De-institutionalisation

Sep 03, 2015,

When Nothing Else Works – CIL Sofia In Action

In most national languages tribunal is a special jurisdiction, usually in postwar situations and outside the regular court system. The 1945 Nurnberg Tribunal marked the start of special courts for crimes against humanity…

May 04, 2015,

Briefing on the Use of Structural Funds to Support the Transition from Institutional Care to Community Living

With the majority of Operational Programmes for the European Structural and Investment Funds (‘Structural Funds’) adopted, the European Network on Independent Living – European Coalition for Community Living (ENIL-ECCL) consider it important to highlight the significant on-going issues which may impede the transition from institutional care to community living for people with disabilities.

Apr 28, 2015,

“We Are Sailing Stormy Waters in a Shared Boat”

This is what most of our Turkish friends agreed at the end of the study visit to Bulgaria hosted by the CIL – Sofia team as a part of a joined project with ENIL and RUSIHAK in Istanbul, Turkey.

Jan 28, 2015,

Discussing Progress Towards Independent Living in Serbia

As a member of the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG), the European Network on Independent Living – the European Coalition for Community Living have been involved in a series of national seminars on the role of European Union (EU) funds in supporting the right to live in community….

Oct 17, 2014,

Invitation: Roundtable on the portability of personal assistance in the European Union

Roundtable on the portability of personal assistance in the European Union 9:00 – 11:00, 18 November 2014, European Parliament, Brussels Hosted by Marian Harkin MEP Summary The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is organising a roundtable in the European Parliament on the issue of portability of, and access to, personal assistance within the European…

Sep 15, 2014,

Whose voice is speaking in our name?

Debbie Jolly, one of the founders of Disabled People Against Cuts and ENIL Board member discusses the responsibility disabled people’s organisations have in standing up for those whose voice has been taken away. Jolly argues that claims to protect the client’s ‘confidentiality’, allegedly acting ‘in their best interests’, are just a way of silencing opponents of institutionalisation and other forms of involuntary treatment and confinement.

Jul 03, 2014,

Revised Toolkit on the Use of EU Funds for Deinstitutionalisation

The European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care has just published a Revised Edition of the Toolkit on the Use of EU Funds for the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care. The Revised Toolkit takes account of the final version of the European Structural and Investment Funds Regulations 2014 – 2020….

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 20, 2014,

Disabled Bulgarians Denied the Right to Independent Living

Reasons for my trip to Bulgaria I was invited by ENIL to go and speak at a conference in Sofia on deinstitutionalisation and community-based services, representing the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG). This was one of a number of similar seminars, which the EEG is organising in cooperation…

Mar 04, 2014,

Developing a Strategy to Promote the Rights of People with Disabilities

Across Central and Eastern Europe, hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities are excluded from full participation in society—from education and employment, to housing and marriage. Not all countries with inclusive policies have transformed these into meaningful action. Following the European Union’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, member states…

Jan 30, 2014,

A historic opportunity for people in institutional care: EU Funds must be used to develop community-based alternatives in 2014-2020

A Statement by the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG) Dublin, 30th January 2014 – The European Union is currently preparing to implement the next seven years of the Structural and Investment funding. The framework put in place for this new programming period represents a historic opportunity to protect…

Jan 28, 2014,

From Le Court to Strasbourg: Fighting for Independent Living for 30 Years

On 17 January 2014, the Southampton Centre for Independent Living – SPECTRUM held an event to celebrate 30 years since John Evans left an institution and started to live independently. Numerous independent living activists, from both the UK and abroad, gathered in Southampton or sent messages, paying tribute to John and saying “thank you” for…

Jan 22, 2014,

Urgent Appeal: Stop the building of a new institution in Vancouver

ENIL has received an urgent request for support from the City of Vancouver Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee, regarding plans to build a new institution for people with disabilities in Vancouver – to be discussed at a meeting on 22 January. They are asking for letters of protest to be sent to the Vancouver City…