Living & Being Included in the Community
The inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in the community is a core priority for Inclusion International and its members. The right to choose to live in a community and not in an institution or segregated settings; the opportunity to have a job; the right to vote; to feel safe; and the chance to take part in social activities are just some of the areas that have an impact on inclusion. These sessions will focus on what makes life in the community meaningful and how to ensure people with intellectual disabilities are part of their community – not just living in it.
People with intellectual disabilities and their families continue to identify inclusive education as the key to breaking down barriers and building inclusive communities. These sessions will focus on why inclusive education matters and how it’s being done around the world. Sessions will profile learnings and highlights from Inclusion International’s Catalyst for Inclusive Education, our global initiative equipping members with the knowledge and resources to advance inclusion education in their countries.
The 2030 Agenda is the largest development agenda in history. It will set the course for international development efforts and will have a significant influence on how governments and the UN fund and address key issues like: education, poverty, health care, climate change etc. These sessions will explore how to achieve inclusive development – not just inclusion in development. Sessions will look at practices of disability and development partners and highlight how you can ensure you are contributing to and benefiting from the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Right to Decide
Too often, people with intellectual disabilities are denied the right to decide in their own lives. Having the right to decide means having the right to choose where we live, what we wear, when we go to bed, or how we spend our money. The right to decide is about having control in our lives and the capacity to express our own preferences. Sessions will cover technical issues, like the development of supported decision-making legislation, as well as practical considerations, like what supported decision making means and looks like in everyday life for families and people with intellectual disabilities and what is needed to make supported decision-making a reality.
Leaders for Inclusion
Our members and partners have been leading the way for inclusion throughout our history. We have much to learn from each other about what leading for inclusion is about. Central to this is strong self-advocate and family leadership. Sessions will equip participants with capacity-building tools and resources, including developing skills for advocacy, working together, communications, and building on new and innovative ideas in policy and practice.
Families and Self-Advocates
We are, at our core, a movement of people with intellectual disabilities and their families. This perspective is central to everything we do. Sessions focused on families and self-advocacy will be woven throughout the programme and the different session categories. This will include sessions on the need for family leadership and how to build a vibrant family movement; sessions that explore what supports families need and policies to support families. It will also look at the role of families in supported decision making and empowering their family member with an intellectual disability.
Sessions will look at how we mobilize self-advocacy for change as well as practical self-advocacy efforts related to supporting people with intellectual disabilities to build the skills and confidence to express themselves, have their choices and opinions heard and mobilise to make changes in their communities. Sessions will profile Inclusion International’s Empower Us global self-advocacy initiative, where participants will learn how to provide good support, host inclusive events, and build local self-advocacy groups for social change.