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Inclusion Europe organized a very big conference with other partners.

The conference was in Madrid, which is a big city in Spain.

It took place from 2 to 4 October.

More than 350 people came to the conference.

They came from 27 different countries.

The conference was accessible for people with intellectual disabilities.

Almost all speakers were self-advocates.

There were many workshops on things that are important for self-advocates
like legal capacity or peer support.

Participants were also able to get practical skills on things like creating
an easy-to-read document, or using the internet safely.

At the end of the workshops, self-advocates created messages
they wanted to share.

They said that everyone should get on board for the journey to inclusion.

They asked experts, politicians and support persons to hear their voices.

You can find the pictures of the conference on Facebook page.

 

The Hear Our Voices conference, the largest self-advocacy conference in Europe, took place from 2-4 October in Madrid with great reviews.

The European Platform of Self-Advocates (EPSA), together with Inclusion Europe and Plena Inclusion (formerly known as FEAPS) welcomed persons with intellectual disabilities, their families, support persons and interested individuals coming from 27 different countries. More than 350 participants took part in this completely accessible event developed by and for self-advocates.

The different sessions addressed ways to ensure that persons with intellectual disabilities can fully participate in society and make their own decisions. Speakers, most of them being self-advocates, presented their work and provided useful advice to the participants to build or strengthen the self-advocacy movement in their own country.

The self-advocates exchanged views and experiences at the workshop sessions covering topics such as legal capacity, peer-support or supported decision-making. They also had the chance to gain more practical skills on how to create an easy-to-read document or to safely use the internet.

At the end of each workshop, participants agreed on three important messages they wanted to share, hoping that they would reach policy-makers. Reminding them that everyone should get on board for the journey to inclusion, they urged experts, politicians and support persons to hear their voices.

You can find pictures of the event on our Facebook page