The European-wide swift and thorough implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), with a special focus on Article 19 on living independently in the community, is one of ENIL’s priorities. The latest action was the attendance the 14th session of the CRPD Committee in Geneva with Peter Lambreghts representing ENIL.
ENIL, as one of the strongest supporters of the Zero Project, just received the astonishing news that 337 nominations of innovative practices and policies in the field of inclusive education and ICT were submitted since June 2015, when the selection process started.
ENIL-ECCL’s New Contribution to the Review of the European Union Report on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
ENIL-ECCL has submitted responses to the List of Issues, adopted by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in relation to the first report of the European Union (EU) on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
Personal assistance (PA) is an important concept in the framework of the Independent Living philosophy and essential for disabled people in need to live their lives with dignity, fully included in the community and to realize their potential. PA is one of ENIL’s main areas of work as and again high on the 2015 agenda with the updating and expanding of the PA database for PA legislation in Member States and other European countries.
Through recent reports from the Institute of Kurds with disabilities in Sweden, the situation for disabled persons within the Iraqi Kurdistan illustrates a grisly and an outright inhumane treatment of these people with their basic human rights being grossly violated.
The great Zero Project initiative of collecting good policy and practice is again on the agenda this year! In 2015 focus is put on education and ICT.
More than 35 disabled people and their personal assistants took part in the Youth Summer School on Independent Living in Istanbul, between 29th June and 2nd July 2015. It was organised by ENIL, in partnership with RUSIHAK (Turkey) and CIL – Sofia (Bulgaria) as part of the joint project “Independent Living Network: Promoting the right to independent living of people with disabilities in Turkey” (ILNET).
‘Enter!‘ is a long-term project in the Council of Europe (CoE) aiming to seek better youth policy and youth work response to exclusion, discrimination and violence specifically against young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
In May ENIL proudly announced a great initiative of ULOBA – the establishment of the foundation ‘Bente Skansgård Independent Living Fond’. The object of the foundation is to strengthen the global Independent Living movement. It is aimed at increasing the knowledge about the Independent Living movement by providing financial support for the exchange of experience and competence between disabled people.
Disabled People against Cuts Storm the British Parliament Against Closure of the Independent Living Fund
On the 24th June Independent Living Fund (ILF) users and Disabled People against Cuts (DPAC) stormed Westminster Parliament to protest against the closure of the Independent Living Fund.
The European Film Festival ‘Integration You and Me’ celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013. For this decade it managed to pave the way for the subject of disability in the media and among the general public.
The Zero Project continues to be a success and has grown into an important world organization spreading good policy and practice for the rights of disabled people. With this article we take the opportunity to announce the Zero Project call on education and ICT for 2016. Pass the word to make sure that we, from the Independent Living movement, contribute with our good examples. Find the link for the registration of good policy and practice here.
The Zero Project is once again collecting good policy and practice to be shared in its worldwide network. ENIL finds it important to spread good policy and practice from an Independent Living perspective and hope that many of you will respond with examples.
2015’s Country-Specific Recommendations Demonstrate That De-Institutionalisation Is Not a Priority for the European Commission
Today, 15 June 2015, policy makers and experts come together in Riga (Latvia) to discuss de-institutionalisation (DI). Through this event the European Expert Group (EEG) would make an attempt to highlight the importance of promoting DI in all European policies and financial instruments.
On 19th June 2015 the Slovenian Deinstitututionalization Network will hold an International Conference on Deinstitutionalization in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
About 360 participants, coming from 34 countries, attended the 13th Research Conference of the Nordic Network on Disability Research (NNDR). The conference took place in Bergen, Norway, from May 6th – 8th.
For the second consecutive year, the European Independent Living day was celebrated on May 5th with many exciting events in the name of Independent Living (IL) across Europe. We raised our voices through activities, making loud and clear messages and raising awareness on Independent Living.
ENIL is launching a new website – http://ilnet.enil.eu/ – in cooperation with the Center for Independent Living – Sofia and RUSIHAK. It is part of the project “Independent Living Network: Promoting the right to independent living of people with disabilities in Turkey”.
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.
The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is inviting young disabled people (aged 18-35) from Europe to take part in a Youth Summer School on Independent Living, which will take place in Istanbul, Turkey in the period 28 June – 2 July.