European Call for Protest: Inclusion - "Being there from the start"! 05 May, 2010
"Being there from the start" is the motto of this year's European protest day for the equality of people with disabilities on 05 May. The Federal Initiative "At Home instead of in a Home" supports European protest day for the equality of disabled people.
The Federal Initiative "At Home instead of in a Home" is organizing the human chain for the protest day together with the Sozialverband Deutschland and the Berliner Behindertenverband and is supported by numerous initiatives. Other supporters include "Aktion Mensch", the Lebenshilfe Berlin and the Evangelische Johanneswerk.
Since 1998, the protest day on the 05 May has been a fixed event in Germany. The goal is to realize the Constitutional bill of 1994 that states "no one ... be discriminated against because of his or her disability". Although the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was in effect in Germany this last year, we are still far away from the equal participation of all. In order to raise public awareness of this issue, there will be a human chain from the Brandenburg Gate to the German Bundestag on 05 May and a series of similar actions in Germany.
The key demands are to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities quickly, thoroughly and with a comprehensive prohibition of discrimination. Goals include learning together, living independently, achieving accessibility, eradicating disadvantage, equal participation, the "useful-for-all (design for all)" principle.
The Federal Initiative has been working for years towards these goals. It sees itself as a representative and advocate for the elderly, the disabled and people in need of care and fights for the right to live independently in one's own home.
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