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Everyone can live by the river

Inspired by the Užupis (“beyond the river”) quarter in the city of Vilnius,​ we will explore the ambitions and struggles for an independent life, and people’s experiences with independent living.

Vilnius Užupis District near Vilnelė river
Vilnius Užupis District near Vilnelė river.

We invite you to come and join a discussion around these 2 main topics:

“Everyone has the right to live by the river”

This is about the right to live independently and to be included in the community.

We invite you to talk and to learn about:

  • Lithuania’s and other countries’ work to ensure the right to live independently
  • The role of families when people with intellectual disabilities prepare themselves for living independently, and the support families need
  • What needs to be done so this right becomes a reality also for people with complex support needs

“Everyone has the right to make mistakes”

This is about the right to decide about your own life and about the future of the community you live in.

We invite you to talk and to learn about:

  • The practice of supported decision-making, reforms of legal capacity and of electoral laws.
  • What needs to be done so this right becomes a reality also for people with complex support needs

We will talk about the right to live independently and to be included in the community. For example what it means for family members when a person with an intellectual disability prepares for an independent life.

We will also talk about the right to decide about your own life. About the practice of supported decision-making, reforms of legal capacity and of electoral laws.

Jyrki Pinomaa, President of Inclusion Europe

We want the conference to be positive, hopeful and inclusive.

One of the sessions will take place in Viltis day centre in Uźupis.

Speakers and leaders of discussion

Pavla Baxová, Czechia

Pavla Baxová

Pavla has been working in social services since 1994, since 2000 as director of Rytmus. Rytmus defends the rights of people with intellectual disabilities and creates opportunities for them to integrate into society. Rytmus provides supported employment, transition from school to work and support for independent living.

Pavla came to social services like many other mother-founders: after the birth of Tomas, her second son. As he says, he has given to his family and especially to his mum an “offer” to work in this field, otherwise she might work in a shopping center. 

László Bercse, Hungary

László Bercse

László is a Board member of Inclusion Europe and a Steering Group member of the European Platform of Self-advocates. He works with our Hungarian member ÉFOÉSZ and has been a long-standing activist for the right to vote and accessibility in all aspects of the elections process.

Elisabeta Moldovan, Romania

Elisabeta Moldovan

Elisabeta a Steering Group member of the European Platform of Self-advocates. She works with our Romania member Ceva de spus.

She has been advocating for the right to live independently for many years. Recently, a book was published based on her life.

Jonas Ruškus, Lithuania

Jonas Ruškus
  • Expert Member of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of the United Nations
  • Professor at the Department of Social Work, Vytautas Magnus University
  • Chairperson of the Lithuanian National Commission for UNESCO
  • Member of Kaunas L’Arche Community and Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights

„It is intolerable that persons with intellectual disability still face structural discrimination in all areas of life, in all regions. States still provide for their placement in segregated settings, as well as for depriving of their rights through restriction of their legal capacity. These discriminatory practices must be stopped! All human rights must be ensured to persons with intellectual disabilities on equal bases with others for the respect of their dignity, promotion of their social participation, full inclusion in community and independent living!”

Jonna Suhonen, Finland

Project Manager at Inclusion KVTL of the Aarne and Aune project
about inclusion and skill-building for people with intellectual disabilities.

Riikka Manninen

Project Manager at Inclusion KVTL of the Tuleva project
supporting independent living for young people with intellectual disabilities.

Sirpa Makinen

Manager of development team at Inclusion KVTL

Wilma Karikko

Project Planner at Inclusion KVTL of:

  • Tuleva project – supporting independent living for young people with intellectual disabilities;
  • Aarne and Aune project – fostering inclusion and skill-building for people with intellectual disabilities;
  • Vahvistu vanhempana – online course on parenting for people with intellectual disabilities.


Register here!

Europe in Action 2019 is organised by:

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Viltis

Lithuanian Ministry of Social Security and Labour logo
Lithuanian Ministry of Social Security
and Labour

The conference is co-funded by the European Union.

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