Today the Belgian newspaper “Het Laatste Nieuws” published the life story of Peter Lambreghts to pay tribute to Peter’s lifelong fight for Independent Living.
The article describes Peter’s fight for the right of all disabled people, in Belgium, Europe and the world, to live independently. For him personally, it was the decision of his parents to send him to a mainstream school in the neighbourhood, rather than an institution, that defined his life.
Peter’s fight for Independent Living is illustrated by stories about the reactions of Members of Parliament and board members of institutions after listening to one of Peter’s inspiring speeches. The article also highlights the fact that Peter was a role model for people around the world and emphasizes his commitment to Independent Living from a very young age. Peter ‘s natural skill in advocating and diplomacy are illustrated by a letter he wrote to his parents when he was 17 to convince them about his right to have long hair. You can find the English translation of this letter here.