Our focus in 2020 is inclusive education!

That's what I learned - inclusive education for all!

Self-advocate Dounia Bouchikhi from the Netherlands has learned “to be an example for others”

Children, teenagers and adults with intellectual disabilities want to learn and gain knowledge in new areas in places where their needs are met and where they are included. Unfortunately, far too often their ambitions are restricted everywhere in Europe: They are sent to special schools, separated into segregated classes or prevented from accessing further education.

This violates their rights¬†established in the¬†UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.¬†However, it does not only hurt people with intellectual disabilities themselves, but¬†society as a whole: If children do not get to know pupils with disabilities¬†at school, how are they supposed to¬†accept them on an equal basis later in life?¬†If¬†we make segregation based upon¬†‚Äúperformance‚ÄĚ our standard, what¬†message does this send¬†to everyone who cannot ‚Äúkeep up‚ÄĚ?

Children, teenagers and adults with intellectual disabilities have a lot to offer, e.g. their unique life experiences, as well as unusual ways of addressing problems and of looking at things. With the campaign #ThatsWhatILearned, Inclusion Europe wants to raise awareness about ongoing discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities in European education systems. We want to showcase good practices and initiate discussions on how we can make inclusive education happen everywhere in Europe.

During the campaign, we will put the focus on the experiences of children, teenagers and adults with intellectual disabilities. And we will ask students, teachers, Members of the European Parliament and others about their learnings.

We would like to hear from you!

Do you want to show how inclusion at¬†school works? We would love to hear from you! Would you like to point out where there is still a lot to catch up on? We also invite you to take part –¬†in Inclusion Europe‚Äôs campaign ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs what I learned‚ÄĚ!

Who can participate?

  • Students and teachers at schools where students with intellectual disabilities study. The headmasters of these schools and parents of students learning at these schools.
  • Parents who were fighting or still are fighting for the inclusive education of their child, or who have found such an education for their child.
  • Everyone else who‚Äôs interested and supports inclusive education!

Up for an interview?

What are your experiences with inclusion at school? Did you do research on the topic? Inclusion Europe wants to hear from you!

Please get in touch with us at if you are

  • A pupil/student with an intellectual disability
  • A pupil/student without an intellectual disability studying at a school together with pupils/students with intellectual disabilities
  • A teacher/ teaching assistant teaching in a class which includes pupils/students with intellectual disabilities
  • A parent of a pupil/student with intellectual disabilities

Here you can find campaign material in different languages, namely the campaign description, sheets of paper and the picture release forms.

Campaign description

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Sheets of paper on “That’s what I learned”

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Picture release forms


Find here some examples for pictures that you can take with the sheet of paper on “That’s what I learned”

Senada Halilńćevińá from Croatia has learned "that you need to fight for everything in life"
Children from a Spanish inclusive school show what they have learned: "Discovery - Equality - Friendliness - to learn - Happiness - Diversity - Sharing"
Pearl L√ľthy from Switzerland has learned "to express myself to others through art, acting and performance"
Antonio Jes√ļs Sayago Camacho from Spain has learned "how to get a good education"
Marieta Petrova from Austria has learned "to be independent"
Fraser Wilson from Scotland has learned "to leave no one behind - and a little bit of Spanish"
Elisabeta Moldovan from Romania has learned "that I have to ask for a salary for my work"
Elena Naranjo Calvaro from Spain has learned "how to make the bed"
Marieta Petrova from Bulgaria has learned "how to work with computers, to make friends, to read and write and to count and use money"

Our work brings the voice of people with intellectual disabilities and their families where decisions about their future are made.

This has always been incredibly important. It is even more so with the Covid pandemic drastic impact on their rights and lives.

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