21-22 January 2016 in Olten, Switzerland
In recent years, workplace integration and disability management have gained heightened relevance and importance. Particularly in the context of enterprises, (social) insurance schemes, social firms and institutions, greater efforts are being undertaken to prevent employees from leaving their jobs and to improve integration or reintegration in the labour market.
Workplace integration and health are among the most important factors for social integration in modern societies. Research in this area is highly relevant and up-to-date due to the rising numbers of ill or injured working-age people. Furthermore, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities from 2006 reinforces the rights of persons with disabilities to work on an equal basis with others. However, there exist various forms and concepts of workplace integration in social sciences as well as in social policy around the world. Some people perceive sheltered employment as a form of workplace integration; others only consider integration into the first labour market as workplace integration.
OECD comparisons show that different forms of workplace integration (for example sheltered employment, supported employment, social firms, or integration in private companies) exist in developed economies. Nevertheless, research on workplace integration from an international perspective is still rare. Yet against the backdrop of different conditions prevailing in societies and in respect to the various types of welfare states, very different concepts and understanding have emerged as to what workplace integration and disability management entail. Therefore, the conference will present and discuss theoretical issues of workplace integration; empirical findings of workplace integration (with regard to their different forms and objectives) in various countries; different notions of workplace integration; and specific problems in the process of workplace integration.
For that reason, the 4th Conference on Disability Management will be framed within an international perspective, with a focus on the differing social conditions of workplace integration and disability management. Of paramount importance is a description of the social foundations and various practices of workplace integration and disability management in different countries and the discussion of the effects of these varying foundations and practices. The conference will also feature a comparative analysis and discussion in regard to the possibilities and conditions of decent work (ILO) for employees whose performance has changed or decreased as viewed against the backdrop of labour markets that have become increasingly internationalised and more flexible.
In the conference issues of workplace-integration, disability management, and decent work will be analysed and discussed from various perspectives and in different contexts.
Interested potential presenters are requested to submit an abstract of 500 words maximum with a short title, along with a brief bio and the contact details (e-mail, telephone and postal address). For that purpose, please use this form and indicate whether you can present and discuss either in both of the conference languages (English and German) or only in one language.
|Proposal submission deadline:||20 June 2015|
|Notification on proposals by:||10 July 2015|
|Submission of proposal:||by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org|
Conference languages: German and English