Unapei at the National Disability Conference in France – ETR

On February 11, Inclusion Europe’s member Unapei took part in the National Disability Conference in Paris.

Unapei at the National Disability Conference in France

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On February 11,  

Inclusion Europe’s member Unapei took part  

in the National Disability Conference  

in Paris. 

Paris is the capital of France. 

At the conference there were also other organisations, 

doctors and politicians from the government. 

There was also the President of France. 

His name is Emmanuel Macron. 

The President of France is the person  

who makes important decisions on how to run the country. 

The conference took place on the 15th anniversary  

of the 2005 disability law. 

This law is very important in France. 

It says that people with disabilities have the same rights 

as everyone else.  

At the conference,  

Unapei’s president Luc Gateau asked the government  

to give more support to people with disabilities.  

He said that too many people in France 

have only the support of their family. 

President Macron talked about people

with disabilities who move to Belgium

because they want better support.

Many people with disabilities go to Belgium because

they don’t have good support in France.

Macron said that new services will be created

for these people,

so that they don’t have to leave France.

Macron also said that education is very important

for everyone.

He said that he wants all children

to go to school from next September,

including all children with disabilities.

No child should be left out from school.

Macron also talked about the money

that people with disabilities receive from the state.

He said that people with disabilities

will still get this money in the future.

At the conference, Unapei signed a document

with other associations and the government.

This document says that

all the associations and the government will try their best

to make things better for people with disabilities

in France.

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