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EASPD Provider Forum Hungary

Monday, June 7, 2021 - 09:00 to 12:00

A paradigm shift in comprehensive care for people with disabilities 

Date: 7th June 2021
Time: 9.00 - 12.10 AM 

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During the socialist system in Hungary, there was only a state-run care system. Large institutions were in operation and citizens did not have the right to comment on their functioning. However, in the last 30 years, non-governmental organisations began to play an important role in the new social system. NGOs launched a new way of thinking in the care of people with disabilities, highlighting the personal needs of people with disabilities instead of an institutional care approach. As civil society grew stronger, more and more organisations – mostly parent organisations – emerged. They were pioneers in the process, and their professional and operational experience were offered to the Hungarian government when the government decided in 2011 to demolish large institutions.

This process is currently underway, and 31 major institutions are still being replaced. A paradigm shift has also begun in the thinking and attitudes of those working in public institutions. The aim of this conference, jointly organised by EASPD, ETA Association and Civic Advocacy Network, is to continue this process of deinstitutionalisation and to strengthen non-governmental organisations in such a way that they will be able not only to work professionally and with opinion, but also to become the engines and implementers of change in Hungary.

This event will have English and Hungarian interpretation.


9.00 – 9.30

Welcome and Introduction

  • Luk Zelderloo, Segretary General of EASPD
  • Agnes Papp, President, ETA Association  

9.30 – 9.50

How the paradigm shift was implemented in Hungary over the past 20 years through the member organisations 

  • Henriette Nelhubel-Olah, president, Civic Advocacy Network 

9.50 – 10.10

The Hungarian goverment’s vision on the current and future implementation of deinstitutionalisation  

  • Attila Fülöp, Secretary of State for Social Affairs and Citizenship, EMMI 

10.10 – 10.30

Deinstitutionalisation in Brussels and Western Europe: processes and concepts 

  • Luk Zelderloo, Secretary General, EASPD  

10.30 – 10.40

Coffee break 

10.40 – 11.00  

Methodology tools and practises for the paradigm shift and for the community-based services 

  • Laszlone Schenk, For the rain man Association 

11.00 – 11.15  

Presentation of the deinstitutionalisation processes in Hungary by the participants: EU funded project, 2017-2021 

  • Csilla Vízvári, Managing director, IRMAK non-profit Ltd. 

11.15 – 11.30  

Opportunities for people with multiple disabilities in community-based services 

  • Judit Pusztafoldi, president, HSOESZ 

11.30 – 11.45  

Key role for the supported living houses to help the paradigm shift 

  • Dr. Andrea Bisztricsányi, President, Home XVI. foundation  

11.45 – 11.55


11.55 – 12.00

Concluding Remarks