Independent Living Speech On Easpd Conference

The EASPD is the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities and represents close to 9,000 social service provider organizations across Europe and across disability.

On October 3rd & 4th they organized a conference in Brussels focused on deinstitutionalization (DI) in Western Europe. The purpose was to finalise the EASPD Recommendations on DI, based on the “Report of the Ad Hoc Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care”. ENIL & other NGO’s representing service users were involved in this ad hoc group. About 30 people participated in the conference. I was the only person with a disability.

I was asked as a keynote speaker, replacing John Evans – Independent Living activist and expert on DI – who couldn’t make it to Brussels. The first day of the conference, was mainly sharing information, experiences and good practices amongst service providers. The second day was focusing more on the EASPD Recommendations & the point of view of service users.

You can read the complete speech here (Doc) (Pdf). John Evans gave a lot of input, so this text is a result of our cooperation.

Peter Lambreghts

ENIL Western Regional Team Coordinator

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