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  • End-of-year reading and listening recommendations

    06/01/2022

    As many do at the end of a year, I also shared some reading and listening recommendations from 2021. 🕵️‍♀️ This series of Investigate Europe articles on private money in old people care is definitely worth the time of anyone interested in social services. 🔥 Inclusion Dialogue podcast is always very interesting to get new

  • Shrnutí 2021 v evropské sociální politice

    05/01/2022

    V roce 2021 se odehrálo na evropské úrovni docela dost zajímavých a důležitých věcí. Stojí za to, minimálně pro mne, si je tady připomenout a ozdrojovat. Zároveň se dá to samé očekávat od roku tohoto i dalších. Sociální politika nabírá v EU stále většího významu. Stay tuned. Téměř všechny odkazy vedou na anglické texty. Pokud anglicky neumíte,

  • 2021 at Inclusion Europe, and related news

    02/01/2022

    Bringing you an overview of news, reports, policies covered in Include newsletter this year. Subscribe here not to miss anything next time around. * And a bit of other stuff, too. Oh, and this was 2020 by the way. Hello. I hope you find this a useful reminder of some things that happened this year. When it’s

  • Better job opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities

    09/12/2021

    Soufiane El Amrani and Milan Šveřepa wrote an article about employment, published in Dutch here. Below is an English version: „As a person with intellectual disabilities I think it is important for all people with intellectual disabilities to have a job like everyone else,“ says Soufiane El Amrani, self-advocacy and easy-to-read officer at Inclusion Europe. „Having a job

  • Budujte vztahy, ne baráky

    30/11/2021

    Příspěvek na konferenci FSS Ostravské univerzity o transformaci sociálních služeb v listopadu 2021: Ústav = kumulované bydlení + segregace prostorem a činností + podřízenost pravidlům zařízení Deinstitucionalizace = sociální služba – negativa výše Tedy poskytování podpory, která má člověka a jeho přání a potřeby v centru pozornosti; pomáhá být součástí světa kolem. Také podpora rodin,

  • Build relationships, not houses

    20/11/2021

    Last 2 days have been about learning how supporting living works in Greece, and how to improve it and make it available to many more people. It was a conference in Athens, held by Estia to mark 10 years of providing supported living services. They kindly invited me to talk about support for independent living and inclusion to

  • Thank you to Luk Zelderloo as he steps down from EASPD

    29/10/2021

    These are the last working days for Luk Zelderloo as EASPD secretary general. I would like to share some words. Luk has built EASPD over the past 25 years from an idea to a significant presence in EU disability affairs. (Sometimes too significant for my liking, but that is for another time 😉) We can

  • Recommendations for Polish deinstitutionalisation strategy

    23/10/2021

    Polskie Forum Osób z Niepełnosprawnościami organised a conference called “We have the right to live independently. We cannot wait any longer”, and I was invited to speak during a panel about the Polish deinstitutionalisation strategy and “whether we have to wait until 2030?” I offered suggestions for deinstitutionalisation: Prevent institutionalisation of those living in the

  • Deinstitutionalisation and families

    13/10/2021

    Today I spoke during a EESC hearing about challenges of the transition from institutional to community-based support for persons with disabilities and the role of families as their carers. I talked about priorities in deinstitutionalisation, one of which must be making the changes work for people with complex support needs too. They are often left

  • Je na čase radikálně přehodnotit přístup k poskytování sociální péče

    11/10/2021

    Publikováno v Info.cz 30.9.2021 Nedávno vydaný text o zdravotnictví se v bodu 12 věnuje také sociálním službám. Upozorňuje na stárnutí společnosti („za posledních deset let se počet obyvatel starších 65 let zvýšil z 1,63 na 2,13 milionu. V příštích třiceti letech se zvýší na 3,1 milionu, senioři budou tvořit 32 % obyvatel“). „Naše zdravotnictví a