NEHEMIAH GATEWAY University
Helping and empowering people to sustainably shape and determine
their lives in dignity and independence
On May 10th, 2017 Nehemiah Gateway, in cooperation with World Vision Albania and Emergency Response Albania (ERA), organized a very well attended conference on the topic “inclusion” in Tirana. Two of the renowned speakers are acquainted with this subject from personal experience: wheelchair-bound Albanian Vice-Minister for Social Affairs and Youth, Bardhylka Kospiri and Steffen Helbing, one-armed wheelchair user who can neither hear nor speak – but is very active in politics. The Mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj, and the German Prof. Dr. Werner Esser contributed interesting addresses.
Later, Steffen Helbing journeyed on to Nehemiah Gateway’s Albanian Headquarters in Buçimas/Pogradec, where another Forum meeting was held. From his rich experience, among others as a delegate of the CDU Berlin and CDU/CSU committee member of Association for Medium-Sized Enterprises and Economy, the internationally noted speaker conveyed experience and rich knowledge on the topic of inclusion – naturally in sign-language with translation by special sign language interpreters. Prof. Dr. Bardhyl Musai contributed further information and findings on this important topic. We hope these events will help pave the way for people with disabilities to partake in every sphere of life – also in Albania.