Members of the learning disability community from across the world are coming together for a four day event between 25 – 28 October 2012 in Washington DC, USA.
Participants will have the opportunity to share stories, hear from inspiring speakers and experts in the field, enjoy social events and network with others.
The conference is being organised by Inclusion International, a global federation of organisations advocating for the rights of people with a learning disability, and ARC, the largest national organisation advocating for people with a learning disability in USA, with more than 140,000 members and over 700 state and local chapters.
At the conference Inclusion International will launch its global campaign report on the UNCRPD Article 19, living independently and being included in the community. Article 19 requires states to recognise the equal right of people with disabilities to live in the community with choices equal to others, and to take effective and appropriate measures to facilitate full enjoyment by people with disabilities of this right and their full inclusion and participation in the community.
Inclusion International is gathering its information from stories told by people with a learning disability and families, through focus groups, country surveys and pilot projects and by bringing together the latest research on inclusion.
People with a learning disability and their families from Northern Ireland shared their stories at our conference in March and the Mencap Southern District event in April 2012.
The Article 19 report will address three questions:
- What does it mean to live and being included in the community for people with a learning disability and their families, and what is their vision for this
- What is happening now and how does this compare to the vision
- What needs to happen to achieve the vision.
To find out more about the Article 19 campaign and about the global conference visit the Inclusion International website: www.inclusion-international.org