Congratulations on your 65th anniversary, Enable Scotland!

Our director Milan Šveřepa was glad to attend ENABLE Scotlands' 65th anniversary celebration in the Scottish Parliament.

Congratulations on your 65th anniversary, Enable Scotland!

A blog post by Milan Šveřepa.

I was glad to be part of ENABLE Scotlands’ 65th anniversary celebration in the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on 30 April.

There were some 300 people present from all over Scotland, amongst them many activists from the ACE self-advocacy groups and family members.

Theresa Shearer, CEO of ENABLE Scotland, spoke about the organisation‘s history and its successes.

ENABLE was established by 5 families who got together to fight for a better future for their children.

And they have achieved many great things: children attend regular schools, segregated institutions were closed. ENABLE today supports thousands of people to get an education, find jobs or have support services.

But there are still problems of course: many people with intellectual disabilities live isolated and feel alone. Many face bullying on a daily basis. There are 700 people who are forced to live far from their families and communities.

ENABLE works to make this right.

 

The Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon attended the event and explained the importance of ENABLE’s work.

She talked about inclusion and what the Scottish government plans to do to make life better for people with intellectual disabilities.

 

Family members spoke as did self-advocates: all saying how important ENABLE is for their lives.

They spoke about the independence they get by being supported, about how they are leading change in schools to stop bullying, and about the friends they found by being involved in ENABLE‘s activities.

I also had the honour to speak at the event.

I mentioned some of ENABLE‘s domestic achievements:

I also said: Let’s not forget ENABLE’s contribution to European cooperation.
It was here in Scotland Inclusion Europe was established 31 years ago this May. And ENABLE is one of its founding members.

ENABLE has been a great partner ever since in our fight for rights and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities and their families in Europe, helping develop tools for accessible elections or guidelines for easy-to-read.

 

Today, as we together take on new challenges in education, employment and elsewhere – we can draw inspiration from ENABLE‘s work.

Thank you ENABLE Scotland and congratulations on your anniversary.

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