The European Conference on "Full inclusion of children and young people with disabilities into society" has given a much clearer understanding on what is meant by inclusion of children and young people with disabilities into society. It is not only about integration but also about allowing these children to live with their peers with appropriate assistance, in order to direct society towards a better acceptance of human diversity.
As suggested during the conference, this will mean reviewing the existing competition model and eventually transform it into a new model which is more open to diversity. Belgian organizers encourage the member states of the Council of Europe to continue their efforts to promote the inclusion of children and youth with disabilities in society. As the Council of Europe Action Plan is reaching its last year, the opportunity is given to the Committee of Experts on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to evaluate, establish priorities for the future, and develop the 2020 Strategy on disability. Belgium will also hold the Council of Europe presidency next year, therefore providing a new opportunity to the inclusion of children and youth with disabilities on the international agenda.
The conference conclusions and presentations are available here
Pictures of the event are available here
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