Make sure that children with disabilities can grow up in their families – ETR

Our director Milan Šveřepa wrote an article for a website called Apolitical. In his article, Milan talks about deinstitutionalisation of children with disabilities.

Make sure that children with disabilities can grow up in their families

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Our director Milan Šveřepa 

wrote an article for a website called Apolitical. 

Apolitical writes news for governments.   

In his article, Milan talks about deinstitutionalisation 

of children with disabilities.  

We know that growing up in an institution 

is very bad for children.  

That’s why many children are not living in institutions anymore. 

They can stay with their families. 

They get the support they need where they live. 

And they do not need to move anywhere else. 

But this doesn’t happen very often for children with disabilities. 


In Europe, most children living in institutions 

are children with disabilities.  

These children should live a better life 

outside of institutions. 

Politicians can help with that. 

Politicians should make sure that children with disabilities 


  • early support 
  • a good education 
  • a good job 

Early support means helping children with disabilities 

and their families  

very early. 

Just after they are born. 


There are cases in which children with disabilities 

get the support they need. 

But this only happens a few times. 

It should happen all the time.  

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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