The challenge of the labour market - Plan Early, Act Right, Achieve High

Venue: Lordos Beach Hotel, Larnaca, Cyprus, 10 - 11 November 2006

Organized by the Pancyprian Organization of the Blind in collaboration with the European Blind Union. The Conference is sponsored by the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance of the Republic of Cyprus.

Programme

Friday, 10 November 2006

09:00 - 09:30 Registration

09:30 - 10:00 Opening and welcome
Christakis Nicolaides, President Pancyprian Organization of the Blind
Vaclav Polasek, Secretary General, European Blind Union
Chuji Sashida, Member Employment Committee of the World Blind Union
Pambis Kyritsis, Chairman Parliamentary Committee for Labour and Social Insurance
Antonis Vasiliou, Minister of Labour and Social Insurance

10:00 - 10:20 The European Employment Strategy
Estefania Mirpuri, Director of the Technical Office of European Affairs ONCE General Council

10:20 - 10:40 Minimum standards of Rehabilitation in Europe: Present Situation and Perspectives
Unn Ljoener Hagen,Coordinator Rehabilitation, Vocational Training and Employment Working Group of the EBU Diversity Committee and Head of the Rehabilitation Dept, Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted

10:40 - 11:00 The Fernstein Model of Intelligence and its Application to Blind Persons
Nathalie HARAR, Pedagogical Director at the Vocational Training Centre of Association Valentin HaŁy in Paris

11:00 - 11:20 Discussion and Questions

11:20 - 11:50 Coffee break and visit exhibits

11:50 - 12:10 A typical Professions Accessible to the Blind: New Opportunities and Limitations
Philippe Chazal, Chairman EBU Social Policy Commission and Director of the Centre for Professional Training and Rehabilitation (CFRP) of the Valentin HaŁy Association for the blind

12:10 - 12:40 Real People Doing Real Work - How We Can Show Visually Impaired People and Employers Our Potential
Penny Menville-Brown, Disability Consultant, Company Director and Government Advisor

12:40 - 13:00 Questions and discussion

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch and Visit Exhibits

14:30 - 14:50 The Quota Systems and Occupations Reserved for the Blind
Ivica Robic, Member EBU Social Policy Commission

14:50 - 15:10 Vocational Training and Employment Challenge in a New EU Member Country
Sergio Radu Ruba, President of the Association of the Blind in Romania

15:10 - 15:30 Vocational Training and Job Opportunities for Visually Impaired People - A South African Perspective Madalein Greyling and AndrŤ Manders

15:30 - 15:50 Present Employment Situation of Blind and Visually Impaired Persons in Japan
Chuji Sashida, Councilor, National Committee of Welfare for the Blind in Japan (NCWBJ), Researcher, National Institute of Vocational Rehabilitation (Japan)

15:50 - 16:20 Questions and discussion

16:20 - 16:50 Coffee break and visit exhibits

16:50 - 17:30 Film Presentation: The Work Conditions of Visually Impaired Masseurs in Sweden
Introduction by BjŲrne Karlsson

20:00 Dinner

Saturday, 11th November 2006

09:30 - 09:45 The Employment Continuum: Approaches to Supported Mainstream Employment for Blind and Partially Sighted People
Fred Reid, Chairman Policy and Advocacy committee at Royal National Institute of the Blind

09:45 - 10:00 The New RNIB Social Firm "Concept"
Dr. Philippa Simkiss, RNIB Head of Employment and Lifelong Learning

10:00 - 10:20 Perspectives of Sheltered Employment and the Future of Cooperatives for Multihandicapped People
Michel BRALS, Director of a Structure Employing 80 Multihandicaped Blind Workers in Lyon

10:20 - 10:40 Questions and discussion

10:40 - 11:00 Coffee break and visit exhibits

11:00 - 11:20 Rehabilitation of Visually Disabled People at Sheltered Factories of the All-Russia Association of the Blind
Larisa Cherkesova, Deputy Coordinator Rehabilitation, Vocational Training and Employment Working Group of the EBU Diversity Committee

11:20 - 11:40 The Expansion of Sheltered Workshops of the Lighthouse of the Blind in Greece
George Karkoulias, Director of the Workshops of the Lighthouse of the Blind of Greece

11:40 - 12:00 Towards the Labor Market - the Workshops of the Pancyprian Organization of the Blind
Christakis Nicolaides, President Pancyprian Organization of the Blind

12:00 - 12:20 Questions and discussion

12:20 - 12:40 The Role of the Theatre in the Vocational Training of the Blind
Nathalie HARAR, Pedagogical Director at the Vocational Training Centre of Association Valentin HaŁy in Paris

12:40 - 13:00 Questions and discussion

13:00 - 13:15 Closing session
Vaclav Polasek, Secretary General, European Blind Union
Christakis Nicolaides, President Pancyprian Organization of the Blind

13:15 - 14:30 Lunch and visit exhibits