Better Health, Better Lives

06.11.12

Across Europe, children with intellectual disabilities are much more likely to be placed in institutions than their peers. Institutionalisation exacerbates and causes disability, further disadvantaging and marginalising these children. Lumos advocates with international institutions such as the World Health Organisation to ensure that this changes.

In November 2010, The World Health Organisation (WHO) launched the declaration Better Health, Better Lives. This declaration aims to ensure that all children and young people with intellectual disabilities and autism are fully participating members of society, living with their families, integrated in the community and receiving health care and support proportional to their needs.

To ensure that a commitment to rights of children and young people with intellectual disabilities was upheld from the start, Lumos supported young self-advocates to contributing to the development of the declaration itself.  We organised a conference in Romania which brought together self-advocates, family representatives, social and educational service providers and NGOs to work on the drafting of the declaration.

The declaration has been signed on behalf of 53 Ministers of Health of the European region and endorsed by the attendees of the conference in Romania.  If implemented it will prove a great step forward for the rights of children and young people with disabilities.

To ensure that children and young people with learning disabilities are not excluded from learning about a declaration which has their rights at its core, Lumos, has coordinated the production of an Easy Read Version of the Declaration.  To do this, we have worked with self-advocates at the charity CHANGE.  CHANGE’s self-advocates have also produced an A1 poster summarising the key messages of the Declaration.  These are all available in both English and Russian from the resources section of the website.

If you would like a hard copy of this poster, please call +44 (0)20 7253 6464.

To ensure that a commitment to rights of children and young people with intellectual disabilities was upheld from the start, Lumos supported young self-advocates to contributing to the development of the declaration itself.

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