Press releases

Apr 12, 2012,

ENIL Nominates its Executive Director for the FRP Advisory Panel

ENIL Press Release   Apr. 5th, 2012  The European Network on Independent Living has nominated Jamie Bolling for a second term on the Fundamental Rights Platform Advisory Panel. The Advisory Panel supports the Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in the organisation and coordination of the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP), FRA‘s link…

Mar 29, 2012,

Press release: ‘A path to finding luck – the story of a disabled young man’

Danijel Spasojević infodanijel@gmail.com Ljubljana, 31.1.2012 Daniel Spasojević is a 26 year old man. When he was 12 years old he was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. Until recently he lived with his mother in an apartment in Celje where his mother assumed the role of family carer. This means that she provided assistance to him 24…

Feb 09, 2012,

Press release: ENIL and European United Left/Nordic Green Left Hold a Parliamentary Hearing on the Impact of EU’s Austerity Policy on Persons with Disabilities

On 9 February 2012, the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) and the group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left are holding a hearing in the European Parliament entitled ‘Defend the Right of Independent Living – How the EU’s austerity policy is undermining the lives of people with disabilities’. Some of the leading European…

Jan 20, 2012,

ENIL present in the discussion of Swedish Personal Assistance Law and Independent Living Monday at International Summit on Accessibility in Vienna

200 international politicians, NGO representatives, people with disability and academics gather at the Zero Conference in Vienna (Zero = no barriers). On January 22 and 23, 2012 the International Conference on Good Policies for Persons with Disabilities takes place for the first time in Vienna, Austria. It is part of the Zero Project – zero…

Dec 02, 2011,

ENIL Press Release: Cuts to Independent Living Services Call for More Rigorous Implementation of the UN Disability Convention in 2012.

Cuts to Independent Living services across Europe, slow progress towards de-institutionalisation, abuse of disabled people in institutional care, and some advancement in the right to Personal Assistance. This is a summary of 2011 by the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) on the occasion of 3 December, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. A…

Aug 08, 2011,

Press Coverage of Norwegian Killings Demonises Mental Health Support Needs

    As the world tries to understand how a tragedy like Norway could happen, speculation on the mental state of Anders Behring Breivik abounds in the international press.  This casual yet pervasive linkage between deviance and a concept of “madness” perpetuates and encourages stigma and prejudice surrounding mental health.  Such speculation is largely misinformed…

Jun 08, 2011,

UK Government Orders Immediate Enquiry Following Abuse, Harrassment and Violence against People with Challenging Behaviour in Bristol

UK Government Orders Immediate Enquiry Following the Abuse, Harassment and Violence against People with Challenging Behaviour in Bristol On 30 May the BBC Panorama programme[1] revealed a series of abuse in residential care for people with intellectual disabilities and autism near Bristol, UK. The programme showed residents, labelled as having challenging behaviour, being kicked, violently…

May 27, 2011,

ENIL Press Release: Vergeet Onze Japanse Broers En Zussen Niet!

Japan Council on Independent Living Centers EUROPEAN NETWORK on INDEPENDENT LIVING ENIL Press Release 26 mei 2011   Vergeet onze Japanse broers en zussen niet! Op 11 maart 2011 gebeurde het. Na een uitzonderlijk zware aardschok voor de kust van Japan volgde een alles verwoestende tsunami. De ravage was totaal, het aantal doden en vermisten…

May 27, 2011,

ENIL Press Release: Don’t Forget Our Japanese Brothers And Sisters!

Japan Council on Independent Living Centers ENIL Press Release May 26 , 2011   DON’T FORGET OUR JAPANESE BROTHERS AND SISTERS! It happened on the 11th of March 2011. An extremely heavy earthquake before the coast of Japan was followed by a devastating Tsunami. The destruction was complete; the numbers of death and missing people…