This year, the third European Independent Living Day was celebrated in Europe (and beyond!) with the presence of 30 countries. As Jamie Bolling (ENIL’s Executive Director) said back in 2014 – this day “aims to foster unity for disabled people and our supporters and to also raise awareness of Independent Living”
Europe in Action
The ENIL Youth Network wants to share with you the success of the third ENIL study session, jointly organised with the Youth Department of the Council of Europe (17-24 April). It was entitled “Supporting young disabled people to explore sexuality and relationships as integral to their social inclusion and independent living” and brought together 22 young disabled people from 13 European countries.
On Friday, 13th May, Aleksandra Surla, board member of the ENIL Youth Network, had the opportunity to join the final National Meeting between Youth and Local Decision Makers, organised in cooperation with the Slovenian Youth Council and the Youth Network MaMa.
Brussels, 5 May – More than 30 organisations of disabled people across Europe and many individuals are joining the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) today in marking the 3rd European Independent Living Day.
The third ENIL study session, jointly organised with the Youth Department of the Council of Europe (CoE) last week was a success – confirmed by participants, organizers and observers!
A bit more than one week remains until the 5th May – the 3rd European Independent Living Day. The 5th May is the annual day to raise awareness about the right to Independent Living, the importance it has for disabled people and how it allows us to live ordinary lives. Many countries will be celebrating this day with the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL).
Tomorrow, on 19 April, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, disability organisations, human rights groups, researchers and others will come together at the United Nations in Geneva to discuss the States’ obligations under Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
On 17th April, the Youth Network of the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) will be launching a week-long study session entitled “Supporting young disabled people to explore sexuality and relationships as integral to their social inclusion and independent living”.
What does Independent Living mean for you? This is the question ENIL sets to its members and supporters for this year’s European Independent Living Day on 5th May.
On 13th March, the European Disability Forum (EDF) – bringing together European and national disability organisations – adopted a common definition of Independent Living, proposed by the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL).
ENIL welcomes a judgment from the European Court of Human Rights in the case Guberina v. Croatia, which found Croatia in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.
A bit more than one month remains until 5th May. The 3rd European Independent Living Day is approaching quickly, and even though in many countries it is a public holiday (Ascension of Jesus), a lot of our friends and supporters from across Europe plan to be Proud, Strong and Visible on this day and raise awareness on Independent Living.
On Sunday, 20th March, 10 wheelchair users accompanied/supported by a team of personal assistants participated in the Urban Trail in Gent.
At the end of 2015, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the European Disability Strategy 2010 – 2020.
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and Zero Project announce their call for nominations of exceptional and innovative best practices in accessible and inclusive urban development.
“Open House” is a world-wide project that enables visitors to experience outstanding and unique architecture from around the world.
On 26th January 2016, ENIL submitted a position paper to the European Commission with the aim to outline the strengths of the proposed European Accessibility Act (EAA) and to propose changes that will ensure EAA is suited to the needs of all disabled EU citizens.
On 19th April 2016, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will hold a Day of General Discussion (DGD) on Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) – the right of persons with disabilities to live independently and be included in the community.
The report from the conference celebrating the Day of Persons with Disabilities on 7-8 December 2015 – “Growing together in a barrier-free Europe” has just been released.
On Tuesday, 16th February strong and adamant Independent Living activists from the Centre for Independent Living in Firenze-Toscana (Italy) occupied the headquarters of the Regional Parliament protesting against the budget cuts implied by the state on independent living funds for disabled people.