Denmark openly discriminate children with disabilities!

On 11. October 2015 by Peter 'ADDSpeaker' Vang

Denmark is allowing the targeted discrimination of children with disabilities, openly and publicly, by subjecting them to multiple violations of the purpose and meaning of the United Nations CONVENTION on the RIGHTS of PERSONS with DISABILITIES by way of explicitly excluding children with ADHD from partaking in a local government sponsored and tax payer funded, cultural field trip for 6,500 other students of the same community, solely based on the symptoms of their disability, the social handicap that comes with having ADHD.

UPDATE, October 13, 2015

Denmark openly discriminate children with disabilities!

The world’s largest and most prestigious, non-profit ADHD interest organisation, CHADD.org, have today given ADDspeaker.net the great honour of recognition, by favouriting our work on the cause “Denmark openly discriminate children with disabilities!” to their more than 11.9k followers, which is a very welcomed token of support, in our continued efforts to bring Denmark in compliance with their ratification of the United Nations – Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Thank you ever so much, CHADD for the attention and support to these children, and for your interest in our just cause to eradicate the injustice!

Denmark openly discriminate children with disabilities!

 

 

Denmark openly discriminate children with disabilities!

Denmark openly discriminate children with disabilities!

by Peter ‘ADDspeaker’ Vang @ ADDspeaker.net (Non-profit blog for people with ADHD)

Denmark is allowing the targeted discrimination of children with disabilities, openly and publicly, by subjecting them to multiple violations of the purpose and meaning of the United Nations CONVENTION on the RIGHTS of PERSONS with DISABILITIES by way of explicitly excluding children with ADHD from partaking in a local government sponsored and tax payer funded, cultural field trip for 6,500 other students of the same community, solely based on the symptoms of their disability, the social handicap that comes with having ADHD.


Please SHARE or LIKE this post, if you agree that the views of the above statement is true, in order to help me get the attention of as many people as possible, since I really need your support to put international pressure on the responsible Danish authorities and get justice for a group of innocent children, whos only fault is, to have been born with a disability called ADHD.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and support!
/Peter ‘ADDspeaker’ Vang

NONE – Conflict of interest – NONE

  • do not have any political, religious, financial or any other interests in this subject matter other than seeing justice be brought to the children in this article. 
  • do not know the children or their parents.
  • I am not a parent myself.
  • I am not a lawyer and I am not trying to make a case for profit.
  • Please be aware that, English is not my first language, so any mistranslations that can lead to any sort of misunderstanding of, that which I, may or may not, directly or indirectly, be causing others, are not by intention or ill-will, and I will not be held accountable for any wrongful use of words or phrases, that I have mistakenly put forward in this article.

What I truly am, is an outraged citizen of Denmark (with ADD myself) who is trying to make the people responsible for these multiple violations of basic human rights, understand how alarmingly obvious wrong (and illegal) their views, statements and actions are, as I portray it in this article and in the entire sad story itself, really are!

If you wish to know more about the particulars of this case, please continue reading the extended version of my article below… but be warned, I have ADD and I LIKE FACTS – A LOT 🙂

Preface

This article is about a group children with ADHD, who have intentionally been singled out and excluded, by headmasters of the some of the local public schools and even by elected local government officials. The primary violation, of multiple violations, is the exclusion from partaking in a very attractive field trip, arranged for all the students of this local community, more than 6,500 kids, in an outlying rural area of Denmark called Ringkøbing-Skjern.

This coveted and tremendously anticipated field trip, paid for by local tax payers (US$ 500,000), with the purpose of visiting the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen, and experience a classical concert in the recently build new headquarters of national television and radio – Danmarks Radio.

Denmark openly discriminate children with disabilities!

One of the children who got excluded

The parents of the children with the stigmatized disability, ADHD, have even tried to volunteer their own time and money, just so that their children should not suffer this socially alienating discrimination and personal injustice,  by trying to work with the system via local government and media, to find ways af reasonably accommodating their special needs, but to no avail.

No one in the local government, the main stream media or in the governing political system in Denmark, seems to give a hoot, so therefore I feel emotionally and morally obligated to try to do something to help right this wrong, for the sake of the children. You can watch the interview with him, in Danish, and observe his body language, just to get a feel for what this is doing to these already vulnerable kids.

I, for one, cannot simply stand idly by and accept that my country openly discriminate against any minorities, in this case totally innocent children, who’s only fault is to have been born with a severe mental disability, that not only affect their social competencies, but is also the root cause of the fact, that it is 50 times less likely that a child with ADHD, will experience having a “best friend”.

As the kind of person I am, and I mean it with deep sincerity, I feel the need to defend those who cannot, not because I am any better or remotely always right in my views and actions, but simply because I am able.

I hope for your support by spreading the word as widely as possible, so that I can use that to put pressure on the responsible authorities, in hope that it can help prevent this from happening again. Please understand, that this is not me trying to be a media attention craving megalomaniac, but simply me trying to ask for your help, so I can re-use your help, to benefit them in obtaining the fundamentally basic human rights, that they are entitled to and deserve, in my humble and very personal opinion.

Denmark openly discriminate children with ADHD!

Have you or your children even been openly discriminated against, on account of your disability with ADHD, in your country? Well, not long ago I would have sworn that something like that could never happen in a modern, democratic and socially responsible country as mine. But nonetheless I have been forced to re-evaluate my core beliefs, after being witness to, how a whole local community is openly “ganging up” on a group of mentally disabled children. I would have sworn that something like this would never happen in the fairy-tale nation of Hans Christian Andersen, currently ranked as No. 3 in U.N.’s World Happiness Report 2012 – 2014.

The Danish Context …

DK Flag

Denmark has the world’s oldest monarchy and have for a very long time been seen as one of the most socially equal societies in the world, with free education and free healthcare, and well regarded and well respected within the international community, and even been recognized as the No. 1 country in the world (2012) on U.N.’s World Happiness Report .

In 2012 Forbes.com wrote this about Denmark;

This Scandinavian nation of 5.6 million isn’t even in the top 10 in per capita GDP, but it reached No. 1 in the U.N.’s World Happiness Report this year thanks to high scores for a strong social support system, freedom to live as one please and low percieved business and government corruption.

Denmark openly discriminate children with ADHD

Denmark was a fairy-tale country

Example: The former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen​ was the 12th Secretaries General of NATO. Denmark has been participating in the European Union since 1972, member of the United Nations since the beginning in 1945 and ratifier of all UN declarations since then, including the United Nations CONVENTION on the RIGHTS of PERSONS with DISABILITIES (CRPD). And Denmark is also home of great thinkers like Søren Kirkegaard and Hans Christian Andersen.

In light of this international “do-good’er status” it might come as a surprise to many that Denmark has some serious issues in recognition of people with disabilities, like ADHD, and this have even been pointed out by Danish Human Rights Watch in their report for implementing the CRPD as late as in May of 2015, where they argue that Denmark is not providing equal opportunity in the educational and work aspects of accommodating people with disabilities.

Especially children in public schools, are a hot topic and it is not unfortunately not uncommon to see children, being charged by the police for violent behaviour against their teachers and this in a country that prides itself for having one of the best educational systems in the world!

This is of course an very unfortunate turn of events, but to me at least it seems like no one has really looked at the circumstances or context of it coming to that. In my opinion, it is partly due to a lack of proper medical treatment and behavior modification training for the children and lack of updated knowledge on how to work with children with ADHD. UNESCO has in their work THE SALAMANCA STATEMENT AND FRAMEWORK FOR ACTION ON SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION set forward the basic principles of special needs education as early as June of 1994 and it seems like Denmark has finally “had the time” to read up on this and try to implement a version of this called Inklusion (Inclusion).

The principles of this is described on the European Agency for Special Needs Education website as;

[…]Since 1993, public schools in Denmark, Folkeskolen, have been obliged to differentiate education according to students’ needs in general and not by transferring students to special needs education. […] and […] In 2012, the vast majority of the Danish parliament agreed to amend the Folkeskolen Act. The legislation points out the aims of a more inclusive school, capable of educating more students in the mainstream system. […]

I have myself had first hand experience in a special class of ADHD children aged 8 – 12 years old, who were a mix of medicated, under-medicated or un-medicated children combined with a teaching staff that had not been systemically educated in new skills on how to work with ADHD children – for the past 8 years!

And please understand that I say this, not to belittle the teachers or the management of the school I visited, but simply to exemplify the problem. The teachers are kind, heart-warming and dedicated, overly hard working and very very empathic with the difficulties of the children, but they lack the tools to truly express their abilities to take care of these kids special needs. The kids are trying to run the show with anger outburst, defiance and general unrest at times were they should be educated, so the teachers spend more time on problem management than on special needs education. I believe, from observing the public debate on the issue in Denmark, that this is not the only place where this is close to spiralling out of hand.

The sad part is that the Danish government spent more than US$ 4 million in 2012 to produce a report on the overall status of ADHD initiatives in the Danish society and the result was an excellent 100 page long report, called National ADHD Handleplan 2012 that clearly depicted the areas for improvement with specific references to national and international empirical studies on how to better educate and understand people with ADHD. The report was greatly touted on its initial release in May 2012, across the media, and since then … nothing.

This video is the close to being the only “evidence” of there being any form of structured understanding of these children and their special needs. It is from the Danish equivalent to CHADD, ADHD-foreningen.

Sorry for the long intro, but I felt that I had set the stage for the remainder of my article, in hope that you will be better informed to judge my arguments for why the local government has so blatantly disregarded the basic human rights of children, and especially those with disabilities.

The (f)actual details …

A local municipality has granted DKK 3.2 million (US$ 500,000) to send 6,500 students from the outlying rural areas of Jutland, on a multi-day cultural field trip to the capital, Copenhagen, all expenses paid by the tax payers and with some of the local politicians accompanying them, along with a team of reporters to document this historic event.

The children were going to see a classical concert at Danmarks Radio at their new headquarters in Copenhagen. All the children had been told about this trip, before leaving on summer break. but for some the trip ended just 3 weeks before the much awaited trip should have begun, those children with ADHD.

The stunned parents of those children with ADHD got the news, that their children were excluded from participating in this event due to the reasoning that it was not in the best interest of the children with ADHD or as Margit Holst Plougmann, Head of Management at Ringkøbing Skole explains;

I cannot comment on individual students, but generally speaking I can say that we always conduct a professional evaluation of what is in the best interest of the child. It is our responsibility and it is for this reason alone

In disbelief of this actually happening, the parents then turn to the responsible local municipal authority, Ringkøbing-Skjern Kommune, and asks for their help in righting this wrong. The parents received no further help understanding how this could happen and no help from a prominent member of the council for local government and  Chairman for the sub-committee for Children and Family Affairs, Lennart Qvist, who publicly stated that;

It is up to the management at each school, to take a position on which children should be included on the field trip or not, and likewise how many other people should be included as helpers on the buses. It is the individual management at each school, that sovereignly decides which children have specific needs, and which children it is not safe to bring along

The devasting result meant that the children with ADHD where left behind to see their peers excitedly depart for this historic event. To make matters worse, one of the politicians that partook  in the event, Kristian Ahle, publicly and proudly announced that the trip had been a great succes with this statement;

The children have had an experience, that have lead to the strengthening of their social bonds, and we (the rural citizens of Western Jutland), have shown the people of Copenhagen, that we are not all just some hillbilly without cultural openness

The correct translation, for what I have chosen to simplify by using the Urban Dictionary term hillbilly, is called “gå med halm i træskoene” in Danish and is directly translated as “To have a view of life or a way of thinking traditionally associated with past simple country life, without interest for modern development and lifestyles“.

When I read his remark, I must admit I went ballistic ADHD-style and that was the exact moment when I decided to follow this case all the way and make sure that those children were given an official excuse with reassurance that something similar would never repeat itself in our modern, well educated and tolerant society.

The multiple violation of basic Human Rights

I am not a lawyer.

But I do have the ability to read and understand, although English is not my first language, that when the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities states that the rules below apply for what discrimination is and means, it leaves no doubt in my mind at least that laws were broken, but please feel free to interpret the text as you see fit;

Denmark openly discriminate children with disabilities!

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Article 1 – Purpose

[…] Persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others. […]

Article 2 – Definitions

[…] “Discrimination on the basis of disability” means any distinction, exclusion or restriction on the basis of disability which has the purpose or effect of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal basis with others, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field. It includes all forms of discrimination, including denial of reasonable accommodation. […]

[…] “Reasonable accommodation” means necessary and appropriate modification and adjustments not imposing a disproportionate or undue burden, where needed in a particular case, to ensure to persons with disabilities the enjoyment or exercise on an equal basis with others of all human rights and fundamental freedoms; […]

Article 3 – General principles

[…] The principles of the present Convention shall be:

  1. Respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one’s own choices, and independence of persons;
  2. Non-discrimination;
  3. Full and effective participation and inclusion in society;
  4. Respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity;
  5. Equality of opportunity;
  6. Accessibility;
  7. Equality between men and women;
  8. Respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their identities. […]

Article 4 – General obligations

[…] States Parties undertake to ensure and promote the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons with disabilities without discrimination of any kind on the basis of disability.

  1. To refrain from engaging in any act or practice that is inconsistent with the present Convention and to ensure that public authorities and institutions act in conformity with the present Convention; […]

Article 5 – Equality and non-discrimination

[…] States Parties recognize that all persons are equal before and under the law and are entitled without any discrimination to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law.

2. States Parties shall prohibit all discrimination on the basis of disability and guarantee to persons with disabilities equal and effective legal protection against discrimination on all grounds. 

3. In order to promote equality and eliminate discrimination, States Parties shall take all appropriate steps to ensure that reasonable accommodation is provided. 

4. Specific measures which are necessary to accelerate or achieve de facto equality of persons with disabilities shall not be considered discrimination under the terms of the present Convention. […]

Article 7 – Children with disabilities

 […] 1. States Parties shall take all necessary measures to ensure the full enjoyment by children with disabilities of all human rights and fundamental freedoms on an equal basis with other children.

2. In all actions concerning children with disabilities, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.

3. States Parties shall ensure that children with disabilities have the right to express their views freely on all matters affecting them, their views being given due weight in accordance with their age and maturity, on an equal basis with other children, and to be provided with disability and age-appropriate assistance to realize that right.  […]

Denmark openly discriminate children with ADHD

The Prime Minister of Denmark

When I read these articles, it is as clear as day, that Denmark as a nation, the local government in Ringkøbing-Skjern Kommune, the management at the public schools in Ringkøbing-Skjern Kommune, and especially the elected politicians all the way up to the Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, pictured here, are directly or indirectly partaking in discrimination of a minority of children, solely based on the handicap of their disability, by not acting to protect the basic human rights of those who are unable to protect themselves, the children.

The media has passed on … I need your help!

Denmark openly discriminate children with ADHD

I have tried to get this issue on the public agenda here in Denmark, but I just get turned away by media, politicians,  and various relevant organizations so now my hope is that I, with this article and some (a lot actuallyinternational attention and recognition, can get this wrong, discriminating, and illegal act publicly eradicated, and incorporated in the future precedence of the judicial system, here in Denmark, so that we can hope to help avoid such a outcry of discrimination, playing out in our otherwise socially responsible society, ever again.

I ask for your help to get the attention of those of you that are following #ADHDawareness and #OneOf15M and #ADHDAwarenessMonth so that you can support me in making a LOUD statement, that the world will not accept discrimination of any kind and that; 

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

.Period

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