Call to Action: Closing Institutions

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We are running this campaign to draw attention to the issues that people with intellectual disabilities and their families say are the biggest barriers to inclusion.

In May and June 2019 we are focusing the conversation on Closing Institutions.

We demand that all institutions are closed and that no institutional type settings are built again

We want to get as many people as possible to hear our message and to take notice of the issue.When we all come together we have a very loud voice which cannot be ignored.

We want you to be part of change and join the conversation:

We know that finally closing institutions is difficult. Closing institutions forever involves social, political, and public policy challenges. Our movement has knowledge, evidence and experience with the closure of institutions. We want to hear about the process of change for you. Share your experiences and challenges with our network.

We are collecting examples on the different ways in which our members are working to close institutions. We will share these examples with you to give you some ideas about what you can do to take action and change things.

If you are a member of Inclusion International and would like to share your work, please complete this form:

Share your Work

If you have any images or videos of your project, please email them to or send them via WhatsApp to +447840325771.

Here are some messages you can copy and paste to Twitter to support our efforts. Thank you for sharing these messages so that more people see them.

  • The right to live Independently and be included in the community cannot be achieved living in an institution. Take #ActionOnInclusion, demand to #CloseInstitutions –
  • Everyone has the right to make choices about where and with whom they live. Living in an institution denies them this right. Take #ActionOnInclusion, demand to #CloseInstitutions –
  • The process of closing institutions requires investments in communities including accessible housing, transportation, education and workplaces. Take #ActionOnInclusion, demand to #CloseInstitutions –
  • Institutions deny people basic rights of citizenship, personal control, privacy, decision-making and inclusion in the community. Take #ActionOnInclusion, demand to #CloseInstitutions –

Click below to download the GIFs and Social Media visuals to help these messages stand out.

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You can also write your own message and join the conversation with #ActionOnInclusion #CloseInstitutions

To show your support and to make sure more people see our message, you can click the button below to download images to add to your Twitter and Facebook profiles.

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If you want to learn more about what deinstitutionalization means and why it is important you can look at the resources below:

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