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Inclusion Europe



(Formely International League of Societies for Persons with Mental Handicap (ILSMH)


Inclusion International works for the world's 50 million people with a mental handicap, their families and those who share their lives. It was founded in 1960 by representatives of societies of parents of people with a mental handicap, friends and professionals working in the field and now represents 173 member organisations in 109 countries on all five continents. Inclusion International's aim is to defend the rights and interests of people with a mental handicap.

What is mental handicap ?

People with a mental handicap are people with gifts and abilities, as well as special needs. Mental handicap implies a level of intelligence below the average level, with associated difficulties in meeting society's demands. The condition is present from birth, though it is not always immediately recognised, or it results from illness or injuries suffered during childhood.

People with a mental handicap very often have other disabilities as well. A wide range of co-ordinated services is needed to support the special needs of people with a mental handicap and their parents.

Mental handicap is not an illness. Primarly, it is an impairment of person's intellectual abilities, not of any other personal characteristics such as, for example, the ability to experience pleasure and pain.

What is the European Association ?

The European Association was formally established as a non-governmental, non-profit making organisation in May 1988 (Moniteur Belge registration number 944/90) to :

- enhance the opportunities for people with a mental handicap and their families to participate as true citizens of the European Union

- compare legislation and services in the EU Member States and to encourage best practice to improve the lives of people with a mental handicap and their parents

- provide the European institutions with opinions and expertise

- encourage collaboration and exchange of information between member societies within the European Union and to determine common goals and areas of common policy

- cooperate with like-minded organisations in the fight for dignity and to improve human rights.

What does the European Association do ?

The European Association co-ordinates and promotes a wide range of activies in the EU Member States, including conferences, working groups and other information exchanges on relevant topics. It provides responses to Commission Green Papers and legal advice on Commission texts as well as expertise in areas of relevance to people with a mental handicap.

The European Association is a founder member of the European Disability Forum (EDF), is represented on the EDF Board and coordinates the EDF Intellectual Impairment sector. The interests of disabled people across the Union are represented within this Forum by 66 European Non-Governmental Organisations and 15 National Disability Councils. The Association advises the European Commission and members of the European Parliament on disability issues and works very closely with the European Parliament Disability Intergroup. The European Association also participates in the activities of European citizen's organisations.

Rights, not favours !

The European Association believes that people with a mental handicap are entitled to full and active citizenship of the European Union. They have the right, whatever the severity of their disability, to equality of respect and participation in their communities-with support according to their needs and opportunity according to their potential. The European Association fights for rights, not favours.



Full Member National Societies of Inclusion International in the EU Member States

Address ILSMH European Association :

Galerie de la Toison d'Or

29 Chaussée D'Ixelles, #393/32

B - 1050 brussels, BELGIUM

Tel. : +32-2-502.28.15 ; Fax : +32-2-502.80.10

E-mail :

Lebenshilfe Österreich

Schönbrunner Strasse 179

A-1120 Vienna, Austria

Tel 43-1-812 2642/Fax 43-1-812 264285

e-mail :


66 rue de la limite

B-1210 Brussels, Belgium

Tel 32-2-219 88 00/fax 32-2-219 90 61

e-mail :

Landsforeningen LEV

KlÆverprisvej 10B

DK-2650 Hvidovre, Denmark

Tel 45-3635-9696/Fax 45-3635-9697

e-mail :


Mencap national Centre

123 Golden lane, LondonEC1Y ORT, England

Tel 171-454 0454/Fax 171-6083254

e-mail : kbb@cityscape


Tölögatan 27 A 15

SF-00260 helsinki, Finland

Tel 358-9-407 070/Fax 358-9-407 748

e-mail :

Kehitsyvammaisten Tukiliitto r.y.

Pinninkatu 51

SF-33100 Tampere, Finland

Tel 358-3-240 3111/Fax 358-3-222 7994

e-mail :


15 rue Coysevox

F-75876 Paris Cedex 18, France

Tel 33-1-448 55 050/Fax 33-1-448 55 060

e-mail :

Bundesvereinigung lebenshilfe fur gB

Postfach 701163

D-35020 Marburg, Germany

Tel 49-6421-491160/Fax 49-6421-491167

e-mail :

Panhellenic Federation of parents of Disabled People


Athens GR-104 36, Greece

Tel/Fax 30 1 52 30 423/Tel/Fax 30 1 52 36 501


5 Fitzwilliam Place

Dublin 2, Ireland

Tel 353-1-676 6035/Fax 353-1-676 0517


Via Emanuele Giantoruco 1

I-00196 Rome, Italy

Tel 39-6-361 1524/Fax 39-6-321 2383

e-mail :


BP 17

L- 4906 Dippach, Luxembourg

Tel 352-3791911/Fax 352-379394

e-mail :

Ligue HMC

82 route d'Arlon

L-8301 Capellen, Luxembourg

Tel 352-307 970/Fax 352-305 101

e-mail :

Federatie van Ouderverenigingen

P o Box 85276

NL -3508 AG Utrecht, The Netherlands

Tel 31-30-23 63 767/Fax 31-30-23 13 054

e-mail :


Pc de Londres, 9-4 Esq

P-1000 Lisbon, Portugal

Tel 351 1-846 2666

Fax 351 1-840 2988

e-mail :


Rua Padre Americo, No 7c,

1600 Lisbon, Portugal

Tel 351 1-716 4155/Fax 351 1-716 1713

e-mail :


Top Floor, 7 Buchanan Street

Glasgow G1 3HL, Scotland

Tel 44-141-226 4541/Fax 44-141 204 4398

e-mail :


General Peron 32, 1 A

E-28020 Madrid, Spain

Tel 34-1-556 7413/Fax 34-1-597 4105

e-mail :


Box 55615

S-10214 Stockholm, Sweden

Tel 46-8-678 8131/Fax 46-8-678 8133

e-mail :