In This Issue
Editorial Team Update
General Assembly Update
Differences between children and children
European Surf Week
Positive Videos by Apeirons
Bolimpa TV host with a disability
Accessibility App
Pride Parade in Oslo
Meet Stefan Nilsson
Accessibility Marches in Sweden
Parachutes for all
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The differences between children and children by Magnus AndÚn, Chairman of JAG

MagnusI'm celebrating Easter in the south of Spain, as I normally do. The sun is shining as usual. And I am enjoying a walk on the beach with the help of my assistant. It's a holiday and families are out strolling together. People from all generations are walking and stopping to chat with friends along the way. Small children are playing with their toys - doll buggies, bikes and small electric cars and motorcycles on the sidewalks - the same toys you can buy in Sweden.


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European Surf Week
21st-27th August, Belgium

Recreas a Belgian sports organization for disabled people organizes each year the European Surf week for people with reduced mobility and with sensorial disability. This year the event will take place at BLOSO- sports centre in Hazewinkel, Willebroek, August 21st-27th.

The main purpose of this week is to teach participants the basics of surf. From Monday to Thursday participants will enjoy classes and on Friday a surf contest will take place. Every participant will have their own assistant to help them during their stay.


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 Good Example: Positive videos and reports by Apeirons

An organisation of people with disabilities and their friends "Apeirons" from Latvia has started to create and promote informative video materials. "Apeirons" is making positive video stories and reports.



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Bolibompa TV host with a disability
One small step towards a more inclusive society 

This spring, Funkisbyrňn, JAG Association's

modeling agency for persons with disabilities, has been cooperating with Swedish television channel SVT to help cast a new host for the children's program, Bolibompa.


The program explicitly aims to cast a person with a visible disability for the position because it lacks the experience of people with disabilities on screen and in the editing process. The job involves writing manuscripts, watching films and not least appearing before the camera.



Good Example: Accessibility App

Last year, the Swedish Gothenburg Cooperative for Independent Living (

G÷teborgskooperativet f÷r Independent Living, GIL

) ran a campaign to improve accessibility at bars and restaurants. Each week, it published the names and photos of three restaurants with barriers that could easily be removed on their website. It also highlighted several good examples of accessibility. During the campaign, nine restaurants took concrete steps to improve accessibility thanks to this publicity.



Pride Parade in Oslo
18th June 2011

People at the pride parade in Oslo 2010

On June 18th, the Disability Pride Parade will be held in Oslo for the fourth year in a row. The Disability Pride Parade is Norway's largest parade for people with disabilities. Organizers are hoping t

hat this year's event will be the biggest yet.

The goal of the parade is to help people with disabilities take their rightful place in society as proud, strong and visible citizens, as well as to dispel common stereotypes and myths about people with disabilities. The Disability Pride Parade is a demonstrat
ion characterized by a positive atmosphere,People at the pride parade in Oslo 2010 attitude and sense of humor that demonstrates that society must take people with disabilities into account.



Meet Stefan Nilsson, Sweden
Stefan NilssonStefan Nilsson, age 39, lives in his own apartment in Stockholm. He has a large family with whom he likes to spend time. Stefan is a member of JAG and participates in the daily work offered for members at JAG's headquarters.


Accessibility March in Sweden

4th June 2011 

Banner from the Accessibility March of Sweden 2010

On June 4, the March for Accessibility will be held for the ninth year in a row at various locations in Sweden. The goal of the march is to protest against discrimination due to inadequate accessibility for people with disabilities. ş

Despite 20 years of public debate, inadequate accessibility is not deemed discriminatory in the anti-discrimination legislation introduced in Sweden in 2009 (Discrimination Act 2009). Discrimination on the grounds of inaccessibility was considered for inclusion, but was excluded before the legislation was passed.  


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Parachutes for all
10th May 2011, Berlin

On the 10th May in Berlin a demonstration against the existing discrimination, segregation and exclusion is taking place to celebrate the European day of protest for the equality of disabled people. The motto of the demonstration is "Rescue parachutes for all".