On 2 October 2017, the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) and the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG) are holding an introductory roundtable on the General comment No 5 on living independently and being included in the community. The recently adopted UN guidance provides clarity around the States parties’ obligations under Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
In the first part of the roundtable, ENIL will present the key findings of its report ‘Addressing Barriers to Independent Living around the Globe’. The report is an outcome of a broad consultation with disabled people from around the world. It was drafted in preparation for the General comment on Article 19, to assist the CRPD Committee, and shows that Independent Living is equally sought by disabled people wherever they live. It may mean different things to different people, but the principles of ‘choice’, ‘control’ and ‘participation’ have a universal application.
The roundtable is open to anyone interested in learning more about the right to Independent Living and discussing ‘What next?’ after the General comment on Article 19. The full agenda is available here.
The roundtable starts at 11:30 and finishes at 13:00, and takes place on the European Commission premises, Rue Van Maerlant 2, Brussels. For security reasons, everyone attending must register in advance at https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/9c5b3ebf-8625-6308-249c-13997900fcfb and bring a photo ID to enter.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 29 September COB. We look forward to seeing you there!