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  • “Musíme v lidech budovat důvěru, že to, co po nich žádáme, je správné, jasné a že věříme v jejich schopnost to udělat.”

    18/05/2022

    Po dlouhém přemýšlení, jak shrnout poznámky ze setkání minulý týden na téma transformace sociálních služeb, nabízím nakonec toto: Výtah z rozhovoru se mnou, který vyšel v knize “The Development, Conceptualisation and Implementation of Quality in Disability Support Services” loni v létě. Pokrývá dost z toho, o čem byla minulý týden řeč. Proč je deinstitucionalizace /

  • In conversation with… Podcast series at Inclusion Europe Radio

    14/04/2022

    To tell about different stories, experiences, and perspectives on the work we are doing at Inclusion Europe. That is, broadly ;-), the aim of a new podcast series we started in April 2022 at Inclusion Europe Radio. The conversations are hosted by Soufiane El Amrani and me (sometimes, I go it alone). Episode 1: Julie

  • Protecting people with intellectual disabilities and their families during Russian war on Ukraine

    14/04/2022

    Key parts of Inclusion Europe work to support people with intellectual disabilities and families in Ukraine: Fundraising and financial support There are 14,000 families brought together by our member in Ukraine alone. Many of them without jobs, pensions because of the war. Inclusion Europe launched an emergency fundraiser to help them. By mid-April, we raised

  • 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