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Day of reflection on disability

Since 2007, the City of Luxembourg has hosted an annual conference that brings together associations and other stakeholders involved in disability-related issues. At this event, City of Luxembourg staff and their external partners address a range of issues relating to people living with disabilities. The conference provides an opportunity for participants to take stock of achievements, discuss future priorities, put forward proposals and suggestions, and recommend courses of action.

The day ends with a drinks reception.

The conference is free.

When:
27 April 2019 from 10:00 to 17:00

Where:
Centre culturel de Bonnevoie
2, Rue des Ardennes
Luxembourg – Bonnevoie

Language:

Luxembourgish. Interpreting into English, French, German, German Sign Language and transcription available on request

If you need an interpreter: please register by 19 April 2019

Tel.: 4796-4215
or makayser@vdl.lu

Round-table discussion: National Special Needs Action Plan

As part of European Independent Living Day on 5 May and following its general assembly meeting, the association Nëmme Mat Eis! is holding a round-table discussion on the new action plan (2019–2023), the goal of which is to implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the coming years.
Among others, the following people will be in attendance:

  • a representative from Luxembourg's Consultative Committee on Human Rights (CCDH);
  • a representative from the Centre for Equal Treatment (CET);
  • Ombudsman Claudia Monti

These three national bodies are jointly responsible for monitoring the work of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, critically and independently, and forwarding their observations and recommendations to the Luxembourg Government.

The round-table discussion will also include contributions from an external expert who has studied the subject from a legal standpoint, as well as comments and suggestions from the general public.

The ordinary statutory general assembly meeting of Nëmme Mat Eis! will begin at 14:00. Anyone interested in NME's activities, or wishing to join the organisation, is more than welcome.

Cancelled.

Conference: Every day, four people in Luxembourg have a stroke ("Chaque jour, 4 personnes deviennent victime d’un accident vasculaire cérébral au Luxembourg")

Conference organised by Blëtz ASBL (non-profit).

Chantal Keller, President of Blëtz ASBL, will introduce the associations and provide information on the following topics: What is Blëtz? Who supports Blëtz?
Other topics will also be addressed.

After introducing the associations, Ms Keller will speak about strokes. Her presentation will last for an hour, and will address the most important issues regarding strokes.

  • - What is a stroke?
  • - How can you tell if someone is having a stroke?
  • - What can you do to prevent it? etc.

After the presentation, the floor will be opened to questions about Blëtz ASBL and the presentation.

To round off the conference, the City of Luxembourg will host a drinks reception, at which participants can continue the discussion.

Participation is free!

When:
7 May 2019 from 19:00 to 22:00

Where:
Cessange Cultural Centre
1, Rue St Joseph
Luxembourg - Cessange

Language:
Luxembourgish
Interpreting into English, French, German and sign language, and transcription, are available on request.

If you need an interpreter: please register by 30 April 2019

Tel.: 4796-4215
or makayser@vdl.lu

Round-table discussion and workshop: "We are family"

Single-parent families, blended families, intersex and transgender individuals, interculturality, migration, disability, same-sex parents...
What
constitutes a family nowadays? What issues do families face in today's world? What do all families have in common?

For Diversity Day on 15 May 2019, the City of Luxembourg and the Familljen-Center cordially invite you to a round-table discussion and workshop on the topic "We are family". With the participation of:

  • Association de Soutien aux Travailleurs Immigrés ASBL (ASTI, Association for the Support of Migrant Workers)
  • Centre d'Information GAy et LEsbien (CIGALE, Gay and Lesbian Information Centre)
  • Intersex & Transgender Luxembourg
  • Intersexuelle Menschen e.V.
  • Zesumme fir Inklusioun ASBL

"Living library" workshop

Meet parents from different types of families who – much like an open book – will share their experiences in small groups and discuss the challenges and stereotypes they face in their daily lives, as well as the wonderful experiences they have had. How can we change our behaviour to be more inclusive in both our private and professional lives, in particular with regard to how we communicate?
Here, you are welcome to ask any questions you may have and actively participate in the discussion.

Participation is free!

When:
15 May 2019 from 14:30 to 17:30

Where:
Centre culturel de Bonnevoie
2, Rue des Ardennes
Luxembourg - Bonnevoie

Languages:
Luxembourgish and German

  • For simultaneous interpreting into French, all requests must be received by 10 May 2019 (relationspubliques@vdl.lu ).
  • For interpreting into German Sign Language and the provision of disability aids, all requests must be received by 3 May 2019 (relationspubliques@vdl.lu ).

Registration by email to:

egalite@vdl.lu (until 10 May 2019 inclusive)

Round-table discussion: Everything you've always wanted to know about different types of families but were afraid to ask

Along with representatives from different types of families, we take a broad view of the diversity of "non-traditional" families.
Throughout the evening, parents participating in the event will discuss their personal experiences, the challenges they face and their hopes for the future. What can we do to support each other?

Everyone attending the event will be invited to continue the debate over a drinks reception hosted by the City of Luxembourg.

When:
15 May 2019 from 19:00 to 21:30

Where:
Centre culturel de Bonnevoie
2, Rue des Ardennes
Luxembourg - Bonnevoie

Languages:
Luxembourgish and German

  • For simultaneous interpreting into French, all requests must be received by 10 May 2019 (relationspubliques@vdl.lu ).
  • For interpreting into German Sign Language and the provision of disability aids, all requests must be received by 3 May 2019 (relationspubliques@vdl.lu ). 

Conference: "Autism: a boon to society", by Hugo Horiot

Conference organised by ZEFI ASBL (Zesumme fir Inklusioun).

Due to his autism, Hugo Horiot was mute for a great deal of his childhood, and suffered discrimination for being different. He was non-verbal for the first few years of his life, uttering his first words at the age of six. Society condemned him to isolation, and when he was two, his doctors predicted that he would spend the rest of his life in psychiatric care. After a long period of self-examination and introspection, he has managed to take control of his own self-image and his relationships with others. Today, as an actor and writer, he is a champion of neurodiversity, campaigning for it to be reclaimed as an asset to society, rather than viewed as a disability.

He has written an autobiography entitled "The Emperor, c'est moi", and his mother, Françoise Lefèvre, has written two books – Surtout ne me dessine pas un mouton (Please don't draw me a sheep!) and Le Petit Prince Cannibale (The Cannibalistic Little Prince) – on her relationship with her son. In March 2018, he published the essay and manifesto, Autisme : j'accuse !

In light of the labour shortage in the context of the digital revolution, Hugo Horiot explains how marginal (or "atypical") profiles – in particular those on the autistic spectrum – are attracting growing interest from businesses to serve the need for new skills.

Everyone attending the event will be invited to continue the debate over a drinks reception hosted by the City of Luxembourg.

Participation is free!

When:
6 June 2019 from 18:30 to 22:00

Where:
Centre culturel de Bonnevoie
2, Rue des Ardennes
Luxembourg - Bonnevoie

Language:
French
Interpreting into English, German and sign language, and written transcription, are available on request.

If you need an interpreter: please register by 30 May 2019

Tel.: 4796-4215
or makayser@vdl.lu

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Opening hours

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