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Stakeholder cooperation and involvement of persons with disabilities key to develop community-based services

From 16 to 17 June 2016 the members of the EASPD Standing Committee on Inclusive Living co-organised the conference “New dimension in social protection towards community-based living” to address the development of community-based services and de-institutionalisation in Hungary.

 

The international conference was organised by Equal Opportunities of Persons with Disabilities Non-profit Ltd. (FSZK), the Hand in Hand Foundation, in cooperation with the EASPD Standing Committee on inclusive living and the ministry for Social affairs and protection of the children from Hungary.

 

This event was part of a Hungarian project coordinated by FSZK Nonprofit Kft and Kézenfogva Foundation, and was the opportunity to present the results of a sociological research that monitors the quality of life of people with disabilities living in different housing conditions (residential institution, residential care, family) and the cost-effectiveness of the different models of care.

 

Mr Imre Nyitrai State Secretary of Social Affairs and Inclusion, Ministry of Human Capacity welcomed the Conference participants and EASPD experts.

 

EASPD President, Mr Franz Wolfmayr, highlighted that “people need housing adapted to their needs, not new types of smaller institutions”.

 

From the Hungarian social sector, Mr Péter H. Giflo, managing director of Equal Opportunities of Persons with Disabilities, a Hungarian NGO, mentioned the importance of the topic of the conference and stated that the messages and inputs of the conference will influence lives of persons with disabilities in Hungary.

Mrs Bernát Aniló from Tárki presented the results of the research developed within the project, which proofs that the quality of life for persons with disabilities is higher if they live independently in the communities.

 

EASDP Secretary General, Mr Luk Zelderloo stressed the need to “invest in stakeholder cooperation and involvement of persons with disabilities in the development of community-based services”.

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