Wednesday 20th February

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Room M1

Influencing politics

For a barrier-free world,
it is very important that people with disabilities
have a say in politics.

In this session, we talk about different ways
on how people with disabilities
can take influence in politics.

For example through
• training programmes for people with disabilities,
who represent people with disabilities,
• work with people who make laws and
• collecting and using important data.

Supported decision-making and personal budget models

This session is about ways
how to help people with disabilities
to make their own decisions
when it comes to care and support
and their financing.

For example, through
• training in how to make good decisions,
• personal assistance and
• personal advisors

Technological solutions

Learn about exciting technological innovations.
The innovations include solar-powered hearing aids.
And also technology that supports
the rehabilitation of young people with cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy is a physical disability
that affects movement and posture.

Room M3

Using technology to connect people

Today, there are many apps and other technologies
for people with disabilities.

This session is about phone apps and websites
which help people with disabilities
to communicate with their peers
and support networks.
And to get information and advice.

Being independent at home

People introduce different products and ideas
that support people to live independently
and to make their own decisions.
For example, a programme to modify your car.
Or technology to automatically
control devices at home with the Internet.

Making everyday life more inclusive

This session is about different projects:

• apps for smartphones
• disability cards
• sports programmes

These programmes should make life more inclusive.
This means, they enable persons with disabilities
to participate in everyday activities in the same way
as people without disabilities.

Thursday 21st February

Room M1

Voter information for everyone

This session is about information on politics and voting
for persons with intellectual disabilities.
For example:

• easy-read voting guides
• study groups
• inclusive communication campaigns.

Participating in politics in poorer countries

NGOs and Organizations of persons with disabilities
talk about programmes to increase political participation.

Political participation means that people with disabilities
can have a say in important decisions or laws.
This is especially important
when these decisions or laws concern themselves.

These programmes will achieve
that more people with disabilities go to elections.

They also lead to more inclusive policies
and that persons with disabilities are represented in government.

Supporting the rights of women with disabilities

This session is about ideas and methods,
how to strengthen and promote
the rights of women with disabilities.

For example through

• training on sexual rights
and the right to give birth and have children,
• housing models for traumatized women
• and programmes to teach women
how to lead.

Supporting sign language

This session is about how to support
the use of sign language
in politics, schools and other situations.

For example through

• phone apps,
• special playgroups and
• training programmes

Supported housing models in Eastern Europe and Asia

People with disabilities
should live independently in the community
and not in care institutions.
This session shows new ideas for housing models,
shared apartments and technologies,
which help people with disabilities
to live independently.

Room M3

Youth and voluntary work

This session is about organizations
which support young people with disabilities.

Through events and workshops,
young people with disabilities
can join in sports, social activities and voluntary work.

This way, young people with disabilities
can learn how to live independently.

Independence in public spaces

It is often very difficult for persons with disabilities
to find their way in public places.
There is an app that uses radio signals to improve orientation.
There are other new inventions
like fully accessible mobile toilets.
These inventions are important,
so people with disabilities can enjoy all public spaces.

Early childhood support in poorer countries

This session is about projects
to support children with disabilities.
The projects are particularly for children
in rural areas in poorer countries.
The projects include training,
home-based programmes and
support that is tailored to the persons needs.
The goal is to get families and communities
to play a bigger role.

Accessible elections

Members from national and regional election bodies
and partners from NGOs talk about their work.
An election body is a group of people
who oversee election procedures.
NGO stands for Non-Governmental Organization.
It is an organization that does not work for any government.
An NGO usually works towards a good cause.

Often persons with disabilities
can not take part in elections.

The goal in these sessions is to increase
the accessibility of national and local elections.

Election tools

Hear from organizations working on online voting systems.
This technology allows people
to vote on computers, tablets, and smartphones.
This makes elections more accessible.

In this session, we also talk about
how tactile ballots can be developed
and in what regions they can be used.

Tactile ballots are ballots for blind people,
so they can vote on their own
without assistance and without knowing Braille.

Friday 22nd February

Room M1

Supporting independence and inclusion in poorer countries

Organizations from poorer countries
will talk about ways
how to support independence and inclusion
for people with disabilities.

If something is inclusive,
it means that everyone can take part.
This means that people with disabilities
can participate in the same way
as people without disabilities.
All people in our society
must have the same opportunities and rights.

The organizations talk about centres
that provide services, advice, products and support
for people with disabilities.

For example

• assistive technologies,
• free-time activities,
• legal advise and
• personal assistance.

Supporting people with several disadvantages

Sometimes people with disabilities
have it difficult not only because of their disability.
But also because of their gender,
age, home country, religion
or because of poverty.

This session shows ways
how to support people with disabilities
who have several disadvantages.
For example

• native people with disabilities,
• people with disabilities who live in slums
• or people with disabilities who are homeless.

Making de-institutionalization work

This session is on national programmes
for people with disabilities who live in institutions.
These people should be able
to move from an institution into the community.
Different organizations talk about support systems,
housing and training for living in the community.

Improving the relation between the criminal justice system
and people with disabilities

It is often difficult for persons with disabilities
to interact with police, lawyers
and the criminal justice system in general.
The problem is often to understand one another.
This session is about projects
to improve the criminal justice system
and to help people with disabilities
deal with the system.

Room M3

Strengthening legal and human rights

In this session, experts will talk about
how to strengthen the legal rights and human rights
for people with disabilities
all around the world.

For example, by supporting
organizations of people with disabilities.
And through ideas how governments and
organizations that do not work for the government
can work together.

Support and services in poorer countries

This session is about
how to help people with mental disabilities
and their caregivers and assistants
in poorer countries.
This is important so people with mental disabilities
can find good support and services.

Using art against discrimination

This session is about different art projects,
which should change the way
the public looks at people with disabilities.
The goal is also to reduce discrimination.
For example through

• theatre,
• dance,
• art galleries and
• literary festivals.


Political participation/political

Political participation means that people with disabilities
can have a say in important decisions or laws.
This is especially important
when these decisions or laws concern themselves.

Sign Language

Sign language is the mother tongue
of deaf people.
In sign language, you make signs
for a word, a term or a letter.
Usually you make the signs
with your hands.