These are our vision, mission and values:
Our vision is simple. We want a Europe where:
- people with intellectual disabilities enjoy equal rights and fully participate in all aspects of life
- family members of people with intellectual disabilities can be just that – family members
- the interests and concerns of people with intellectual disabilities and their families are considered in all policies affecting them
We fight for equal rights and full inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities and their families in all aspects of society.
Our key values are:
Respect for people with intellectual disabilities, their opinions and choices.
Solidarity between weaker and stronger persons, generations and organisations.
Inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities and their families in all aspects of society as a result of respect and solidarity.
Inclusion Europe has 78 members in 39 European countries.
Help The Life Association
für Menschen mit Lernschwierigkeiten
Lifeguide / BelAPDIiMI
Bosnia and Herzegovina
BAPID – Bulgarian Association for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
National Association of Resource Teachers – Bulgaria
Tel.: +359-02-878 0234
Udruga za promicanje inkluzije – Association for Promoting Inclusion
Udruga za samozastupanje – Association for Self-Advocacy
Hrvatski savez udruga osoba s intelektualnim teškoćama –
Croatian Association of Societies of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
Pancyprian Parents Association for People with Mental Handicap
Tel.: +357-22-31 16 85
SPMP (ČR): Společnost pro podporu lidí s mentálním postižením – Inclusion Czech Republic
Tel.: +420-2-219 02 74
Vaimukad: Eesti Vaimupuudega Inimeste Tugiliit (EVPIT) –
Estonian Mentally Disabled People Support Organisation
EVPIT Self-Advocacy Group
Tel.: +372-6-455 171
England (United Kingdom)
Learning Disability England
Kehitysvammaisten Tukiliitto r.y.
Steg för Steg
Association “Les Jeunes Handicapés”
Les Papillons Blancs de Dunkerque
Bundesvereinigung Lebenshilfe für Menschen mit geistiger Behinderung e.V.
Der Rat behinderter Menschen der Bundesvereinigung Lebenshilfe
Tel.: +49-030/20 6411-124
POSGAMEA – Panhellenic Federation of Parents and Guardians of Disabled People
ÉFOÉSZ – Értelmi Fogyatekosok Orszagos Érdekvedelmi Szvotsege
ÉFOÉSZ Self-Advocacy Group
Latvian Self-Advocacy Movement
VILTIS – Lithuanian Welfare Society for Persons with Mental Disability
INSPIRE – The Foundation for Inclusion
Malta Federation of Organisations of Persons with Disability (MFOPD)
Movement in Favour of Rights for Persons with Disability – Down Syndrome Association
Tel.:+356-214 485 70 / +356 992 294 18
National Parents’ Society of Persons with Disability
Republic Center for Helping Persons with Mental Handicap
Centre for Helping Persons with Mental Handicap (Poraka Negotino)
NFU – Norsk Forbund for Utviklingshemmede
NFU Self-Advocacy Group
Tel.: +47-22-39 60 50
PSONI: Polskie Stowarzyszenie na rzecz Osób z Niepełnosprawnością Intelektualną –
Polish Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability
Ceva de Spus
Tel.: +40 (21) 2125955
Перспектива / Perspektiva
Scotland (United Kingdom)
ENABLE ACE COMMITTEE
SAPI – Serbian Association for Promoting Inclusion
Serbian association for self-advocacy
ZPMPVSR: Združenie na pomoc ľuďom s mentálnym postihnutím v SR
ZVEZA SOŽITJE – The Slovenian Association for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
Tel.: +386 1 420 26 00
GADIR – Grupo de Apoyo a la Dirección Plena inclusión
Som Fundació Catalana Tutelar
Inre Ringen Sverige
All-Ukrainian NGO Coalition for Persons with Intellectual Disability
Wales (United Kingdom)
All Wales People First
ECCE – European Cooperation in Anthroposophical Curative Education and Social Therapy
Down Syndrome Education International
Special Olympics Europe Euroasia
Since it was founded in 1988, Inclusion Europe has achieved many things. We picked 30 highlights for you:
The notes of the constituting assembly from 1988
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.
1997: The first European Meeting of Self-Advocates is held in Durdent Court, UK.
1998: Thérèse Kempeneers-Foulon from Belgium becomes president. Guidelines for easy-to-read published.
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: Francoise 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.
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: Ingrid Körner from Germany replaces Francoise Jan as president. Andrew Doyle from Scotland becomes the new EPSA chairperson.
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 with examples of supported decision-making.
2015: “Europe in Action” congress in Rome on “Families and Self-Advocacy”
2020: 5Es strategy year 3: Educate. Heavy impact of the Covid pandemic: report; European Parliament resolution on rights of people with intellectual disabilities. End of year summary. (Annual report 2020 .pdf)
2021: 5Es strategy year 4: Employ. Europe in Action conference about employment from Finland. Jyrki Pinomaa re-elected for second term (starting in 2022) as president. Hear our Voices! self-advocacy conference. Position paper: Why we care about education. End of year summary. And the Annual report 2021.
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Inclusion Europe is a registered non-profit organisation under Belgian law (aisbl = association internationale sans but lucrative). It was founded in 1988.
Our work and structure are governed by a registered Constitution and Bylaws. They define the membership criteria, the structure and the internal governance of the organisation and are adapted to changing requirements by decision of the Annual General Assembly of all members.
The original Constitution is in French and it is translated into English:
Our work brings the voice of people with intellectual disabilities and their families where decisions about their future are made.
This has always been incredibly important. It is even more so with the Covid pandemic drastic impact on their rights and lives.
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