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Our Words. Our Actions.


Part of a series of 'Turning Words into Action' publications. Our Words. Our Actions. is a children’s publication in easy read format sharing the children’s ...

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Nobody is Allowed to Harm You


Publication produced in partnership with Child Rights Centre, Nobody is Allowed to Harm You, is a book for children and young people that has been ...

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Listening Together


Listening Together is intended to give a flavour of some of the methods used by the TWIA teams in Bulgaria, Serbia and the Czech Republic ...

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Turning Words into Action


It is hoped that this document will be of use for parents, professionals and policy-makers; to all those who wish to improve the process of ...

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Empowering Children and Young People with Disabilities to Improve Responses


This report focused on the activities carried out by children and young people from the Club for Healthy Changes within the project “Empowering Children and ...

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Protecting children from neglect and abuse: Serbian young people with disabilities show the way


An innovative booklet created by children and young people with intellectual disabilities to help their peers understand neglect and abuse has been launched in a ...

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Young Lumos self-advocates share their message of inclusion with global youth


THE VOICES of young people who have lived in institutions will ring out loud and clear tomorrow at a major international youth conference. Six Lumos-supported ...

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An interview with Czech self-advocate, Veronika


Hi my name is Veronika, I'm 18 years old and I live in Czech Republic with my mum and foster sister Vendy. I study Secondary ...

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Shaun's Story: Supporting people with learning difficulties to become self-advocates


Shaun Webster, International Project Worker at CHANGE is a self-advocate who works with Lumos to support children with learning disabilities become self-advocates, enabling them to ...

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Veliko and Mihaela reflect on the Zero Project in Vienna


Veliko and Mihaela, self-advocates from Bulgaria, attended the Zero Project conference in Vienna with Lumos at the end of February 2015.

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Vendy, Virca and Niky Reflect on the Zero Conference in Vienna


Verca, Vendy and Nicky are three young self-advocates from Czech Republic who presented with Lumos at the Zero Conference in Vienna in February.

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Self-advocates tell us what freedom means to them


What does freedom mean to you? On the 14th March In celebration of #MyFreedomDay, Lumos-supported self-advocates wrote poems, created videos and told us what freedom ...

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Veliko’s Story: Opportunities are limitless with the right support


In 2012, a twelve year old boy, Veliko, joined a group of young spokespeople at his school. Veliko has intellectual disabilities and this group, initiated ...

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Mihaela's Story: Working with Lumos as a Professional Self-Advocate


Mihaela, now in her mid-20s, has an intellectual disability. Having spent time in an institution herself, Michaela now advocates for children’s rights to family-based care, ...

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Voices of Disability Echo Around the World


Talented young people with intellectual disabilities and a passionate belief in their right to have a voice in decisions affecting their lives will tell their ...

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Giving disabled children a voice in decisions affecting their lives is important - and inspirational


FOR more than 20 years, in 23 countries, I have helped to move disadvantaged and disabled children out of institutions and so-called orphanages, where their ...

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Lumos Self-Advocates Prove that Young People can be Catalysts for Change


Most of us take for granted just how many choices we make every day – deciding to snooze the alarm for ten precious minutes of ...

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Lumos’ Principles of Child and Youth Participation


In celebration of Youth Participation Month 2017, we asked Nancy, Child & Youth Participation Coordinator at Lumos, to provide her ten key principles for youth ...

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“Working as a self-advocate is an opportunity to change something”


An interview with Verča, a Lumos-supported self-advocate from the Czech Republic

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Only together can adults and children make sure children’s lives are fulfilled and supported


At #AlternativeCare2016, Lumos self-advocate Mihaela Ivanova gave her concluding remarks to assembled delegates on the final day of the conference. These are her words.

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The right to stand up for your life and childhood: how one 15 year old became a role mode


Veliko’s story did not begin in 2012, but this was the year that a new door opened for him – then a child of 12 ...

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Ensuring the Right to a Family for Every Child


In May 2016, self-advocates from both Lumos and Partnerships for Every Child child-participation groups devised and delivered an address to an international conference, celebrating 10 ...

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If institutions are harmful to Europe’s children, then they are harmful to children everywhere


Across the globe, an estimated eight million children live in institutions and so-called orphanages. At least 80% are NOT orphans but are separated from families ...

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Giving Children In Institutions A Voice


Every child has the right to a say in decisions that affect them. Being heard helps children feel respected and safe, and can increase their ...

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Vendy & Verca at UNESCO Youth Forum 2015


Foster sisters Vendy and Verca attended the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum in October 2015. Watch here as they discuss inclusion and how they feel about ...

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Veliko at UNESCO Youth Forum 2015


In October 2015, a delegation of six Lumos-supported self-advocates journeyed to the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris to raise their voices for children in ...

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Inclusive Education in Moldova


A tour of an inclusive education school in Moldova.

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Working with Young People - Czech Republic Self-Advocates


In February 2015, Lumos presented at the Zero Project Conference on independent living and political participation in Vienna.

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Lumos self-advocates attend the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum 2015


Watch Lumos-supported self-advocates talking inclusion and deinstitutionalisation at the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris, 2015.

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Voices Against Institutions


"I would like to tell you why there should not be institiutions" - A film created and written by our Lumos self-advocates.

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A home for a new life – Living alongside families and friends


A group of Lumos’ self-advocates from Moldova, who had themselves experienced institutionalisation, answered these questions by creating this short film, ‘A home for a new ...

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Knock Knock, Anyone Home?: a performance from Lumos self-advocates


Watch Czech self-advocates perform their own devised piece Knock Knock, Anyone Home? to a captive audience and find out what motivates them in this short ...

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