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Disability rights, European funds, institutionalisation in Czechia – Newsbits February 2021

Just a summary of reports, research and other relevant (to me at least) stuff. Perhaps someone else will find it useful too. “Treaties, no matter how eloquently expressed, are not self-executing.” Unfortunately – but unsurprisingly – it is not me who came up with this eloquent and all-too-precise sentence. It was the UN Special Rapporteur […]

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Opposition to inclusion is a refusal to accept people who differ

From Reporting Democracy: Opposition to the desegregation of Czech schools is being used by extremist politicians to attract mainstream voters, including the middle class who worry about the effect on their children from the inclusive policy. Over 30% of all Roma pupils attended special schools in 2014, compared with an average of 2% for non-Roma, […]

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Disability strategy: EU should be the change it wants to see

Today (1 July 2020) Inclusion Europe contributed to a consultation on the next European Disability Strategy, organised by Helena Dalli, EU Commissioner for Equality. Alongside other EU disability organisations Inclusion Europe recognises the significance of the strategy to date. And we know very well what we want from the next one. Clear direction matters. (Of course we are not the only ones to have high expectations.) […]

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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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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 […]