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My name is Petr Laník.
I was in an institution in Jindřichov since I was 4 years old.
I was far away from my family, they were 2 hours drive from me.
We saw very little of each other.
I was among 150 other men who were mostly old.
I was treated badly by the other residents and the staff.
I had no privacy.
When I was 17 years old I learned about an institution in Ostrava.
I moved to the institution in Ostrava.
Finally I could see my family again, we were in contact more often.
The environment was also better, I got out more often.
But it still wasn’t the same.
It was after 27 years in institutions
when I moved to sheltered housing in Ostrava.
There I finally started to live a normal life.
I had to take care of myself, clean my room,
cook, do my shopping.
I have my own computer in my room,
where I can choose what event to go to.
I like to go to ice hockey, football, concerts, and the theatre.
I go out by myself whenever I want.
It’s been 8 years, and I’ve been tempted to go further.
I’m currently looking for an apartment
and it looks like I’m going to make it and move into my rental.
There I will be supported by the assistance of the outreach services of JINAK
who will only come to me when I need it.
They will help me to find my way in the new environment.
One day, I may even find someone.
I’d like to have a job.
Finally, my life is looking the way I want it to.
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