Join in: Stop Disability Cuts Campaign Events across Europe!

Join in: Stop Disability Cuts Campaign Events across Europe!

The Stop Disability Cuts Campaign will culminate on the 5th May 2014 with a number of events taking place across Europe. ENIL are delighted with the response from so many Centers of Independent Living and Disabled People’s Organisations who have shown their support to the campaign and are organising events in their country. This is especially encouraging in these difficult times when disabled people have been hit by the economic austerity measures but it is clear from the number of people who have joined this campaign that there is a lot of drive among disabled people to ensure that the rights of all disabled people are upheld. This sends a powerful message to national Governments and Members of the European Parliament of what we as disabled people can do when we unite!

Outlined below is a list of events taking place across Europe if you would like to get involved! If you are unable to attend an event in person but would like to show your support to the campaign, please join the Stop Disability Cuts Facebook Event on the ENIL Page.

ENIL website: The Executive Director of ENIL, Jamie Bolling will deliver a state of the Union address “Five Years down the Road” outlining the significant events that have taken place since she has taken over this post both on a European Level and in relation to ENIL itself. She will also take a look at what needs to be done over the next five years to ensure that Independent Living remains high on the political agenda.

Armenia: “Equal Rights- Equal Opportunities” launch of the 5th May Campaign goals which will be sent to Coalition Members to raise awareness. It will also be shared on the pages of local authorities and governmental bodies. This is being organised by SKARP HEALTH CENTER NGO http://www.skarp.am/. Please contact Ani Harutyunyan ani.har@mail.ru +374 55 80 55 77 Skype name:ani-harutyunyan

Armenia: Press Conference on the rights of disabled people in Armenia, taking place at Henaran Press Club ( www.henaran,am) organised by Unison NGO. Please contact Armen Alaverdyan armrasmil@yahoo.com tel. (+374 10) 522170 mob. (+374 77) 774277

Belarus  A postcard action to highlight the violations on the rights of disabled people organised by the Office for the Rights of People with Disabilities, Please contact, Enira Bronitskaya, b_eniraa@hotmail.com

Belgium: Stop Disability Cuts ; A wakeup call to Europe Press Conference hosted by the EFC  at Philantrophy House, Rue Royale 94, Brussels. Please contact Peter Lambreghts; peter@independentliving.be +32/475877129 Skypename:peter.lambreghts

Belgium Walk of Shame:    A solidarity march and picnic in the EU district is being organised by Onfhankelijk Leven. Gathering is at Jubelpark / Parc du Cinquantenaire at the entrance Blijde Inkomstlaan / Avenue de la Joyeuse Entrée at 11.00 am. Candidate MEPs from Belgium and Holland have been invited to walk along side the participants. Several DPO’s from Belgium and Holland and also delegates from INGO’s will join in. The march will end at the location of the Press Conference. Please contact Peter Lambreghts peter@independentliving.be +32/475877129 Skypename:peter.lambreghts

Bulgaria A gathering of disabled people and supporters at Terminal 2 in Sofia Airport with slogans and posters under the motto of ‘Why I want to emigrate’ organised by CIL Sofia, please contact dilyana.deneva@enil.eu ,+359 899 190284, Skype name: didideneva88

Estonia “Imprinting Freedom” – Five MEP candidates will spend a day together with a disabled person, so they can take a look at each others everyday life. This will also raise awareness on the impact of cuts and identify what needs to be done to improve Independent Living during the next European Parliament mandate. Please contact Mihkel Kruusmaa mihkel.kruusmaa@gmail.com

France, Paris Non Au Report 2015 -Action Coup de poing; Protest before Government building in Paris on the 9th and 27th April against the postponement of an improved accessibility law, please contact Mathilde Fuchs , mathilde_fuchs@yahoo.fr

Germany “Ohne Bundesteilhabegesetz – keine Inklusion (Without federal participation law  -no inclusion)” A big demonstration for a law for personal assistance and participation in a large activity at the Brandenburg gate. In many cities disabled people and their organisations and others will in addition organise hundreds of events to raise awareness about the situation of disabled people. One of the big funding organisations will support the events of the protest day with money and public relations. This event is organised by German Council of Centers for Self-Determined Living (ISL). Please contact Ottmar Miles-Paul ottmar.miles-paul@bifos.de

Greece, Drama A roundtable with Members of Parliament and local disability organisations organised by Paraplegic’s Association of Drama. A press release will also be sent to local media. Please contact Aglaia Katsigianni, kaglaia@yahoo.gr

Ireland A dramatic photograph opportunity will be undertaken in front of the European Commission building in Dublin to highlight the continued erosion of the rights of disabled people on the 5th May 2014. Please contact Nina Byrne, CIL Carmichael House; ninabyrne@dublincil.org

Italy “Independent living for people with disabilities: demands to the Europe”. In Rome  a Conference with interesting speakers with the presentation of  the Second Edition of the Award “Theatre and Disabilities” will be held and will be organised by Avi Onlus Agency for Independent Living  Please contact Via degli Anemoni, 19 –  00172 Rome Web: www.vitaindipendente.net / www.ecad.nameSilvia Cutrera agvitaindipendente@libero.it

Netherlands, Ultrecht. A signature petition campaign will be undertaken at the Support Beurs, Big Fair for disability aids and assistive technology on the 9th May 2014. This is being organised by Terugnaarde bossen actiecomite, please contact Jan Troost, www.terugnaardebosen.nl

Norway An awareness raising campaign through social media organised by ULOBA, please contact Vibeke Melström, Vibeke.Maroy.Melstrom@uloba.no

Serbia Events will take place in 10 cities throughout Serbia to mark the European Independent Living Day. A local campaign for allocation of 0.1%  of the city budget for Personal Assistance will also be launched. Please contact Mimica Zivadinovic mimica@cilsrbija.org

Belgrade – Press Conference named Independent living – yesterday, today, tomorrow – with speakers from Ministry of Social Policy, INOSERV, CIL Serbia and direct users of PA service and video coverage

Leskovac, Nis, Jagodina, Bor  – Press conferences on the importance of personal assistance services and mainstreaming it into local policy – invited speakers from local authorities, centres for social welfare, CIL branches and users of PA service

Kragujevac, Sombor, Cacak – Street action – promotion of Independent Living Day and distribution of printed material about independent living and PA service – media coverage provided

Smederevo – tribune on “Support services in social protection/special emphasise on PA Service” – media coverage provided

Novi Sad – ENIL’s facts sheets and definitions were sent to all decision makers to influence change of the local policy for social protection in order to mainstream PA service into it.

Sweden ” Stop Disability Cuts Now!” A protest against cuts to personal assistance services is being organised in Stockholm by STIL. Please contact http://www.stil.se/sites/stil.se/files/stop_disability_cuts.pdf

Slovenia “International Conference on Deinstitutionalization” On May 6 2014 an international single-day conference on the process of deinstitutionalization will be held in Slovenia. Please contact,  Elena Pecaric,  e-mail: elena.pecaric@guest.arnes.si

United Kingdom Doubling efforts on existing campaigns around the importance of independent living, and the Independent Living Fund will be undertaken.   Local DPAC groups will be out on the streets in protest around the country on May 5th joining with unions and trades councils to raise disabled peoples’ issues in relation to cuts and the affects on independent living. DPAC will also carry out an online event for raising awareness of  the issue of facilitated communication. Please contact Debbie Jolly debbie.jolly@virgin.net

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