The European Platform for Rehabilitation (EPR) is a community of service providers working with people with disabilities committed to high quality service delivery.
Learning and Innovating Together
A society where every person can co-create quality services that bring about equal opportunities for all, social inclusion and quality of life.
To build the capacity of our members to provide sustainable, high quality services in a competitive environment through mutual learning and training.
EPR upholds the UNCRPD understanding of disability, that it is “an evolving concept”, that “Persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others”, and that “impairment is a valued aspect of human diversity”. EPR considers that disability is not an individual’s intrinsic feature but a result of that individual’s interaction in an environment, as noted in the International Classification of Functioning.
EPR has a broad and holistic understanding of the meaning of rehabilitation and takes this into account in the activities of the network.
For EPR, rehabilitation includes all activities working with individuals with a disability and others in vulnerable situations to empower them and enable them to access their rights, be included in all aspects of life and have the best quality of life as possible. It encompasses all services that work to achieve this and throughout a person’s life.
EPR considers that rehabilitation services include prevention and early intervention, medical rehabilitation; social care, support and housing and social rehabilitation; vocational rehabilitation, vocational education and training; employment support.
EPR activities go beyond traditional mutual learning exchanges. Professionals from EPR members gather to benchmark and analyse effectiveness in service provision; improving quality of services and quality of life for clients, as well as positively impacting their daily work experience. EPR members co-create and pilot innovative products, tools and methods to better meet the needs of clients, employers and funders.
Could you be interested in joining our community? Find out more about membership here.
EPR is a democratically governed organisation with its own independent management structures and statutes. The platform is registered under Belgian law as a not-for-profit association (ASBL/ VZV, Reg. no. 864922670). For more information about our structures see here, and our secretariat here