On 19 January, 8 men with intellectual disabilities were killed by a fire in a “care home” in Vejprty, Czechia. Another 30 people were injured. Messages of solidarity and concern about the situation of institutions in Europe came from all over the world.
570 pupils, almost half of them with special educational needs, learn together at the "Protestant school complex ‘Martinschule’" in Greifswald (Germany). We spoke to Benjamin Skladny, headmaster of the Martinschule since its beginnings.
The Martinschule is a school in Greifswald, in Germany.
In the Martinschule pupils with intellectual disabilities
and pupils without disabilities learn together.
Benjamin Skladny is the headmaster of the Martinschule.
We asked him some questions
on how children learn together at his school.
Locking students away in a different room or restraining them otherwise - at school, this should only be used as a very last resort. The “In safe hands” campaign of our member Enable Scotland raises awareness about the overuse of these methods. Jordan McKenna, who works at Enable Scotland, told us more about the campaign.
Inclusion Europe’s member Perspektiva, together with the Best Buddies Russia foundation, has organised an exhibition called Here I am! at the Russian Duma (Parliament). The exhibition featured photos, videos, and stories about the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, including how they study, work, make friends, and dream.
This year Inclusion Europe wants to talk about education.
We think that inclusive education is better
for students, teachers and parents.
Our member Enable Scotland
wants all children to feel safe
when they go to school.
In many schools, children with disabilities
are kept away from the other children.
Enable Scotland started a campaign to stop this.
The campaign is called “In Safe Hands?”.
Jordan McKenna works at Enable Scotland.
We asked Jordan some questions.
The UN CRPD committee regularly reviews states that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Inclusion Europe's members are active in bringing the points of view of people with intellectual disabilities and their families to the attention of the committee. Find out more about what they have been up to.