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SELF-ADVOCATES

MARI PAZ V. / RAUL P.

Aura Fundació
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    Our attendance at the congress is important because we have the right to speak about our rights. We want to claim the right to work in an ordinary company and open the eyes of employers and politicians. It has also helped us to meet and exchange views with other self-advocates.

MARC F. / ESTHER A.

APRODISCA
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    It is important that we can be part of this congress in order to share our point of view on the topics to be discussed and, above all, to be heard.

MARINA E.

DOWN ALMERIA
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    We want everyone who attends the Congress to get to know us, to take our decisions into account and to value our rights. Also, thanks to the preparation of this Congress we have had more information about different topics and we have met other groups of Self-Advocates.

ALEJANDRO N

DOWN ORENSE
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    It is important that people with intellectual disabilities have the same rights as other people and that our contribution to the congress can give them a new approach and knowledge about the life of a person with intellectual disabilities and/or down syndrome.

BORJA O.

DOWN NAVARRA
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    Our participation is important because we are the first people interested and protagonists of supported employment. We want to work like anyone else in our environment and for that it is essential that companies know what supported employment is, the figure of the job coach and the skills we have to be one or one more within a work team.

ANDREI C.

INCLUDES ALMENDRALEJO
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    Being able to participate in these sessions has been like "looking through a window of opportunity", where in addition to expressing themselves, they have learned about the experiences of other colleagues that they did not even contemplate, because they did not know they existed.

MARIA C.

Fundació Astrid 21
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    It will allow us to be up to date on what is happening now and what will happen in the future with our rights, so that we have the option to fight for them. Also to be able to give our version and opinion on different issues that are important to us and to meet people with the intention of creating a network of support.

SARA A.

DOWN VIGO
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    People with disabilities have different experiences than job coaches: we are the ones who have to learn to do our jobs on our own and the job coaches are only a support.

FÁTIMA R / ISMAEL JESÚS R

EQUA
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    Our experience at the European Supported Employment Congress has been unique, enriching and fun. It has given us new knowledge, we have been able to meet new people and all their opinions about Supported Employment. This has allowed us to explore new horizons. So no matter how many barriers we may encounter, we always have to move forward

Mª VICTORIA P. / ALBERTO M

Grupo Inteligencia Límite
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    It is very important to have a support person in my work and for those around me to motivate me to work better. And the calls for oppositions should be adapted for people with borderline intelligence.

MARTA S.

Down Tarragona
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    Diverse abilities, equal labor rights.

ALEJANDRA M. / VANESSA N.

Down Zaragoza
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    Having a job has allowed us to be more independent and more integrated into society. Participation in this congress will allow us to express our rights and reflections to continue advancing and improving supported employment. Self-advocates have a lot to say!

VICTOR A / SERGIO M

ADISLI
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    To have new experiences and share opinions with other people from other places, to learn about different ways of working and understanding disability.

TONI R./FRANCISCO G.
RAQUEL A.

ATENDIS
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    We go unnoticed, but we are there. Participating in this congress is the best way for our ideas and voices to be heard. We have functional diversity, we are not bad, we are just slower.

ÀNGEL A.

SJD TERRES DE LLEIDA
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    We have the right and the ability to work. We ask companies for awareness and employment opportunities.