Click on a word which is in bold to read what it means.
- Legal capacity and rights of the citizens
This is about the right
to take part in politics
in your community.
For example, you can talk to politicians.
Or you can organise meetings about things in your community
that are important to you.
For this, we need to train people with intellectual disabilities.
We also need to talk to their families
and the people who work with them.
This happens even if they have a job.
This happens because people with disabilities
are often discriminated against.
When someone with a disability starts working,
they often stop getting money from the state.
This happens even if they make very little money.
Inclusion Europe should talk more
about the rights of workers
and about how expensive life is
for people with disabilities.
Then the organisations that participated in the meeting
talked about what they are doing.
Plena Inclusión (Spain) has done a lot
for voting rights
of people with intellectual disabilities.
They did a campaign called “Mi Voto Cuenta“.
This means “My vote counts”.
Now they are also working
on inclusive education
and on the justice system.
The justice system is the system
that takes care of crimes.
People with intellectual disabilities need to get the right support
in the justice system.
For example, when they need to talk to a judge or a lawyer.
We also heard from some self-advocates
who shared their experiences:
- Carmen Piquer fought for her right to vote.
- Raúl Olivera participates in the programme “Som Companys”.
This means “We are colleagues”.
This is a group of self-advocates
who meet once per month to talk about common problems.
- Raquel Manzano wants to work and live independently
- Fernando Valero wants to volunteer
with older people.
This was a very nice meeting.
We are very happy to see that so many people
are working hard
to make the lives of people with intellectual disabilities better.