Tell the teachers you can do things; Thibeau Bastien talks about education – Easy to read

Thibeau Bastien is a researcher at Antwerp Management School and a volunteer. He talks about how hard it was to get an education.

Tell the teachers you can do things; Thibeau Bastien talks about education - Easy to read

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Thibeau is a researcher from the Antwerp

Management School in Antwerp.


Thibeau helped Inclusion Europe to make a report.


The report is called “My Talents. For Diversity”

and it is about jobs for people with intellectual disabilities.

Going to a special education school

Before the age of 7, Thibeau went to a

school for people with no disabilities.


At 7 years old, the doctors discovered

that Thibeau has an intellectual disability.


It was hard for Thibeau to

write, read and to do maths.


After Thibeau was 7 years old,

he went to special education school.


At school, the director and the teachers

did not believe that Thibeau could work.


The teachers prepared Thibeau

to live in an institution for all his life.


Thibeau wanted to learn how to

use a computer and to do an internship.


But the director and the teachers

at the school did not let him do it.


One teacher believed in him

and gave him and internship.

Thibeau’s first job  

Thibeau worked at the greenery  

service at his hometown.  


After his internship, Thibeau  

continued to work at the  

greenery service as a volunteer. 


Now, Thibeau works at Antwerp  

Management School as a researcher.  


And Thibeau helps at the road  

and traffic services in his hometown. 


As a researcher, Thibeau  

helps making reports. 


As a volunteer, Thibeau  

helps building roads.  

The importance of getting an education  

Thibeau says that it is important  

that people with intellectual disabilities

get an education.  


Because with education, people  

can get a degree and a job.  

Winning a prize  

Thibeau was happy that  

he worked on the report about  

jobs with Inclusion Europe. 


Thibeau had the same chances to 

work on the report as the other people. 


Thibeau was proud and happy  

to receive the award at the  

European Parliament for the  

report with Inclusion Europe.  

How to get an education as a person with disabilities?  

Thibeau gave some advice for people with

intellectual disabilities who wants to work.


Thibeau said to:

  • Make your voice heard.
  • Work to make your dreams come true.
  • Enjoy yourself.
  • Tell the teachers you can do things.
  • Don’t let people walk over you.
  • Do not give up.
  • Believe in yourself.
  • Get support to achieve your dreams.

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