From the 20th until the 26th of April, World Week for Education is celebrated in Spain. SAME is connected to The Global Campaign for Education, which strives for the right to education for all children in every country, including for children with disabilities.
The Spanish Confederation of Organisations for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (FEAPS), an Inclusion Europe member, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a concert also attended by Queen Sofia of Spain.
Obtaining equal access to information and culture is an important goal for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Moreover, the importance of making reading accessible to all is paramount in fighting barriers to accessibility and in the complete and unhindered inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.
Through its Read it Easy project, run in collaboration with software developer ONECLICK, FEAPS has finished adapting two popular Spanish novels into easy to read. The two books chosen, "Legends" by Gustavo Adolfo Becquer and "Voices of the Future” by Spanish National Award for Children’s Literature laureate Jordi Serra i Fabra, have been digitally enriched for a more accessible and enjoyable experience.
The Spanish organisation for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities, FEAPS recently launched a call for applications for professional scholarships for two Master Degrees related to working with people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
On 1 May, the International Workers’ Day, Inclusion Europe member FEAPS, along with the Spanish Association for the Employment of Persons with Disabilities (AEDIS) launched an appeal to private companies in Spain to show greater commitment to the employment of people with intellectual disabilities.
In light of the 2014 European Parliament elections, FEAPS is re-launching the ‘My vote counts campaign’ (‘Mi voto cuenta’, in Spanish), previously run during Spanish national and local elections. The campaign raises awareness on the right to vote of persons with intellectual disabilities, which is supported by Art.29 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.