Moldovan Government and UN Officials visit Circles Network

Published Date:01/08/2012

On July 30th Circles Network hosted a two day conference on disability and inclusion for officials from the Moldovan Government and the United Nations.

Six very senior parliamentary leaders and government officers from Moldova attend the two day study tour organised by Circles Network which involved key figures brought together from Health, Education, Research and Care sectors to discuss UN Article 12. For Moldova, this is crucial if they are to create a vision of what their country could achieve with the inclusion of disabled people in communities that have been woefully segregated throughout time. Shrouded by large institutions where people are constrained with little or no rights to a lifestyle of purpose and fulfilment, this step will signal unprecedented change.

Teams from Circles Network shared their experience of working throughout the UK designing and delivering cutting edge projects with disabled and disadvantaged people and expertise in creating systems and practice that include people as equal participants both for children and adults. The event was also attended by accomplished speakers who highlighted their own successful stories of change.

We may not have always got it right in the UK but we have travelled a great distance from the days of asset stripping communities and warehousing people in huge, impersonal workhouses and hospitals where they had no chance to shine and we want to take this opportunity to share what we have learnt with the Moldovan Government.

How amazing that the backdrop this weekend, at the opening ceremony of the Olympics, included so many examples of inclusion as if it's always been that way. A particularly joyous moment was the rendition of our National Anthem, beautifully orchestrated by an inclusive choir of deaf and hearing children.

This will be a historical journey for Moldova, and Circles Network are delighted to be able to support positive change for disabled people in Moldova
.” Mandy Neville, CEO Circles Network.

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