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Hear our Voices! 2023 program

11. September 2023
Hear our Voices! self-advocacy conference 20 22 September 2023 Tallinn, Estonia  


Day 1, Wednesday 20 September
Time Activity Room
13:00 – 14:00 Registration Lobby
      14:00 – 15:30 Opening session   Vjatseslav Zagorski – EVPIT board member   László Bercse– Chair of the European Platform of Self- Advocates and vice-president of Inclusion Europe Meelis Joost– Chairman at Estonian Chamber of People with Disabilities Agne Raudmees – EVPIT board member Alfa
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break Lobby
              16:00 – 17:30           Signe Riisalo – Minister of Social Protection Alfa
László Bercse –Hungary How do we learn to be a self– advocate? Paul Alford: Ireland Getting a Voice – My Journey to life! Ivar Merila – Estonia Where and how can I represent myself? My experiences. Francesco Juarez and Fedele Collu – Italy Taking part and being heard! Alfa
 18:30– Joint dinner for all participants. Free of charge . Hotel restaurant “Senso”
Time Activity Room
10:00 – 10:30 Welcome coffee Lobby
  10:30 – 11:00 Describing what will happen today, and how the day is organized Arvo Raudmees   Gamma
    10:30 – 11:00 Describing what will happen today, and how the day is organized Silvi Laidro Beeta  
                11:00 – 12:30   Three sessions at the same time Session 1 – The roads to self-advocacy   Ana Martinez – Plena Inclusion, Spain   Andreas Zehetner­ – Lebenshilfe Austria   Oswald Föllerer – Self-advocacy Centre Vienna, Austria     Session 2 – New ways to find our voice   Olga Podezemelnaja and Ramunė Lebedytė Undzėnienė –  Viltis, Lithuania   Martina Hronova – Rytmus, Czech Republic     Session 3 Creation of representative bodies and work at the service provider   Reet Asmer – AS Hoolekandeteenused, Estonia   Jaan Männik–member of the representative body, NGO Tugiliisu, Estonia Gamma                 Beeta               Omega
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Hotel restaurant “Senso”

Day 2, Thursday

21 September

Time Activity Room
  14:00 – 14:30 Let’s get back! Metsatuka muusikud, energizer  Lobby
        14:30 – 16:00   Two sessions at the same time   Session 4 The role of our families Ana Martinez– Spain   “After Us – training to live independently” Giulio Tulumello, Antonio Costanza– Anffas Palermo, Italy   Session 5   Self-advocacy in Ukraine Gamma               Beeta
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break Lobby
            16:30 – 18:00   Two sessions at the same time Session 6   Thinking together about the future Elisabeta Moldovan– Ceva de spus, Romania   Importance of good support! Janek Muru– Vaimupuu, Estonia     Session 7 How can our voices be heard in new places? Tess Wappsell– member of the Advisory Board for the Swedish Institute for Human Rights Anna Ringström–  member of Youth Platform, FUB, Sweden   Vjatseslav Zagorski– EVPIT, Estonia     Gamma               Beeta
18:30-19:30 Dinner-paid by participants 30€, registration needed.   Link­-Registration Hotel restaurant “Senso”
20:00-23:00 Disco night at “Vatican”, registration needed   Link- Registration Club” Vatican”
  Day 3, Friday

22 September

Time Activity Room
10:00 – 10:30 Welcome coffee Lobby
      10:30 – 12:30 What do we learn, and what do we want?   Creating a manifesto of self-advocates demands from their countries. Everyone works together in smaller groups. Alfa
12:30 – 13:00 Make it Real! – our manifesto Alfa
        13:00 – 13:30 Closing session   Liisi Uder– Head of the field of rights of people with disabilities, Chancellery of the Chancellor of Justice   László Bercse  –  EPSA Chari and Inclusion Europe Vice-President Vjatseslav Zagorski  –  EVPIT Board member     Alfa
13:30– Farewell Caffe Lobby
    Something extra!  

Dinner on the 21 September (paid by participants) 30 eur

Restaurant at the hotel 18:00 to 20:00

Visit to Tallinn Old Town (paid by participants) 50 eur

Medieval snack at the restaurant Olde Hansa. 15:00 to 18:00  

           Practical info    


The conference takes place in Tallinn, Estonia. Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia Tallinn Liivalaia 33, Tallinn, 10118, Estonia

Travel and accommodation

Participants organize and pay for their own travel and accommodation. If you have questions about the conference, please write to self-advocacy@incluson-europe.org. Inclusion Europe is co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are of the authors only. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.
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