Please see below the news release from Joe Whittaker, Anthony’s friend and steadfast supporter and advocate, without whom, none of this would have happened.
Anthony Kletzander Wins his Right to Independent Living.
8th April 2015
We are delighted to inform all Anthony’s supporters that The Health Service Executive have agreed, on Friday 6th April 2015, to fully support Anthony’s return to sustainable independent living.
Discussions have already started with ‘Possibilities Plus’ in Dublin to manage Anthony’s support requirements, each of which will be directed by Anthony. Anthony will be selecting his own accommodation, with his own staff to start again his lifestyle in his local community, with a view to further university study and reconnecting his friends at Quiet Riot in, Manchester.
We want to thank all Anthony’s friends for their active support.The success of this campaign would not have happened without this support – thank you to everyone of you.
We want to thank, in particular, Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) for their commitment and guidance, who were not deterred by the threat of legal action against DPAC website for publishing details of abuse against Anthony.
Now the hard work starts to ensure we listen and listen and listen again to Anthony to ensure his Rights are fully realised.
This is fabulous news and all at DPAC are delighted, for Anthony, Anthony’s parents, Linda and Sigi, for Joe and Anthony’s friends.
We are also delighted because it shows that big organisations, such as Ireland’s HSE and Nua, are not invulnerable to pressure.
Protesting works, public shaming works, fighting back works.
We want to thank all the people who tweeted, facebooked, signed and shared petitions and posts, donated, wrote letters and emails, and sent Anthony good wishes, you all played a vital role in this victory, it would not have happened without YOU!
And now our thoughts turn to all the other people who have been wrongly incarcerated for the ‘Crime” of having Autism. We don’t know how many tens? hundreds? thousands? We don’t know the number but we do know its Wrong. And we will continue the struggle for Independent Living for them all.
You can learn more about what Anthony has had to go through by watching this video of Anthony’s mother, Linda speaking at a meeting organised by Finian Mcgrath TD (equivalent of MP). He organised the meeting about the treatment of disabled people in institutions which grew to about 60 people.
Yes we know that much of the video is on it’s side but its still worth seeing to learn about what people like Anthony have to go through.