Europe in Action to End Segregation conference takes place from 7 to 9 September 2022 in Brussels.
It is an opportunity for our movement to come together after almost 3 years.
- To meet and exchange on what is happening in our organisations and countries.
- To learn from one another about how to promote inclusion successfully.
- To discuss and plan next steps in our fight for full rights and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities and families.
Europe in Action conferences are great for getting new ideas,
sharing good practices, and connecting with people in the inclusion movement.
Jyrki Pinomaa, president of Inclusion Europe
About Europe in Action conferences
Europe in Action conferences bring together more than 200 people with intellectual disabilities, their families, activists, and professionals.
Participants discuss issues important to them and share experiences and ideas to advance inclusion.
Europe in Action conferences are organized every year.
The first Europe in Action conference was organised in 2003.
You can revisit all the previous conferences here.
Europe in Action conferences connect people, organisations, ideas, and places.
The conference starts at 10:00 on 7 September, and ends at 12:30 on 9 September.
Links to speeches from the conference:
Opening session to end segregation, and support for Ukraine:
- “We help each other by sharing our stories” – Jyrki Pinomaa opens Europe in Action conference
- “Now I support others to get out of institutions”
Jobs for people with intellectual disabilities:
- Europe in Action speech by Pietro Vittorio Barbieri – Jobs for people with intellectual disabilities
- Olena Kravchenko: We are very grateful supported us from the first days
- Do not use Ukraine recovery money for institutions, but for support to independent living – Raisa Kravchenko
The conference program flows in 2 streams:
- Open sessions where everyone can come together, enjoy a good speaker, and meet with friends and colleagues.
- Conversations for our future, where Inclusion Europe members have good, deep discussions about topics that matter to all of us
1. Open sessions
You can take part in these events without having to register to the whole conference:
- The practice of ending segregation; Support to Ukraine
- Deinstitutionalisation in Czechia
- Jobs for people with intellectual disabilities
Inclusion Europe members attending the whole conference can also attend these events.
2. Conversations for our future
These sessions are for Inclusion Europe members.
Every item has an opening paper, and a set of questions and topics to talk about.
Inclusion Europe members discuss these topics over a series of sessions.
We learn from one another; we improve how we work together for inclusion.
- Why we care about, and what do we mean by deinstitutionalisation.
- Discussion on a new position paper by Inclusion Europe.
- How to and achieve systemic change in legal capacity for people with intellectual disabilities.
- Lessons and tools based on experience in various countries and continents.
- Self-advocacy organising.
- The European Platform of Self-Advocates.
- Family support: How can care reforms and social protection policies be inclusive of families of people with intellectual disabilities?
- With Inclusion International.
Full program (.docx)
Full program (.pdf)
Registration is closed.
The conference sessions take place in these locations in the European Quarter in Brussels:
Wednesday, 7 September
- From 10:00 to 13:30 at Rue de la loi 75, Thon Hotel EU
- parallel session: from 14:30 to 16:45 at Rue Belliard 99, EESC
- parallel session: from 14:00 to 16:30 at Thon Hotel EU
- parallel workshop on planning personal future: from 14:30 to 16:00 at Avenue des arts 3, Inclusion Europe
Thursday, 8 September
- From 9:30 to 16:00 at Avenue des arts 7-8, Mundo Madou
- parallel session: from 14:30 to 16:00 at Avenue des arts 6-9 (Welkin)
Friday, 9 September
- From 9:30 to 12:30 at Rue de la Loi 42, L42 Business Center & Workspaces
Participants book their own accommodation.
Contact Inge Volleberg: firstname.lastname@example.org
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