ENIL 2010 Christmas Greetings


Good Practice

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.

spain.pngCEDAT – Assistance to students with disabilities in Valencia University Spain

sweden.pngPersonal Assistance and parenting Sweden

sweden.pngKunskapsprojektet – Knowledge on Personal Assistance JAG Sweden

 sweden.pngFull Participation Now! Swedish Disability Policy Debate Sweden

sweden.pngFight for Personal Assistance Norway

flag_europe.png Fundamental Rights Agency report; Voting rights Europe

spain.png Institute of Peace, Human Rights and Independent Living Spain

slovenia.pngCross Disability information on the web; HandyWorld Portal Slovenia


Travel Rights for Persons with Disabilities   International

norway.pngFinancial report about Personal Assistance and its economical benefits Norway


 Fighting at court level for the rights of people with disabilities Spain

sweden.png Representation of disability movement in Almedalen Sweden

sweden.pngFollow up of Personal Assistance situation Sweden

sweden.png Personal assistance TV channel on the web Sweden

 sweden.pngIndependent Living activist on Wikipedia Sweden

 slovenia.png Excellent physical condition Slovenia

 spain.png Gender and Disability included in a masters degree Spain

sweden.pngFunkisbyran – Disability Visibility Sweden


 Good Accessibility – Liljevachs Museum  Stockholm

Hearing loops for Raiffeisen Bank     Austria 

Shop-owner fights for ramp     Austria   

Accessible railway transport – railjets     Austria 

Braillepost     Belgium    

Employment of persons with autism     Denmark   

Support Staff for Disabled Pupils      France   

Target agreements     Germany   

Accessible state museum  Mainz    Germany    

Tandem partners in science     Germany    

BIENE award     Germany    

Accessible Community Pharmacies     Ireland    

court decision: pedestrian signals Dublin     Ireland   

law case against school     Ireland  

Casework of Equality Authority     Ireland

Flag of Towns and Cities for all     international   

National Freephone Telephone Counselling Service for Disabled People in Scotland     Scotland  

Pilot Personal Assistance scheme in Leskovac     Serbia   

Belgrade White Spots     Serbia 

Accessibility of Spanish railway transport     Spain  

TV network increases subtitling of their programmes     Switzerland    

Düşler Akademisi (Dreams Academy)   Turkey   

BBC disabled employee scheme wins accolade     UK 

Access to Work funding welcome step towards delivering effective support for employers and disabled people     UK   

Self-employment service ENTER     UK  

Breakthrough UK     UK     

Government commitment to British Sign Language     UK 

DIAL UK – Disability Advice Network     UK   

Public transport in London     UK   

Bank offers disability awareness training for staff     UK   

Guide Dogs for the Blind Association awards price to restaurant     UK   

British Telecom Disability Policy     UK   

Barclays Bank     UK   

uk.jpg  Shopmobility     UK  

DiversityInc.com     USA   

Role Models

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.


Adolf Ratzka Elena Pečarič Paul Darke Vanya Pandieva Corina Zolle


John Evans Bente Skansgård Kapka Panayotova Colin Barnes Caitriona Kenny

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Jamie Bolling Jean-Pierre Ringler Jelena & Tamara Miguel Fonseca Fredrik Sterner

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Pedro Oliveira Anna Ingren Carmen Najera Mirica Acko Helena Karnstrom


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Katrin Modic Mojca Lukner Javier Romañach Cabrero Jelena Milosevic


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Anotonio Centenio Damjan Tatic Mathilde Fuchs Rafaello Belli

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Gisele Caumont Peter Lambreghts










Meet Dr. Paul A. Darke, (UK)

Dr Paul A. Darke (UK)

Dr Paul A. Darke (UK)

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.


Signature Campaign

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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.

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Signature Campaign

click and sign


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.

Read more and sign