News

Apr 29, 2022, Independent Living

Disability & Social Protection

Disability and Social Protection Social protection systems are supposed to enable us to live full, independent lives but are ill-equipped to support the disabled. Which changes do we need for social protection that supports independent living? The European Union advises member states on the design and operation of social protection schemes. To inform this process,…

Apr 29, 2022, Personal Assistance

France: Update on Personal Assistance

In France, the 2005 law gave us, among other things, the right to publicly-funded Personal Assistance. After filing a request to the local agency responsible for disabled people, we are allocated a number of personal assistance hours per day. The local agency only gives us funding based on an hourly rate, and we are responsible for…

Apr 29, 2022, News

May 5th Events

Here are 4 events which will take place on May 5th: 1. Young Disabled Leaders and the Importance of Being Involved in the Decision Making Process Organised by the ENIL Youth Network Date: May 5th 2022, 10:00 – 11:30 CEST Registration: here Accessibility: English captioning and International sign language   2. Children with disabilities from…

Apr 07, 2022, Best Practices

Call for Participants: A Task Force on Independent Living Guidelines

As we all know from our daily lives, as disabled people we face a multitude of societal barriers that severely hamper our right to independent living and equal participation in society. In too many cases, we have no independent living at all. In January 2011, the European Union committed to addressing these barriers when it…

Mar 31, 2022, Independent Living

Get Ready for the 9th Edition of the Independent Living Day!

Get Ready for the 9th Edition of the Independent Living Day!  In 2014, the European Network on Independent Living – ENIL celebrated 25 years of existence. To commemorate this event and to celebrate our growing network, the ENIL Board decided to declare May 5th as the European Day on Independent Living. This day can be…

Mar 31, 2022, Best Practices

What Do We Want from the European Care Strategy?

At the beginning of March 2022, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the new European Care Strategy. This article explains the main points set out in ENIL’s response to this consultation.  A new initiative on long-term care was first mentioned in the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan in March 2021. It…

Mar 31, 2022, De-institutionalisation

Post-socialist Care-Violence-Paternalism

Postsocialist Care – Violence – Paternalism   The belated deinstitutionalization in post-communist societies is part of postsocialist care-violence-paternalism, economic scarcity, fear of impoverishment and a transgenerational aversion towards disabled people. In Slovenia alone, more than 22.000 children and adults experience today spatial segregation, loss of choices, and long-term institutionalization.  Taking a look into history, the belated…

Mar 31, 2022, Personal Assistance

Building a Network of Personal Assistance Supporters in Turkey

What is personal assistance and how to make it a reality in Turkey? These were some of the key questions addressed during the two-day roundtable for disabled people and supporters, which took place in Ankara at the end of February 2022. The event was part of the PAKT project, implemented in partnership between ENIL and…

Mar 31, 2022, Independent Living

50 Years of Disability Activism in Malta 

The Malta Federation of Organisations Persons with Disability (MFOPD) is Malta’s national umbrella organisation, and a member of ENIL. It is a voluntary non-governmental organisation with 34 member organisations all working with and for persons with disabilities.   MFOPD was founded in 1970. In 2020, MFOPD had planned various commemorative events to celebrate its 50th anniversary,…

Mar 09, 2022, Independent Living

War & Disability in Ukraine: here is how you can help

We’ve gathered for you, some fundraisers to support disabled people in Ukraine. Here are 4 ways to help: Appeal by Fight for Right https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-disabled-ukrainians?utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter Inclusion Europe (targeting people with intellectual disabilities and families; all funds to go directly to Ukraine) https://www.inclusion-europe.eu/help-ukraine/ Through the National Assembly of Persons with Disabilities Organisation: National Assembly of Persons with Disabilities…

Mar 01, 2022, De-institutionalisation

War in Ukraine: Leave No One Behind

The European Network on Independent Living – ENIL and the ENIL Youth Network are extremely concerned about the situation of disabled people during the ongoing and devastating war in Ukraine, including the fate of the tens of thousands disabled children and adults in institutional care facilities. We are also concerned that the war will result…

Feb 28, 2022, Best Practices

Personal Assistance in the Czech Republic: A Reality Check

I have been disabled for almost 20 years. When my health deteriorated to the point that I needed support for my basic needs, I started independent living activism. At that time, I found out there was no proper service for me. It was quite a shocking revelation, especially since I used to work in the…

Freedom Drive 2022: What can you expect?

In seven months, from the 26th – 28th September, we will meet in Brussels for ENIL’s Freedom Drive. The Freedom Drive was held every two years since 2003 and last year was the first time that was postponed, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are happy that the situation seems to be improving, so we…

Feb 21, 2022, News

Join PAUC – Personal Assistant Users Club!

Personal assistance is one of the key tools of the independent living movement. Yet, personal assistance is still not widespread in many countries and there is a general lack of knowledge on the job, which is often mixed up with care professions. As a consequence, many people struggle with the nature of the relationship between…

Jan 31, 2022, Independent Living

What Can you Expect from ENIL in 2022?

At the European Network on Independent Living – ENIL, we have had a busy start of the new year, as we begin implementing our Strategic Plan for 2022 – 2025. Many of you have contributed to the consultation last year, so hope that you will find the activities relevant to what is happening in your…