In the context of our campaign for last year, we published a final document on the topic of legal capacity and citizenship, presenting an overview of what a lack of legal capacity means for people with intellectual disabilities across the European Union.
Last January, Inclusion Europe's Milan Šveřepa was interviewed by David Klimeš for the Czech news-server Aktuálně.cz. They talked about deinstitutionalisation, rights of people with intellectual disabilities and the use of EU funding to improve the social system in the country.
Last Sunday was the last day of the European elections 2019. On Sunday night each European country was counting its votes. While this was happening, in front of the European Parliament in Brussels people could see a video of people with intellectual disabilities talking about voting.
As the votes in European Elections 2019 were being counted and first results announced on Sunday night, we could see a video of self-advocates talking about voting being played in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. And it became clear to me: These were elections like never before.
Our Voting Champion in April is Carmen Piquer of "Som Fundació".
Carmen regained her right to vote in 2015, following lengthy legal procedures. Now she tells others about the electoral process and encourages them to go to vote.