Luis Gabriel – Self Advocate representing the Americas

Hello everybody, my name is Luis Gabriel Villareal. I am 26 years old. I come from Bogot√°, Colombia and I represent the Americas in the council of Inclusion International.

The reason I want to be in the council is because I want to show people with intellectual disabilities, like me, can make a difference to society and live happily. To change the image that the rest of people have about us.

Luis GabrielLuis Gabriel has participated in the formation of self-advocates implemented by Asdown Colombia since its foundation in 2010. His skills to interpret and perceive the needs of young self-advocates and situations they face in relation to the rights outlined in the UN Convention, are his greatest strength.

He has a great ability to listen to others, propose ideas and offer support to his group. Something worth noting is his continuous efforts working in a group. He will share with his local group the relevant information and experience gained and he will contribute to the processes in the Region of the Americas in his role as Council member of II.