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Association "Latvian Movement for independent life" has submitted to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities alternative report

Association  "Latvian Movement for independent life" has submitted to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities alternative report on the implementation of  United Nations Convention on Persons with Disabilities in the Republic of Latvia Proposal for the List of issues in relation to the initial report of the Republic of Latvia. The report focuses on several articles of Convention: children with disabilities, awareness raising of disability issues in the society, Living independently and being included in the community and deinstitutionalization aspects, access to education, as well as monitoring the implementation of the UN Convention at the national level.


 

Meeting with representatives of the Ombudsman's Office of Republic of Latvia

Referring to the association  "Latvian Movement for Independent living" initiative, the association’s board chairperson  Inga Šķestere, member Tamara Vahļina, the member organizations of "Wings of Hope" Chairman of the Board Eva Viļķina met with the representatives of Ombudsman's Office several departments in order to discuss the most pressing issues. During the meeting were discussed issues about care of children with disabilities in long-term social care and social rehabilitation institutions, as well as a number of identified problems in relation to the ongoing deinstitutionalization process, emphasizing the risks to the implementation of the de-institutionalization process and discussing the low effectivity of already taken activities.
 

Meeting with the representatives of European Commission

Referring to the European Commission's initiative, the association "Latvian Movement for Independent living" (LATMIL) chairperson Inga Šķestere, board member Tamara Vahļina and chairperson of member  organization "Parents Together" Agita Schultz met with the European Commission's Employment and Social Affairs Directorate representatives to discuss the latest information on the de-institutionalization Latvian, particularly in relation to European investment funds. During the meeting, LATMIL provided a comprehensive insight into the deinstitutionalisation processes, and expressed its concern about the slow community-based services development process and identified risks. The European Commission was given the opportunity to get acquainted with the community-based services provided by LATMIL. The sides agreed on further cooperation.
 

International Conference "Innovative aspects in care and employment of persons with mental disabilities. German and Latvian experience."

Association "Latvian Movement for independent living" (LATMIL) in cooperation with the German organization Internationaler Bund on 28 September 2016, organized an international conference "Innovative aspects in care and employment of persons with mental disabilities.German and Latvian experience. " , in order to share experience gained in providing community-based social services for people with intellectual disabilities.


 
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Participation in the debate on the European Pillar of Social Rights and opinion of association "Latvian Movement for Independent living" on the new EU policy initiatives

On 19 September 2016, the chairperson of association "Latvian Movement for Independent living"  I.Šķestere contributed to the debate on the European Pillar of Social Rights. During the debate, the European Commission representative L.Adamaite presented the new EC initiative. W Latvian position on the European Pillar of Social Rights to the audience presented  Minister for Welfare J.Reirs, as well as a number of Latvian civil society representatives. During the debate chairperson of association "Latvian Movement for Independent living"  I.Šķestere expressed position of association on European Pillar of Social Rights, emphasizing number of issues the new document does not pay sufficient attention. Association "Latvian Movement for Independent living" has elaborated position paper on European Pillar of Social Rights.
 

We continue to advise local governments on the DI process and social services

The country has already started the process of de-institutionalization and local governments will have opportunity  to develop community-based social services for people with mental disabilities with the support ESF funding in new planning period. However, many local authorities lack the knowledge and understanding of  the target groups and the possible content and structure of social services. Association "Latvian Movement for Independent living"   within its capacity, provide advisory support to local governments. There have been already more than 20 local municipalities visits to  group housing services and daily activities service for persons with severe intellectual disabilities. Association "Latvian Movement for Independent living"  is calling Ministry of  Welfare to pay more attention to the fact, that most local municipalities have very limited understanding about the high quality community based social services!
 

Meeting with Welfare Minister mr J.Reirs

08/10/2016. board  of  association "Latvian Movement for Independent living"  met with the Minister for Welfare J.Reirs . During the meeting, the association presented to the Minister its activities especially stressing the quality of life assessments in long term care institutions. During the meeting were discussed different advocacy aspects, with particular emphasis on the right to live in the community, situation in long-term social care and social rehabilitation services for people with mental disorders and deinstitutionalisation process which has started in Latvia. In conclusion of the meeting the parties agreed on the continuation of active and professional cooperation.
 

LKNDz in collaboration with the Ministry of Welfare of the Republic of Latvia organize an good practice exchange visit

On 29 July 2016 representatives of Daugavpils City Council and Daugavpils District Council  together with the Ministry of Welfare specialists visited  day care center for people with severe and profound mental disabilities provided by the association "Latvian Movement for Independent living" in Riga.  The visit was organized by Ministry of Welfare of the Republic of Latvia in close cooperation with  association "Latvian Movement for Independent living" . Taking into account the situation that Daugavpils municipality strongly regret the closing of long term care institution “Kalkuni”  in Latgale region, purpose of visit was to help Daugavpils municipality representatives draw ideas for community-based services development as well as raise awareness of local government representatives what are high quality community-based services and to stress the rights of people with severe disabilities to live a full life in the community, regardless of the type of functional disorders. 
 

Meeting with the Representative of Latvian Association of Local Governments

On May 30, 2016, chairperson of the association "Latvian Movement for Independent living" (LATMIL) met with the Latvian Association of Local Governments advisor on health and social issues I.Rudzīte. During the meeting, LATMIL presented the association's day-care center services for people with severe and profound mental disabilities and the innovative methods used in daily work of the center. The both sides also discussed most actual issues regarding  deinstitutionalization process stated in Latvia and as well as future cooperation opportunities.
 

LATMIL presenting good practice in annual Riga municipality social work conference

Referring to the Riga City Council Welfare Department's kind request, chairperson of the association "Latvian Movement for Independent living" I.Šķestere on 27 May 2016 took part in Riga municipality social work annual conference "Riga Municipality social work current events" with a presentation “New day care center service for people with severe and deep mental as well as complex functional disorders - working methods, tactics and challenges. " The conference was attended by more than 430 participants from 18 Latvian cities. During the presentation it was highlighted by I.Šķestere the day-care center strong focus on the client's ability to development and meaningful daily activities ensuring customers.
 
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