Europe in Action

Dec 02, 2011,

ENIL Press Release: Cuts to Independent Living Services Call for More Rigorous Implementation of the UN Disability Convention in 2012.

Cuts to Independent Living services across Europe, slow progress towards de-institutionalisation, abuse of disabled people in institutional care, and some advancement in the right to Personal Assistance. This is a summary of 2011 by the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) on the occasion of 3 December, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. A…

Nov 28, 2011,

World Report on Disability at EP

The first ever World Report on Disability, produced jointly by WHO and the World Bank, will be presented in the European Parliament, Where: Josef Antall building, room 6Q1 When: 7th December 12:30 – 15:00 The event will be hosted by Dr Adam Kosa, MEP and EDF Acting Director, Javier Güemes will be speaking. Other speakers include: László Andor, Commissioner for Employment,…

Nov 26, 2011,

The Swedish crisis

The Independent Living movement in Sweden has a long history of demonstrations. Now it’s time to take on the placards again and rescue assistance! Country after country uses the economic crisis to cut the funding of reforms of personal assistance. In Sweden the savings proposals is threatening the world’s best personal assistance legislation. Due to…

Nov 24, 2011,

Researching participation in the family for children with disabilities

Jenny Wilder, PhD in Psychology, Senior Lecturer in Special Needs Education Mälardalen University, and her colleagues started an inquiry in 2010 that will continue for three years, called PFA-CHILD, on how children with considerable disabilities participate in different family activities. The JAG Association inSweden is collaborating withJönköpingUniversity and two other organizations in this project.  …

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…

Nov 24, 2011,

Artist challenges stereotypes by using models from “Funkisbyrån”

We have previously written about the model agency for people with disabilities that JAG started three years ago. Two of the models, Stefan Nilsson and Frida Gustavsson, is currently present in a cross-border exhibition of photographs by famous Swedish artist Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin. The aim of the exhibition is to challenge norms. The title of…

Nov 24, 2011,

DPAC Charter of Rights for Disabled People

Extract from the document: “Disabled People demand Rights not Charity and we reject all cuts to our services and benefits. INDEPENDENT LIVING Disabled people must have the right to live independently in society with the necessary levels of support to take a full and inclusive part in everyday activities their non-disabled peers take for granted….

Nov 19, 2011,

ENIL Conference in the University of Valencia (Spain)

  Last 18th  november 2011, there was a conference under the title “Independent Living, a Life Empowerment Strategy”, it took place in the Social Education Faculty of the Valencia University. The speakers were the ENIL collaborators Katjia Villatoro, José Alfonso López and Juan Benages. The conference sparked off big interest and the audience was implicated,…

Nov 19, 2011,

Role model: Meet Jose Alfonso Lopez from Spain

That’s my evolution in “The two Europes”: a mix of contrasts with a bittersweet taste. I’m José Alfonso. I’ve been on a wheelchair all my life and this is what I want to explain. My experience on wheels is a continuous challenge. I hate the monotony and I am so emotive, restless, that I can…

Nov 15, 2011,

Valencia conference on Independent Living and Human Rights

Jamie Bolling – Executive Director of ENIL visited the Secretariat in October. The main event was a conference on Independent Living and Human Rights organized by Carmen Najera– the Spanish Coordinator. Jamie spoke on the Freedom Drive and follow-up  through meetings with MEPs. In the background during the day a TV team was conducting interviews…

Nov 02, 2011,

New book: ‘Theses For The Theory And Culture Of Handicap’

On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the Prague conclusions, adopted at the International seminar about Independent Living, YHD would like to present to you the new book on with the title ‘Theses for the theory’ and culture of handicap written by Ph. D. Dušan Rutar. The turning point in our…

Nov 02, 2011,

Enil Mission To Bulgaria – Report

ENIL with the representation of the Executive Director Jamie Bolling was on a mission in Bulgaria, from 1st to 8th October 2011. The main purpose of the mission was to contribute to a project for active citizenship of young leaders in the IL movement in Bulgaria and to influence various actors regarding the elections to take…

Oct 31, 2011,

Role model: Meet Alexandra Aleksova (Bulgaria)

My name is Aleksandra. I’m 16 years of old and I’m from Bulgaria. I live with my mother in a small town west of Sofia. I have a lot of friends and relatives, who love me. I was happy that I had the chance to participate in the Strasburg Freedom Drive 2011. What is your…

Oct 27, 2011,

Watch ULOBA film on Personal Assistance

ULOBA, the Norwegian Independent Living organization made a very good movie clip. In less than half an hour it is very well explained what the Independent Living movement is all about and where it originated. It clarifies the importance of Personal Assistance and defines it. It is an introduction to the job as personal assistant…

Oct 27, 2011,

Independent Living Speech On Easpd Conference

The EASPD is the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities and represents close to 9,000 social service provider organizations across Europe and across disability. On October 3rd & 4th they organized a conference in Brussels focused on deinstitutionalization (DI) in Western Europe. The purpose was to finalise the EASPD Recommendations on DI, based…

Oct 27, 2011,

Irish Freedom Drive Follow Up

The Irish Freedom Drivers are continuing to put pressure on the Irish Government to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and have met with the Minister of State with responsibility for  Disability, Kathleen Lynch, and have raised this matter directly with her.            The Irish MEPs…

Oct 27, 2011,

Ireland: Savage Cuts To Personal Assistance Hours Proposed

A report in the Irish Times on 14 October quoted a leaked document from Ireland’s Health Service Executive (the HSE) as saying it was considering making massive cuts to home help and personal assistance hours between now and the end of the year.  The HSE  said it is considering reducing home help hours by 600,…

Oct 27, 2011,

European Commission Adopts Legislative Proposals for Cohesion Policy 2014 – 2020

On 6 October 2011, the European Commission adopted legislative proposals for cohesion policy during the period 2014 – 2020. Among other, the new proposals set out the rules for the use of the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund (together referred to as the EU Structural Funds) in the next programming period….