#30yearsofInclusion – Inclusion Europe turned 30 in 2018!
To mark this year, we were highlighting and celebrating inclusion in Europe in its various forms and practices – and the people behind it.
Every month we presented one person who has brought the Inclusion movement forward in Europe.
To round off the year, we decided that our Inclusion Hero in December is … you!
YOU, that means all self-advocates who speak out on their behalf and for others, who make their voices heard so inclusion can become a reality.
YOU, that means all family members, who care for their loved ones on a daily basis and fight for their rights.
YOU, that means all the people who work to make inclusion an everyday practice.
YOU, that means all people who do not work with people with intellectual disabilities and their families on a daily basis, but try and make their own practice, policy, law, service etc. more inclusive.
Our Inclusion Heroine of November was Barbora Mikulová, who moved out of an institution
Our Inclusion Heroine of October was Fina Burgos, who is doing valuable volunteer work:
“I can help other people be happy”
Our Inclusion Hero of September was Henrique Amoedo from Portugal, who founded an inclusive dance company:
“The magic of art is exactly this: being able to reach people in different ways”
Our Inclusion Heroine of August was Maribel Cáceres, who fought to regain her right to vote:
“It is totally worth the trouble!”
Our Inclusion Hero of July was Charles, a young man from France:
“Charles – a young man challenging preconceptions”
Our Inclusion Hero of June was Hendrik Jan Menninga, a “UN ambassador”:
“We make sure that the UN CRPD is not just a piece of paper”
Our Inclusion Hero of May was Sami Helle, a musician, self-advocate and politician:
“I chose what felt good. You see: I love music!”
Our Inclusion Hero of April was Gerhard Furtner, the managing director of a company that employs people with learning disabilities:
“This type of inclusion should catch on everywhere in Europe”
Our Inclusion Heroine of March was Dana Migaliova, a mother of a son with intellectual disabilities and president of our Lithuanian member Viltis:
“Parents no longer have to hide their children”
Our Inclusion Heroine of February was Irish actress & musician Aimée Richardson:
“More roles must be written for people with intellectual disabilities!”
Our Inclusion Heroine of January was self-advocate Elisabeta Moldovan from Romania:
“I experienced a lot of abuse in institutions. I wanted to change this situation for others.”