Dec 04, 2017, De-institutionalisation

No Place for Institutions in a Sustainable and Resilient Society

Brussels, 4 December – The International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on 3 December, is an opportunity to take stock of progress achieved towards the right to independent living for all. It is a day to celebrate, but also to protest, against the continued denial of basic human rights that allow disabled people to live dignified lives.

Nov 30, 2017, Disability Watchdog

Disability Watchdog: Slovenia Builds New Institutions

ENIL was made aware of a number of negative developments in Slovenia, which raise questions about the country’s compliance with the UN CRPD and the ЕU laws and policies on social inclusion. Our concerns relate to the process of deinstitutionalisation, or more precisely, the continuing investments into long-stay residential institutions for children and disabled people.

Nov 30, 2017, News

Independent Living and Its Definition

The importance of definitions for disabled people’s independent living and equal participation in society cannot be overstated. Definitions guide actions, shape identities, underpin policies and justify public spending.

Oct 31, 2017, News

Meet the New ENIL Board

The new ENIL Board members were elected at the General Assembly which took place on 27 September 2017, during the Freedom Drive. Here you can read more about them.

Oct 31, 2017, De-institutionalisation

Deinstitutionalisation High on the EU Agenda

On 12 – 13 October, the Estonian Presidency organised the conference “Dignity + Independent Living = DI”. Held in Tallin, Estonia, its aims were: to discuss ways to accelerate the transition from institutional care to community living in the EU and more…

Oct 31, 2017, News

FRA Project on Independent Living Delivers New Reports

Most recently, FRA launched three reports on the transition from institutions to community living – dealing with commitments and structures, funding and budgeting, and outcomes for persons with disabilities. You will find more about them in this article.

Sep 29, 2017, News

Independent Living Heroes – Ed Roberts and Judith Heumann

Ed Roberts and Judith Heumann need little introduction. They are internationally known as the pioneers of disability rights, as they put the foundations and started the engine of the Independent Living Movement. Their personal experience is as much a demonstration of Independent Living as their professional efforts as activists for equality and human rights for…