Best Practices

Sep 24, 2014,

New short film to Save the Independent Living Fund

A new short film about the fight for the Independent Living Fund has been made by Kate Belgrave with False Economy, Ros Wynne Jones at The Daily Mirror, Disabled People Against Cuts and Moore Lavan Films. The Independent Living Fund is a fund that disabled people use to pay for the extra care hours (personal assistance) that they…

Apr 28, 2014,

Historical systemic change in disabled people’s sector in Flanders

Press Release from Onafhankelijk Leven vzw (CIL Flanders, Belgium) The disability sector is subject to a historical change as and from the 1st January 2015. The Flemish parliament has approved the Flemish Parliament decree which will realise this change. The decree of Individual Funding is providing a system in which the budget of the government…

Mar 28, 2014,

February 2014 – Disabled wins case against boutique owner in Helsinki!

The Helsinki Court of Appeals has found in February 2014 it discriminatory to place a sign to prohibit wheelchair users from entering a shop. A Boutique owner claimed the fire department had informed him it was ok to exclude wheelchair users from entering his shop. Beside the sign, the shop owner had arranged his shop…

Jan 22, 2014,

SPANISH INDEPENDENT LIVING FEDERATION FIGHTS AGAINST CUTS!

The Independent Living Federation (FEVI in Spanish) has written a letter to the Spanish Members of the European Parliament in order to raise awareness of the poor situation in Spain and in all of Europe for disabled people through Ismael Lloréns, its President. This is not the first time that the Independent Living Federation raises…

Jan 17, 2014,

Lizzie Velasquez- An inspiring story

Lizzie Velasquez is a 24-year-old Texan who was born with a vey rare genetic condition – there are only three people in the world suffering from this condition preventing her from gaining weight. She is also blind in her right eye. Lizzie was just a teenager when she came upon a YouTube video about herself…

Dec 12, 2013,

Take a listen!

Take a listen to the newest podcast from Disability Now entitled ” The great escape and the old school“. This podcast discusses the Independent Living Movement and disabled peoples experiences of school. John Evans, ENIL advisory panel member and pioneer of the Independent Living Movement in the United Kingdom speaks about his time in school…

Nov 06, 2013,

EASPD – Hearing in the European Parliament – The New Public Procurement Directive

In December 2013, the European Parliament is going to vote on a proposal of Directive on Public Procurement, following a proposition by the Commission in 2011. The 2004 Directive on Public Procurement maintained that social services, as an economic activity, fell under the scope of competition and internal market rules. Even though there is no…

Jun 25, 2013,

Tandem Biking!

“My experience was fascinating. I felt like I was flying!” says Aggelos Aslanoglou, 42 years old, in a recent interview in “NEA” (Greek national publicized newspaper). Aggelos, who has vision impairment is describing the second time in his life he ​​pedaled for several kilometers. He participated in the cycling tour of Kallithea (an Athens region)…

Jun 18, 2013,

ENIL’s Intern Cristina Arestin tells us about her time in Sweden!

My name is Cristina Arestin and I undertook a six-month work placement at the ENIL office in Härnösand, Sweden. I left Sweden at the end of May and have written this short article about what I learned during my stay. My placement is took place thanks to the Global Training Program, funded by the Basque…

Apr 25, 2013,

Medical Council of India asks all medical institutions to be ‘accessible’

With not a single medical institution in India being completely accessible for persons with disabilities due to physical barriers in libraries, lecture halls and hospital campus, the Medical Council of India ( MCI) has now issued directions to the Deans/Principals of all the medical colleges/institutions in India to submit compliance report on access facilities for…

Feb 28, 2013,

ENIL comes to Sofia

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) had its annual face-to-face staff meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria between the 10th and 13th of February 2013. The Executive Director of ENIL, the Policy Officer along with all Regional Coordinators and staff from the Secretariat were in attendance. The focus of the meeting was the annual work programme…

Dec 20, 2012,

ENIL Intern Agnes Sarolta Fazekas tells us about her time in Dublin!

My internship at the European Network on Independent Living,  2nd of July- 28th of September, 2012 Working Experience My name is Agnes Sarolta Fazekas. I am currently studying a Social Policy Master’s Programme at the Faculty of the Social Sciences, Eötvös Loránd Science University, in Budapest, Hungary. I was born with arms malformation, but this did…

Nov 29, 2012,

Strasbourg Study Session: “We are going to run out of time!”

“We are going to run out of time” This sentence came up again and again during the week. It has to be said that there were many themes to be discussed throughout the week and above all ENIL gave the participants points to argue and tools to communicate effectively. The speakers engaged with the participants…

Oct 01, 2012,

South Region : Online meeting of the members

The first online meeting of the members of ENIL from the South Region took place at the end of July. There were representatives from Portugal, Italy, Albania, Greece and Bulgaria. The idea of the meeting was to strengthen relations within the region. The most important part was that the members decided to start collecting data that proves…

Sep 17, 2012,

Strasbourg Freedom Drive 2013 Speakers

ENIL are honoured that there will be many distinguished speakers and experts on Independent Living and disability related topics at the Strasbourg Freedom Drive 2013 and over the next couple of months we will be telling you more about them. John Evans, OBE One of the opening speakers at the Freedom Drive Conference on the…

Sep 14, 2012,

Strasbourg Freedom Drive Video Contest 2011

Thank you to everyone who submitted videos for Strasbourg Freedom Drive Video contest 2011. The videos excellently documented the events of the week and all of the adventures of the participants on the Freedom Drive. A jury has now been assembled and will be reviewing the videos with a winner to be announced in the…

Sep 03, 2012,

Use of Structural Funds in Hungary

One Hungarian civil servant was proud about Hungary planning to use Structural Funds to build an apartment block just for the Disabled! When approached by activists who explained that a house only for the disabled is segregation and a breech of rights, the lady was angered. How dare someone go against such a good idea?…

Aug 29, 2012,

Welcome to the ENIL Blog

Websites, blogs and news galore – but ENIL hopes that our website still adds the extra! We are proud with our re-make and hope that our followers will find the site easier to read and even more interesting! Our team has grown and news is now flowing steadily from around Europe. This encourages even more…