In 2008 ENIL started a collection of examples of good practice. These are to serve as a model for (among others) inclusion; accessible education, transport, employment; disability awareness; peer-counselling etc.
Below, you will find all examples that have been collected up to now.
Travel Rights for Persons with Disabilities International
Excellent physical condition Slovenia
Good Accessibility – Liljevachs Museum Stockholm
Shop-owner fights for ramp Austria
Target agreements Germany
Accessible state museum Mainz Germany
Tandem partners in science Germany
BIENE award Germany
Accessible Community Pharmacies Ireland
law case against school Ireland
Casework of Equality Authority Ireland
Flag of Towns and Cities for all international
Belgrade White Spots Serbia
Committed Leaders of Independent Living have made the difference!
People like Adolf Ratzka and the Members of the European Network on Independent Living Board have all made the difference and contributed to the growth of Independent Living.
The amazing achievements of people like Bente Skansgård, Vibeke Marøy Melstrøm, Gordana Rajkov, John Evans, Raffaello Belli, Kapka Panayotova, Jose Antonio Novoa Romay and Corina Zolle have changed the lives of many disabled people and showed that together there is nothing we can not achieve.
Even more importantly, the actions of the Younger Leaders of the Independent Living movement like Elena or Vanja who continue the fight and make the difference.
ENIL has now started this catalogue of Role Models where you find the stories of these Leaders and many more. Stories will be added as they are gathered, stories of amazing people from all over Europe.
I am originally from the south of England, a little place called Camberley. I was born in a cottage hospital in 1962: making me a grand old age of 47. Being born with Spina Bifida means that I have not always been a wheelchair user; a significant fact as I believe that the initial ability to walk meant I suffered from the very real illusion of ‘normality’ as an aspiration for much longer than i otherwise would have.
As a young disabled person I was not particularly in to any form of disabled activism even though I have always been interested in politics; like most disabled people i did not see Disability as a political issue but a personal one. My passion of disability activism really started when I began my PhD in Disability and Film (nearly 20 years ago) and read Mike Oliver’s seminal work: The Politics of Disablement. The PhD was inspired by my love of film rather than my interest in disability.
Once the PhD started I realized the significance of popular culture in the process of demeaning disabled people; thus my initial aims (and they are still my primary aim) was to fundamentally change the way society sees disabled people through culture (popular culture in particular). As such, I think my most significant piece of activism was to make a short film attaching the institutionalization of disabled people by the largest charity in the UK (a short film, inter-cut with a discussion with the US TV series Ironside) called: Say No to Leonard Cheshire. I am still rather proud and fond of that piece of film. It got over 50,000 hits in a month and was covered by the national press and BBC radio. Plus, it was funny.
Interestingly enough my inspiration was not a disabled person but a large Texan who gave me an intense course of therapy as we were in the same hospital ward (I had broken my leg and he had a bad-back). Through him I started to think differently: originally, creatively and constructively. I was 21 and it turned my life around. I never looked back: I had left school with no real qualifications and due to that six weeks in the bed next to a large Texan artist my life changed forever.
Subsequently, i started to work in Disability Arts – after University – and have now worked in it for 20 years. I am a firm believer that Disability Art – art by disabled people that explored the world from a social model perspective of disability – is the last great challenging art of the 20th century that can, and will, bring about the change we need to escape the ‘Normality Fugue’ – the individual and collective flight of fantasy in to the illusion that normality exists (that old Texan was a wise man). I now work in Shrewsbury for DASH (organising Disability arts evens and commissions) as well as running my own Disability Arts organisation called Outside Centre. For further information see the websites: www.darke.info ; www.outside-centre.info and www.dasharts.org
Of course, the most enjoyable events I am doing is the annual Disability Film Festival (see www.disabilityfilmfestival.eu for details about that in 2010). As for the Texan: i am having lunch with him next week.
ENIL and ECCL are launching the signature campaign onde-institutionalisation “Free Our People Now!” on 3 December 09.
Across Europe, thousands of disabled people still spend their livesinappropriately and unjustifiably segregated from society. Millions ofpeople with disabilities have no access to quality alternatives toresidential institutional care.
ENIL and ECCL are launching the signature campaign on
de-institutionalisation “Free Our People Now!” on 3 December 09.
Across Europe, thousands of disabled people still spend their lives
inappropriately and unjustifiably segregated from society. Millions of
people with disabilities have no access to quality alternatives to
residential institutional care.