Included in Society (INCLUSION)

October, 2003 to May, 2004
EC - Unit of Integration of People with Disabilities

INCLUSION was an 8 months research project funded by the European Commission starting in October 2003, concerning institutional care and de-institutionalisation of disabled people in all EU, accession and EEA countries. The objectives of this project were: to collect quantitative information from as many residential institutions as possible; to determine the links between service characteristics and quality of life of the residents; and to develop political recommendations at the European, national and local level. The Consortium sees this project as a possibility to start a European initiative for de-institutionalization and for the development of more community-based services for disabled people. The Consortium includes advocacy groups, human rights organizations, organizations of service providers and research institutes as well.