«That is a very sad news. I want personally to express my deepcondolences for you and all friends in Uloba, for thedepartureof ourdear Bente. Workingwith herfor years, I’ve alwaysadmiredherenergy and determinationto fightfor theright of persons with disability. For disability movement her departureis a great loss. Sincerely,Gordana»
Gordana Rajkov er president ved det serbiske Independent Living-senteret.
«It’s a great loss for all of us. But she left a deep impression on people who knew her and that memory will last. She enriched my life. Adolf»
Adolf Ratzka er grunnlegger og leder for Institute on Independent Living i Stockholm.
«Det gør mig ondt. Hun vil blive savnet.»
Stig Langvad er formann i Danske Handicaporganisationer.
«It was with a great sense of loss when we heard of Bentes death. The memory of her spirit and energy within the disability movement will always remain deep in our hearts. May she rest in peace.»
Mimica Zivadinovic er prosjektkoordinator ved Center for Independent Living Serbia.
Judith E. Heumann
«I am so sorry to learn of her passing. Her leadership will continue through the work you and Uloba do but her warmth, beautiful smile and great laugh will be so missed. I am so sorry for this major loss, but her vision and energy until the end will continue to drive this movement forward. Her memory will be remembered in the excellent work you all do every day.»
Judith E. Heumann er spesialrådgiver for International Disability Rights ved U.S. Department of State.
«This is very, very sad news. Bente was a great inspiration to me and to many others, a great fighter, and a lovely compassionate person with a great sense of humour, as you know much better than I. I was deeply sorry to read your message. May Bente rest in peace after all her remarkable achievements with and for disabled people. Bente will continue to be an inspiration always.»
Debbie Jolly var med på å stifte Disabled People against Cuts i Storbritannia.
«I know we were expecting this, but it is still hard when it becomes real and we find ourselves faced with the immense void, which we are now left with following the sad and premature death of our dear and wonderful friend Bente. Our disability movement has indeed lost a true warrior, but her spirit will certainly live on within us and the important work we still have left to do for independent living. Her legacy as you quite correctly say will be the greater freedom and independence that disabled people can now enjoy as a result of her tireless and passionate work for independent living. Personally, I have lost a very close and special friend and nothing can replace this loss and only time can help my grieving. What will give me strength are the many wonderful memories I have of the times we spent together. I am thankful I had the opportunity to meet and know such a special person and friend. John»
John Evans er tidligere leder av European Network on Independent Living (ENIL).
«I deeply grieve for Bente’s demised! Please accept our deepest condolence to her loved ones who is grieving now. Her spirit and activism will continue to remain with us! We will miss her so much! Sincerely, Abner»
Abner Manlapaz er president i Life Haven Inc. og rådsmedlem i den nasjonale kommisjonen mot fattigdom på Filippinene.
Council Member, National Anti-Poverty Commission – Persons with Disability Human Care Association
«It is with great sorrow and grief to hear the death of Ms. Bente Skansgard, who was a great leader of independent living movement and also significant mentor for new generations of independent living. From Asia, many new leaders of with disabilities visited Norway with her support and had knowledge and encouragement for improvement of quality of life of persons with disabilities in their countries. She was also very enthusiastic for networking of independent living centres of all over the world, which were flourished as Global IL Summit in Seoul in2007 and Durban in 2011. Our sympathy and deep condolences to her family, friends and colleagues. We are sure her warm figure and contributions of improvement of living of persons with disabilities, especially on personal assistance service, will be live among us forever. From bottom of our heart, Shoji Nakanishi President Yoshihiro Mitsuoka Deputy Secretary General Masamitsu Takezawa Peer-counselor Human Care Association»
Human Care Association er det eldste Independent Living-senteret i Japan.
«I wanted to write to express my sadness on hearing the news of the death of Bente. Although I know you will miss her very much you should reflect on how lucky you are to have had such a lovely person in your organisation. What I remember most about Bente is how she always made me feel welcome and special, and of course her wonderful sense of humour. Its a lot for you all to live up to but I am sure you will do Bente proud.»
Sue Bott er direktør for politikk og utvikling i Disability Rights UK.
«I’m so sorry to hear the news about Bente’s passing. We, here in Iceland, will miss her deeply and remember her with respect and gratitude for all she was and has succeeded in concerning full inclusion, independence and personal assistance for disabled people. We send all our strength and thoughts to Bente’s family and friends, and off course all of you in Uloba who are grieving the loss of this amazing woman. Bestu kveðjur / kind regards Freyja Haraldsdóttir»
Freyja Haraldsdóttir er rådgiver og direktør for NPA miðstöðin, det islandske BPA-samvirket.
«On behalf of the Center for Independent Living in Ireland I extend our condolences on the death of Bente Skansgard. She not only inspired people in Norway but her influence was felt around Europe.»
Gary Lee er konsernsjef ved Center for Independent Living.