De-institutionalisation

Mar 28, 2012,

Protest in Germany

Every year around the 5th May, the European day of protest for equal rights for people with disabilities, there are many actions and initiatives of disability organizations in many parts of Germany. On 10 May 2011 more than 1,000 people with and without disabilities met for a demonstration with the motto “bailout/parachutes for all!” going…

Mar 08, 2012,

Reprint: Disabled people have come so far – don’t undo all the progress

The UK is at risk of breaching international obligations to disabled people, so I’m proud to help safeguard independence Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/mar/01/disabled-people-have-come-far As a severely disabled person, I am reminded every day of the tremendous progress made over the past 30 years in the UK to enable disabled people to become active citizens. Autonomy and freedom would…

Feb 20, 2012,

Spotlight: Hearing in the European Parliament: “Defend the Right of Independent Living – How the EU’s austerity policy is undermining the lives of people with disabilities.”

On the 9th February 2012 ENIL and the European parliamentary group GUE/NGL (European United Left/Nordic Green Left) held a hearing in the European Parliament. The purpose of this hearing was to show from a number of perspectives how people with disabilities are being negatively affected by the EU current austerity policies. This is the first…

Feb 19, 2012,

Human rights violations in the Czech Republic

Letter about human rights violations in the Czech Republic in the so-called “Homes for the Elderly This letter is based on my personal experiences and findings in the so-called “Home for the Elderly” in Hermanuv Mestec, which is under the direction of the Prague Municipality.   People are placed in these “homes” without knowing what…

Dec 16, 2011,

Common European Guidelines on De-institutionalisation

Through its project the European Coalition for Community Living, ENIL is a member of the Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG). The Group, established in 2009 at the initiative of the then Commissioner Spidla, has already produced the Report of the Ad Hoc Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional…

Nov 24, 2011,

Institutions and personal assistance in northern Europe

By Josefin Sterner, intern at the JAG Association  A charting of the existence of institutions and personal assistance in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Finland shows that though the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities have been signed and soon ratified by all of these countries the result vastly varies…