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 ?

Campaign Icon Illustration Campaigns

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

Project Icon Illustration Projects

Find out about our projects and download the project results.

Factsheets Icon Illustration Factsheet

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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ENIL task force met with I Living Greece and European Commission disability expert ENIL task force met with I Living Greece and European Commission disability expert

On 14 September, the ENIL Task Force on Independent Living convened for meeting no 3. We had the great pleasure to listen to a …

September 15, 2022

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Freedom Drive Demands 2022 Freedom Drive Demands 2022

From the 26th to the 28th of September 2022, the European Network on Independent Living – ENIL will hold its 10th edition of the …

September 14, 2022

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Time for the European Union to get serious on disability rights Time for the European Union to get serious on disability rights

ENIL published a new article on Euractiv: The EU must get serious in tackling human rights abuses of people with disabilities, by adopting …

September 8, 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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Freedom Drive


Freedom Drive

From the 26th – 28th September, ENIL will hold its 10th Freedom Drive in Brussels.


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