Czechia should use EU money to end segregation – ETR

Last January, Inclusion Europe's director Milan Šveřepa was interviewed by a Czech journalist. Here are some of the things that he said in the interview.

Czechia should use EU money to end segregation

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Last January

Inclusion Europe‘s director Milan Šveřepa

was interviewed by a Czech journalist.

In the interview he talked about:

Here are some of the things that he said:

Why do people think that people

with intellectual disabilities

should be in institutions?

People who are put in institutions

are not taken seriously.

They are not treated as other people.

Older people often face the same challenges

of people with intellectual disabilities.

Do you agree?

Yes, I agree.

The situation is very similar.

The solution used now is the same for everyone.

This solution is segregating them in institutions.

But it doesn’t work.

Did we make any progress so far?

Institutions give a place to live and food

to people with intellectual disabilities.

But their lives are not better than before.

Nobody cares about what people in institutions

really want.

Progress on deinstitutionalisation is very slow then?

It is slow.

But the situation in Czechia is a bit better

than in other countries.

In Czechia people have tried to close institutions

for adults with disabilities.

There has been some progress.

What  does Inclusion Europe fight for?

Inclusion Europe fights for the rights

of people with intellectual disabilities

and their families.

We want to end segregation in institutions.

We want people with intellectual disabilities

to live in the community.

We also want them to have the right to decide.

Often people in Czechia don’t have legal capacity.

What does it mean if you don’t have legal capacity?

It can mean different things.

You cannot buy anything,

because you cannot have money.

It also means that you cannot have a house.

People who don’t have legal capacity in Czechia

don’t have the right to vote.

All these things must change.

How should Czechia use the money

from the European Union?

The money from the European Union should be used:

  • To move people out of institutions

and change things for older people.

  • To make public places and houses accessible
  • To support people with intellectual disabilities

in finding a job.

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