Role Models

May 12, 2010,

Meet Damjan Tatic, from Belgrade (Serbia)

damjan tatic What is your personal experience of disability? I have been a wheelchair user since the age of 10. I have been actively involved in Serbia’s disability movement since 1993, first in the Muscular Dystrophy Association as leader of the Youth Group, then as one of the founders of CIL Serbia in 1996 and…

May 12, 2010,

Meet Jelena Milosevic, from Belgrade (Serbia)

  I am 30 years old and I graduated from the University of Belgrade (the Faculty of Philology, the Department for English language and literature) in 2002. I live with my parents in Belgrade, my home-town. As a freelance translator I have worked for many companies and organizations, including organizations of persons with disabilities. In…

May 04, 2010,

Meet Javier Romañach, from Madrid (Spain)

  Javier Romañach My name is Javier Romañach Cabrero, I’m a 47 year old computer scientist and social activist. I was born in Spain, in Manresa, a small town not far from Barcelona, but I’ve lived in Madrid most of my life. I’m single and live in an apartment on my own, where I am…

Apr 06, 2010,

Meet Carmen Najera, from Valencia (Spain)

I’m the youngest of three, my eldest sister is not disabled and my middle brother has the same condition as I have. My parents worked and now both are retired. I live a more or less independent life in my own house with my partner for the last 11 years. I’ve always had to live…

Apr 06, 2010,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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…

Jan 20, 2010,

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,

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 04, 2009,

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…

Jul 29, 2009,

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,

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,

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…

Jul 09, 2009,

Meet Horst Frehe, (Germany)

Biographical Notes Horst Frehe is a national economist and judge at the Social Court of Bremen, Member of the State Parliament in Bremen for the GreenParty, one of the founders of the “cripple movement” in 1977, member of the independent living movement of Germany, and is active in several disability groups, for example “Forum of disabled lawyers.”…

Nov 06, 2008,

Interview with Bulgarian PA user Vanya Pandieva

We interview Personal Assistance users from different countries on a regular basis. In August 08, ENIL PR Officer Tanja Richter talked to Vanya Pandieva. Vanya lives in the Bulgarian capital Sofia and is a member of the local Centre for Independent Living.  We talked to her when she visited the CIL Bad Kreuznach in Germany….

Aug 28, 2008,

Meet John Evans, from Petersfield (UK)

Interview August 2008 John is 58 and lives in Petersfield, UK. He is a freelance disability equality trainer. He is not only an ENIL Advisory board member but also at the European Disability Forum; a former chair of the British Council of Disabled People and joint founder of  Hampshire Centre for Independent Living.   How long…