Contribute to ENIL’s Shadow Report on the implementation of Article 19 of the CRPD in the European Union (deadline 16/5/2014)

Contribute to ENIL’s Shadow Report on the implementation of Article 19 of the CRPD in the European Union (deadline 16/5/2014)

The European Union ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on 23 December 2010. It is due to submit its first official report to the CRPD Committee later this year.

To ensure that the CRPD Committee has a full picture of what progress has been made in implementing the CRPD since the EU’s ratification, the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) will submit a Shadow report in September 2014. ENIL’s Shadow report will focus on the implementation of Article 19 – Living independently and being included in the community – in the EU. We have chosen to focus on Article 19, since we consider it deserves more attention than it is commonly given in the official and shadow reports that cover all the CRPD articles.

In order to collect information for ENIL’s Shadow report on Article 19, we have put together a Questionnaire and would like to invite anyone (organisations or individuals) who wishes to contribute to complete it. The questions focus on the remaining barriers to Independent Living, and any improvements in access to Independent Living or positive examples of implementation since the EU’s ratification of the CRPD on 23 December 2010. It is not necessary to answer all the questions if you do not have the information, and all contributions included in the Shadow report will be acknowledged.

The Questionnaire is available here.

The deadline for contributions is 16 May 2014 and they should be sent to Ines Bulic at If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you in advance for your input.

This work is financially supported by the Open Society Foundations – Mental Health Initiative.


Richard Powderhill

April 25, 2014, 3:01 pm

Questionnaire will not download properly; please advise.


April 25, 2014, 3:24 pm

Hi Richard, It seems to be downloading ok but please email me at and I can send you the form, thanks Vanessa

Joe Whittaker

May 3, 2014, 9:10 am

It is self evident that if disabled person are to have their right to independent living respected they must have their right to their means of communication respected. There are increasing numbers of disabled people who do not use speech but are able to communicate their views, very effectively, using facilitated communication. The different means communication used by disabled people have been oppressed by many professional bodies and government agencies for centuries. The introduction of Braille and Sign languages were initially denied by professional bodies and professionals went to great lengths to discredit and deny alternative means of communication. This is not surprising since the power of many professional charities and government agencies have a vested interest in controlling the individual and collective voice of disabled people.

” I’m wondering if using Facilitated Communication will help to understand me better and give me some respect. I wish more people were given the chance to use facilitated communication it is great to be given a voice”

Anthony Kletzander – does not use the spoken word but has a great deal to say!

The Right to Communication and the denial of that communication by government agencies has to form part of ENIL Shadow Report.

Frank Larkin

May 14, 2014, 11:36 am

It is imperative that countries who have not yet ratified the UN convention as their failure to do so is impinging on peoples right to enjoy Independent Living

Frank Larkin

May 14, 2014, 11:38 am

The above comment should have read that countries who have not yet ratified the UN convention do so immediately.

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