|Inclusion Europe published an annual report
The report talks about what Inclusion Europe did in 2013
It talks about meetings and projects.
For example, Europe in Action was an important meeting.
People came to it from many European countries.
TOPSIDE was an important project.
It taught people with disabilities how to support each other.
Conferences and events such as the 3rd European conference of self-advocates which took place in October 2013, or last year’s ‘Europe in Action’, gave members of Inclusion Europe, people with disabilities, their families and other relevant stakeholders the chance to discuss pressing issues, build cross-country bonds and unite their voices in demanding equal rights for all Europeans.
TOPSIDE and Pathways II, two projects training professionals and self-advocates alike successfully ran in 2013. Through them Inclusion Europe managed to reach dozens of self-advocates and hundreds of professionals which in their turn use the knowledge they acquired in order to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.
Bringing together organisations of persons with disabilities, service providers, universities and research centres from both Europe and Canada, Pathways II continues the journey towards social inclusion that began with the first New Paths to Inclusion project in 2009. Its goal is to facilitate support and knowledge to organisations and professionals in order to create a community-based system of assistance throughout Europe.
For TOPSIDE, Inclusion Europe collaborated with organisations from six European countries in creating good practices of peer-support and peer-training. The idea behind it is that people with intellectual disabilities often go through the same experiences. This makes them the ideal source of support, counsel and inspiration for their peers. During the two-year long project, more than 150 exercises were developed to help equip trainees with the necessary skills in order to offer the appropriate assistance to their peers.
More detailed information about projects, events and future plans for development can be found in the online version of the report.
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