Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network
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About Europe


Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network(EDAN) Europe Region is coordinated by Mr. Istavan Muzsnai (Eastern Europe), Ms. Torril Edoy and  Ms. Simone Poortman. They have been Regional Coordinators since EDAN was established in Europe. Mr. Istavan works as a Deaf Students Teacher.  He believes that lack of awareness is the main cause of many physical and social barriers faced by people with disabilities. According to Muzsnai, the ecumenical disability  work can be furthered by documenting successful ways of overcoming physical and social barriers faced by  persons with disabilities in their day to day lives for local communities and Churches to learn from.


 Ms. Simone Poortman lives in Netherlands. She attended the the 8th World Council of Churches(WCC) Assembly held in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1998. Ms. Simone fought to be accepted as a member in her Church. Her Church only gave to her but never expected to receive from her. She successfully fought for recognition of persons with disabilities as people  who have gifts to offer the Church and the community. Ms. Simone made presentations on the status of persons with disabilities during the International Peace Convocation in Kingston, Jamaica(2011) and during the Decade to Overcome Violence meeting held in Moshi, Tanzania(2001). She has attended many meetings and conferences which include the 3rd European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu, Romania(2007) and EDAN International Meeting in Lunteren, Netherlands(2003).


Ms. Torill Edoy is a graduate of Universitetet i Trondheim(NTNU) in Norway. She lives in Oslo, Norway and has been actively advocating for the inclusion, participation and active involvement of persons with disabilities in all spiritual, social, economic and structural life of the church and society.




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