DREAM – Disability Rights Expanding Accessible Markets

ENIL is an Associated Partner in the EU funded project DREAM – Disability Rights Expanding Accessibly Markets, led by the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at the National University of Ireland, Galway. During the 3-year project, ENIL will host two early stage researchers (ESRs) – Ciara Brennan and Orla Kelly – based at the University of Iceland. Ciara is focusing on the Right to Independent Living and the development of user-led personal assistance, and Orla will be doing research on ways to advance de-institutionalisation and community living. Both researchers are expected to join ENIL for up to three months in 2012.


The aim of DREAM, a Marie Curie Initial Training Network, is to train the next generation of disability policy entrepreneurs to help drive and sustain the process of positive change across Europe.

The research agenda was crafted to produce tangible recommendations for reform both at EU level and in the Member States and to impart policy entrepreneurship skills to the researchers so that they themselves can become positive agents of change in their future careers.

The research agenda aims to contribute to the goals of EU 2020 in creating a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy of direct benefit to persons with disabilities. It also aims to contribute knowledge, insights and practical recommendations to the implementation of the new EU Disability Strategy (2010-2020) which seeks practical ways to ensure that Europe’s 80 million persons with disabilities can enjoy all the rights of European citizenship. The research undertaken will also contribute to the ongoing process of finding ways of giving practical expression to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at EU level and in the Member States.

The project is implemented in partnership with the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Technosite (Spain), Maastricht University (Netherlands), University of Leeds (UK), NOVA Norwegian Social Research, the University of Iceland and Swiss Paraplegic Research.

Project website: http://www.nuigalway.ie/dream/
Contact person: Jamie Bolling, ENIL Executive Director, j.bolling@enil.eu

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