Report AGM 4

The president first explained the ”notes to the agenda” and the EC’s proposals for future OIFE activities:
- Social questionnaire:
Rob recalled the history and said that we were stuck at the moment due to several facts. The Italian delegation proposed to stop this project because of the many difficulties, but Pierre remarked to keep in mind that similar ideas could occur later and that it could be important for discussions on European level to have common data for argumentation.
It was decided to discontinue this project for the time being.

- Internet and www:
Rob pointed out how important internet access was for the OIFE. Pierre explained that whereas an own home page for the OIFE would cost about 800 ECU, it would be possible to put an OIFE-page into the internet-informations of the AOI without payment. He will give all details to Rob.
The president asked all delegates to try to get internet access and to give him their address, because this would be very helpful and less expensive than fax. David put in a remark that one should nevertheless be very careful with internet with respect to privacy.

- Other suggestions
When Rob asked for other suggestions, Simona presented an Italian proposal to set up an European Scientific Committee. The delegates from Denmark and Australia supported this and Rob asked all delegates to ask their national advisors to help set up this OIFE Medical Board soon, because the OIFE will certainly be asked more often in Brussels to comment on projects with medical or scientific issues in future. As everybody agreed to this plan, but as well to the doubt that this wouldn’t be possible in a short time, Pierre suggested to start with some names of our choice. After some consideration, Rob finally suggested to choose some advisors with the help of David Sillence and the chairman of the Dutch medical advisory board, his wife Lidy. Everybody agreed. Rob asked for further suggestions from the national medical advisors.

The president once more officially presented the new document and thanked Pierre and his team for the final important steps. Every delegate should suggest changes and improvements for the next version that would have to be produced in some years. Pierre then presented a CD-Rom with all the informations of the EuroPass, all logos and the pictures of all the meetings and gave it to Rob.

As Rob told there will be no HELIOS III in the future, but there are possibilities that money for those activities supported by HELIOS II will be available. At least the AGMs of all societies should be supported. The next sector meeting will be on the 31 October 1996 and Rob will participate. He read the agenda of this meeting to the delegates and asked their opinion about the annual fee of about 100 ECU that will be demanded for the European Dissability Forum. He protested in Brussels against this fee, but probably it will come nevertheless. The Board unanimously agreed that it would be useful to stay connected with Autisme Europe in the sector, even if a fee might be demanded.