On 3 December 2020, 250 people from 40 different countries came together on ZOOM for the Global Self-Advocacy Summit organised by Inclusion International
The Summit gave voice to the work of a large and diverse group of people with learning disabilities from all corners of the world including Hong Kong, Trinidad, Malawi, Ecuador, USA, India, Indonesia, Austria, Australia – too many to list all of them here and a genuinely global event.
The delegates had each prepared a poster representing where they were from and a short video presentation about their self-advocacy work in areas like training, advocating for changes in the law and providing information in easy read.
We also heard from several people from the UK including our very own Wiki Master Ajay Choksi, an inspiration to many and the ideal person to represent the self-advocacy at the heart of everything we do at RIX. Ajay spoke about the work he has been doing to support people who are feeling isolated during the pandemic, including working with Digital Unite to produce a ZOOM online training resource. Watch this space!
Alongside Ajay, a truly international band of self-advocacy champions shared their achievements so far and their hopes and dreams for the future. The Summit was full of positive energy and inspiring cameos and if anyone’s feeling a bit deflated, or even defeated by these challenging times, we wholeheartedly recommend that you watch the video of the event put together by Inclusion International.
We respect each other and we don’t care about difference and that’s what the world needs. So let’s just get out there and save the world
Don, Advocacy Communication Project, USA