Interview with Ann de Winter

In every issue our newsletter we introduce you to one of the people leading the work of our member organisations. In this edition, we head to Flanders to talk to Ann De Winter, Coordinator of MEDIANDER.

About Mediander

  • In a few words, I would descrive Mediander as an open, voluntary association of organizations active in (health)care, education and guidance people with disabilities in Flanders and Brussels. Our network undertakes from Franciscan spirituality.
  • Our key objective is a society-oriented care, education, leisure time and formation. Mediander focuses on an inclusive society, where people with disabilities can develop to the fullest. Our network counts on associates and organizations whom time over time help to improve and safeguard the quality of life of disabled people. Like true bridge-builders we make our philosophy come into effect in our society. On the other hand we want to raise awareness and create public debate.


  • We joined ARFIE because it’s important to have a overview about what is going on in Europe
  • I would describe ARFIE to a stranger as a warm network, where you work together on a innovative Europe for persons with disabilities

In .. Belgium, region Flanders

  • Disability is considered as a priority
  • Our key partners in the country are Het Vlaams Welzijnsverbond
  • The major challenges for Flanders today are:
    • PVF (client financing for adults with a disability) this new system started in January 2018. This is a complete other way of organizing care, services. This new system starts also in 2020 for childeren with a disability.This means a whole mindshift in how to organize services
    • M-decreet, to make education more inclusive. We have still a long way to go.

About you

  • My hobbies are walking an cooking
  • I like reading detectives one of my favorites is Nicci French
  • In my free time I like to travel, read books.
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