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Lebenshilfe is a member of Inclusion Europe
that defends the rights of persons with intellectual disabilities in Germany.

They are not happy with some German laws.

The current drafts suggest persons with intellectual disabilities
will not get the care and support they deserve
or their money and housing rights respected.

This is unacceptable!

Lebenshilfe has created a petition demanding these laws are changed.
They want to make sure persons with intellectual disabilities:

  • Get the care and support they need
  • Have access to extra money if they need it because of their disability
  • Are not forced to do anything they don't want to do
  • Have housing they can afford
  • Have their right to save their own money respected

You can help Lebenshilfe get their voice heard
so the government changes these laws
by signing their petition and showing your support here.



Lebenshilfe have launched a nationwide campaign to demand improvements to the Federal Participation Law and Care Support Act III. Of approximately 860,000 inclusion aid beneficiaries approximately half a million have intellectual disabilities. The current draft is unacceptable. As it stands people with intellectual disabilities are completely neglected. Some individuals will be forced to live in shared housing, some are in fear of losing their homes because inadequate funding forces closures, while others are at risk of being deported to nursing facilities. The new asset limits even restrict persons with intellectual disabilities personal savings to 2600 Euros!

People with intellectual disabilities need assistance for inclusion: at school, at home, at work and at leisure. Lebenshilfe advocates that this planned law should benefit persons with intellectual disabilities and improve their living condition rather than worsen it.

They have proposed necessary changes but need your support to have their voice heard. So far, their petition has received over 40,000 signatures.

They want to ensure persons with intellectual disabilities:

1. Will not be excluded from care and support assistance.
2. Have access to disability benefits which are not limited to only those with profound disabilities.
3. Cannot be forced to uptake services.
4. Have affordable accommodation.
5. Have their right to personal savings respected.

You can find out more and sign the petition here.

You can also raise awareness to the campaign by using the hashtag #TeilhabeStattAusgrenzung