How you build relationships, how you include people is not just about integration but how do you include people with disability into community. That is something I never thought can happen here. And now I can see, I can see there is a future here.
Maria Medrea, Co-Founder of the House of Grace
It has been a long journey for Virginia and her team. In Part 1, we followed her team to Hunedoara Romania, where they made friends at the center, lead presentations at schools, professional development seminars for Romanian social workers and teachers, met with government officials to improve accessibility and took the time to visit families supporting members with a disability. Part 1: Experience Something Different has been shared around the world. If you haven’t watched, liked, and shared that video, please head on over there and do that first.
In Part 2: There is a Future, Virginia and her team arrives at the House of Grace camp, Casa Harului in Romanian. The House of Grace was founded as a place of love and respite for people with disabilities and their families because in Romania they are “often met with stigma, discrimination, poor medical treatment and resources for independent living.”
Maria, the co-founder of the House of Grace, has always dreamed that people with disability in Romania “will stand up for their rights, and talk about their needs.” She shared with us that the very future she dreams of for the people of Romania is what she sees in Virginia’s team – a people that belong.
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