The four questions asked: "Who?" Why? Where? How? will be illustrated by first-hand accounts from workers with disabilities, presentations by researchers and round tables by professionals from the adapted sector and enterprises, hailing from several European countries.

The symposium topic will be broken down into four themes

Do cultural differences between countries have consequences on how disability is taken into account in the world of work and in public policies?

Why work?
If the postulate is that work can have a social function for valuing / recognition, socialisation and structuring of identity, how could these functions be fulfilled, or not , by other activities?

Where to work?
European overview of workplaces

How to work?
What tools and means:  upstream vocational training, pathways to integration, job coaching/assisted employment, continuous professional training, psychological support, ergonomic support, adjustments and accommodation, and so on.


Hosts : Danielle Dave and Sébastien Chambres

Jacques Le Goff will be the privileged observer of the conference. He will be the one to make the first comments at the end of each half-day. His reflections will be overview-openings: fast synthesis and impressions on the past half-day, opening towards other experiences and other readings to go further in the reflection.

  • Day 1
  • Thursday June, 21

From 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Speech by François Cuillandre, Mayor of Brest, and Helga Stevens, MEP


Alain Blanc
Work and impaired bodies: a social contradiction

Dominique Velche
European panorama

« Europe café » (*)

Erick Schwartz – The conference: organization and defended values
Albert Prévos – European Disability Forum


Why work?

Philippe Labbé
The anthropological revolution in our relationship to work

Stéphane Forgeron
Work, duty or right?

« Europe Café » (*)

Thumette Léon (Sign language dancer) and Nolùen Le Buhé (Breton singer) - Extract of the performance of Klew

Round table : Why work?

Denis Cassoni [To live in society without paid employment] ; Annaïg Rozec [Sevel Services Employee] ; Virgine Labarre [Adherent of Asperansa] ; Rodrigue Le Houx [APF employee]


First-hand accounts from people present and via videos

   Extract 1 - testimonials

   Extract 2 - testimonials


(*)    It will be a place of short and improvised meetings, on stage, with congress participants. They will be short breaks, between two communications or two round tables.


  • Day 2
  • Friday June, 22

From 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Speech by Nathalie Sarabezolles, President of the Department of Finistère and then Adam Kosa, MEP

Where to work?

Régine Monty-tessier
Companies, work and disability: prospective 2025

Alain Vilbrod
Students with disabilities facing the job market


Round table: French experiences

Frédéric Orlach [Working with the sheltered sector] ;David Le Port [Welcome workers with disabilities in cleaning companies] ; Annette Fréoux [To accompany and adapt the work] ; Isabelle Pellé [Integration of people with disabilities]

Round table: European experiences

Alberto Alberani [Italian cooperative firms] ; Toni Espinal Freixas Ampans [Inclusion, Spanish example] ; Rom Schoos  [Le parc merveilleux - First tourist destination in Luxembourg] ; Magadalena Kolasa & Agnieszka Kolodziejczak [Inclusive Social Enterpreneurship in Poland]

How to work?

Eric Molinié
Stereotypes in the work place

Marea de Bruijn
Job coaching in the Netherlands

Round table regarding the training

Véronique Brunet-Bertineaud [Different and skilled] ;  Yoann Piplin [Work adaptation through training] ;  Roger Banks [Book beyond words/looking for a job - GB] ; Jean-Jacques Morvan [Workstation adaptation training] ; Jérôme Colson [The propaedeutic - formal education - Luxembourg] ; Didier Vinches [training centre for specialized apprentices] ; Olga Rosenbergerová [Role play, Milk bar Naproti – Czech Republic]

« Europe Café » (*)

A member from the organizing committee – Disabilities and work, what about tomorrow?

Round table: the new technologies

Filippo Cavallo [Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa - Italy] ; Adamou Amadou Souley [Handilad, UBO] ; Jean Paul Departe (Fab lab de Kerpape]


First-hand accounts from people present and via videos

Discover the guest speakers