On December 7, 2018, the International inclusive forum “Easy-to-Read language – independent decision-making” was carried out in Minsk. Approximately 100 people from Minsk and other Belarusian cities participated in the event.
The topic of the Forum was Easy-to-Read, prospects for its development in Belarus and sharing the best European practices.
The Forum was unique as such activities had never been carried out using the principles of Easy-to-Read activities before. Presentations, speeches and travel routes were visualized and translated into Easy-to-Read language taking into account the needs of people with intellectual disabilities. Apart from that, key experts in Easy-to-Read from Austria, Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic and Lithuania participated in the Forum and shared their experience.
Among the speakers of the Forum was Milan Šveřepa, the director of Inclusion Europe. NGO “BelAPDIiMI” became the member of Inclusion Europe in 2018. Inclusion Europe is the association which protects rights and interests of people with intellectual disabilities and their families. Inclusion Europe advises the European Commission and members of the European Parliament on disability issues.
Experience of intersectoral cooperation between NGO “BelAPDIiMI” and state agencies, business sector, international organizations, representatives of civil society and mass media aimed at creation of barrier-free communication environment in Belarus was presented at the Forum.
We are thankful to all our partners: Institute for Inclusive Education of Belarusian State Pedagogical University named after M. Tank, Vera Khitryuk, Ekaterina Soroko, Press Club Belarus, Yulia Slutskaya, Alla Sharko, Nikolai Onischenko, Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UNDP in Belarus, Belarusian Auto Motor Touring Club, Irina Potyakina, Tatiana Efremova, Social cinema workshop, Interakcia Foundation, National Library of Belarus, Belarus Fashion Council and Yanina Goncharova. Together we managed to achieve much success.
We are thankful to Alla Sharko. She had been a wonderful moderator of the activity!
We are thankful to the students of Belarusian State Pedagogical University named after M. Tank for their help in carrying out of the activity.
We are thankful to Denis Shoot, Anastasia Artsiukh, Sergey Paulavitski and Evgeniy Yuriev, our simultaneous interpreters from English and German, for their faultless work!
We are thankful to Alexandra Titova for designing Easy-to-Read souvenir gifts.
A short social video “Easy-to-Read language is simple for everyone” as well as the methodical recommendations for specialists “Easy-to-Read language – making information easy to read and understand” were demonstrated to the participants of the Forum. Easy-to-Read souvenirs were given to the participants as presents.
Photo: Alexandra Titova
The activity was carried out within the framework of the project “Access to information for people with disabilities or Easy-to-Read language” which was implemented by NGO “BelAPDIiMI” in cooperation with the German non-governmental foundation “Help to Belarusian Children Harmed by Nuclear Radiation at the Evangelical community Berlin-Köpenick”.
The project was implemented with the assistance of the Support Programme of Belarus. The Support Programme of Belarus is implemented by Dortmund International Educational Centre (IBB Dortmund) on the request of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Society on International Cooperation (GIZ).
The project was supported by the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Republic of Belarus and the Ministry of Information of the Republic of Belarus.