Proud, Strong and Visible

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.


What do we do ?


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


Find out about our projects and download the project results.


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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The European Disability Card – What is in it? The European Disability Card – What is in it?

To become law the European Disability Card as some more steps to complete. Already now it is possible to evaluate the results and draw …

May 14, 2024

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Press release: The Independent Living Day Press release: The Independent Living Day

5th of May 2024 According to independent research, there are still at least 1,4 million disabled people living in institutions in the European Union. …

May 3, 2024

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Pedaling for Change Pedaling for Change

Max Thurston’s Adventure to Advocate for Independent Living Hello! My name is Max Thurston, and I’m a PhD researcher and passionate adventure cyclist from …

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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Research Webinar: Opportunities and Barriers to Independent Living in Europe


Research Webinar: Opportunities and Barriers to Independent Living in Europe

ENIL’s Independent Living Research Network is organising a webinar to discuss research related to opportunities and barriers to Independent Living in Europe. We have …

Training on Disabled Women and Political Participation


Training on Disabled Women and Political Participation

In partnership with Elena Ratoi, ENIL presents a two-session training on empowering disabled women in political participation and leadership. This program, designed for up …

Freedom Drive 2024


Freedom Drive 2024

The next Freedom Drive will take place from 23 – 25 September 2024 in Brussels, Belgium. It will be the 11th edition of this …


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