Activities

Study sessions

Study session 2012 – “Supporting Young Disabled People to Become Future Leaders of the Independent Living Movement”; 21st – 28th October 2012

This week-long study session took place at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg with the purpose of encouraging and supporting disabled young people to advocate for human rights in their countries and at European level. Participants had an opportunity to gain a better understanding of disability issues and acquire skills to promote the views of other disabled young people from their respective countries. The project team consisted of five members from the UK, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Iceland, all young disability activists in their countries and at the European level. As part of our aims and objectives for this study session, we wanted to empower young disabled people to be a part of the Independent Living movement and to act as leaders. In order to do that, it was very important that they were given the opportunity to increase their knowledge on the Independent Living philosophy, personal assistance, human rights and lobbying.

As a result of the study session a Training Manual was created. It could help other individuals or organisations in the preparation of a similar event.

An article from one of the participants can be read here.

Full list of the recommendations to national governments that participants prepared can be read here.

Study session 2014 “Undstanding and Countering Multiple Discrimination Faced by Young People with Disabilities in Europe”; 29th June – 6th July 2014

This project entailed a weeklong study session at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg with the purpose of encouraging and supporting young disabled people to advocate for human rights in their countries and at European level. Participants had an opportunity to gain a better understanding of multiple discrimination and hate crime and acquire the skills to develop a youth led ENIL campaign on tackling multiple discrimination. As part of our aims and objectives for this study session we wanted to empower young disabled people to counteract and prevent discrimination and to raise awareness of this issue in their respective countries. In order to do that, it was very important that they were given the opportunity to increase their competences knowledge on multiple discrimination, hate crime and campaigning.

As a result of the study session, young disabled people have increased their capacity to tackle multiple discrimination and hate crime and to advocate for the right to Independent Living. We have also supported young disabled people to create a youth led ENIL Campaign against discrimination including by the development of four videos by study session participants on multiple discrimination and hate speech (available on the No Hate Speech Campaign website).

Also available here.

A report from the event can be downloaded from here.

An article by one of the study session participants was published on ENIL’s website. You can read it by following the link.

• Webinars

Webinar ‘Education – Is It for All?’

On 29th April 2014 ENIL organized a webinar for 20 people from across Europe, who are interested on the topic of accessible education and provided them with the opportunity to share their personal experience and learn from the lived experience of others. Guest speaker was Patrick Vandelanotte from Belgium who has a child with Down syndrome and is actively working in the Belgian disability organisation GRIP.

Webinar ‘Disability Employment in Europe’

This webinar continued the topic of access to education for young disabled people tackled in the first webinar and again gathered 20 people from across Europe. The webinar turned into an enriching and empowering event not only raising awareness among disabled people about their right to accessible employment, but also inspiring them to pursue their goals and implement their ideas in whatever job they have interest in. Guest speaker was Danny Estrada Disability Rights UK, also a coordinator of ‘The London Apprenticeship Project’.

• Participation in European projects

MapAbility

In 2014 EINL was officially invited to be a partner organisation of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) on its project about student mobility ‘MapAbility’. MapAbility’s primary aim was to conduct extensive research into the accessibility level of Higher Education Institutions in Europe. With this new online map, ESN is using MapAbility data to provide disabled students with an exclusive guide to accessibility in European Universities. ENIL members from the Youth Network were giving their advice and tips in creating this guide throughout 2014. In addition Zara Todd, independent living activist and one of the founders of ENIL Youth Network, gave a presentation at a conference in Belgium where she shared her valuable experience as a student with mobility difficulties, who is currently a PhD candidate.

On the 28th August the MapAbility platform was launched: http://exchangeability.eu/mapability-map

Participation in events

“Mobilization of Youth” speech in San Marino

ENIL was invited in San Marino to take part in the first official Independent Living conference on 3rd December, the international day of the IL philosophy. Dilyana Deneva, Coordinator of ENIL Youth Network, had a presentation entitled “Mobilization of youth”. It was divided in four main elements – 1) Why do we need it?; 2) How can we achieve it?; 3) Potential obstacles and 4) Overcoming them.

You can read more about the event here.

‘Mapping of Barriers to Social Inclusion for Young People in Vulnerable Situations’

ENIL has been involved in a project called ‘Mapping of Barriers to Social Inclusion for Young People in Vulnerable Situations’. Its main aim is to take a closer look into the barriers to inclusion faced by young people, analyzing the relations between these barriers and giving recommendations for changes in youth policy. One important message of the project is the paradigm shift – from ‘vulnerable young people’ to ‘young people in vulnerable situations’ – a shift from labeling an individual to identifying the situation that is hindering an individual from social inclusion. Mari Siilsalu from Estonia represented ENIL at the expert seminar in Strasbourg from 30 September to 2 October 2014, along with some 30 other experts. One of the main purposes of this seminar was to gather the initial feedback to the first draft of the report, to be produced by three experts in the field of youth research.

You can read more about this here.