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At the end of April
our policy officer Guillaume Jacquinot
went to Dunkirk in France.
He went there for an event
organised by our member “Papillons Blancs de Dunkerque”.
Guillaume learned a lot
about different European projects
of which the “Ppapillons Blancs de Dunkerque”
were parthave participated in.
Project Love Life
In this project,
2 self-advocates became trainers
on the topic of sexual and emotional life.
During the project, they met self-advocates
from other countries
and talked about their experiences.
Now they talk to professionals and family members
of people with intellectual disabilities.
They explain how to support
people with intellectual disabilities
when they need support
for their sexual and love life.
This was a project
that supported independent living
for adults with autism.
This project was about:
– researching what works well in other countries
- finding out what works well in other countries
- training support people working
with adults with autism
- making an website where
people with autism, and support people and scientists
can talk about their experiences.This project was made with:
- the UK
Study visit to Sweden
People for from different French organisations
went to a trip to Sweden together.
There they learned about
what people in Sweden
think about people with intellectual disabilities.
They also learned
about how Sweden
supports people with complex support needs.
There, the French people could also talked about
the good things they are doing in France
to support people with complex support needs.
This project was made
in the north of France
and in Wallonia, Belgium.
It was about:
- How to can we support people with intellectual disabilities
in making decisions for themselves?
- What are the good things that we are already doing on this topics?
after hearing about all these projects
we talked about how they can be used
to make things better in France.
The people we talked to
said that it’s important
to learn what other people are doing
in their countries.
Like this, everyone can try to
to make things better
for people with intellectual disabilities
in their own country.
Our work brings the voice of people with intellectual disabilities and their families where decisions about their future are made.
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