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National Observatory on the Condition of Persons with Disabilities


V National Conference on Disability Policies

On 16 and 17 September 2016, the V National Conference on Disability Policies will be held in Florence, as provided for by art 41-bis of Law 104 of 1992. It will gather representatives of Institutions at all Government levels, actors in the field, social parties and, of course, organisations representing persons with disabilities.

The event, promoted by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy along with the Municipality of Florence, will take place at Fortezza da Basso, in via Filippo Strozzi, a few hundred metres away from Santa Maria Novella train station.

The conference will start at 9 a.m. on Friday and will end at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Besides the works, debates, meetings and events at the Fortezza and around Florence are scheduled.

As the previous Conference in Bologna in 2013, the Conference will focus on the debate over the Two-year Disability Action Plan, drafted by the National Observatory on the Condition of Persons with Disabilities, which will be definitively approved by the end of October.

Additionally, it will provide an opportunity for a discussion over Government implementation of the previous Programme, as well as, more generally, over the state of the policies for persons with disabilities. The major themes concerning disability, such as education, health, independent living, the recognition of the status of disabled, reporting, and international cooperation will be addressed.

Furthermore, the event will fall on the 10th anniversary of the approval of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The Conference will unfold through plenary sessions and working groups. Participation is free.

However, those intending to participate are invited to duly fill in the participation form and send it to the following email address segreteriacnd@comune.fi.it. This will enable the organisers to manage space and timing over the two days of the works.

Participants with disabilities arriving at the Conference on their own may use the parking of the Fortezza located beside the Fortezza da Basso, if necessary.

Moreover, the Municipality of Florence has  organised a hotel booking service for participants with disabilities. The service can be reached at the following email address: cnd@florenceplanet.com . All participants may request accommodation information to the same email address.

The administrative office of the Conference can be reached at the following number 055 2008238 (Monday to Friday 9a.m - 1 p.m., closed from 16-19 August) or at the following email address segreteriacnd@comune.fi.it .

Materials and documents

  • Press release of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy
  • Participation form to the Conference and working groups - in Italian (MS-Word 471 Kb.)
  • Hotel booking form - in Italian (MS-Word 672 Kb.)
  • Conference Programme - in Italian (PDF 172 Kb.)
  • Accessible Florence - in Italian