We must considered as persons, not just subjects of political decisions. We are people, we are European citizens too!

Soufiane El Amrani interviewed László Bercse  about “What kind of Europe do we want  and how can we achieve it?” The interview was during the Hear our Voices conference.

We must considered as persons, not just subjects of political decisions. We are people, we are European citizens too!

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Soufiane El Amrani interviewed László Bercse  about “What kind of Europe do we want  and how can we achieve it?” The interview was during the Hear our Voices conference.

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Self-advocates told us that they

need an inclusive labor market

and the same salary as others.

 

We want to work together

with others and have real connections.

This is the best way

for practicing inclusion.

 

We need to raise awareness to

decision-makers about

accessible information.

We need accessible information

to be able to make decisions

and to speak up.

We need events where people

with and without disabilities

can meet each other.

 

It is important to raise awareness

from the early childhood on.

 

We need more trainings and opportunities

to learn about our rights and to

learn to stand up for each other.

 

We do that in self-advocacy groups,

but not all of us have the chance to join groups.

Participation is important

 

Participation is important

not just in our lives

but also on a political level.

 

We want politicians to include

us in matters concerning us.

 

They must not make decision

without asking our opinion.

 

We need working groups

where people with intellectual disabilities

can work together with politicians.

 

For example,

in national parliaments.

We need cheap and

accessible technology.

For example smartphones,

tablets or laptops.

 

We want to take part in online

meetings and trainings

but many of us struggled

with online education.

 

People who live in poverty

do not access internet

and other tools.

 

And people with intellectual disabilities

and their families are at a

very high risk of poverty.

 

That is why inclusive jobs

are very important.

We need work and not pity!

Learning from the COVID situation

 

The pandemic did not

bring up new issues.

It has just made the

existing barriers more visible.

 

It was difficult to get accessible

information about the

dangers of the virus

and ways of protection.

 

We need accessible

and good quality healthcare

even after the pandemic.

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Final message to the
European 
decision-makers

 

They need to take us into account

and include us in decision

regarding protection and recovery.

 

If there will be more lockdowns,

pay attention to our needs.

 

Persons with disabilities

must be a priority group

in vaccination plans.

 

Help us get our jobs back!

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They must consider us as persons,

not just subjects of political decisions.

 

We are people,

we are European citizens too!

Our work brings the voice of people with intellectual disabilities and their families where decisions about their future are made.

This has always been incredibly important. It is even more so with the Covid pandemic drastic impact on their rights and lives.

Being visible and vocal on issues directly affecting millions of people requires your support. 

Become Inclusion Europe supporter and help us keep doing our work.

 

 

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