Date: October 24, 2013

This is the unanimous declaration made yesterday by the members of the "Group of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities, deprived of the right to live in the community," during the meeting of the Group formation. 14 people, who lived in residential institutions for more than 10 years, have decided to form this group, in order to learn how to self-advocate and promote the rights of all persons with disabilities, including those who, for various reasons-whether because they are in institutions or because of the specificity of disability, are not able to do it.


Participants discussed the meaning of self-advocacy, shared their experience of living in an institution versus living in a community and expressed their vision on the life of persons with disabilities.

"If you are at home, you can go to work, you can earn money, you can have your house and do what you want and when you want it", said Fiodor Prodan, one of the group members, who had lived in a boarding school for 19 years.

The members of the group have decided to meet regularly to learn together about their rights and responsibilities, as well as about the ways to make oneself heard, so that people with disabilities would be able to enjoy equal rights.

"We have to be more active and tell authorities our needs and opinions", believes Andrei Isac.

The group includes people, who lived in residential institutions and were reintegrated into biological families or community, being placed in the social services "Supported Living" and "Shared Living". Also, the Group formation meeting was attended by five adults from the Orhei Residential Institution for children with mental disabilities (boys), who will soon leave the institution to start a new life in the community.

The Group was set up with the support of Keystone Moldova, within the project "People with disabilities - actors in preventing and combating discrimination", implemented with the financial support of Equality and Civic Engagement Program of the Soros Foundation-Moldova.

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