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Nov 24, 2011, Europe in Action

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 24, 2011, Europe in Action

DPAC Charter of Rights for Disabled People

Extract from the document: “Disabled People demand Rights not Charity and we reject all cuts to our services and benefits. INDEPENDENT LIVING Disabled people must have the right to live independently in society with the necessary levels of support to take a full and inclusive part in everyday activities their non-disabled peers take for granted….

Nov 19, 2011, Europe in Action

ENIL Conference in the University of Valencia (Spain)

  Last 18th  november 2011, there was a conference under the title “Independent Living, a Life Empowerment Strategy”, it took place in the Social Education Faculty of the Valencia University. The speakers were the ENIL collaborators Katjia Villatoro, José Alfonso López and Juan Benages. The conference sparked off big interest and the audience was implicated,…

Nov 19, 2011, News

DPAC first National Conference London 29th Oct

Activists take next step in fight against cuts Scores of disabled activists have come together to plan the next stage of the fight against the government’s cuts to disability benefits and services. Members of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) heard from activists, politicians and celebrities and discussed their campaigning priorities. DPAC was formed after its…

Nov 19, 2011, News

MDAC launches Croatia report

Last October MDAC, in partnership with The Association for Social Affirmation of People with Mental Disabilities (SHINE), launched the publication “Out of Sight: Human Rights in Psychiatric Hospitals and Social Care Institutions in Croatia”. The report (available in Croatian and English) presents the findings of monitoring visits made to four psychiatric hospitals and four social…

Nov 19, 2011, News

Sterilization of Women and Girls with Disabilities: A Briefing Paper (November 2011)

In many parts of the world, women rely on access to a range of methods to control their fertility, including voluntary sterilisation. However, too often, sterilisation is not a choice. Women with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to forced sterilisations performed under the auspices of legitimate medical care. The practice of forced sterilisation is part of…

Nov 19, 2011, Europe in Action

Role model: Meet Jose Alfonso Lopez from Spain

That’s my evolution in “The two Europes”: a mix of contrasts with a bittersweet taste. I’m José Alfonso. I’ve been on a wheelchair all my life and this is what I want to explain. My experience on wheels is a continuous challenge. I hate the monotony and I am so emotive, restless, that I can…

Nov 15, 2011, Europe in Action

Valencia conference on Independent Living and Human Rights

Jamie Bolling – Executive Director of ENIL visited the Secretariat in October. The main event was a conference on Independent Living and Human Rights organized by Carmen Najera– the Spanish Coordinator. Jamie spoke on the Freedom Drive and follow-up  through meetings with MEPs. In the background during the day a TV team was conducting interviews…

Nov 02, 2011, Europe in Action

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, Europe in Action

Enil Mission To Bulgaria – Report

ENIL with the representation of the Executive Director Jamie Bolling was on a mission in Bulgaria, from 1st to 8th October 2011. The main purpose of the mission was to contribute to a project for active citizenship of young leaders in the IL movement in Bulgaria and to influence various actors regarding the elections to take…

Nov 02, 2011, Good Practice

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 31, 2011, Europe in Action

Role model: Meet Alexandra Aleksova (Bulgaria)

My name is Aleksandra. I’m 16 years of old and I’m from Bulgaria. I live with my mother in a small town west of Sofia. I have a lot of friends and relatives, who love me. I was happy that I had the chance to participate in the Strasburg Freedom Drive 2011. What is your…

Oct 27, 2011, News

Enil Promotes Edf’s Crisis Observatory

As you know ENIL is very alarmed by the ongoing cuts and austerity measures throughout Europe that disproportionally hit people with disabilities. Among other actions we are working to get our ENIL proposal resolution through the European Parliament. We also cooperate with other international NGO’s and organizations to fight the cuts. The European Disability Forum…

Oct 27, 2011, News

Inclusion Europe and Eurochild Launch Report on the Rights of Children with Intellectual Disabilities

After two years of extensive research, the European Report on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child for children with intellectual disabilities was officially launched at a European conference in Brussels. The report revealed that children with intellectual disabilities face a significantly higher risk of discrimination, exclusion and neglect than…

Oct 27, 2011, Europe in Action

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 27, 2011, Europe in Action

Independent Living Speech On Easpd Conference

The EASPD is the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities and represents close to 9,000 social service provider organizations across Europe and across disability. On October 3rd & 4th they organized a conference in Brussels focused on deinstitutionalization (DI) in Western Europe. The purpose was to finalise the EASPD Recommendations on DI, based…

Oct 27, 2011, Europe in Action

Irish Freedom Drive Follow Up

The Irish Freedom Drivers are continuing to put pressure on the Irish Government to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and have met with the Minister of State with responsibility for  Disability, Kathleen Lynch, and have raised this matter directly with her.            The Irish MEPs…

Oct 27, 2011, Europe in Action

Ireland: Savage Cuts To Personal Assistance Hours Proposed

A report in the Irish Times on 14 October quoted a leaked document from Ireland’s Health Service Executive (the HSE) as saying it was considering making massive cuts to home help and personal assistance hours between now and the end of the year.  The HSE  said it is considering reducing home help hours by 600,…