The Right to Decide and Self-Advocacy Citizenship Issues

Klaus Lachwitz, II President, and Anna MacQuarrie, II Director of Human Rights, Policy and Global Initiatives presented on II’s global report, Independent But Not Alone, at the international conference, Claiming Full Citizenship, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The conference – sponsored by the Centre for Citizenship and Inclusion at the University of British Columbia – was framed around the issue of citizenship and focused on personalization, self-determination and independent planning.

The conference brought together more than 700 academics, governments and community representatives to explore issues about securing citizenship and building inclusive communities for persons with disabilities.

Also at the conference from the Inclusion network was Nagase Osamu, Camille Latimier and Sue Swenson.

Klaus brought greetings from II to conference participants at the Opening Reception. II highlighted the need for working together to support people with intellectual disabilities and their families across the globe to claim full citizenship. II addressed the importance of securing the right to decide and building self-advocacy as crucial to citizenship.

Coming out of the conference, II will be contributing to the Vancouver Benchmarks – the benchmarks being defined by conference participants. II will share these when they are available