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Apr 06, 2010, Role Models

Meet Heléna Karnström, from Stockholm (Sweden)

What is your personal experience of disability? I was born with my disability and because of that I have personal assistance 24 hours a day and I’m using a power wheelchair. How did you discover the Independent Living movement? My first contact with the Independent Living moment was on a seminar held by Ed Roberts…

Mar 29, 2010, Role Models

Meet Mirica Acko, from Ljubljana (Slovenia)

My name is Mirica Ačko. I moved to Ljubljana when I started to study geography and pedagogy. When I was a child I lived in an institution; now I live an independent life with personal assistance. I am employed in YHD as a coordinator of PA. Last year was particularly interesting since I have moved into…

Mar 29, 2010, Role Models

Meet Mojca Lukner, from Ljubljana (Slovenia)

What is your personal experience of disability? My name is Mojca Lukner. I was born healthy and I was developing normally until the age of 4. Then strong pain began to appear; I was diagnosed with a tumor on my spinal cord. These were terrible moments of uncertainty and fear, but on the other hand…

Mar 29, 2010, Role Models

Meet Katrin Modic, from Ljubljana (Slovenia)

My name is Katrin Modic. I have a 10 year old son. During the week we live in Ljubljana and we spend the weekends at our house in the countryside which is also our real home. I am employed at the Jožef Stefan Institute which is the leading Slovenian scientific research institute, covering a broad…

Mar 11, 2010, Role Models

Meet Tjaša Kos, from Ljubljana (Slovenia)

My name is Tjaša Kos, I live in an independent household in Ljubljana together with my partner and a 17 month old son. What is your personal experience of disability? Blindness. How did you discover the Independent Living movement? Actually I discovered it by coincidence. I first got information through word of mouth and then…

Mar 10, 2010, News

ENIL/ECCL Campaign: Free Our People Now! Update, by Debbie Jolly

  ENIL and ECCL (European Coalition for Community Living) launched the Free Our People Now! campaign on the 3rd December 2009. It was launched on this day to coincide with the International Day of Disabled People. The campaign is to protest against the conditions of the two million plus disabled people (and children)  incarcerated in…

Feb 23, 2010, News

ENIL Campaigns: Stop the Difference update by Debbie Jolly

 The Stop the Difference campaign for personal assistance was launched by ENIL in March 2009 with over 39 supporting organisations, and many translators working in their free time towards the cause. The campaign raised over 4,000 signatures on the web and on paper in under five months – almost 1,000 signatures a month! ENIL member…

Jan 20, 2010, Role Models

Interview Miguel Fonseca

Miguel Fonseca Mathematician Q: How long have you been involved with the Independent Living Movement and with ENIL in particular? A: I started being involved with the Independent Living Movement recently, in 2008. In Portugal, there are not many solutions and Independent Living is still an unknown expression. I thought it was about time that…

Jan 15, 2010, Role Models

Interview Jean-Pierre Ringler Jan 09

Jean-Pierre Ringler was born in the late 40s in Alsace, France. He lost his eyesight and one hand as a kid when he found a World War II handgrenade and played with it.  How long have you been involved with the Independent Living Movement and with ENIL in particular? I have been in contact with…

Dec 15, 2009, News

Good Practice

In 2008 ENIL started a collection of examples of good practice. These are to serve as a model for (among others) inclusion; accessible education, transport, employment; disability awareness; peer-counselling etc. Below, you will find all examples that have been collected up to now. CEDAT – Assistance to students with disabilities in Valencia University Spain Personal…

Dec 15, 2009, News

Role Models

Committed Leaders of Independent Living have made the difference! People like Adolf  Ratzka and the Members of the European Network on Independent Living Board have all made the difference and contributed to the growth of Independent Living. The amazing achievements of people like Bente Skansgård, Vibeke Marøy Melstrøm, Gordana Rajkov, John Evans, Raffaello Belli, Kapka…

Dec 04, 2009, Role Models

Meet Dr. Paul A. Darke, (UK)

I am originally from the south of England, a little place called Camberley.  I was born in a cottage hospital in 1962: making me a grand old age of 47.  Being born with Spina Bifida means that I have not always been a wheelchair user; a significant fact as I believe that the initial ability…

Dec 03, 2009, News

Signature Campaign

ENIL and ECCL are launching the signature campaign onde-institutionalisation “Free Our People Now!” on 3 December 09. Across Europe, thousands of disabled people still spend their livesinappropriately and unjustifiably segregated from society. Millions ofpeople with disabilities have no access to quality alternatives toresidential institutional care. Read more and sign

Dec 03, 2009, News

Signature Campaign

  ENIL and ECCL are launching the signature campaign on de-institutionalisation “Free Our People Now!” on 3 December 09. Across Europe, thousands of disabled people still spend their lives inappropriately and unjustifiably segregated from society. Millions of people with disabilities have no access to quality alternatives to residential institutional care. Read more and sign

Nov 30, 2009, News

Freedom Drive 2009 Video

Our filmmaker Paul Darke put all the videos up which he filmed during the Freedom Drive. There is a 5-minute trailer, the 30-minute long film and several shorter videos of the speeches, the sessions and interviews.   ENIL Freedom Drive – Video from Paul Darke on Vimeo.          

Jul 29, 2009, Role Models

Meet Dinah Radtke, (Germany)

1947             born in Bamberg, Germany 1978 – 1990   translator for English and French 1977             co-founder of the Students’ Initiative for Disabled Persons 1988             co-founder of the CIL Erlangen, employed at the CIL ever since, peer-counsellor, since 1997 senior head of the CIL  counselling service 1990             co-founder of ISL, the umbrella organisation of CILs in Germany…

Jul 16, 2009, Role Models

Meet Jamie Bolling, from Harnosand (Sweden)

Jamie Bolling, American, Swiss and Swedish,  is the Executive Director of ENIL as of May 1, 2009. Jamie has an experience from the international disability movement having worked with disability research, international development cooperation, personal assistance, human rights, democracy and other issues. She worked as research developer at the Swedish Disability Federation, with evaluations for…

Jul 09, 2009, Role Models

Meet Jos Huys, (Belgium)

Biographical Notes Education 1977 BSc Law (Catholic University of Leuven) 1981 MSc Social Law (Free University of Brussels) 1988 Dip Proficiency in English (University of Cambridge) Work Experience 1977-78 Researcher at faculty of law, Catholic University of Leuven 1978-2001 Lawyer at Fund for Labour Accidents (Brussels) 2002-2003 Legal expert at the Cabinet of the Belgian…