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Our director Milan Šveřepa
spent 2 days in Croatia.
He went to a meeting organised by ENIL
and Inclusion Europe’s member
Association for Self-Advocacy.
During this meeting
they spoke about the situation
of adults and children with intellectual disabilities
Croatia recently closed 4 institutions.
But there are still 8000 people living in institutions.
Senada Halilčević is Inclusion Europe’s vice-president.
Senada talked about her fight
to live independently
and to be included in the community.
She said that support people and friends
have been very important for her.
“I am often afraid
that I will have to go back to an institution
and lose my freedom.”
Many other people
who have lived in institutions
feel this way.
There are many things that are important
• Make sure that people
are not put into institutions.
Recently there have been many children
put into institutions in Croatia.
This often happens because families are poor.
This must change.
We must make sure
that families get enough support.
• Keep everyone in mind
Croatia has recently closed
4 institutions for children with disabilities
and 4 institutions for adults with disabilities.
This is good.
But most children in institutions
are still people with disabilities.
They need more support.
Foster families of people with intellectual disabilities
Foster families are families
that take care of children
whose parents have some problems
and cannot take care of them.
Croatia has now created a system
to support children in foster care.
In Croatia many adults with intellectual disabilities
are now also put under foster care.
This is very bad.
Finally, people with intellectual disabilities
who live on their own
need support too.
• Support independent living
Money is very important.
Often institutions receive more money
than people who support people with intellectual disabilities
who live in the community.
This is bad and should change.
We must talk to people with intellectual disabilities
and ask them what they want
and how they want to live.
Give legal capacity to everyone!
In Croatia there are still 18,500 people
who cannot take decisions by themselves.
This must end.