Policies

Our main policies

“Inclusion Europe shapes European policy according to our needs.”

The European Union is a group of some countries in Europe who work together.
The Council of Europe includes all European countries as members.
Both these organisations work for better lives of all people in Europe.

Their policies are important for people with intellectual disabilities, their families and their organisations in Europe.
European policies are important in many areas of life.
They are also important for other parts of the world as they set a good example.

Inclusion Europe makes sure that European policies include the needs of people with intellectual disabilities.
In this way, European policies can change the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and their families for the better in many countries.
They can also make the lives of these people better in other countries of the world.

We work on the policies that are important to our members.
We want people with intellectual disabilities to be included in all areas of life.

The main areas of our work are:

  • Non-discrimination
    This means that people with disabilities are treated like all other people and are not treated differently because of their disability.
  • Social Inclusion
    This means that all people with intellectual disabilities can have the opportunity to take part fully in the life of society.
  • Inclusive education
    This is when pupils with intellectual disability get the support to go to the same school as everyone else.
  • Legal capacity and access to justice
    This means that people with intellectual disabilities must be treated fairly and equally by the law.
  • Independent living
    This means that people with intellectual disabilities can decide themselves where and who they want to live with.
  • Self-advocacy
    This means that people with intellectual disabilities learn to speak up for themselves.
  • Accessibility
    This means that things, places, events and information become accessible for people with intellectual disabilities.

In these areas, Inclusion Europe does many things:

  • We work on different projects with our members.
  • We do Position Papers that explain what we want.
  • We organize meetings for different groups.

To do all this work, Inclusion Europe also needs your support!
Tell your friends and colleagues about Inclusion Europe and our work.
Find out how you can work with us under “Get involved”.

To make this happen, Inclusion Europe works together with many governments and organisations in Europe.
This includes, for example:

We tell them about the rights, needs and wishes of people with intellectual disabilities and their families.