Video for Europe in Action 2019

Video for Europe in Action 2019


Hello my name is Robert Martin and I come from New Zealand and I’m the first person with an intellectual disability to sit on the UN committee for the rights of people with disabilities. I may be the first but I certainly don’t want to be the last so you people have something to look forward to in the future. This conference is about Europe in Action so it’s about people like yourselves talking about the real issues that concern you like independent living where people like yourselves have a choice of where you live and with whom you want to live with and that to me is what independence is all about. It doesn’t mean to say you have to be alone you know independent living is about your friendships it’s about the things that you want to do in life what you want to achieve it’s also about making choices, it’s about having your rights and everybody has the same rights as everybody else. and nobody has the right to actually take them away from you so you need to speak up about the things that are really important to you. Also education is really important. To have a good education also leads to things like friendships it leads to sport but it also leads to other things like arts and crafts and you know the things that you want to achieve. It also leads to great friendships because that I know is where a lot of my friends who I know now made their friends was at school growing up together. Also having an education also hopefully will lead to having a good job as well because a good job means that you are actually doing things for the community, doing things for society and also I’m hoping that you also get a good wage as well because people with intellectual disabilities deserve a good wage. You’ve also got a right to thrive in a family environment and a loving family environment you know, where you’ve got mum, dad, and maybe sisters, brothers but also you may have a pet but also you’re able to do the things that, that you want to do in life you know, you can do anything, you can reach your potential and that is really important. Also, you have a right to vote in the general elections because you are a citizen of your country Therefore, you’ve got a right to vote like everybody else. So hopefully, in the next general election you will be able to vote just like every other citizen in your country. So, speak up about your rights speak up about the things that are important to you because that is what this conference is all about speaking up about the things that are important to you. Thank you.

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