The Right to Live Your Life by Hilde de Clercq

“The unfairness of life overwhelmed me. It was not fair to have such a child, but it was even more unfair to be that child“    -Charles Hart

It is about time that we all start to understand that we are all born with the right to join ‘the club’ that every human being is born to ‘belong’. It is about time that the difference between being ‘autonomous” and “dependent” gets neutralized….

Inclusion is about “interdependency, interconnection and belonging”… and moreover: it should not stop when school is finished! Being born with a disability should not mean that the rights that all other members of the community have, all of a sudden get diminished or cease to exist.

People with a disability should have the right to determine as much as possible how they want to live their own lives! Only in his way the individualized ‘quality of life’ is guaranteed.

-Hilde De Clercq

For further information, you can view Hilde’s website here.

Hilde De Clercq will be one of our special speakers at the next Autism Conference, April 2013. Register online now!

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