Twelve organizations in the Netherlands have been taking care of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the country since the 90s.
The first was the Soft Tulip Foundation in 1991. It aimed to deliver rehabilitation to multiple disabled children, elderly, people with mental health problems, and people with learning disabilities.
The next year, the European Co-operation in Anthroposophical Curative Education and Social Therapy (ECCE) has engaged about 400 parents’ associations, professional organisations and centres for vocational training. It believed that “all human beings have the right to offer their contribution to society through work.”
For those afflicted with spinal cord injury, the Dutch-Flemish Paraplegia Society (NVDG), was created in 1993 to (1) encourage cooperation between individuals, (2) engage in spinal cord injury rehabilitation in the Netherlands and Flanders, (3) exchange ideas and experiences with people from other countries who deal with spinal cord injury rehabilitation; and (4) know more scientific work on spinal cord injury rehabilitation.
Representation of the poor PWDs in the world had been the goal in mind of the Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development when it was formed in 2001. It had a “twin-track approach” then to strengthen the position of people with disabilities in Southern countries: point mainstream development organisations toward incorporating PWDs in their development programmes and policies on one hand, and (2) call for specific support for some persons with disabilities through policy development on the other. Both were envisioned so PWDs in the country will be fully included on an equal basis with others.
Six years after, The Coalition for Inclusion was established for people with mental, physical or mental disability as well as the elderly who are experiencing temporary or long-term restrictions. It wished to promote an inclusive society.
Other organizations for PWDs in the Netherlands are Dedicon, Everyone in, Dutch Association of Healthcare Providers for People with Disabilities (De Vereniging Gehandicaptenzorg Nederland), Jopla, Visio, Karuna Foundation, and MEE NL .
“If I regarded my life from the point of view of the pessimist, I should be undone. I should seek in vain for the light that does not visit my eyes and the music that does not ring in my ears. I should beg night and day and never be satisfied. I should sit apart in awful solitude, a prey to fear and despair. But since I consider it a duty to myself and to others to be happy, I escape a misery worse than any physical deprivation.” – Helen Keller
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