The meeting of the Human Rights Working Group in Barcelona – ETR

Inclusion Europe went to Barcelona for a meeting of our working group on Human Rights. This happened in the office of our Spanish member Som Fundació.

The meeting of the Human Rights Working Group in Barcelona

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Inclusion Europe went to Barcelona
for a meeting of our working group on Human Rights.

This happened in the office
of our Spanish member Som Fundació.

There were people from other members, too.

european elections

During this meeting
we talked a lot about what each of us is doing
for the European elections
and the right to vote

for people with intellectual disabilities.

We also looked at some documents
that Inclusion Europe is writing
on these topics:

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.

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Unapei (France) is creating easy-to-read texts, posters and videos

on the European elections.

They are also preparing a document
on some things that are written in the UN CRPD:

Inclusie Nederland (Netherlands) is writing
a similar document
about the situation in the Netherlands.

They are also working
on the topic of voting rights.

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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.

Fenacerci (Portugal) is working a lot
on the European elections.

They also use our manifesto.

Portugal has also made a new law
that says that 2 percent of the employees in every business
must be people with disabilities.

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NFU (Norway) is fights against
people being put back in institutions
in Norway.

Som Fundació is also working on:

Self-advocate

We also heard from some self-advocates
who shared their experiences:

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
    in Barcelona.
  • 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.

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