Project title: Optimising strategies for integrating people with disabilities into work
Acronym: Opti-Work
Funding EC, FP6-POLICIES, No. 513741 EC
Web-site http://www.optiwork.org
Project coordinators:  - Institute for Rehabilitation Research, Hoensbroeck, 
   the Netherlands
- University of Maatricht, the Netherlands
All partners:

- Institute for Rehabilitation Research (IRV)
- Maastricht University
- LSE Health and Social Care
- Astri
- Rehabilitation Foundation
- The Employers' Forum on Disability
- The European Platform for Rehabilitation
- Work Research Centre (WRC)
- The Rehab Group
- Eworx S.A.

- Austria: BBRZ
- Denmark: Marselisborgcentre
- Estonia: Astangu Rehabilitation Centre
- France: Centre de Réadaptation de Mulhouse (CRM)
- Finland: Merikoski Vocational Training Centre
- Germany: SRH Learnlife AG
- Greece: Theotokos Foundation
- Italy: Opera Don Calabria
- Ireland: National Training and Development Institute / 
  The Cedar Foundation
- Malta: Eden Foundation
- Norway: Association of Vocational Rehabilitation 
- Portugal: Centro de Reabilitação Profissional de Gaia
- Slovenia: Institute for Rehabilitation
- Slovakia: SAVEZ - Slovak Public Health Association
- The Netherlands: Stichting Revalidatie Limburg /
   Heliomare Rehabilitation Centre
- United Kingdom: Momentum

National coordinator: SAVEZ - Iveta Rajničová-Nagyová, PhD
Duration of the project: Dec 2004 - Jan 2008


The Opti-Work (Optimising Strategies for Integrating People with Disabilities into Work) project sets out to develop and disseminate a conceptual framework consisting of a number of analytic tools, and cross-national comparative reports, to assist in:

  • Formulating EU policy;
  • Calculating the socio-economic impact of those policies; and
  • Making recommendations for innovative strategies to enhance the labour market integration of citizens with disabilities.

The analytic tools will be applied to existing strategies and methods aimed at integrating people with disabilities into the labour market to identify good practice and system inefficiencies, as a means of informing future system planning and implementation.

Opti-Work is a 36-month project being undertaken by partners from the Netherlands, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Finland, Greece and Belgium. Partners from these countries are being supported in their activities by National Contact Centres in fifteen European countries, which fall under the auspices of the the European Platform for Rehabilitation.

Opti-Work is a Co-ordination Action funded by the European Commission under the 6th Framework Programme, Area 8.1.B.2.4 - Quality of Life Issues Relating to Handicapped/Disabled People (including equal access facilities).