The date of the event was chosen because Bente was born on May 9th. Bente, the mother of ULOBA and the founder of Independent Living in Norway, will be remembered every year through grants from the fund that will be given to allow for the development of Independent Living in Norway, but also worldwide. If you are interested in the fund, check ULOBA’s website where you can read that: “Uloba has created the foundation Bente Skansgård Independent Living Fond to strengthen the global Independent Living movement.”
ULOBA SA has created the foundation Bente Skansgård Independent Living Fond. The object of the foundation is to strengthen the global Independent Living movement.
The foundation shall increase knowledge about the Independent Living movement by providing financial support for the exchange of experience and competence between disabled people.
The foundation can also grant financial support to initiatives whereby disabled people themselves contribute to improving the general population’s knowledge and understanding of the oppression of disabled people.
The foundation supports disabled people through grants for studies, study trips, development projects, information work, peer counselling and other work that aims to promote disabled people’s possibilities for freedom, self-determination and participation in society and in the labour market.
A precondition for receiving the grant is the measures, for which support is granted, are based on the principle that disabled people are the experts on their own situation, both as individuals and as a group, and are therefore best suited to provide advice and guidance to other disabled people (peers).
The Independent Living slogan “nothing about us without us” shall govern measures aimed at increasing the level of knowledge about disabled people’s situation among the general population.
Bente Skansgård received a Fullbright scholarship, thanks to which she travelled to the USA. There she discovered the Independent Living movement and afterwards she introduced personal assistance to Norway and became one of the founders of ULOBA.
Photo: Bente Skansgård