Global Action to Combat Negative Attitudes to Intellectual Disability

The conference took place in London, UK on 16 July 2015. The event was the culmination of a review conducted by University College London (UCL) about attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities around the globe and efforts to improve them.

The findings of the review were presented during the conference. A central part of the review was an online survey which Inclusion International helped to distribute globally. The survey was filled in by 667 people in 88 countries. Contributions from Inclusion International’s members to the survey were highly valuable in providing information about the challenges and the efforts to raise awareness around the world.

At the event Inclusion International was represented by Self-advocate Council members Sara Pickard and staff members Pat Staples and Raquel Gonzalez. Sara spoke about the importance of self-advocacy and how Inclusion International supports self-advocates to speak up for themselves to challenge negative stereotypes and attitudes.

A short video of Inclusion International Self-advocate Council members was shown during her presentation

The program included presentations from UK organizations; Mencap talked about the Hear our voice campaign as an example of good inclusive practice; the Tizard Centre talked about disability hate crime and how big the problem is in the UK; MCCH talked about the jigsaw project to raise awareness and challenge hate crime, and we learned from the NHS about the impact of interns with and intellectual disability on hospital staff attitudes.

Presentations from international speakers included a video message from Diane Kingston about the UN Convention and what it says about discrimination, Shirli Werner talked about the Equal in Uniform project in Israel, Yinka Akindayomi about the work of the Children’s Developmental Centre in Nigeria aimed at raising awareness and tackling stigma, and Maureen Rabbitt from Special Olympics showed a couple of excellent examples of challenging attitudes.

The event was recorded and will be shown on the UCL website

These are the links to the different versions of the report:

  • Full report here
  • Executive Summary here
  • Executive Summary (Easy Read) here
  • Executive Summary (in French – en Françaishere
  • Executive Summary (in Spanish – en Español) here