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Programme: Employment and disability – how do we make it work?

Here is the program for the conference Labour and disability, held at the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare, THL, Mannerheimintie 166 A, Helsinki, on 19 May 2016.

Herring market in South Harbour


Afternoon Arrival

19:00 Network dinner, Hotel Scandic Park
(Host: Council of Nordic cooperation on disability)


08.00 Registration and coffee

08.30 Opening: Common Nordic targets for labour market inclusion
Hanna Mäntylä, Minister for Social and Health Affairs, Government of Finland.

08.40 A Nordic perspective on labour market and disability
Dr. Rita Asplund, Research Director at ETLA, the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.

09.00 Young adults with reduced working capacity – how can society better see their strengths and abilities?
Lidija Kolouh Söderlund, Researcher and Project Manager of the NVC-project "Young People in the Nordic Region - Mental Health, Work, Education".

09.25 Concrete challenges and solutions for young adults with disabilities who want work
Sofie Bejbro Andersen, Project Manager and advisor for labour and education, Unge funksjonshemmede/Norwegian Young Disabled.

09.50 Coffee break

10.00 From Evidence to Practice in Mental Health and Work: The OECD report Fit Mind, Fit Job (2015) and Iceland's policy on the topic
Siv Friðleifsdóttir, Special Advisor at the Icelandic Ministry of Welfare and former Minister of Health and Nordic Cooperation.

10.40 Round table discussions, all participants

  • Is it possible to set specific and common Nordic goals for completion rates in school, transition to work and labour market participation for people with disabilities? How can it best be done?
  • In what way can such goals help us to put in place an integrated approach across the different policy domains that successfully address the concrete challenges for different groups of people with disabilities?
  • How can we develop better and more comparable statistics on the implementation of programs, measures and efforts with regard to labour market inclusion of people with disabilities? 

11.40 Presentation of round table results

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Disability and diverse needs perspective in strategies for diversity on the labour market
Short presentations of national examples of succesful inclusion strategies. Succes factors and key issues.

13.05 Success through strategic inclusion in Finland

  • Partial work ability programme (OSKU) and follow-ups - Päivi Mattila-Wiro, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, and Nina Nevala, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.
  • Comments from Vammaisfoorumi/Handikappforum – Pirkko Mahlamäki, Vammaisfoorumi.

13.25 Social responsibility at company level and inclusion of disabled persons

  • The Norwegian IA Agreement - Solveig Osborg Ose, Research Scientist, SINTEF
  • Comments from Funksjonshemmedes Fellesorganisasjon (FFO) - Grete Crowo, Political Advisor in the areas of work and living conditions, FFO

13.45 Promising Nordic and European examples
Short presentations of promising Nordic and European examples of successful policies, projects and services

13.50 Nordland Hospital's Competence Center for labour and mental health (Norway)
Beate Brinchmann, Licenced Psychologist/Center manager

14.05 Klapjob (Denmark)
Torben Wind Jensen, overordnet leder af KLAP & direktør i Landsforeningen LEV.

14.20 L'Adapt and The European Disability Employment Week (France)
Henri-Pierre Lagarrigue, Head of European Affairs and International Development, L’Adapt.

14.35 Q&A

14.50 Coffee break

15.00 Roundtable discussions: On what should we co-laborate? All participants

  • How can the Nordic Council of Ministers/Nordic Centre of Welfare and Social Issues most effectively contribute to increased inclusion? (3-5 priority themes of cooperation)
  • How to organise an increased Nordic cooperation?
  • What's the next step – for Nordic Council of Ministers, national governments and conference participants?

16.00 Presentation of roundtable results

16.30 End of conference programme

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