Life Story of Dumitrita, Moldova

“The 5 years I spent in an institution for children with disabilities in Moldova felt like an eternity. My name is Dumitria, I am a 14-year-old girl with disabilities and learning difficulties.

Support services didn’t exist where I lived and the mainstream school would not accept me. My family could not afford the education and care I needed so I was placed in an institution for children with disabilities.

This place was far from home which made family visits very difficult. In the institution I missed very much the love and care of my parents and sister. Being reunited with my family – thanks to Lumos’ support – was a dream come true.  For 2 years, I’ve been studying at the mainstream school close to my home. I feel part of the community. I am very happy living with my family who love and support me. I like my new school, I am doing well here and my friends and teachers understand me.

I am an advocate for inclusive education in our school’s participation group and speak out whenever I can. My dream is that all children with disabilities in Moldova can live with their families. I want to help other children to return home and give them confidence and hope for a better future.”

 

Find more details about this Innovative Practice on our website.

 

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One of the 50 awardees at the Zero Project Conference 2015 was the European Expert Group (EEG) on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based care. This group consists of a wide range of stakeholders who worked together to produce European Guidelines on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based care. The news piece written by Eurochild can be found here. To find out more about the European guidelines, follow this link.

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While the United Nations is defining its post-2015 development agenda, J.K. Rowling, founder of the Lumos Foundation – a Zero Project Innovative Practice 2015 – noted that the “Sustainable Development Goals are leaving families – and children living outside of family care – very far behind. They are not mentioned once.”

Therefore, they launched a social media campaign that mobilizes their supporters and targets key decision-makers who can influence the agenda. They are asking supporters to directly appeal to key influencers through social media by tweeting and asking them to consider families in the post-2015 development agenda using the hashtag #leavenoonebehind. More details about the campaign and how you can get involved can be found here.

More information on the Lumos Foundation and their work can be found here.

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Maths Jesperson presented at the Zero Project Conference 2015 the Personal Ombudsmen System from Sweden, one of the award-winning policies we highlighted. He was invited by the Presidential Commission for Disability, Mental Health and Care as speaker at their first international seminar (“1er Seminario Internacional sobre Discapacidad, Salud Mental y Cuidado”) which took place last week, from 27 until 28 March 2015. This conference is part of the Presidential Commission’s work on a new disability policy for Chile the coming 10 years. More information on the conference can be found here (in Spanish).

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Digicel Foundation Jamaica received an award for their Innovative Practice regarding a business approach to sustainable community living. Therefore, it is the first organisation from Jamaica to be awarded at the Zero Project Conference over the past years. This recognition did not go unnoticed and was reported upon by the Jamaican newspaper ‘The Gleaner’ on their website. They even received some further attention here. To read more about this practices, follow this link.

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During the Zero Project Conference 2015, one of the sessions was devoted to the challenging topic of supported decision-making. One of the presenters was Ms. Linda Perry, who talked about their practice in Canada. For more information on this specific practice, click here. A press release, which can be found herereported about their participation by giving some additional information about the organisation, the practice and the conference in general.

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For the second time Fundacíon ONCE, within the framework of the European Network for Corporate Social Responsibility and Disability (CSR+), organised its European Award for Social Entrepreneurship and Disability. Kristina Tsvetanova and her project “Blitab, First Tablet for Blind and Visually Impaired People came out as the winner of this award. Ms. Tsvetanova presented her tablet during one of the sessions at the Zero Project Conference 2015 as well. Find out more about the tablet here.

Light for the World participated in the first ever World Congress on Ear and Hearing Care, which took place from 12 to 14 February in New Dehli (India). Light for the World took advantage of this opportunity to officially launch their project in Papua New Guinea, one of our award winning Innovative Practices 2015. Find out more about their participation and download their presentation here.

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A month ago, the Vodafone Foundation announced the four winners of the 2013 Mobile for Good Europe Awards.

In the accessibility category, the price went to ColorADD, one of our Innovative Practices in 2014, an application that enables colour-blind users to understand colours through a simple coding system. The award is organised every year by the Vodafone Foundation in collaboration with the European Disability Forum and AGE Platform Europe.

To find out more about the award, go to the Vodafone Foundation Mobile for Good Europe Awards homepage. For more details about ColorADD, click here.

 

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The installation “TLALOC et les perles de pluie” of Artesens will be exhibited at the Musée du Quai Branly from

29 November to 7th December 2014

in the framework of the Accessibility Week. The installation will be in the Espace sensoriel Mexique and is open to the public, including children and adults, people with disabilities, the blind and sight impaired. On 29th November Ms Françoise Reynette, Director of Artesens, will welcome everyone.

The programme 2015 of Artesens’ travelling exhibitions is available at artesens.org. More information about this wonderful Innovative Practice 2014 you can find here on our website