Find the meaning of the words in bold in the dictionary at the end of the document.
Everything we created was destroyed.
That is the message we hear from
Ukraine during the Russian war.
What it means is:
– support provided to people with
intellectual disabilities by friends and
families were destroyed
– the few community based
services in Ukraine stopped working
– a lot of people with disabilities
ended up in institutions
– everyday problems of hiding
from Russian bombs
– the suffering from the
lack of food and daily supplies
During this winter the situation
will get worse because Russia
destroyed the heating and electricity.
And Ukrainians will have to
deal with a very cold winter.
There is also a lot of people with
disabilities that are placed in
institutions in Ukraine.
Their situation is very bad too.
Inclusion Europe tried to support
Ukrainians with intellectual disabilities
and their families.
Inclusion Europe collected money for
Ukrainians to buy food and medicines.
And to provide support such as
personal assistance or day centres.
Inclusion Europe also helped by
telling the world what is going on
and what needs to be done.
All this has been possible thanks to
the support and contributions from
our members and others.
This issue of Europe for us is here
to inform about the situation of
people with intellectual disabilities
and families in Ukraine.
They need our support and solidarity.
At the time of the making of the magazine
in December 2022,
VGO Coalition changed its name to Inclusion Ukraine.
For them it is not just a name change
they also use this to strengthen the role
of self-advocates in the organisation.
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.
Being visible and vocal on issues directly affecting millions of people requires your support.
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