Download the Annual General Meeting records for the following years:
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 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.
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:
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 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):
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.
In 2012 and 2013 the following seminars were organized:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.