Arne Ehlhardt is the father of Jons, a 16-year-old young man who has lived at Dichterbij since 2007. Since 2,5 year, Jons resides at Dichterbij Velp. Jons is a young man with a severe mental disability and without any physical disabilities. Physical exercise is of high importance to Jons’ wellbeing.
Arne and his wife Marike have always been very much involved with Stichting Dichterbij. Marike has produced ‘Lastige Ouders’ (‘Difficult Parents’): a family theatre play about a family with a child with severe multiple disabilities. The play has been based on Marike’s personal diaries and will be performed in 2017 and 2018 in theatres across The Netherlands. Arne shares his experience in the healthcare sector by providing lectures at healthcare institutions and universities.
When judging the Redevel(o)p submissions, which aspects in particular will you be paying attention to?
“I hope that the winning design will include forms of daycare facilities that enable meaningful daycare activities for people with a disability. These daycare facilities should definitely cater for people with a need to be outdoors a lot. The Dichterbij Velp terrain and its surroundings offer plenty of options for this. In addition to this, I am curious to see how this will align with the residential areas on the terrain in the long-term.”