“There is no fact that the process of deinstitutionalization someone hurt … But we all should remember that beginning reforming of boarding institutions, it is necessary to create social services for people with disabilities in local communities, including those with severe” (Eric Emerson, Professor in the field of disability, Australia).
Possibilities of creation new forms of living of people with disabilities in the local community were discussed on September 23 at the International conference “Deinstitutionalization: world experience and the way for Belarus” which was held by the Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Staff of NGO “BelAPDIiMI” took an active part in the activity.
Belarus makes the first steps in this direction, parents of our organization make great efforts to make the right of our grown children to choose their place of residence, outside the boarding institutions, to be recognized in the Republic.
The conference brought together leading specialists working with the theme, not only from Belarus, but also from European countries. NGO “BelAPDIiMI” thanks our partners Dana Migaleva and Natalya Olesova (Lithuania), Linda Walker (United Kingdom) and Rainer Lorenz (Germany) who came to introduce experience of transfer from boarding institutions to services on the base of local communities to the participants of the conference.
The new edition of the brochure “Ordinary People” dedicated to the right for education of people with disabilities (including those with intellectual disabilities) issued within the framework of the project of NGO “BelAPDIiMI”, was offered to the participants of the conference. “Ordinary People – publication about equal and independent participation of people with disabilities in the life of society”.
More information about the activity is available on the website of the Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.