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16 May 2012

The last details of the programme of our meeting in Italy have now been finalised. Please read the programme here...


ESCIF Congress and Assembly of Delegates
23 – 25 May 2012 in Lucignano, Italy

The impact of the ongoing economic crisis on the lives of people with SCI in Europe


Wednesday 23 May 2012


14:30 Arrival of delegates at Rome/Florence airport or Arezzo train station – at the latest!

16:00 Arrival at Congress venue in Lucignano

16:30 Welcome refreshments

17:00 Meeting for partners/accompanying persons to talk about “partner programme”



17:00 Opening of Congress
Welcoming address from Jane Horsewell, President of ESCIF
Welcoming address from Vincenzo Falabella, President of the Italian Spinal Cord Injury Federation (FAIP)
Welcoming address from Mirella Ricci Councillor of Social Affairs County of Arezzo


17:30 Keynote speeches
Introduction to the speakers
The economic crisis, welfare and globalisation
Donata Vivanti – Vice Chair European Disability Forum

Presentation of the 2012 survey into the impact of the economic crisis on people living with SCI.
Maria Giulia Marini, Head of Healthcare, ISTUD
The survey has been carried out by Fondazione Istud and is a collaboration between FAIP and ESCIF


19:00 End of travelling/working day


19.30 Get-together dinner


Thursday 24 May 2012

9:00 Experiences from four ESCIF member countries: Netherlands, Spain, Czech Republic and Italy


10:00 Focus on the impact of the crisis on the health system and management of SCI
Dr Abel Rainer - European Vice President, ISCoS


10:45 Coffee break


11:15 The crisis seen from the vantage point of European policy-makers and policy advisors
Panel discussion: moderator Jane Horsewell

Maria Cecilia Guerra, Deputy Minister of Social Affairs
Giampiero Griffo Member of the World Council Disabled People International
Neil Crowther, independent expert specialising in Human Rights
Alfredo Ferrante, Head of Disability section, Social Inclusion, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and European Commision High Level group member
Luigi Reale, ISTUD Foundation


13:00 Lunch


14:30 Presentation from major Congress sponsor: Guidosimplex


14:45 Focus on personal care assistance
Adolf Ratzka – Independent Living Institute


15:30 Focus on technical aids/Company presentation
Maria Teresa Agati Csr – Research Centre of Confindustria (the main organisation representing Italian manufacturing and services companies)


16:15 Coffee break


16:45 Presentation from major Congress sponsor: Medicaline Rehab


17:00 What actions can be taken?
Kapka Panayotova ENIL European Network on Independent Living


Discussion in groups/plenum


18:30 End of working day


19:30 Delegates’ dinner


20:30 Valerio Billeri live concert




Friday 25 May

9:30 Assembly of Delegates


11:00 Coffee break


11:30 Assembly of Delegates continued
Future ESCIF activities
ESCIF Congress 2013


13:00 Lunch


14:30 Members’ input
Short presentations of new projects in ESCIF member countries


16:00 End of Congress


17:00 Optional sightseeing excursion with dinner.
The excursion is not included in the congress fee.

Final programme for the ESCIF Congress 2012 was posted by ESCIF.
To discuss any of its subject matter further please contact ESCIF.

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