Our project “IDeas against poverty! Citizens with Intellectual Disability act to reduce social exclusion and poverty (Europe 2020 Strategy)” is part of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 and the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion. The information on the platform shows that in 2008, more than 80 million people lived in the Union below the poverty line, situation has worsened with the economic crisis. The 8% of Europeans live in conditions of serious material deprivation. Among other risk groups, people with disabilities, or those with serious chronic diseases, frequently face significant economic and social difficulties that often affect the whole household they depend on this, in the Europe of the 21st century, is unacceptable. The fight against social exclusion and the promotion of social justice and fundamental rights have long been key objectives of the European Union.
In the other hand, the empowerment and training of people with intellectual disabilities is another priority of our project. Our learners will not participate from a position of vulnerable persons affected by poverty or exclusion, tributaries of the solidarity of others, who demand changes for themselves. They will participate as people aware of the social injustice that surrounds them and that -after a training process- are able to participate collectively in this fight against social exclusion that affects so many people.
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