Nr. 7    April 2012
Published by European Co-operation in
Anthroposophical Curative Education and Social Therapy

Postbox 560, NL-3700 AN Zeist, The Netherlands
tel. +31 30 694 55 40; fax +31 30 694 55 90; info@ecce.eu; www.ecce.eu
 
 
editors
Adrienne Thier, Roelien Kort, Bernard Heldt

 

 

  Contents

  ♦    Preview on the General Meeting ECCE

  ♦    New representative BEV

  ♦    ELIANT on its way to new horizons

  ♦    Celebration of 15 years EASPD

  ♦    International United Nation’s Day of People with Disabilities

  ♦    Award for Thomas Kraus

  ♦    Congress for People with Special Needs in Thailand

 
  ♦    Movie in Breitenfurt, Austria


 
 

Dear members and relations of ECCE,

According to a lot of activities and also to ict problems, we were not able to draw up an ECCE Link in January or February this year. For that we apologize.

We hope you will appreciate this Link. We intend to send the next one in June 2012; we welcome copy for this next edition.

Adrienne Thier, Bernard Heldt, Roelien Kort

 


Preview on the General Meeting ECCE

Asociación San Juan, Adeje, Tenerife (ES) May 3rd – 6th 2012

Many members already announced for our General Meeting, being held at May 3rd – 6th in Asociación San Juan, Adeje, Tenerife.

The symposium on Saturday May 5th, will have the title ‘Producing or creating?’
The symposium will be held together with STAG, Sozial Therapeutische Arbeitsgruppe, who also has its meeting in Asociación San Juan.
STAG is a working group of the Council for Curative Education and Social Therapy in Dornach. In the working group experts in coaching persons with disabilities from all parts of Europe co-operate in researching new ways of awakening creativity by working and arts.
The theme concerns the social therapeutic approach of work.Asociacion San Juan

Work is essential, because without it we would not survive, would not build up a society, would not develop science and would not have everything we see around us. Man has the need to contribute to the development of the world by work that is perceived as meaningful by others because it contributes to their existence. Also people with disabilities have the inalienable right to work that offers a meaningful contribution to society. Their work needs to be valued and judged positively by others without caring only for economic criteria. They make beautiful handicraft products, act in theatre plays and make wonderful music.
Inclusion means the necessity to create adequate possibilities for disabled people in today’s Europe. The principle that we should move away from man as a producer, towards man as a creator applies not only to them, but first and foremost to ourselves.

The flyer of the symposium will be sent to you together with the programme and the documents of the General Meeting. You can also find it on our website www.ecce.eu

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Introduction new representative of the German parents association Bundes Eltern Vereinigung, BEV


We are very glad to let you know that in the next General Meeting in May, we will meet Mrs. Von der Recke, the brand-new representative of Bundes Eltern Vereinigung, BEV.
 

Mrs. Sabine Freifrau von der Recke has written a short presentation: 

As basis of my career I have studied history and geography at Bonn University. Following I started my business duties as a high-school teacher in Bonn.
Caused by the disability of my 2nd child I came into contact with anthroposophy. At that time Sibylla attended the Johannes-Schule in Bonn, a Steiner school for curative education.
I started a part-time education as a Waldorf teacher and then worked at Johannes-Schule from 1994-2011. I was on the school board and was elected for different positions at the school for quite a time.
Wedding daughter Mrs. Von der ReckeNow my daughter is 34 and is living in “Lebensgemeinschaft Eichhof”. Last year she got married.
My husband and I belong to a group of engaged parents who founded and sponsored the Lebensgemeinschaft Eichhof. Parents are still involved in the leading structures of this community. For more than 15 years I have worked in the Admission Board of the Organisation and it has been my duty to decide on the incorporation of new disabled persons about admission together with the Eichhof staff.
In summer 2011 I was elected for the BEV board. My mission is to intensively support the realization of the Convention of the UN on the rights of persons with disabilities in Germany and Europe with the special focus on the needs of intellectually handicapped people.
I am 62, married with Hilmar and we have four grown-up children and are living in Meckenheim near Bonn.

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ELIANT on its way to new horizons

On May 13, 2011, ELIANT handed over 1 million signatures of European citizens for the ELIANT charta to the European Commission. In addition to that, ELIANT also presented to Commissioner John Dalli the ELIANT memorandum with 15 requests for more quality of life and cultural diversity in Europe.

In order to give these requests more political weight and to work on their realisation continually, ELIANT invites those who joined the 1 million signatures campaign to accompany ELIANT on this path and to support ELIANT further morally and – if possible - financially.

M Glöckler

With warm greetings on behalf of the core members of the Alliance ELIANT and of the new Steering Group from Michaela Glöckler.

 

 

The new team
As decided one year ago, ELIANT will continue in the Alliance ELIANT, to keep in touch with the European Commission and its organs on behalf of the participants in ELIANT and the more than one million persons that signed the Charta.

The new team

 

 

 

 

From left to right:       Michaela Sieh, Ueli Hurte, Susanna Küffer Heer, Andreas Biesantz 


The new Steering Group of the Alliance ELIANT is: Andreas Biesantz, PhD (Advocacy work), Michaela Glöckler MD (representative of the core members), Ueli Hurter (representative of the core members), Susanna Küffer Heer (CEO), Michaela Sieh, MD (project coordination).

Aims and projects
The Alliance ELIANT works for freedom of choice and self-determined responsible lifestyles, in a developing Europe. ELIANT is involved in an active dialogue with the European institutions. Different instruments of already existing and new citizens involvement from the foundation of the ELIANT activities.
Please visit the ELIANT facebook page www.facebook.com/allianzeliant

The work of ELIANT also includes to present the Alliance ELIANT at conferences, workshops and at meetings with organizations that support similar aims. Two examples follow.

European Citizens initiative: on the starting line
This conference was organized by Democracy International and European Citizens Action Service on March 20, 2012 in Brussels. The regulation rules for the European Citizens Initiative were discussed. Michaela Sieh (left in the picture) was invited to present ELIANT’s experiences during a panel. The dialogue with other initiatives and projects and with representatives of different civil society organizations is important for the Alliance ELIANT.

Open dialogue between institutions and citizens
At this workshop series, organized by the Austrian institute for European law policy, Andreas Biesantz (left in the picture) presented the Alliance ELIANT and its cultural aims. Several high-ranking representatives of the European Commission and of the European Parliament were present at this meeting.

ELIANT appreciates very much to stay in contact with those who signed the campaign for the one million signatures.
Diversity in Europe includes diversity in languages. The Steering Group will try to send more information in different languages.

The working motto written by Goethe: “one alone does not help, but rather he who unites with others at the right time”, is from the beginning the guiding principle of ELIANT. We will continue with the Alliance ELIANT under the same motto.

How can you support ELIANT?
The Steering Group hopes that with your help ELIANT will succeed in continuing the work of the Alliance ELIANT and also setting it on a solid economic foundation through many small gifts.

Allianz ELIANT, 194, rue du Trône, 1050 Brussels, Belgium, info@eliant.eu , www.eliant.eu

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The 9th of November 2011: The celebration of 15 years EASPD,
with the General Assembly meeting in Brussels


The EASPD celebrated its 15th anniversary at the European Parliament during her General Assembly at the 9th of November 2011. To celebrate this anniversary the EASPD invited all its members and friends to the big hall of the European Parliament.
The event was hosted by the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Dieter Koch and the support of other leading MEP’s and with special guests such as Commissioner Laszlo Andor, Yannis Vardakastanis, chair of the European Disability Forum, Brigitte Grouwels, member of the government of the Brussels Region and in charge of disability issues, Johan ten Geuzendam, Thorsten Afflerbach, Head of Integration of People with Disabilities Division, Council of Europe and Jan Jarab, UN High Commissioner of Human Rights. The latter said among other things “It is important to translate laws onto real life”.
Video messages from Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, and Viviane Reding, vice president of the European Commission, opened the ceremony.
 

Adrienne Thier and Thomas KrausAdrienne Thier and Thomas Kraus attended this meeting. ECCE became a member of EASPD a few years ago. ECCE is a small organisation with a very small budget, that needs to cooperate with larger associations as a member in order to have access to the information provided by the EU and to exert its influence.
 

The main point of discussion in the General Assembly was the EASPD Strategic Choices 2011:  Quality of services and staff: the link with the United Nations Convention of the rights of people with disabilities should be very strong. The need for more quality of life of people with disabilities means a need for more quality of staff. This is the key issue for the EASPD and the UN Convention is the reference document in all the work of the EASPD.
Franz Wolfmayr, president of EASPD, firmly declared: “Today, on the basis of our experience and commitment, it is the responsibility of the service providers to be at the forefront of innovation in order to shape the future rather than to passively suffer the consequences of major societal changes. Join us in building the services of to-morrow for people of today. We want to use this celebration as a lever for a better quality of life in a Europe valuing diversity!”
EASPD managed in 15 years to mobilize many “Very Important People”, to introduce themselves into all levels of the European Institutions. It is important for ECCE to attend this kind of events: general meetings, celebrations, this is the network ECCE is part of. ECCE is part of the large disability movement.
EASPD represents 9000 members all over Europe and this number is only one third of the providers in Europe and Turkey. Turkey became to-day a member of EASPD.
The ECCE office will put the list of EASPD members on the website. We think it is important that the ECCE members can be in touch with the EASPD members and contact them if necessary.

Brussels, the 9th of December 2011
Adrienne Thier

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The 3rd of December 2011: “International United Nation’s Day of People with Disabilities”

This year, the United Nations (UN) department of Economic and Social Affairs decided to celebrate this important event via the topic: “Together for a better world for all: including people with disabilities in development”.
Now, this Day was commemorated  under a general theme to draw attention to key areas that would work in synergy to mainstream disability in all development processes.
This year also marked the 30th anniversary of the United Nations International Year of Disabled People 1981.

The 1st and the 2nd of December this Day was celebrated in Brussels as the ‘European Day of People with Disabilities’, (EDPD), with the subject ‘Europe’s way out of the crisis: the disability rights perspective.’ To mark this day the European Commission and the European Disability Forum (EDF) organised a policy conference.
These EDPD Days are celebrated since 2003, on the 1st and the 2nd of December in Brussels. The whole of the European disability movement is present at these Days. So was ECCE with Adrienne Thier.

Speakers from the Directorate General (DG) of JUSTICE addressed hundreds of participants from all over Europe. Disability matters are no longer part of the DG ‘Social Affairs’ but of the DG ‘Justice’. The reason is that disability is a matter of Human Rights!!
The first speaker was Yannis Vardakastanis, chair of the European Disability Forum (EDF). He referred to the recent achievements of the disability movement at world and European level: the UN Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities was ratified just a year ago by the EU.
Also in 2010 the European Strategy Document 2011-2020 was adopted by the European Commission. 2011 should have been the year to make the rights obtained by the UN Convention work in practice.
In this challenging time of economic crisis, the 80 million people with disabilities in Europe are among the worst hit by the unprecedented austerity measures being put in place across Europe. This crisis is also affecting the capacity of organisations of people with disabilities to represent the interests of millions of disabled people in European countries.
In many countries such as the UK, and the Netherlands, support allowance for a decent life and eligibility for a personal budget scheme have already been drastically cut. Spain has decided to reduce supported employment for people with intellectual disabilities.
“We need a new plan”, said the chair of the EDF, to use the Europe 2020 strategy and the European Disability Strategy to protect people with disabilities from the effects of the crisis. The disability movement believes that there is a different way to overcome the crisis. This alternative is based on the respect of Human Rights and by ensuring that Europe does not lose the talents of people with disabilities in employment, education and innovation. The active involvement of people with disabilities to exit the crisis, requires the European Union to use correctly the funding instruments at its disposal, such as the Structural Funds and by the use of Europe 2020 Strategy Flagship Initiatives targeting the specific needs of people with disabilities.

The leaders of the European Union member states should make it clear, Yannis Vardakastanis said, that measures have to be taken to protect the most vulnerable in society. That means disabled people. Otherwise the gap will widen.

A moving witness was brought by John Evans, member of the EDF board and representing the association ‘Independent Living’ in the UK. He is a wheel chair user. He told us about the terrible cuts in all fields of the life of disabled people in the UK and all over Europe.

During the conference a ceremony took place, by which a jury panel had chosen the Austrian city of Salzburg, in cooperation with the European Disability Forum, as Europe’s most accessible city.
The president of the European Disability Forum Yannis Vardakastanis highlighted the importance of acknowledging the effort made by Salzburg and he stressed “Accessibility of cities is a pre requisite for more than 80 million people with disabilities to exercise their rights and to fully participate in society. The crisis is hitting us really hard, but the austerity measures must not break the accessibility momentum in Europe!!”

Brussels, the 2nd of December 2011,
Adrienne Thier

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Thomas Kraus receives Award for “Living in the Encounter” Congresses Ceremony – In recognition of many years of involvement

(Berlin, 5 March 2012) Thomas Kraus received a prize today, awarded for his civil-social commitment to the „International Congresses for People with Disabilities“
(see www.in-der-begegnung-leben.eu/en/).
His was one of seven Berlin initiatives that had been selected as exemplary initiatives by the Alliance for Democracy and Tolerance (Bündnis für Demokratie und Toleranz www.buendnis-toleranz.de) in the competition “Active 2011 for Democracy and Tolerance”. The presentation took place in a small ceremony performed by the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, and by Professor Dr. Wolfgang Benz, former director of the Center for Anti-Semitism Research at the Technical University Berlin and a member of the advisory committee of the alliance.
 
Thomas Kraus receives an award
                                                             
Left to right: Wolfgang Benz, Thomas Kraus, Klaus Wowereit

Wolfgang Benz gave as reason for the award that it was important for them to also recognize an initiative for people with disabilities. The award should of course include all those who are involved, who have already made possible many congresses in Europe and across the world.
The Alliance for Democracy and Tolerance, against Extremism and Violence was established in 2000 by both the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the of Federal Ministry of Justice.
The goal is to give visibility to the involvement in civilian society on behalf of democracy and tolerance in Germany and to encourage and stimulate as many citizens as possible into active commitment to our democracy.
We had already received a prize from the Alliance for Democracy and Tolerance for the “European congresses ‘Living in the Encounter’”

Contact: kongress@in-der-begegnung-leben.eu

©Alfred Leuthold, Translation: Eduard van der Maas

 

 

Worldwide there are two Congresses of Living in the Encounter planned on:
► April 23rd - 27th 2012 in Bertioga/Sao Paulo, Brasil
► September 23rd - 26th 2012 in Jekatarinenburg, Russia

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The First Congress for People with Special Needs in Thailand, 17 – 19 February 2012

“Together we go”

    “Do not lose faith in yourself” said the autistic young man to all the participants of the first congress for people with special needs in Thailand. This sentence is still echoed in my heart though the congress has ended for two weeks. Long ago that I have not uttered the word “Faith” to myself. His message awakened something inside me…faith in life, in society and in humanity.

    Looking back to all preparatory work from August 2011- February 2012, the frequently asked questions were…
    “Will people with special needs understand the concept and content of the congress? ”
    “Will it worth to organize such an event for them?”
    “Will there be enough financial support for at the moment people would love to donate money for the flood victims?
    “There have been many projects and initiatives for people with special needs but most of them have no continuation. What is your future plan after such event?”

      Though there were many doubts about the congress but finally 111 people
who have “ Faith ” participated in the first congress of Thailand. It is held at Wangree Resort, Nakhon Nayok province where we were embraced by mountains and tropical forest.

       The Theme of the first congress was “Gow pai duay gan“ which is literally translated into “step forward together” or “Together we go”. Behind the theme there’s  a hope and faith that we Thai people can come together again  no matter how different in thoughts we are. Since we have faced many challenges from the unexpected Tsunami in 2004. The coup in 2006 which led to bloodshed demonstration in 2009 -2010 leaving behind is the  political conflict which separated people into Red and Yellow group and more than the recent flood in 2011.

     At least on 17-19 February 2012, 111 people have taken a new step together to heal each other and heal our society.

      The congress was designed to meet the needs of whole human being. The first day was the first step to nourish the physical body and the etheric body. As part of the opening ceremony, we did Yoga together on green grasses and welcomed all participants by “Bai Sri” a traditional soul welcoming of Thailand. The atmosphere was quiet and healing for every soul who came from near and far.

      The second day was aimed mainly to nourish the astral body. Starting by lecture from Thomas Kraus. He showed us photos and slides from previous congresses. It seemed like window to the world for many of our participants. After tea break, we step into art with 5 different workshops. There were Yoga, Thai boxing, drama, music and painting. In the afternoon, we step into nature at Wangtakrai Waterfall. This step helped strengthen friendship among all participants, volunteers, observers and staff. Hand in hand, we carefully helped each other to come across our fear and learn to let go in the flowing water!

       The cultural night was full of colors and all were excited to see every contribution from every group. The 51 people who came from various institutes and background are all artists! Thai traditional dances, contemporary dances, pop dance and Thai folk tale in eurythmy were woven together harmoniously through 2 hours of laughter and happiness. The end of the night was Thai circle dance, a common dance which had a true sense of community.

       The third day was aimed mainly to nourish the Ego. There was panel discussion on the topic of “Long life learning”. Four participants from different background were on the stage to share their struggle, hope and perspectives in life. WE felt very thankful for their contributions that gave lots of inspiration to others.

       The last session was evaluation and closing ceremony. Everything was simple but touching for we had a chance to hear the messages which were pure, truthful and straight to the point in an honest way. Also the simple drawing of each group made We realized that the drawing of people with smiling faces, sun, mountains and trees were very important for all.

We all wished to meet and take the next step together. 

We all wished to include the participants from the north, northeast and south of Thailand in the next congress.
We all wished to spend more days together, learning more in workshop.

The two coaches had left for Bangkok. The hall was empty. The green yard was quiet. The sound of laughter and good bye were gone. What left inside me was beautiful memory of……

Someone who walked around finally sit down with new friends on the last day.
Someone who never smiled finally had a gentle smile on his face.
Someone who was very quiet finally came up on stage and turned into a great dancer.
Someone who loved to sit still stood up and walked across the slippery rocks across the waterfall.
Someone who could hardly organise herself turned into a self responsible woman and lent her hands to others when needed. 

Last but not least, someone who applied on the last minute came up in front of all participants on the evaluation forum and said…
       “I decided to participate in the congress and wondered if I can manage to be with all of you for 3 days. I am fighting with myself, I am struggling but finally I make it. Do not lose faith in yourself… have faith in yourself.”

Anchana Soontornpitag,
Tonrak Foundation for Children with Special Needs, Thailand
 

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A movie has been made (partly) in Community Breitenfurt (AT)
A lot of villagers are to be seen as walk-ons.
The movie will be broadcasted on April 11th 2012. 

Liebe Freunde!
Dieser Film wurde zum Teil in der Dorfgemeinschaft gedreht. www.dg-breitenfurt.at     
Es werden viele unserer Betreuten als Komparsen zu sehen sein.
Liebe Grüße, Michael Mullan

Artikel ORF:  "So wie du bist": Berührungsängste abbauen mit neuer ORF-Murnberger-Tragikomödie, Ausstrahlung am 11. April 2012
"Gibt es überhaupt Darsteller, mit denen man diesen Film machen kann?", fragte Regisseur Wolfgang Murnberger zu Beginn seines jüngsten ORF-Projekts. Die Zweifel wichen schnell, als der österreichische Filmemacher Juliana Götze und Sebastian Urbanski kennenlernte. Die beiden Berliner Schauspieler mit Downsyndrom sind zwei der Hauptdarsteller in der von ihm verfilmten Tragikomödie "So wie du bist", die Autor Uli Brée einer authentischen Geschichte nachempfunden hat. Als Downsyndrom-Pärchen Michalina und Sebastian kämpfen sie mithilfe einer kurz vor der Pensionierung stehenden Richterin darum, heiraten zu dürfen. Vom Leben hart geworden muss diese - dargestellt von der bayerischen Volksschauspielerin Gisela Schneeberger - selbst erst ihre Vorurteile abbauen und sich auf die Beziehung zu zwei ganz besonderen Menschen einlassen.
Gemeinsam präsentierte sich das Ensemble rund um Wolfgang Murnberger - darunter auch heimische Publikumslieblinge wie Karlheinz Hackl, Lukas Resetarits, Petra Morzé und Cornelius Obonya - am Donnerstag, dem 18. August 2011, bei einem Pressetermin auf dem Filmset in Wien-Josefstadt. 
                                                                 
"Was der Film erreichen will, ist, Berührungsängste abzubauen", erzählt Regisseur Murnberger. "Ich habe vorher noch nie mit Menschen mit Downsyndrom gearbeitet, aber als ich sie kennengelernt habe, waren alle Berührungsängste weg." Und: "Das Schauspiel von Menschen mit Downsyndrom ist sehr emotional. Natürlich sind sie von der Arbeit her nicht so belastbar, deshalb versuchen wir, die Zeit am Set kürzer zu halten. Das ist auch der einzige Unterschied, denn sonst werden sie wie andere Schauspieler behandelt. Und Juliana und Sebastian sind eigentlich Schauspielprofis", lobt Murnberger. 
                                                                                             
Shooting the film in Breitenfurt
 
Dreh Arbeit in der Dorfgemeinschaft
 
Shooting the film
in Breitenfurt
                                                              
Gisela Schneeberger, die für den ORF zuletzt die Schwarzenberger-Komödie "Dinner for Two" drehte, hat aus der Arbeit mit ihren jungen Kollegen persönlich sehr viel Positives gezogen: "Ich bin viele Vorurteile losgeworden, die ich hatte, weil ich Menschen mit Downsyndrom nur aus der Ferne kannte. Man unterschätzt sie sehr, dabei sind sie sehr clever. Juliana und Sebastian sind zum Beispiel sehr intelligent, witzig und emotional. Und ich habe von den beiden ganz viel gelernt. Aber auch die Zusammenarbeit mit Wolfgang Murnberger, der bisher u. a. für Erfolgsproduktionen wie die "Brüder"-Trilogie, die Wolf-Haas-Verfilmungen mit "Brenner" Josef Hader oder "Tatort" verantwortlich zeichnete, hat Vollblutkomödiantin und Charaktermimin Gisela Schneeberger sehr gereizt: "Einen Murnberger-Film wollt ich schon immer drehen Juliana Götze und Sebastian Urbanski, die beide zum Ensemble des integrativen Berliner RambaZamba-Theaters gehören, einst ein Paar waren, jetzt aber beste Freunde sind, hatten bei den Dreharbeiten zu "So wie du bist" einen Riesenspaß. "Das war schon immer mein Ding", sagt die 25-jährige Juliana, die schon im Kindesalter beim Zirkus war und später für Serien wie "Die Familienanwältin" oder "Polizeiruf", aber auch für diverse Dokumentarfilme, vor der Kamera stand: "Es ist witzig und alle sind freundlich, herzlich und helfen einem. Wir haben eine tolle Stimmung hier."
 

Lukas Resetarits, Cornelius Obonya, Enzo Brandner, Juliana Götze, Gisela Schneeberger, Wolfgang Murnberger

                                                                                 
Nur die vielen logistischen Drehpausen störten ihren Kollegen Sebastian. "Er würde am liebsten einen Drehmarathon hinlegen", erklärt Regisseur Murnberger. "Aber es macht trotzdem so viel Spaß", schwärmt der 33-jährige Schauspieler und Synchronsprecher ("Me too - Wer will schon normal sein?"), dem vor allem der Filminhalt sehr am Herzen liegt: "Liebe überwindet alle Hindernisse. Mit diesem Film beweisen wir hoffentlich, dass Leute mit Downsyndrom auch heiraten dürfen".Nicole Beutler, Juliana Götze (Michalina)  Die Kollegen am Gericht tragen es mit Fassung, dass Richterin Helene Offer (Gisela Schneeberger) ihren letzten Arbeitstag hat. So beliebt ist sie nicht. Korrekt, emotionslos, verlässlich, bestimmt war sie. Das ist wohl auch der Grund für Helenes Entfremdung von ihrem Sohn Rupert (Christopher Schärf). Das Silberne Ehrenzeichen der Stadt Wien soll sie noch bekommen, bevor sie den verdienten Ruhestand antritt. Auf dem Heimweg passiert es. Einen Moment lang ist sie abgelenkt - und der Unfall geschieht. Der andere Fahrer, Bruno Sedlacek (Lukas Resetarits), ist schwer verletzt, die Beifahrerin, seine Tochter Michalina (Juliana Götze), 20, kommt mit dem Schrecken davon. Helene begleitet Michalina, die Down-Syndrom hat, ins Krankenhaus. Helenes Alkoholtest fällt positiv aus.                                                  
 

Petra Morzé, Sebastian Urbanski, Karlheinz Hackl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juliana Götze, Lukas Resetarits
                                                                       
In Anbetracht der Umstände ist das Ehrenzeichen ernstlich in Gefahr. Tätige Reue würde da schon helfen. Auf Anraten ihres Anwalts (August Schmülzer) besucht Helene das Vereinshaus, in dem die Down-Syndrom-Gruppe ihre Tanzstücke probt. Der Sozialarbeiter Charly (Cornelius Obonya), der das Projekt leitet, weiß natürlich, was Helenes Besuch bezwecken soll. Er nützt die Gelegenheit aus und macht ihr ein Angebot, das sie sehr gerne ablehnen möchte. Sie möge sich während Brunos Krankenhausaufenthalt um Michalina kümmern, die sonst in ein Heim ziehen müsste
                                                                                                                         

Sehr bald ist Helene von Michalinas spontaner Art und ihrer unvermittelten Emotionalität überfordert. Die junge Frau bringt aber auch Seiten Helenes zum Vorschein, die man seit Jahren nicht mehr gesehen hatte. Helene kann sich Michalinas Herzlichkeit nicht entziehen. Zunehmend stellt sie fest, dass die aus Kalkül begangene gute Tat nicht nur Michalina, sondern in besonderer Weise ihr selbst zugutekommt. Als "emotional behindert" hatte man sie in der Vergangenheit hinter ihrem Rücken bezeichnet. Nun beginnt sie zu ahnen, was damit gemeint sein könnte.
                                                                                                                 
Michalina hat einen Freund, der ebenfalls Down-Syndrom hat. Carlo (Sebastian Urbanski) stammt im Gegensatz zu ihr aus wohlhabendem Haus. Seine Mutter Sophia (Petra Morzé) sieht Carlos Beziehung mit Michalina gar nicht gerne, von Intimität ganz zu schweigen. Trotzdem sind die beiden wild entschlossen, ihre Liebe auszuleben - und zu heiraten! Entsetzt verbietet Sophia Carlo den Umgang mit Michalina. Die emotionalen Folgen für die beiden, die Gefühle intensiver empfinden als "normale" Menschen, sind verheerend. Helene nimmt sich der Angelegenheit an und stellt fest, dass eine standesamtliche Ehe rechtlich nicht in Frage kommt.
                                      

Hauptpersonen: Sebastian Urbanski (Sebastian), Juliana Götze (Michalina)
                                                                                 

Michael Mullan, Vereinsvorsitzender

Karl Schubert-Bauverein, Dorfgemeinschaft Breitenfurt  
www.dg-breitenfurt.at      
mmullan@dg-breitenfurt.at
Mobile:  + 43 (0)664 320 60 49
Hauptstraße 99 / Zufahrt Georg Sigl-Str. 9-11   A-2384 Breitenfurt
Telefon: + 43 (0)2239 5808 - 37

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Upcoming conferences
 
22-24 May 2012

'The Community Maze: Signposts to the Heart...' 
New Lanark World Heritage Village, (Scotland, UK)
www.newlanarkconference.co.uk

 

8-12 October

International Conference for Curative Education and Social Therapy
Goetheanum, Dornach CH

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