Mihaela, a self-advocatefrom Bulgaria, attended the Zero Project conference in Vienna with Lumos at the end of February 2015.
She co-facilitated the Lumos presentation on Inclusive Education. Her drawing shows what she found in her suitcase when she returned back home after the conference.
"I was the co-facilitator of the presentation. It was a new experience for me.
I brought back chocolates and candies.
I made new friends from Czech Republic and Moldova.
I learnt that children need to be asked about their opinion.
I met a mother who is a foster parent, and I saw how calm and happy the kids in her family were.
After meeting the children from the Czech Republic and hearing their story about life in institutions, I want to continue working as a self-advocate."
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