Pregledavate sve postove sa oznakom SELF-ADVOCACY - “Association for promoting inclusion” in Osijek

Flyer and a visit to the mayor

In June 2010, together on our meeting of self –advocacy, we made a flyer which spoke of human rights for disabled people and after publication we dealed them for a couple of days on the city square A. Starčević in Osijek.

On the 4 th of June 2010 we went to visit the mayor of Osijek.

Instead of the mayor we were welcomed by his associates, Mr. Roman Kristić (Head of administrative department for health and social welfare) and Dražen Alerić (Head of administrative department for social services).

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Conference of self-advocacy in Zagreb

On the 17 th of June 2009 a group of self-advocates from Osijek participated in a conference of self-advocacy in Zagreb in which were present self-advocates from Zagreb, Slavonski Brod, Osijek, Bjelovar and Čakovec.

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What is self-advocacy?



The Self-advocacy movement is an international human rights movement in which persons with disabilities (intellectual disabilities):

  • fight against discrimination, freely expressing their opinions, attitudes and feelings related to specific topics in society, especially the topics concerning people with disabilities,
  • independent decision making concerning their lives.

With this movement, persons with disabilities fight against negative attitudes and frequent labeling in society as incapable of making any types of decisions, which puts them in the position of the oppressed and isolated, by which their basic human rights are violated.

People unfortunately often refer to them as “retarded, “handicapped”, “idiots” and other names that offend human dignity, even though the new terminology states that they are people with disabilities (persons with intellectual disabilities).

People with disabilities can self-advocate:


Gaining control over circumstances in their own lives. It is a representation of their own desires about how we would like to live, how we want our family, community and support services to behave towards us.

At the group level:

Independent groups of people with intellectual disabilities can work together to achieve justice through mutual assistance in regaining control over their own lives and in the fight against discrimination.

Through self-advocacy people acquire skill of decision-making and choices that affect their lives and make them independent. Also it is informing about the rights and obligations that come with these rights.

Self-advocacy teaches people to give each other support and to help each other in the acquisition of self confidence prior to expressing their own beliefs publically.

Self-advocacy means advocating thoughts and attitudes of the self-advocate on some social level, for example, towards other groups, politicians, decision makers and towards the general public and society in which they live.

About Us


„Association for promoting inclusion“ – „UDRUGA ZA SAMOZASTUPANJE OSIJEK“

Street: Ulica Sv. Ane 8

31 000 Osijek

Republic of Croatia

Registration number: 2681463

OIB: 63121701835


President of the association:

Stjepan Gulić,

User of organized housing

“Association for promoting inclusion” in Osijek       stjepan_gulic

Secretary of the association:

Klareta Đipanov,

User of organized housing

“Association for promoting inclusion” in Osijek      klareta_đipanov

Asistent samozastupnika: Ante Papić, prof. reh.


Board of directors: Kristina Brekalo, Klareta Đipanov, Stjepan Gulić, Marija Mijatović, Kristijan Tekmetarović, Žaklina Rukavina, Danijela Haler, Dragoljub Mikas, Darko Ribić, Ksenija Janković


Association for self-advocacy was established on the 11th of Aug 2010 by persons with intellectual disabilities, who are also users of the organized housing “Association for promoting inclusion” in Osijek, which is the result of eight years work and participating on various project as a group for self- advocates in Osijek.
With organized meetings, self – advocates dealt flyers and in that way helped pass the idea of self – advocacy on the local population of the city of Osijek, they were often integrated in various city contents (city pools, city ZOO, concerts and other manifestations), participated in congress and conferences.
Establishing the associations started a more serious and organized fight against discrimination of persons with disabilities to witch unfortunately the mental context of society has built walls towards people with disabilities where their fundamental human rights have been denied for example the freedom to decide of one’s life and respecting their thoughts, attitude and feelings.



Street:  Sv. Ane 8
31 000 Osijek
Republic of Croatia


Contact telephone:

Ante Papić, special teacher
(+385) 098/951 – 4761

Stjepan Gulić
(+385) 095/572 – 1539

email adress for contacting the assosiation:

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