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A BATTLE THAT WE CAN WIN: DISABILITY PACT TO SAVE EUROPE 2020
21 March 2010 /// The European Disability Forum (EDF), the voice of 65 million European citizens with disabilities, met in Thessaloniki, Greece and adopted the Disability Pact declaration. This is to ensure that the strategy EUROPE 2020, to be embraced by the European Council next week, will include the Disability Pact as one of its flagship priorities. Yannis Vardakastanis, President of EDF, stressed that: "The Disability Pact is the best policy instrument to ensure real mainstreaming of disability in the European Union by promoting the rights of persons with disabilities and by developing a strong agenda engaging both the EU Institutions and Member States".
Such a political context implies a real need for coordinated actions. It is crucial for the European Commission to synchronize its disability strategy with Member States: the European Disability Pact is therefore the essential tool. EDF President Yannis Vardakastanis stressed that "The European Disability Pact will be a driving force allowing the EU and its members States (leading to a barrier free ...) to sail off to a barrier free Europe for persons with disabilities". Through this Pact, Europe 2020 strategy will give new impetus to the social inclusion of persons with disabilities, recognizing disability as a cross cutting issue. The Pact will cover employment, social protection, education, growth and competitiveness, e-inclusion policies and research.
In the Disability Pact declaration, the leaders of the disability movement call on the European Council:
· to adopt the European Disability Pact which commits EU Member States and EU institutions alike to work towards well-defined targets for the systematic improvement of living conditions of persons with disabilities in Europe.
· to include and integrate the European Disability Pact in Europe 2020, the strategic framework for future economic and social policies of the EU. Realising the ambitious targets about higher employment and a work force with better skills presupposes that millions of disadvantaged persons with disabilities are given a fair chance to be part of education and working life.
· to adopt the European Disability Pact as one of the flagship initiative of Europe 2020, that will bring about the necessary coordination and coherence of policies. The Disability Pact will ensure that direct policy initiatives benefitting persons with disabilities are being taken, but also that the needs of persons with disabilities are sufficiently mainstreamed in other strands of Europe 2020.
Addressing the leaders of the disability movement, Markos Bolaris, Greek Deputy Minister of Financial Affairs and Theodora Tzakri, Deputy Minister for the Interior Affairs, assured that despite the financial crisis, Greece will strive to tackle discrimination of persons with disabilities.
Background: Why is the Disability Pact necessary?
The Disability Pact for 2010 to 2020 is a coordinated and sustainable disability policy framework at European and national level, with clear and long-term direction and cooperation between Member States and the European Union. At the moment, there is no long-term EU agenda on disability that involves a clear joint commitment from the Institutions and its Member States. The 27 member states are developing 27 different national disability action plans. Coordination between the European and national actions, and clear and measurable objectives linked to the EU strategy for growth and jobs is the road to a barrier-free Europe. Everyone will benefit from its adoption: the member States, the European Commission and the 65 million persons with disabilities.
Spring European Council: The Europe 2020 strategy will be discussed by the European Council, the Heads of States of the European Union, on 25th and 26th March 2010. The priorities and EU head Headlines target will be adopted.
Commissioner Andor and the representatives of civil society meet at the European Parliament with the Disability Intergroup on 23th March to discuss the Disability Pact. more details on EDF website
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Was der UN-Berichterstatter diplomatisch ausdrückte, so die Veranstalter, heißt auf gut deutsch: Nordrhein-Westfalen kommt seiner Verpflichtung zum Aufbau eines inklusiven Bildungssystems nicht nach. Allen Plänen, das individuelle Recht jedes Kindes auf Inklusion zu bestreiten oder auf den St. Nimmerleins-Tag zu verschieben, erteilte Muñoz eine klare Absage. "Das individuelle Recht auf Inklusion ist ein unveräußerliches Menschenrecht." Auch mit anderen schulpolitischen Winkelzügen, die UN-Konvention zu umgehen, räumte Muñoz auf. Die besonders in Bayern und Baden-Württemberg von den Regierungen propagierten Außen- und Kooperationsklassen hätten mit Inklusion nichts zu tun. Verlangt sei gemeinsames Lernen. Inklusion sei nicht nur die Angelegenheit von Kindertagesstätten und Hauptschulen, sondern auch das Gymnasium sei in der Pflicht.
Versuchen, das Sonderschulsystem so, wie es ist, zu erhalten, erteilte Muñoz eine Absage: "Das separierte Bildungssystem für Kinder und Jugendliche mit Behinderung muss überwunden werden." Überhaupt sei der Begriff der Bildung im Lichte der Menschenrechte zu überdenken. "Bildung ist kein Wettbewerb", mahnte Munoz, und auch nicht dafür da, die Probleme der Arbeitgeber zu lösen, sondern die Würde des Menschen voranzutreiben und zu schützen. Die Bundesländer seien nun in der Pflicht, Inklusionspläne für den kurz- und mittelfristigen Umbau des Schulsystems zu einem inklusiven Bildungssystem vorzulegen. sch Tweet
Children with disabilities have a RIGHT for needed school adaptations and school an OBLIGATION to provide them !!
"(c) Reasonable accommodation of the individual's requirements is provided;
(d) Persons with disabilities receive the support required, within the general education system, to facilitate their effective education;
(e) Effective individualized support measures are provided in environments that maximize academic and social development, consistent with the goal of full inclusion.
3. States Parties shall enable persons with disabilities to learn life and social development skills to facilitate their full and equal participation in education and as members of the community. To this end, States Parties shall take appropriate measures, including:
(a) Facilitating the learning of Braille, alternative script, augmentative and alternative modes, means and formats of communication and orientation and mobility skills, and facilitating peer support and mentoring;
(b) Facilitating the learning of sign language and the promotion of the linguistic identity of the deaf community;
(c) Ensuring that the education of persons, and in particular children, who are blind, deaf or deafblind, is delivered in the most appropriate languages and modes and means of communication for the individual, and in environments which maximize academic and social development.
And people with disabilities means ALL kind of disabilities !
|Die 130 Anmeldungen aus den verschiedensten Regionen Deutschlands zu unserem Bildungskongress „Inklusion (er)leben" am 13. März zeigen, dass das Thema Inklusion in der Mitte der Bildungsdiskussion |
angekommen ist und diese die nächsten Jahre bestimmen wird. Das zeigt auch das am vergangenen Wochenende in Freiburg gegründete Bündnis für eine inklusive Schule für alle, an dem Bildung neu den- ken von Anfang als Mitinitiator maßgeblich beteiligt war.
Inclusion Europe is currently contracting national experts of all EU Member States to work on a new project which will assess the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) for children with intellectual disabilities.
In order to conduct research throughout the 27 Member States of the EU concerning the implementation of the CRC from the perspective of children with intellectual disabilities, Inclusion Europe is looking for one national expert of each Member State.National Experts will be expected to conduct research based on a developed tool. They will receive training on how to use this tool at a training session in Prague.
The National Experts will be asked to produce a short national report in their language which will later be translated into English to be released together with a European Comparative Report at the European Conference in Brussels.The report will focus on the following areas:
1. Inclusive education
2. The family and de-institutionalization
3. Health care
4. The promotion and participation of children
The main partners in the project are Inclusion Europe, Eurochild and the Faculty of Education at Charles University in Prague .The outcome of the project is to empower children with an intellectual disability as well as disability NGOs at national and European level to lobby for higher impact of the CRC and to better combat all forms of violence and discrimination against children with intellectual disabilities.Applicants are invited to submit their CV and motivation letter in English before 29 March 2010 to the following email address: k.ward(at)inclusion-europe.org.
Find out more about the project and regular updates on its progress on the newly launched project website:
Der Praesident der Disability Intergroup Adam KOSA hat meine Frau und mich fuer den 23. Maerz 2010 in den Behindertenausschuss des Europaeischen Parlamentes (Disability Intergroup) eingeladen, damit wir dort die Benachteiligung von Familien mit behinderten Kindern durch Exklusionen der Europaeischen Schule naeher erlaeutern koennen und die Abgeordneten hierfuer eine Loesung finden koennen.
Gerhard Lichtenauer, Oesterreich: "Verweigerung schulischer Inklusion behinderter Menschen ist ein Verstoß gegen Artikel 1 der Allgemeinen Menschenrechte, gegen Artikel 24 der UN-Behindertenrechtskonvention
sowie Artikel 7 der Bundesverfassung Oesterreichs sowie Artikel 3 Grundgesetz (Deutschland)
Panayiotis Cannelopoulos: "but there are always limits in human discriminations who need fast to be changed ..."
To separate handicaped children from "nature" , is a myth of Greek origin , to hide the throuth about life ...The Spartans though , used to make money so heavy , that none was able to lift them up ...If that is so , then continue to make healthy people to work for those you chose to consider as "non -existing" .Remember only that the man who took Newton's desk in teaching physics , Higgins , has proven than there are no limits in space through the black whole , but there are always limits in human discriminations who need fast to be changed ...Tweet
"Inclusive education can not mean exclusively Inclusive Education within "mainstream schooling". Such an inclusion would be EXclusive and not INClusive. We need more schools with individual aproaches, its not only a question to provide disability adaptations like assistants or ABA it is also a question of the right learning material and program !"
- ABA (applied behaviour analysis)
- Assistant who is trained in ABA and
- learning different model and program for him analogue to his needs (the school he is currently in will explain you :-)