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Not all children are included in deinstitutionalisation

There is no doubt that institutionalisation does tremendous damage to children’s health and development. Luckily, there has been significant progress to move away from institutionalisation, and instead support families to avoid separation by developing foster care and other alternatives. Unfortunately, this somehow seems not to apply to children with disabilities. In many countries, children with […]

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Checklist to ensure EU-funded measures contribute to independent living by developing and ensuring access to family-based and community-based services

The purpose of the publication is to ensure EU funds contribute to independent living and inclusion in the community. The checklist helps in designing policies and funding for: Transition from institutional to family-based and community-based services for children, persons with disabilities, persons with mental health problems and elderly persons; Development of quality family-based and community-based […]

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Deinstitutionalisation essentially is a struggle for independence

First published on Inclusion Europe website 3 May 2019. On 11 April I went to Romania to speak at a seminar about deinstitutionalisation and people with intellectual disabilities. The seminar was organised by the European Commission and the Romanian authorities. I was there as a co-chair of the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional […]

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Deinstitutionalisation means ensuring people are in full control of their life

First published on Inclusion Europe website 19 March 2019. I spent 2 days in Croatia last week learning about the situation of children and of adults with intellectual disabilities being segregated in institutions. I listened to Croatian experts and activists at a seminar organised by the Association for Self Advocacy (a member of Inclusion Europe) and ENIL. The […]