#30yearsofInclusion – Inclusion Europe turns 30 in 2018!
- What are 30 highlights from the past years?
- What are the 10 most important issues we worked on this year?
- And what are the 10 things we want to see happening in the near future?
Below is part 1 of our series:
30 highlights from the past 30 years:
1988: Inclusion Europe is set up under the name ILSMH-EA, which is the acronym for “International League of Societies for the Mentally Handicapped – European Association”. Tom Mutters becomes its president.
1991: Inclusion Europe adopts recommendations for community-based housing, committing all its members to work towards community-based living.
1992: Iain McMurray from Scotland is elected as the new president.
1995: John O’Gorman from Ireland becomes president.
1998: Thérèse Kempeneers-Foulon from Belgium becomes president.
2000: ILSMH-EA changes its name to Inclusion Europe.
2000: The European Platform of Self-Advocates (EPSA) is created as part of Inclusion Europe’s drive to be an inclusive organisation.
2000: Gianina Gendelon is the first self-advocate ever to address the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
2000: The newsletter “Include” is established.
2001: Françoise Jan from France is elected as the new president. Ulla Topi from Finland becomes EPSA chairperson.
2001: Inclusion Europe publishes materials for making meetings and conferences accessible.
2002: Following the publication of the first ever Easy-to-Read guidelines in 1998, Inclusion Europe creates the Easy-to-Read Logo to make accessible materials easily recognisable for self-advocates.
2003: Inclusion Europe’s art exhibition “Me, Blue and You … against discrimination” advocates for non-discrimination of people with disabilities and building an inclusive Europe. The exhibition is on display in Greece, Slovenia, Germany, Sweden, Estonia, Finland, England, Scotland, France, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Ireland. It is shown in very prominent places, such as the Louvre in Paris, the Foreign Ministry in Germany and the national Parliament in Slovenia.
2003: In the same year, the first conference organised by the European Platform of Self-Advocates is held, called “Empowerment. Together against Discrimination!” It is later to become “Hear our Voices“.
2004: Foundation of the European Coalition of Community Living
2006: The UN General Assembly adopts the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol. The Convention has a strong commitment to inclusive education, universal recognition of legal capacity as advocated for by Inclusion International and Inclusion Europe.
2007: EPSA starts its easy-to-read newsletter called “Europe for Us.”
2007: The International Conference on Deinstitutionalisation and Community living takes place in Prague, Czechia.
2010: Ivo Vykydal from Czechia becomes the new president.
2010: Inclusion Europe develops an easy-to-read version of the new European Union Disability Strategy 2010- 2020, a key document for the European Union’s work in the field of disability.
2011: Maureen Piggot from the UK becomes Inclusion Europe’s new president.
2011: The Topside Project on developing peer support and training is launched. In the context of the project, a curriculum for teaching peer supporters and trainers is published.
2012: Senada Halilčević becomes EPSA chairperson.
2014: Inclusion Europe campaigns to raise awareness of the fact that more than five million Europeans with intellectual disabilities at risk of not being able to vote or stand for election in the European elections
2014: Inclusion Europe launches the Choices platform.
2014 & 2015: Inclusion Europe receives the “Zero Project” awards for “promoting Europe-wide quality standards for accessible information for persons with intellectual disabilities” and for its guidelines for accessible elections.
2015: “Europe in Action” congress in Rome on “Families and Self-Advocacy”
2017: Inclusion Europe’s board member Harry Roche speaks at the European Parliament for Persons with Disabilities. 200 persons with intellectual disabilities attend the event.
2018: Jyrki Pinomaa becomes Inclusion Europe’s new president.