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Jan 31, 2019, De-institutionalisation

Personal Assistance Act becomes a reality in Slovenia!

The struggle for personal assistance has been long and very hard in Slovenia. Our association was a pioneer and for many years we were lonely riders who have been fighting for personal assistance according to the ENIL principles. Our vision of personal assistance as a basic human right, not just as new social right, was…

Jan 31, 2019, De-institutionalisation

What to Expect from ENIL in 2019?

2019 is a special year for the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) – we are celebrating our 30th Anniversary! To mark this occasion, we will be taking stock of what has happened during this time, speak to the some of our founders and look at what we can do to make the movement stronger…

Jan 31, 2019, De-institutionalisation

Joint Appeal to Commissioner to Support Alternatives to Residential Care

On 14 January, ENIL, together with the European Disability Forum (EDF), Disability Rights International (DRI) and the Validity Foundation sent a joint letter to Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen. In the letter, we have asked Commissioner Thyssen to maintain the wording in Article 6(2) (Equality between men and women…

Jan 31, 2019, Austerity Measures

Protests for Independent Living in Florence

At the end of 2018, the Independent Living Association (Associazione Vita Indipendente ONLUS) held three protests for independent living in Florence, Italy. The protests took place on 20 and 30 November, as well as on 18 December in front of the Regional Council of Tuscany (which is something like a regional parliament), and received significant…

Jan 31, 2019, Austerity Measures

Swedish PA Users at Risk of Losing Support

This January, a one-man committee submitted a proposal about the Act on Support and Service for Persons with Certain Functional Impairments to the Swedish government. The proposal entails such severe changes to current rights that – if implemented – big institutions will be built in Sweden again. Above all, there are three suggestions that would jeopardise…

8 Months until the 2019 Freedom Drive

Finally, 2019 is here and our 9th Freedom Drive is closer than you think! January is almost over and we are just 8 months away from our big biannual meeting and our 30th Anniversary celebration, so it’s time for you to start preparing. In this month’s article, we would like to give you an idea…

Dec 27, 2018, De-institutionalisation

Goodbye to 2018 – bring on the New Year!

2018 was a difficult year for ENIL – just before the year began, we learnt that we had lost the European Commission operating grant, which we had for a number of years. So, at the beginning of the year, we had to say goodbye to our Director Zara Todd, who had joined us just a…

Dec 27, 2018, News

Let’s Talk About Personal Assistance

How to set up the system of Personal Assistance in Hungary for persons with disabilities In the Hungarian disability movement, great work was done by many disabled persons and their allies, for example György Könczei, Pál Gadó, Gábor Zalabai, László Hajdi (ZALABAI P-NÉ 1997). Hungarian IL Centers (ÖÉK) were organized in the ‘90s with the…

Dec 27, 2018, News

Meet Our New Intern

Last month, we were pleased to welcome Naiara Santillana at our Brussels Office, for a 6-month internship supported by the Global Training Programme by Fomento San Sebastian. We have asked Naiara to introduce herself to our readers in the article below. Hello all, My name is Naiara Santillana. I am from San Sebastián (Spain) and…

Dec 27, 2018, De-institutionalisation

European Disability and Development Week 2018

With Christmas around the corner, the disability community has gathered in Brussels for the European Disability and Development Week (from 3 December, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities until 7 December, Human Rights Day). For ENIL, the week started on the 2nd of December, when some of the ENIL members, staff and Board came…

Dec 27, 2018, News

Promoting Independent Living through Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Building partnerships for the implementation of SDGs and the CRPD As part of this year’s European Disability and Development Week (EDDW), ENIL organised an event on Promoting Independent Living through Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It was part of a series of events, addressing disability issues in the context of development cooperation, coordinated by the International…

9 Months Until the 2019 Freedom Drive

The 2018 is almost finished, and we are looking forward for the 2019 to come! And how else could it be, as it is a very important year for us. Not only are we celebrating our 30th birthday, but we are also organizing our 9th Freedom Drive, which – that is our ambition – will…

Dec 19, 2018, De-institutionalisation

Right to Live and Grow Up in a Family for All Children

Throughout the world, children with disabilities are separated from families due to stigma, discrimination, and economic marginalization. Children with disabilities are more at risk of being placed in institutions than other children, and they are often left out of deinstitutionalization and community programs. Without community-based supports to help families keep their children with disabilities, children…

Dec 11, 2018, News

ENIL, EDF and EWL Call for Resignation of Iceland MPs

Six Members of the Icelandic Parliament were overheard making sexist and ableist comments about a number of prominent women in a bar. This is inexcusable hate speech and we call for their immediate resignation. We, the European Disability Forum (EDF), the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) and the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) are outraged…

Dec 03, 2018, News

Respect the Role of Grassroots Disability Advocacy

Brussels, 3 December – This International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is celebrating all disabled people who are using this day to demand their rights. One of these is Eduardo Jorge in Portugal, who left the nursing home to camp out in front of the Portuguese Assembly, while…

Nov 30, 2018, Good Practice

Sweden in Alytus, Lithuania. Is it possible?

It is normal to say that we are still far from Sweden, but we are already very close to Sweden in some areas. At least in Alytus, Lithuania and at least regarding personal assistance services. Is it hard to believe? It is possible, when you want and try to connect the community to a common…