Aug 04, 2011, News

UNICEF reports: Stop sending children under three years into institutions

This UNICEF reports revealed the lack of Human Rights suffered by disabled people living in institutions across Europe, and even worse,  children under the age of three, lots of them with disabilities, are suffering this situation.   Download the reports: “FORGOTTEN EUROPEANS, FORGOTTEN RIGHTS” The human rights of persons placed in institutions. “AT HOME OR…

Jul 29, 2011, News

FRA Symposium Report: Using Indicators to measure fundamental rights in the EU

Source of the news FRA The 2011 Fundamental Rights Agency Symposium brough together the experts and stakeholders to discuss the development and use of indicators as a tool to measure progress in the implementation of fundamental rights in the EU. A working paper on fundamental rights indicators and the Agency’s role in the area will…

Jul 29, 2011, News

Human Rights Breech! Act Now! Defend Elaine McDonald and Disability Rights!

Source of the news DPAC and letter from The Scotsman Earlier this month Elaine McDonald was robbed not only of her rights but her dignity due to a reassesment of her needs done by the Kensignton and Chelsea Council. According to the Council Elaine McDonald who is not incontinent, should wear incontinence pads during the…

Jul 28, 2011, Europe in Action

I. L. and the difference between Social-Medical care and Personal Assistance. University of Psychology. University of Valencia June 22nd

ENIL Valencia Team was invited by the professor of the MA Degree in “Social-Medical Care for Disabled People”, at the University of Psychology of Valencia, to hold a Conference for students and faculty about Independent Living and Personal Assistance. On June 22nd, Itziar Fernández, ENIL’s Regional Coordinator of the South of Europe and Pilar O’Connor,…

Jul 28, 2011, Europe in Action

Monitoring the UN CRPD in Montenegro.

On May 26th  a Coalition for monitoring the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was established in Bar, Montenegro. This Coalition is composed of 24 local and national DPO-s. The Montenegrin Government has signed and ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability – UNCRPD and are now under…

Jul 27, 2011, Disability Watchdog

Disability Watchdog: Personal Assistance Decree in Valencia, Spain

Issue that was addressed The approval of the new law that regulates Personal Assistance in Valencia (Spain), ENIL reacted presenting the Valencia Government a draft with changes and additions that should be included to the law before its presentation to public debate. The Valencia Government in 2010 announced that in January 2011 this new law…

Jul 27, 2011, Europe in Action

After the Independent Living Conference in Rome: What lies ahead?

The International Independent Living Conference in Rome was held during two busy days and was a comparison between the international and national experiences with the main topic of Personal Assistance as a means of inclusion of people with disabilities. This meeting was strongly supported by ENIL Europe, through the coordination between the Secretariat of Valencia,…

Jul 27, 2011, Europe in Action

DPAC campaigns and protests agains benefit cuts in the UK

Source of the news and images DPAC website On the evening of the 21st of July disabled people and supporters gathered at Kensington and Chelsea’s Social Services to defend and support Elaine McDonald and Disability Rights. More photos to be found at

Jul 26, 2011, Europe in Action

Rio came to Stockholm for one afternoon

One afternoon in late June, the members of JAG took over the streets of Stockholm. Together with an authentic samba orchestra, we offered a carnival procession, which exuded pride, joy and self-esteem.   About 200 people, members in JAG, personal assistants, relatives and supporters, participated.     Why a samba carnival? The members in JAG…

Jul 18, 2011, News

Defend Elaine McDonald and Disability Rights!

Source of the news DPAC Lobby Kensington & Chelsea Council’s Cabinet Meeting   The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London, W8 7NX   at 5.30pm on Thursday 21 July 2011   The Supreme Court has ruled in support of Kensington and Chelsea council’s withdrawal of overnight care to Elaine McDonald to save money. This will mean…

Jul 18, 2011, News

Children’s Rights for All!

There are around one million children with intellectual disabilities throughout the European Union. These children often find themselves subject to discrimination and exclusion from society, and are frequently denied the right to good quality education, healthcare, recreation and services. In many cases, their families are also subject to discrimination and are denied access to adequate…

Jul 15, 2011, News

5th ENIL Strasbourg Freedom Drive

Watch some videos on the Freedom Drive 2011 here more materials in the Freedom Drive Facebook Page Share with us your videos, photo galleries…! Please send the links to your videos, photo galleries… to  this email      

Jul 15, 2011, News

Meeting between EDF and the Vice President of the European Commission about the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020

  On 13th of July, the European Disability Forum (EDF) met with Vice President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding, responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship.   EDF President Yannis Vardakastanis, General Secretary Rodolfo Cattani and Acting Director Javier Güemes met Vice-President Reding. The goal of the meeting was to propose and define the…

Jul 06, 2011, Role Models

Meet Magnus Andén, from Stockholm (Sweden)

Magnus Andén has been the chairman of JAG since the association started in 1992, nearly 20 years ago. In that role – as in life itself, as in this interview – Magnus needs support to formulate. This support is given to Magnus by his legal representative that functions both as a decision aid and interpreter….

Jul 05, 2011, Europe in Action

Meet Pilar O’Connor, Valencia (Spain)

Although my surname might make you think that I am Irish, I was born in Valencia (Spain) forty-nine years ago. I spent most life in a small town on the Mediterranean coast until I moved to the city where I am living now and that is the same city where I was born. I share…

Jul 04, 2011, Europe in Action

Introducing SERVUS system in Slovenia for greater independence

YHD has started a co-operation with a company which is introducing the SERVUS system in Slovenia. The company has approached us, because a few years ago we already had a successful cooperation with one of its managers, getting brand new computers and software to 20 users of the Independent Living Programme. This new co-operation is…

Jul 04, 2011, News

European Platform of Self Advocates conference: Hear our Voices!

From the 30th of September to the 3rd of October the European Platform of Self Advocates will host a conference in Peniche, Portugal. This event will gather self-advocates from all over Europe, to discuss about the UNCRPD and share their knowledge and experience in order to come up with statements aimed to raise awareness amongst…

Jul 04, 2011, News

ENIL Scholarship granted to Richard Sahlin

Richard Sahlin received a scholarship from ENIL for his lecture at the Nordic Network on Disability Research – NNDR conference, which took place recently in May in Iceland. Richard Sahlin is a deaf lawyer with a doctoral degree in disability law. He is currently a researcher in disability law at Örebro University in Sweden finishing…