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The “Europe in Action” conference happened from 5-7 June.
For the conference, we went to Vilnius.
Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania.
We organised the conference together with one of our members.
They are called Viltis.
The conference was about inclusion.
We talked about how we can make inclusion happen
We also talked about independent living.
At the conference, we asked self-advocates
what independent living means to them.
This is what they said:
- “To go wherever I want and to do whatever I want,
without anyone telling me what to do”
- “To decide where I can live, who I want to live with,
how I spend my free time”
- “To be able to meet new people”
Elisabeta Moldovan and other speakers
We also went to meet people who live in Vilnius.
We went to two different places in Vilnius.
At one place, there were people with intellectual disabilities
who served coffee to the people who came by.
In this way, they could talk to each other.
At the end of the conference, José Smits from Inclusion Europe
gave a summary.
“What we must do is to change society.
We cannot change everything now.
But we can do some things now, and other things later.
Can you think of one thing you would like to do right now?”
Thank you to Senada Halilčević, and welcome to László Bercse!
There is also a new board member:
Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir from Iceland
Helene Holand from Norway left the board.
You can only be a board member for 12 years.
Helene Holand had been a board member for 12 years.
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