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.
May 5th, the European day on Independent Living, is almost here and ENIL is happy to announce the various activities that are taking place across Europe this year.
A complaint to the United Nations was launched on 25 March on behalf of disabled people in the UK whose rights have been breached by the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF).
As part of the review of EU’s initial report on the implementation on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), ENIL’s Western Regional Coordinator Peter Lambreghts will address the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities tomorrow and present ENIL-ECCL’s Shadow report on Article 19 of the CRPD.
An MBA student at the Tallinn University of Technology has launched a survey researching the currently available processes of hotel booking for travellers with access needs in Europe.
On 15 April 2015, during its 13th session, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will hold a day of general discussion on Article 24 (the right to education) of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. ENIL has submitted its contribution for the day of general discussion, highlighting the main barriers to the right to education for persons with disabilities in Europe.
On 18th March, the European Disability Forum (EDF) launched its Alternative Report on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).
At the last partnership meeting of the ELOSH Project in Amsterdam, ENIL’s Miro Griffiths held a one-day training on co-production for 14 partner organisations from 8 EU Member States. The purpose of the training was for delegates to understand the concept and philosophy of co-production and how this affects support services and marginalised groups.
Our first webinar this year – about the history of the Independent Living (IL) movement took place on 2nd March with 19 participants from 14 countries. We had diverse participation, with interpreters, engineers, social economists, managers among the attendees, which made the session interesting and fun.