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.
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.
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.
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On 7 September 2022, the European Commission published the European Care Strategy, proposing a Council Recommendation on Early Childhood Education and Care and a …
To read and download this post in English click here for the word document and here for the pdf file. Um diesen Eintrag auf …
On 24 and 25 November took place the 2022 edition of the annual European Day of Persons with Disabilities (EDPD) conference, organised by the …
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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.Access IL Map
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15/12/2022 – 15/12/2022Age 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, …Register
06/12/2022 – 06/12/2022“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 …Register
22/11/2022 – 22/11/2022ENIL-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 …Register