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Included in Society project- Deinstitutionalisation of disabled people (2003- 2004)

This project was a European research initiative that focused on deinstitutionalisation of people with disabilities.

Project partners included Autism-Europe, Inclusion Europe, Mental Health Europe, the Open Society Institute and others.

Autism-Europe notes that inclusion is a value which we uphold, however, for persons with autism, cannot simply be realised by closing large residential institutions. All adults with autism need quality care throughout their lives and the most severely affected need realistic services which respect their rights and are attentive to their quality of life and go beyond empty slogans and ideologies. All of this requires political effort and financial means. It is up to us to make people understand that our children are not ours alone but are citizens like everyone else and belong to society, and that the money spent to ensure them a dignified life is not wasted but is an investment in a better future for everyone.