Until the age of 18, I lived in a residential institution. I never dreamed that I would have my own home, start a family, be officially employed, or live in the community.
We need to talk about our rights, so that people will respect people with disabilities. Our voice matters!
To have legal capacity, means to have rights – to start a family, to own property, to get employed etc.
The information must be accessible for all citizens, including people with disabilities. How are people with intellectual disabilities informed?
“People realized that we too are able to make a change in our community.”
In this short film you can find out about Self-advocacy group from Cantemir (Moldova); this group consist of people with disabilities, who perform actions that matters in their lives and their community.
“One single person with disability cannot fight. There is need for more people to fight to make a change.”
In this short film you can find out about Self-advocacy group from Fălești (Moldova) and the actions implemented by persons with disabilities who are its members.
Someone’s legal capacity means that this person has right and obligations; that the person can benefit from them. Every person has the right to take legal decisions that can influence her lives.
Keystone Moldova developed an advocacy and self-advocacy movement of persons with disabilities and their families. In this regards a networks of self-advocates was created at national level.
Self-advocates are persons with disabilities who learn to speak for themselves, learn their rights and responsibilities, learn to make their own choices and to make decisions that influence their lives.
“I have a disability but I am like you. I can do the same things, only I do them differently.”
Persons with disabilities have the opportunity to choose their place of residence and where and with whom they live on an equal basis with others.
Persons with disabilities have the right to live in the community, with equal rights to others.
Persons with disabilities must not be isolated from the community. They also need be included.
At the boarding schools, there are more children and young people who want to get out and live in the community.
Persons with disabilities have the right to quality education.
At the boarding schools, there are more young people who are able and want to work freely to earn their own money.
Persons with disabilities have the right to health and recovery.
“My life at the boarding school used to be hard. I had no occupation.”
“The boarding schools must be shut down! It is not good living there.”
Persons at the boarding schools want to live in the community.
“You have no right to own anything! This is what we were told at the boarding school.”
Persons with disabilities don’t have to be separated from their families just because they have a disability.
Tamara Andries, Self-advocate, was awarded for the “Best autobiographical film'” at the Human Rights Film Festival, organised by the Institute for Human Rights. Tamara received the award within the UN Human Rights Award festivity.
Persons with disabilities have the right to live in the community!
The content of this video was developed together with the members of the self-advocacy group and reflects their own opinions. The persons who appear in the video are members of self-advocacy group.