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European Network on Independent Living

ENIL is a user-led network of disabled people, with members throughout Europe. Our mission is to advocate for Independent Living values, principles and practices: provision of personal assistance and other community supports and services, a barrier-free environment and adequate technical aids, together making full citizenship of disabled people possible.

Power chair user with microphone screaming with fist raised. Across the website, photos show ENIL members in everyday and activist settings. Some use wheelchairs. There is a mix of genders. Most have white skin.

About our organisation

ENIL is a network based on solidarity and peer support

ENIL is a forum for all disabled people, Independent Living organisations and their non-disabled allies on the issues of Independent Living. ENIL represents the disability movement for human rights and social inclusion, based on solidarity, peer support, deinstitutionalisation, democracy, self-representation, cross-disability and self-determination. Our vision is of Europe where all disabled people are able to exercise choice and control over their lives, on an equal level with others; where they are valued members of the community and can enjoy all of their human rights, as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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What do we do ?

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Learn more about our campaigns, such as the Freedom Drive.

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Find out about our projects and download the project results.

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Explore the themes ENIL is working on, such as Independent Living or deinstitutionalisation.

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ENIL provides a platform for grassroots activists and organisations

ENIL works to strengthen the empowerment of disabled people, through providing resources for peer support and peer-to-peer training. ENIL enhances the European disability sector by providing an arena for the sharing of disabled people’s experience of services and by providing expertise on independent living. Our Youth Network brings together young people, making their voice heard in the independent living movement.

Recent News

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Ahead of final vote on December 8: National governments urged to take action against the European Care Strategy! Ahead of final vote on December 8: National governments urged to take action against the European Care Strategy!

On 7 September 2022, the European Commission published the European Care Strategy, proposing a Council Recommendation on Early Childhood Education and Care and a …

December 7, 2022

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Launch of new UN guidelines in Brussels Launch of new UN guidelines in Brussels

To read and download this post in English click here for the word document and here for the pdf file. Um diesen Eintrag auf …

December 5, 2022

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What happened at the European Day of Persons with Disabilities? What happened at the European Day of Persons with Disabilities?

On 24 and 25 November took place the 2022 edition of the annual European Day of Persons with Disabilities (EDPD) conference, organised by the …

December 1, 2022

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Independent Living Map

Find out about Independent Living in your country

The Independent Living survey was launched in 2020, to find about the state of independent living around Europe. Its results are updated regularly and shared with policy and decision makers at the European level.

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Upcoming Events

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Age and Disability: A Blindspot in Policy Making?

15/12/202215/12/2022

Age and Disability: A Blindspot in Policy Making?

There is an emerging awareness on the intersectionality between disability and age. With age, the likelihood of a person acquiring a disability increases. Yet, …

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“We can’t afford to fund more barriers!” – Do EU funds support accessibility in Europe?

06/12/202206/12/2022

“We can’t afford to fund more barriers!” – Do EU funds support accessibility in Europe?

As part of an international consortium of organizations of persons with disabilities, we are organising an event in the European Parliament titled “We can’t …

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ENIL-ECCL Webinar Series on Deinstitutionalisation

22/11/202222/11/2022

ENIL-ECCL Webinar Series on Deinstitutionalisation

This webinar, entitled “Operationalising the new UN Guidelines on Deinstitutionalisation, including in Emergencies – the case of Sweden, Slovenia and Scotland” is part of …

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