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  • 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

  • Institutionalisation of old people in Czechia

    23/09/2021

    Forum for human rights, Validity launch of report on institutionalisation of old people, September 2021. My remarks:   Massive institutionalisation of older people demonstrates the failure of policy when it comes to securing support and care. It stems from lack of understanding how support and care should and can be provided. And it is based

  • Voter suppression? That’s fine by us says European Court of Human Rights

    13/09/2021

    Written for Inclusion Europe 13 September 2021. When the news is filled with clawing away of people’s rights, and chipping away on the rule of law, what does a democratic-minded person do to keep hopeful and level-headed? We look up to the institutions charged with protecting them, of course. But what does one do when

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    The Development, Conceptualisation and Implementation of Quality in Disability Support Services

    27/08/2021

    I was honoured to have been interviewed for a book on deinstitutionalisation, community-based services and inclusion of people with disabilities. About the book “Social services for people with disabilities have undergone substantial changes over time, in particular in the past two decades. Whilst lack of affordable and appropriate housing is a barrier to community living

  • Ach jo aneb Volební programy 2021

    10/07/2021

    Přehled volebních programů 2021 v otázkách sociálních služeb a specificky lidí s postižením a jejich rodin. (Týká se jich samozřejmě vše, já tím myslím věci, které jsou jim jmenovitě směřovány.) A opakuji: přehled, žádná zásadní analýza. Ono ani není moc co analyzovat. Piráti a starostové Práce a sociální péče. Piráti/Stan už se vidí ve vládě, tak k

  • Česko prohrává

    18/06/2021

    Jasným poraženým letošního fotbalového Eura je Česko: země, která se podle Fotbalové asociace ČR turnaje vlastně ani neúčastní. Že je to nesmysl? Že se Česku na Euru docela daří? Ale to se pletete: Česko na turnaji nehraje, jen cosi, čemu ve FAČR říkají #ceskarepre. Tvrdí se, že sport je výrazný nástroj, jak propagovat svou zemi.