On October 2nd, in Brussels, the Freedom Drive 2019 took place, a march to make the voices of people with disabilities heard by the European Institutions.

Fighting against the tendency to isolate people with special needs in separate schools, houses, almost in a parallel world. The activists demanded that inclusion would be at the center of the political strategy of all countries.

The European Network on Independent Living organized the march and a full three days of conferences, workshops and a public hearing at the EU parliament.

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The demonstration starts from under the arches of the Cinquantenaire Park in Brussels: more than 300 people from all over the world

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Making a point in front of the European Commission: What do we want? Our independence! When do we want it? NOW!

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Independent living is all about ditching stereotypes and a “charity approach” to disability

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True Brusseleir Martine wants her independence NOW!

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Kapka Panayotova is a well-known disability leader

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Kapka Panayotova is also a human rights advocate in Bulgaria, and the President of the European Network on Independent Living which organized the march.

From all over the world! The group from Lithuania

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Quebec and Japan activists came all the way to Brussels

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From Greece Kamil Goungor, on the right, Policy Officer of the European Network on Independent Living and travel blogger

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No to separating people with disabilities from society: yes to building an inclusive society where everyone participates

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From the UK and Belgium with all means of transport (and a fashionable mascotte too)

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This is what it feels like to lose independence

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Strong moment of the demonstration in front of the European Social and Economic Committee.

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From Norway: the meaning of life

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Arriving at the European Parliament strong and loud

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Even the rain did not stop the march

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The march ended with speeches under a cover and continued with a public hearing at the Parliament and a full day of conferences the following day.

A piece of the Destination Everywhere team, we are a company dedicated to promoting tourism for people with disabilities and we were super happy to be part of this

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A big thank you to Enrica Laneri for the wonderful photos!