Study Session 2016 Now Open for Applications!

Study Session 2016 Now Open for Applications!

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), in cooperation with the Council of Europe, is organising the Study Session “Supporting Young Disabled People to Explore Sexuality and Relationships as Integral to their Social Inclusion and Independent Living”.

What role does sexuality play in your life?

Do you think disability is a barrier to young disabled people being sexually active?

Do you believe that it would be easier for disabled people to promote their sexual rights in a society which applies the philosophy of Independent Living?

What do you consider as the best way to be empowered and have a voice to promote your views?

ENIL advocates and lobbies for Independent Living by promoting the values, principles and practices to make full citizenship of disabled people a reality. It is known that more than 50% of disabled people do not have any form of a regular sex life. One of the priorities for ENIL is to support the involvement of young disabled people within the Independent Living Movement. That is why ENIL has composed a project to increase youth interest in sexual issues throughout Europe.

The one-week study session is taking place at the Council of Europe Youth Centre in Strasbourg from 17th till 24th April 2016, with the purpose of providing young disabled people with a safe space to explore how sexuality and relationships relate to social inclusion and supporting them in advocating for sexual rights in their countries and at European level. Participants will have an opportunity to gain a better understanding of intersection between disability and sexuality, and acquire skills to promote the rights of other young disabled people from their country. The session will be delivered by a group of young disabled people from the UK, Greece, Slovenia, Serbia and Bulgaria with experience in working with young people in their countries and internationally.

ENIL hopes to create future young leaders of the Independent Living Movement, who will support other young disabled people to understand their rights around sexuality, relationships and the connections between Independent Living philosophy and broader sexual issues, such as women’s rights and issues affecting the LGBTQ community.

Participants must be between 18 and 35 and consider themselves as disabled persons. The study session will be in English. Therefore, participants need to have a working knowledge of English. Participants must also be from one of the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe (not to be confused with the European Union). You can find a list of the countries by clicking on the map at the Council of Europe website

Regardless of type of impairment, sexual orientation, religion, level of education or any other personal characteristic ENIL, being committed to support diversity of participants, encourages all young disabled people to apply and will meet the access needs of all selected participants, including the travel expenses of Personal Assistants when needed. Please note that if an application is successful, the participant is required to pay a 50 Euro enrolment fee to the Council of Europe Youth Centre. No fee will be charged to Personal Assistants.

If you would like more information about the project, please contact:

The deadline for applications is 12th November 2015.




Members of the Project Programme Team


Chamorro Elena

October 12, 2015, 7:47 pm

I’d like to know why do you mean by sexual rights. Does ENIL support the idea of sexual assistance for disabled people?

Dilyana Deneva

October 13, 2015, 10:11 am

Dear Elena,
We want to explore young disabled people’s understanding of disability and sexuality in terms of identity, education and access to support people’s understanding of these issues.

Tamuna Nadiradze

October 20, 2015, 2:13 pm

Do you have limitations about the number of participants per country?

Dilyana Deneva

October 20, 2015, 6:57 pm

There is no strict limitations, but the programming team will aim for cultural and geographical diversity.

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