EPSA members meet in Brussels

Self-advocates from EPSA have met in Brussels. At the meeting, they talked about different things. Here are some of the things they talked about.

EPSA members meet in Brussels

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Self-advocates from EPSA have met in Brussels.

At the meeting, they talked about different things.

Here are some of the things they talked about:

1. They talked about the 2019 Hear our Voices conference.

This conference was held in Graz, in Austria.

Many self-advocates took part in the conference

to discuss the right to vote and to be elected.

EPSA members discussed about the things

that should be improved for the next Hear our Voices conference.

For example: there should be more time

for the participants to get to know each other.

2. EPSA members also talked about organising conferences and meetings.

They talked about organising conferences and meetings better.

They said that accessibility at events is very important.

They also prepared rules for organisers, speakers and participants.

3. EPSA members talked about the Hear our Voices conference in 2021.

This conference will talk about employment.

The conference will be organised by one of Inclusion Europe’s members.

All Inclusion Europe’s members can apply to organise the conference.

EPSA will compare the applications

and choose who is going to organise the conference.

4. EPSA members also talked about their General Meeting in Vienna in 2020.

At the EPSA General Meeting members will present

the work that they have done.

They will also talk in groups about:

Self-advocates from EPSA at the meeting in Brussels

5. EPSA members talked about improving inclusion at Inclusion Europe.

They said that Inclusion Europe is doing well

in including everyone in their work.

But there are still some problems.

For example: Inclusion Europe should not use difficult words.

6. EPSA members also talked about including more young people, women

and people with complex support needs in self-advocacy.

They talked about some problems

and what to do to solve these problems:

  • Women are more often than men excluded from jobs

and cannot take part in society.

EPSA members talked about organising

events, conferences and trainings

for women with disabilities to include them more.

  • People with complex support needs

are more difficult to work with.

It’s more difficult for them to come to meetings

because many of them are in institutions.

They also have problems of accessibility.

EPSA members talked about asking

for more money to solve this problem.

  • It is difficult to involve young people in self-advocacy.

Young people have other interests.

EPSA members talked about organising events

for young people to talk about topics that are interesting for them.

For example: friendship and the Erasmus programme.

In the Erasmus programme, young people get to work

and study in a different country.

EPSA members also talked about involving

other self-advocacy groups in their work.

They want to exchange experiences

and work together.

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