President, Lorraine De Bock, received a special invitation from Clementine Buggenhout, President of Le 8ème Jour (The Eighth Day), along with Pascal Duquenne, a well-known Belgian actor and advocate for the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the arts. The purpose of the invitation was to explore Le 8ème Jour, a non-profit association based in Brussels.
Established in 2002 by Pascal Duquenne and his mother, the organization is dedicated to integrating disabled individuals into society through the creation of supported independent community residences and activity centers.
Named after the 1996 film "Le 8ème Jour," in which Pascal Duquenne played a character with Down syndrome and won the Best Actor award at the 1996 Cannes Festival, the association aims to emulate the film's spirit by fostering acceptance, understanding, and support of people with disabilities. The success of the movie has played a significant role in changing societal perceptions and promoting greater inclusivity.
Le 8ème Jour has achieved notable advancements and presently operates six supported living facilities and two activity centers across various locations in Brussels.
During her visit Lorraine had the privilege of connecting with residents and staff, learning about its initiatives, and gaining valuable insights into the mission of Le 8ème Jour.
AWCB expresses gratitude to Clementine, Pascal, and both residents and staff of Le 8ème Jour for their gracious invitation and the opportunity to witness the positive impact it has on the lives of those it serves.
To learn more about Le 8ème Jour, visit their website at www.le8emejour.be