Prof. Dr. phil. Johannes Schädler, born in 1956 in Westerstetten, Baden-Württemberg, Germany has been the managing director of the Centre for Planning and Evaluation of Social Services (ZPE) at the University of Siegen since 1997. He is an educational scientist and university lecturer with a focus on rehabilitation and disability services. He holds a diploma in educational science from the University of Tübingen and a PH.D. summa cum laude from the University of Siegen (2002). Schädler works on de-institutionalization processes, person-centred planning, financing systems, and local planning and implementation strategies for inclusive services for people with disabilities at the local, regional, national, European, and international level. In addition to teaching and project work, Dr. Schädler consults service providers, government boards, and client groups on disability issues and health and social planning in Germany and other European countries.
He co—ordinated the the fife years’ evaluation project on indiependent living in Northrhine-Westfalia, Germany(IH-NRW, 2003 – 2008) and more recently from 2012 to 2015 the the evaluation project on local planning and steering services for disabled and elderly persons in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany (§ 14a-Project – RLP).
On European and International level, from 2002 to 2005, he coordinated the European Intellectual Disability Research Network (IDRESNET). He was co-author of the Report on Human Rights of Persons with Intellectual Disability in Bosnia-Herzegovina (2007). With regard to European comparative research, he has coordinated the German research group in comparative work on de-institutionalisation (DECLOC, 2007) and the German project group on the discrimination of people with severe disabilities in Europe (Complex needs, 2008) in various European project activities. Since 2009, he has been the lead researcher in the European project ‘pathways to inclusion’ (p2i) in close cooperation with the European service provider NGO EASPD. On international level Dr. Schädler has also collaborated in the WHO ‘Atlas-project’ on intellectual disability (2008). Since 2011, he has been coordinating the ZPE-working group on ‘developmental cooperation and social services’ at the University of Siegen. In this context, from 2014 to 2015 he was a consulting expert in the international project “Inclusion in social protection systems in developing countries” commissioned by the German ministry for developmental-co-operation.