As the Convention on Rights of People with Disabilities was established, six hundred and fifty million people changed status, from “object of charity” to a status of people with rights, who demand their rights while maintaining that “nothing about us – without us”. Prof. Stein engages in a general discussion of the Convention in his lectures. Other points covered in the lecture are related developments around the world, the UN disability conference held in Geneva and how the Convention is applied and monitored in different countries by the Harvard Law School.
Ms. Rogers presents a working plan designed to impart skills which will reduce the risk of harm to children with developmental disabilities.
The lecture focuses on the great importance of clinical and therapeutic interventions in improving behaviors, parent-child relationship and more in cases of children with fetal alcohol syndrome.
The lecture illustrates the impact of the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities achieved by service providers for the benefit of people with disabilities.
Luigi Croce describes a study focusing on the profile of children with intellectual disabilities conducted in Milan. A more profound understanding of the quality of life profile of people with disabilities who use services, may yield a better definition of users thus improving the services provided.
In her lecture, Ms. Sabrina Donina describes a study which examines a method intended to define ways to improve the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities who live away from home, with the collaboration of the residents, their families and their therapists.
The lecture describes a study centering on the level of importance given by therapists treating people with intellectual disabilities, to activity geared towards social inclusion.
The lecture focuses on the importance of self-advocacy for people with autism, as it presents itself in the advanced reforms made in Hungary, such as the “Eight Points” project, and the establishment of the first NGO in Hungary, which is directed and governed by people with autism.
In her lecture, Dr. Zaretsky describes a case study of an organization which has designed and incorporated a client-oriented approach. She recommends expanding the application of this approach, in order to promote the joint vision of equality and inclusion of all.
Ms. Geft, the director of the Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance, describes in her lecture the goals of the museum, which make its visitors feel the past, witness history, and see and understand that prejudice and discrimination still exist in all societies. Special stress is given in the lecture to the museum’s activity geared towards raising awareness of the lives of people with disabilities.