the board in December 2013 the members are:

  • Michael Kamp, Chair, Netherlands
  • Fabrizio Fea, Vice-Chair, Italy
  • Thomas R. Golden, Secretary- Treasurer, United States of America
  • Mary Barros-Baily, Board member, United States of America
  • Susanne M Bruyere, Extraordinary board member, United States of America
  • Nicholas Buys, Extraordinarty board member, Australia
  • Wendy Coduti, Board member, United States of America
  • Edwin de Vos, Extraordinary board member, Netherlands
  • Lynda R Matthews, Board member, Australia
  • Donal McAnanay, Past Chair, Ireland
  • Sophie Mitra, Board member, United States of America
  • Gregory Murphy, Board member, Australia
  • Barbara Murray, Ex officio Board member, Switzerland
  • Aldred H Neufeldt, Extraordinary board member, Canada
  • Trevor R Parmenter, Board member, Australia
  • John Selander, Board member, Sweden
  • Borja Jordán de Urries Vega, Board member, Spain
  • Yun Yaeda, Board member, Japan
  • Ilene Zeitner, Extraordinary board member, Brasil

GLADNET Budget

The income of GLADNET is mainly gained from membership fees with periodic additional contracts from other organizations such as the ILO. The yearly spending is round $ 14,000 and are mainly administration and organization costs. Budgeted revenues for 2013 including all paid memberships, webinar fees, and interest income were $ 12,815 with actual revenues of $ 9,815. Budgeted expenses, including all administrative, office and auditing fees were $14,1240 with actual expenses of $ 11,450.

GLADNET Services

GLADNET website. The GLADNET website has been periodically updated. From November 2012 to November 2013: 3717 visits; 8108 page views. The GLADNET Infobase; (As of November 2012):

  • 4352 full text downloads
  • 564 total records in GLADNET collection, which have been downloaded a total of 381,686 times.

GLADMAIL: The GLADNET electronic list provides GLADNET members with an opportunity to contact all GLADNET colleagues with one e-mail message to the coordinator. GLADMAIL's purpose is to establish a sense of community knowledge sharing to advance opportunities for people with disabilities worldwide. In 2013 156 messages were send. A total of 727 individuals are now included in this electronic distribution process. The GLADNETMAIL Editor, Carl Raskin (Canada) welcomes messages to be forwarded for distribution on the GLADNET list.

Newsletter: GLADNET has started with Newsletters. In 2013 in June and November a Newsletter was send and published. It is the intention to make Newsletters on a regular basis.

GLADNET Activities

Seminars
In 2012 and 2013 the following seminars were organized:

  • Best Practices in Recruiting and Retraining an Aging Workforce: Intersection with Disability Considerations; 30 April 2012: Susanne Bruyére, Cornell University ILR School
  • Preparing Youth with Disabilities for Careers After High School; 11 June 2012: David Brewer, Cornell University ILR School
  • Is there a Disability Gap in Employment Rates in Developing Countries?; 11 December 2012: Dr. Sophie Mitra, Fordham University; Dr. Barbara Murray, International Labour Organisation
  • Disability and Poverty in Developing Countries; 21 January 2013: Dr. Sophie Mitra, Fordham University; Dr. Barbara Murray, International Labour Organisation
  • Addressing the Disability Employment Education and Economic Gap; 15 April 2013: Dr. Barbara Murray, International Labour Organisation; Gary Shaheen, Syracuse University
  • Job Retention and Reintegration of Workers Experiencing Mental Distress; 15 May 2013; Dr. Donal McAnaney, University College Dublin

Initiation of Virtual Annual Membership Meeting (AGM).

In an effort to make our annual general membership meeting more accessible to the broader GLADNET membership, Virtual meetings were organized on November 14, 2012 and November, 25, 2013.

ILO - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

GLADNET has established a Thematic Working Group to monitor global and regional progress on the implementation of the Convention in relation to Article 27 - Work and employment; Article 28 - Adequate standard of living and social protection; and Article 32 - International cooperation in the areas of training, work and employment. Interested persons/ organizations are welcome to participate in this process. It provides an unique opportunity to influence the way employment and training are addressed under the Treaty. It is also an opportunity to get advice and support from colleagues in other countries in the promotion of this Convention.

Relationships with Other Organizations

Over its history the GLADNET Association has been involved in collaboration with numerous other disability - interested organizations, including Disabled Persons International (DPI), Rehabilitation International (RI), the International Forum on Disability Management (IFDM), the World Bank, the International Disability Management Research Network (IDMRN) and others. More specific.

International Disability Management Research Network (IDMRN).

The aim of the IDMRN is to develop high quality transnational research into disability management by linking researchers who have common research interests. GLADNET and IDRMN recognize their mutual interest in promoting research that enhances the live of people with disabilities and injured workers.

On September 8, 2012 the IDMRN and GLADNET organized a joint meeting in London. Themes of this joint meeting with presentations were:

  • Enhancing Durable Return - to - Work Post Disability Injury: Greg Murphy, School of Public Health and Human Biosciences, Melbourne, Australia
  • Management of workplace fatalities: are institutional support and compensation responses helping or hindering the recovery of surviving families?: Lynda Matthews, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Employer Practices in Retention, Advancement and inclusion of People with Disabilities: Susanne Bruyére, Yang-Tan Institute, Cornell University ILR School, United States of America
  • The importance of good communication between workers on long term sick leaves and the workplace in the Return to Work process: John Selander, Mid- Sweden, University, Sweden
  • Rising disability claims during this recession: Edwin de Vos, CHAMP Research & Consultancy, Netherlands
  • Challenges regarding Veterans/ Veterans research: Muriel Westmorland, Special Advisor to Veterans affairs Canada
  • New Successful Strategies in Inclusive Employment for People with Disabilities: Brigitte van Lierop, Kenniscentrum Crossover and Frans Nijhuis, Maastricht University, Netherlands
  • Research of Samenspelproject, Haarlem: Teaching Youngsters of target group employee skills by sport and play: Femke Reijenga, AStri Social Research, Netherlands
  • School- to - work transition of young people with disabilities: the need for harmonized data on a national and international level: Dennis Klinkhammer, Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation, University of Cologne, Germany

At the meeting it was agreed by all participants to continue the cooperation and also to look at options and possibilities for dissemination of research findings to e.g. policy decision makers, which they can use for policy development and implementation.

Based on the experiences in the cooperation with IDMRN the board of GLADNET decided to strengthen cooperation with international organizations.

Rehabilitation International (RI)

Rehabilitation International and GLADNET signed a cooperative agreement on September 8, 2012 in London with the aim to strengthen collaboration and to exchange information.

GLADNET representatives have participated in the RI Commission on Work and Employment meetings.

  • March, 23, 2012: Helsinki. Attended by Susanne Bruyére
  • March 2013: Berlin. Attended by Michael Kamp
  • September 2013. New York: Attended by Susanne Bruyére, Sophie Mitra and Michael Kamp

Others

A cooperative agreement is also signed between GLADNET and the Global Alliance on Accessible Technology & Environments (GAATES) in December 2012.

The GLADNET board has decided to extend cooperation with other organizations. Cooperative agreements with other organizations make it possible to combine the work of the organization led by and on behalf of persons with disabilities with meaningful research. It also creates a platform for (early career) interested researchers to get involved and embrace the employment and disability Research Agenda. For that reason the board of GLADNET has introduced a membership fee for students. The platform is also of interest for universities to get involved and to work on joint Research Agendas, collaborative course development, and collaborative scholarly journal publications.

Research Agenda

GLADNET has the intention to work more concertedly on the development of a Research Agenda. This Agenda will be an ongoing item for the board meetings.

To achieve progress the following activities are planned and in progress:

  1. Collecting ideas for research from (international) organizations and members and disseminate ideas through GLADMAIL, Linkedin and other social media.
  2. Disseminate research findings through GLADMAIL
  3. Publishing research reports through GLADNET's website (database)
  4. Forming and facilitating Research Networks (e.g. IDMRN, and new initiative: Research Network on Supported Employment; Disability Studies etc.)
  5. Cooperation on/ with joined research - if applicable - with international organizations, universities etc.
  6. Providing input for research questions through e.g. Linkedin, GLADMAIL and other social media
  7. Encouraging young researchers/ students to form a research platform under the umbrella of GLADNET in cooperation with international organizations, universities, research centers etc.
  8. Organizing (across associations joint) webinars, based on research findings in cooperation with international organizations, research networks, platforms, universities etc.
  9. Information updates through GLADNET Newsletter, dissemination through GLADMAIL and dissemination channels of cooperative partners, networks and members
  10. Forming a database of researchers with cv, who can carry out research on demand
  11. Identify research initiatives especially relevant to developing economies
  12. Identify gaps in integrated employment research to inform the development of the Research Agenda
  13. Other items decided by the board of GLADNET (e.g. spreading information through leaflets during conferences to which the board members are participating).

Research Networks

The formation of Research Networks of researchers can help in developing the Research Agenda. Organizations/ researchers who are interested in specific research on employment and disability can become a member of GLADNET and can form with others a Research Network. The desired minimum number of participants in de Research Network is about 20. The network can work on the Research Agenda, can stimulate attention for specific research items, can collaborate in research projects/ programs, can identify themes for students. Available data can be placed in the GLADNET database, but can also be used for input/ information for policy decisions.

Future Development

The New UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is creating worldwide awareness about the need to improve the living and work situation of persons with disabilities. Cooperation with international organizations, universities and research centers is important to collect data, to exchange information on research findings, examples of good practices etc.

GLADNET shall work on strengthening the cooperation to create win- win situations for all involved. Above all for persons with disabilities.

Nowadays it is easy to make contacts all over the world, to exchange information and to cooperate through the available technical facilities.

Involvement of all who are working in the field of research on employment and education of persons with disabilities is a necessity to create more opportunities and to make steps forwards in the inclusion process of persons with disabilities.

Expansion of the number of GLADNET members with active involvement is necessary to achieve this goals. GLADNET is working on a new marketing strategy to extend active involvement and participation of members and new members. Technical facilities e.g. social media shall be included.






August, 2014