This is the final report of the “Mind the gap: Supporting young disabled people’s
right to live independently and to be included in the community through exploring
mental health as a disability issue” Study Session organized by the European
Network on Independent Living Youth Network (ENIL Youth) and Euro Youth
Mental Health (EYMH), in partnership with the European Youth Centre of the
Council of Europe between the 17th and 22nd of June in Strasbourg, France.
This study session has brought together participants from European Network on
Independent Living Youth Network (ENIL Youth), Euro Youth Mental Health
(EYMH) and other interested people not related to any of the two organisations.
There were 16 participants and 7 Personal Assistants from 15 countries, with
different backgrounds and experiences related to disability and mental health
issues. The group thrived in this diversity and cooperated during the different
sessions and during the free time to build a safe and inclusive space to connect
and share ideas, expectations and personal experiences.
The full composition of the group included other than participants and the
personal assistants also two Palantypists (Speech to Text Service Providers), four
members of the programming team – supported by one Educational Advisor by the
Council of Europe Youth Department.
During the study session the group welcomed external guest speakers. Jolijn
Santegoeds, Board member of ENUSP (European Network of (Ex-) Users and
Survivors of Psychiatry, and member of the Board of Directors of the European
Disability Forum was invited as a key speaker.
The Programme also included a presentation by Alfredo Ferrante, a former
Chairperson of the Committee of Experts on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities at CoE and an exchange with Dunja Mijatovic, Commissioner for
Human Rights of the Council of Europe