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Conference Language: The language of the conference will be English with interpretation into Greek.

Real-time captioning will be available. 

Conference Venue: Royal Olympic Hotel, Athanasiou Diakou 28, Athens 117 43, Greece

Please note that this is a preliminary conference programme and changes may still be made.


Wednesday 16 October, 2024

   14:00 - 16:00                        COM-IN Closing Conference:

Enhancing communication skills for children and adolescents with intellectual developmental difficulties

Read the full programme here.

Thursday 17 October, 2024

   08:00 - 08:45


   08:45 - 09:30

Welcoming Remarks

   09:30 - 10:00          

Keynote Speech

Moderator: Konstantina Leventi, EASPD

   10:00 - 11:00

Panel 1: What do businesses need to do to be more inclusive?

Moderator: Kamil Koungor, ENIL

  • Thereza Shearer, Enable Scotland (TBC)
  • Véronique Willems, SMEunited (TBC)
  • Wilfried Kainz, Zero Project                                                           
   11:00-11:30Coffee Break

   11:30 - 12:45

Panel 2: What support do persons with disabilities need to work on the open labour market?


  • Esmeralda Micallef Zarafa, Lino Spiteri Foundation
  • Albin Falkmer, Samhall (TBC)
   12:45 - 14:15Lunch Break
   14:15 - 15:30


1) Accessing and retaining employment in the open labour market

Moderator: Representative of EASPD 

2) Strengthening capacities of employment and integration services

Moderator: Monika Chaba, European Commission (TBC) 

  • Laurens Hoedaert, Actiris (TBC)

3) Ensuring reasonable accommodation at work

Moderator: Carmen Hilario, EASPD (TBC)

4) Boosting hiring and combating stereotypes

Moderator: Representative of EASPD

  • Javier Guemes, Fundacion ONCE

5) Sustaining employment through vocational rehabilitation schemes

Moderator: Representative of EASPD

  • Stef de Cock, Maatwerk
   15:30End of Day 1

Conference Dinner

Please be advised that the dress code is formal or cocktail attire. This excludes casual clothes such as T-shirts, shorts, jeans, trainers, flip-flops, and casual shoes.

Friday 18 October, 2024

  09:00 - 09:45                    

Morning Huddle

   09:50 - 11:00       

Workshops on Enabling Legal Frameworks

6) Leveraging state aid to enhance employment opportunities for persons with disabilities

Moderator: Representative of EASPD

  • Matthias Maucher, SSE

7) Creating jobs: the role of public procurement

Moderator: Miguel Buirtago, EASPD

  • Olivier Wendling, Relais 2D (TBC)
  • Alexandra Barbier, Service public de Wallonie (TBC)

8) Enabling Vocational Education and Training for open labour market employment

  • Ingrid Pammer, BBRZ (TBC)

9) Supported employment legislation and promising practices

10) Navigating the Greek Legal System

   11:00 - 11:30         

Coffee Break
   11:30 - 13:00

Supporting different target groups to access the Open Labour Market 


11) How to best support people with autism and intellectual disabilities?

12) How to best support people with visual and sensory disabilities?

Moderator: Fabrizio Fea, Board Member of EASPD 

13) European Sectoral Skills Strategy: B-WISE project

14) Speed Dating with Businesses 

15) Research insights on making a more inclusive open labour market

   13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
   14:00 - 15:10

Panel 3: Moving Forward: How to create jobs on the open labour market?

  • Fabrizio Fea, Board Member of EASPD
   15:10 - 15:30

Concluding Remarks


End of Day 2