#IncludeNews June 2023

Overview of news, reports, policies relevant to people with intellectual disabilities and their families in Europe.

#IncludeNews June 2023

#IncludeNews bring you updates about work done for inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in Europe. This post is updated during the month.

Previously on #IncludeNews: May 2023.  


Representation during European Youth Event

Tamara Byrne was part of EDF delegation in Strasbourg, France, taking part in the European Parliament event. Tamara talked about employment of people with intellectual disabilities.


Forced sterilisation of women with disabilities

Series of articles by Euronews in collaboration with EDF:

Read also: Violence against women – Inclusion Europe


Award for leadership received by Inclusion Europe vice-president

Congratulations to our vice-president Theresa Shearer, who as CEO of Enable Scotland received Institute of Directors award for her commitment to leadership, pushing for human rights-driven public services and significant policy change in Scotland and internationally.


Mental health strategy 

The European Commission presented a new strategy for mental health.


Award for television done by people with intellectual disabilities

TV BRA is TV channel by and for people with intellectual disabilities in Norway.
  • It creates exciting jobs in journalism and TV production.
  • First BRA-broadcast went on the air in 2019.

TV BRA received Pride Award for equality of people with disabilities.

Living independently and being included

European Commission will present a new guidance for EU countries on independent living and inclusion. This is what Inclusion Europe thinks the document should cover: Lack of understanding is not the issue, lack of action is.


European Disability Card

European Disability Card will be automatically issued to people obtaining a certificate of of disability from 1 January 2024 in Belgium.


Hear our Voices! self-advocacy conference

The conference takes place in Tallinn, Estonia from 20 to 22 September 2023.

The main topic of the conference is: Make it real! How to promote self-advocacy in countries where it is not strong.

There will be workshops led by self-advocates, who share their experience in different ways self-advocacy works:

  • How they came to be a self-advocate.
  • What it takes to organise self-advocacy groups and organisations.
  • What a good support to self-advocate looks like.
  • Where self-advocates speak to share their views and knowledge.

There will be discussions about what governments and organisations need to do to support and include self-advocates.



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