For the second consecutive year, the European Independent Living day was celebrated on May 5th with many exciting events in the name of Independent Living (IL) across Europe. We raised our voices through activities, making loud and clear messages and raising awareness on Independent Living.
Europe in Action
Bente, the mother of ULOBA and the founder of Independent Living in Norway, will be remembered every year through grants from the fund that will be given to allow for the development of Independent Living in Norway, but also worldwide.
Briefing on the Use of Structural Funds to Support the Transition from Institutional Care to Community Living
With the majority of Operational Programmes for the European Structural and Investment Funds (‘Structural Funds’) adopted, the European Network on Independent Living – European Coalition for Community Living (ENIL-ECCL) consider it important to highlight the significant on-going issues which may impede the transition from institutional care to community living for people with disabilities.
This is what most of our Turkish friends agreed at the end of the study visit to Bulgaria hosted by the CIL – Sofia team as a part of a joined project with ENIL and RUSIHAK in Istanbul, Turkey.
ENIL was recently contacted by one of its active members – Frank Larkin, chairperson of ‘Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (SBHI). He was highly disturbed by some offensive graphic images posted on Facebook related to disabled people. As an ardent Independent Living supporter, Frank could not stay passive and decided to fight against this mere act…
May 5th, the European day on Independent Living, is almost here and ENIL is happy to announce the various activities that are taking place across Europe this year.
The location of the ENIL Freedom Drive events has changed! We will be meeting at Bel Brussels (http://bel.brussels/) – a much more accessible venue for ENIL! Bel is not far from the older venue La Tentation, so the change should not affect your previous plans. Please find below a more detailed program for the Freedom Drive.
A complaint to the United Nations was launched on 25 March on behalf of disabled people in the UK whose rights have been breached by the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF).
As part of the review of EU’s initial report on the implementation on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), ENIL’s Western Regional Coordinator Peter Lambreghts will address the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities tomorrow and present ENIL-ECCL’s Shadow report on Article 19 of the CRPD.
An MBA student at the Tallinn University of Technology has launched a survey researching the currently available processes of hotel booking for travellers with access needs in Europe.
On 18th March, the European Disability Forum (EDF) launched its Alternative Report on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).
At the last partnership meeting of the ELOSH Project in Amsterdam, ENIL’s Miro Griffiths held a one-day training on co-production for 14 partner organisations from 8 EU Member States. The purpose of the training was for delegates to understand the concept and philosophy of co-production and how this affects support services and marginalised groups.
Our first webinar this year – about the history of the Independent Living (IL) movement took place on 2nd March with 19 participants from 14 countries. We had diverse participation, with interpreters, engineers, social economists, managers among the attendees, which made the session interesting and fun.
We are getting close to the second European Independent Living Day – 5 May 2015 – a date that all of us should note down in our calendars.
Wondering how the cost of Independent Living compares to residential care? Would you like to start a new Centre for Independent Living? Concerned by disability hate crime? Is your government including disabled people in policy development? Do you need training materials on peer support? Are there upcoming elections in your country? If yes, please read on.
Independent Living activists celebrate a significant success in the capital city of Armenia. February 20, 2015, was the day when the first 10 accessible city buses started running in Yerevan.
The European Commission and the Council of Europe have signed a new youth partnership for the period 2014 – 16 to foster synergies between the two organizations. Specific themes for 2014 – 16 are: participation/citizenship; social inclusion; recognition and quality of youth work.
At the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council in New York, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights presented its Thematic Study on the right of persons with disabilities to live independently and be included in the community.
As a member of the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG), the European Network on Independent Living – the European Coalition for Community Living have been involved in a series of national seminars on the role of European Union (EU) funds in supporting the right to live in community….
At the San Marino conference celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December 2014, Germano Tosi, an ENIL board member, presented the current situation on personal assistance in Italy.