Academic network of European disability experts (ANED)
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The Academic Network of European Disability experts (ANED) was created by the European Commission in December 2007. ANED established and maintains a pan-European academic network in the disability field to support policy development in collaboration with the Commission's Disability Unit. Its philosophy and aims support the objectives of European disability policy towards the goal of full participation and equal opportunities for all disabled people.
ANED builds upon the expertise of existing disability research centres and national networks, supported by contacts in each country, expert rapporteurs in specific themes, and links to other policy and research networks. In this way, it provides a co-ordinating infrastructure of academic support for practical implementation of the European Disability Strategy and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Europe.
The Network is managed by Human European Consultancy (NL) in partnership with the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Leeds (UK).

ANED Reports

ANED Activity reports:

2013 ANED Activity report EN DE FR

2012 ANED activity report EN DE FR

2011 ANED activity report EN DE FR

2010 ANED activity report EN DE FR

2009 ANED activity report EN DE FR

2008 ANED activity report EN DE FR

Reports published by the ANED network are available on the following themes:

Monitoring rights

Statistical indicators

EU Law and policy


Social inclusion

Independent living

Education / training

Benefits / Entitlements


Consumer protection

Political participation


ANED launches online tool

In 2012 ANED announced the launch of ‘DOTCOM’ (the Disability Online Tool of the Commission). This online resource offers a major public database of information, collected by ANED in consultation with the European Commission and the EU High Level Group on Disability, about national laws, policies, strategies and initiatives in the Member States of the European Union, its Candidate countries and other associated countries. For each of the 35 ANED member countries, and for the EU, it will include summary information on 44 selected policy instruments (more than 1,500 records) elaborated from the priorities established in the Commission Staff Working Paper accompanying the European Disability Strategy (see annex 2).

Input to the European Semester

In November 2013 the Commission adopted the 2014 Annual Growth Survey, setting out the challenges and priorities for the next cycle. As the 28 EU Member States governments prepare their input to the European Semester, ANED is again supporting the Commission with direct input to the policy process from a disability perspective.

Linking European and national disability strategies

Professor Mark Priestley (ANED Scientific Director) discussed the lessons learned from ANED’s monitoring of the EU Open Methods of Co-ordination (OMCs).

It is widely accepted that the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 requires a more co-ordinated policy implementation model than earlier EU Disability Action Plans. An effective model for disability policy co-ordination would need to be consistent with mechanisms for monitoring and implementing the Europe 2020 strategy and UN Convention reporting processes (it should support them but not duplicate them). Any new arrangements also would need to be politically and technically feasible within the existing EU structures and institutions.

Eight ANED Annual Meeting

On 21 and 22 September 2015 the Academic Network of European Disability Experts (ANED) held its 8th Annual Meeting in Brussels. The two day meeting was entirely devoted to further developing the information that ANED provides for mainstreaming a disability perspective in the European Semester process, the EU2020 strategy priorities for the EU Member States. 

Seventh ANED Annual meeting

On 14 November 2014 The Academic Network of European Disability experts (ANED) held its seventh Annual General Meeting in Brussels. Following the Internal Network Meeting organised on 13 November 2014. In total 54 participants from 29 countries took part, including national experts from the ANED country teams, Commissions staff, the European Disability Forum (EDF), Age Platform Europe, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights and the European Social Network.

Synthesis reports 2013

In 2013 ANED selected task leaders prepared synthesis reports on specific themes. We are pleased to announce that these reports are now available for download. Please feel free to visit the following links for the recently published synthesis reports:

Access to and Accessibility of Citizenship and Political Participation of People with Disabilities in Europe: Introduction to Two Related 2013 ANED Reports -  prepared by Lisa Waddington
Access to and Accessibility of Citizenship and Political Participation of People with Disabilities in Europe: Introduction to Two Related 2013 ANED Reports - prepared by Anna Lawson
Comparative data and indicators: European comparative data on People with disabilities & Citizenship
- prepared by Stefanos Grammenos
European comparative data on Europe 2020& People with disabilities - prepared by Stefanos Grammenos

A focus on public and political life

In the context of the 2013 European Year of Citizens, and preparations for the 2014 European elections, ANED’s topic focus for 2013 was on issues of citizenship for disabled people and their participation in public and political life. We examine this theme both from a legal perspective and from the perspective of access and accessibility. The work is conducted in close collaboration with the European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and a joint compendium of indicators and will be published during 2014.

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