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”
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.
In Portugal the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is not being complied with. Disabled people are prevented from living independently, in several aspects.
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.
Today, May 9th, the Bente Skansgårds Independent Living Fond announces the grants for 2016. The Foundation board had a meeting on March 8th, 2016.
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).
ENIL’s partners from the Zero Project team once again invite leading experts and organizations to nominate innovative policies. The focus in 2017 will be on work, employment and vocational education and training.
On 14th and 15th March, in the Polish capital Warsaw, the “Seminar on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care” took place. It was organized by the Polish Ministry of Economic Development, the European Expert Group on Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG) and the European Commission.
Early parliamentary and local elections are called in Serbia and voters will hit the polls on 24th April 2016.
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.
All disabled people, associations and concerned persons are invited to sign the Manifesto.
The Institute for Peace and Dialogue (IPD) in Switzerland announces…
“Open House” is a world-wide project that enables visitors to experience outstanding and unique architecture from around the world.
In February 2016, the European Commission’s Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy launched the RegioStars Awards 2016.
Yesterday, 9th March 2016, the Zero Project presented its 2016 Report at the UN Human Rights Council in the UN Office in Geneva, Austria.
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.
Less than a week after ENIL published its submission for the Day of General Discussion on Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) it is already available in Turkish!
This month Kamil Goungor – an ENIL intern and supporter – shares the story of his EVS experience…