Many people of all ages and different conditions (elderly, children, persons with disabilities ā€“ including persons with mental health problems) live in residential institutions which tend to segregate them from the community. For the purposes of this report, these institutions are not defined primarily by their size but above all by features of ā€œinstitutional cultureā€ depersonalisation, rigidity of routine, block treatment, social distance, paternalism). Size is merely an indicator - the larger the setting, the fewer the chances are to guarantee individualised, needs-tailored services as well as participation and inclusion in the community.
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Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 3 February 2010 at the 1076th meeting of the Ministersā€™ Deputies
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UNICEF - Ending institutionalisation and strenghtening family and community based care for children in Europe and beyond
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Joint submission to the Draft General Comment No 5 on Article 19
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Submission to the Draft General Comment No 5 on Article 19
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At the "Towards Inclusion" conference, the Commissioner for Equality found strong words against institutionalisation. EPSA member Elisabeta Moldovan talked about her experiences growing up in institutions.
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Inclusion Europe's director Milan Šveřepa talks about a seminar on deinstitutionalisation he recently attended in Romania.
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Inclusion Europe, the European Association of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and their families, represents the voice of more than seven million people. Our members include organisations of people with intellectual disabilities and their families at national, regional and local level.
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