Good Practice

Dec 04, 2011,

UN Human Rights: Study on the Implementation of Article 33 of the UNCRPD in Europe

The Study aims to provide States with detailed information on the bodies set up under Article 33 CRPD so that they can take stock of the experiences of other States. It also purports to assist international human rights mechanisms, including the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in providing guidance on the…

Dec 04, 2011,

Salzburg Won! Most accessible European City 2012!

The City of Salzburg won the 2011 Access City Award. The Commissioner Reding at the European Day of Persons with Disabilities Conference in Brussels presented the award on December 1, 2011. At the ceremony the three other finalists “runners-up” were also revealed as well as the cities receiving special mentions. Special mentions were given to…

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 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 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,

AER Press release: Lets’ change our perception of disabilities!

La Rochelle, Poitou-Charentes (F), 20th October 2011 The working group “Equal Europe for People with Disabilities” of the Assembly of European Regions (AER) met in La Rochelle (F) to the kind invitation of Segolène Royal, President of Poitou-Charentes, and Michèle Sabban, President of AER, to exchange views on successful strategies for implementing the UN Convention…

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 26, 2011,

Opening Of A New Regional Cil In Kragujevac (Serbia)

A new regional CIL was established and officially registered in Kragujevac, Serbia on 18 January 2011. Guided by the idea that everyone has the right to choose how he or she wants to live, CIL Kragujevac represents and advocates for social approach to disability and is working on providing facilities for Independent Living of disabled…

Jul 28, 2011,

I. L. and the difference between Social-Medical care and Personal Assistance. University of Psychology. University of Valencia June 22nd

ENIL Valencia Team was invited by the professor of the MA Degree in “Social-Medical Care for Disabled People”, at the University of Psychology of Valencia, to hold a Conference for students and faculty about Independent Living and Personal Assistance. On June 22nd, Itziar Fernández, ENIL’s Regional Coordinator of the South of Europe and Pilar O’Connor,…

Jul 04, 2011,

Introducing SERVUS system in Slovenia for greater independence

YHD has started a co-operation with a company which is introducing the SERVUS system in Slovenia. The company has approached us, because a few years ago we already had a successful cooperation with one of its managers, getting brand new computers and software to 20 users of the Independent Living Programme. This new co-operation is…

Jun 29, 2011,

Good example: Grunden gender project

Grunden web (Swedish) Why are the men playing the music and the woman singing to it? Grunden is a national organization in Sweden for and with people with intellectual disabilities.  In 2010 members of Grunden started a gender equality project to show that gender inequality exists and make it visible. During these years some of…

Jun 20, 2011,

Good example: International Diploma in Mental Health Law and Human Rights 2011-2012

The World Health Organization and the Indian Law Society (ILS) Pune, India offers the International Diploma in Mental Health Law and Human Rights. In 2005 WHO published the Resource Book on Mental Health, Human Rights and Legislationto guide countries in amending and adopting human rights based mental health legislationfor the promotion and protection of rights…

Jun 15, 2011,

Good example: Bike rental for disabled people in Spain

The city of Gandia ( a seaside touristic place not so far away from Valencia, Spain in collaboration with a disabled employer (by the way he is a Paralympic sportsman) has set up a bike rental service ( with a unique feature: it Iicludes the possibility of renting a tricycle specially designed for people with physical disabilities. At the moment they only have four units, but they expecting increase the number to a total of 39 which would mean one…

Jun 11, 2011,

Art and disability: Dancing on crutches!

Some energetic and impressive videos!… who said that it’s impossible? Visa TV Ad starring Bill Shannon Bill Shannon, aka “Crutch Master,” is a multi-disciplinary artists who defies definition and gravity. www

Jun 11, 2011,

Good example: Map for wheelchair accessible locations.

  Maptivism: much more than a geographical map The mobilization of citizens to deal with problems of daily human rights violations and environmental emergencies through new technologies. When cartography rhymes with activism. What is Wheelmap? Wheelmap is a map for wheelchair accessible locations. On you can find out if a location is accessible or not…

Jun 01, 2011,

Eric Celie, user of the Armon Ayura, a dynamic arm support system.

ENIL believes that people with a disability should have the right to use every helping aid,adaptation or assistive technology they choose to lead an independent life. We are the experts who know best what exactly we need. In reality we are often confronted with social workers or government functionaries who decide for us. They will…

Jun 01, 2011,

The Armon Ayura arm support

The Armon Ayura is an arm support especially developed for those who only have little strength in their arms, due to e.g. a transverse lesion, a cerebral infarct or one of many muscle diseases. The arm support is based upon the weight compensation technique, meaning that the device takes over the weight of the arm….