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…
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…
ENIL has been made aware of worrying developments in the Netherlands, whereby disabled people will in some cases be paid below the minimum wage. In this article, Frieda Dijkhof provides more information about the situation in her country. Yesterday, I was cycling home from the train station, having just returned from a trip to our…
The researchers Ciara Brennan, Rannveig Traustadottir, Peter Andeberg and James Rice released this week their article “Are Cutbacks to Personal Assistance Violating Sweden’s Obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities?”
In April 2016 a new collective contract was signed by unions in France, affecting the work of personal assistants for disabled people.
All disabled people, associations and concerned persons are invited to sign the Manifesto.
On Tuesday, 16th February strong and adamant Independent Living activists from the Centre for Independent Living in Firenze-Toscana (Italy) occupied the headquarters of the Regional Parliament protesting against the budget cuts implied by the state on independent living funds for disabled people.
Three years ago disabled people in Latvia received fantastic news – personal assistance (PA) legislation was to be introduced in Latvia. The legislation came into effect on 1st January 2013. In short, disabled people could apply for personal assistance funded through the national government and administrated by the local municipalities. It did not take long…
ENIL’s advisory panel member Raffaello Belli recently wrote an article as a reaction to the commonplace excuses of the authority figures in Italy when it comes to lack of funding for personal assistance. ENIL is perseveringly working in the area and next week a report on the situation of the personal assistance in Europe will be published.
ENIL starts the year with an appeal to the Independent Living supporters. The article below reveals the highly disturbing situation in the UK with the closure of the Independent Living Fund.
The international and domestic economies started to implode in 2008 in what has become known as the ‘Great Recession’. Ireland was particularly badly affected by the crisis and had to be bailed out by Europe and the International Monetary Fund.
On 4th November around 10 000 disabled people and their supporters gathered in the center of Athens, Greece, to protest about the impact of the crisis on disabled persons’ lives in Greece.
STIL, the founders of Independent Living in Sweden, yesterday issued a statement claiming that the Swedish government is pitting marginalized groups against each another.
UNAPEI, a French organisation defending the rights of disabled people , delivers today a black book to the French Social Security to denounce the exile of disabled French citizens placed in Belgium institutions.
Personal assistance (PA) is an important concept in the framework of the Independent Living philosophy and essential for disabled people in need to live their lives with dignity, fully included in the community and to realize their potential. PA is one of ENIL’s main areas of work as and again high on the 2015 agenda with the updating and expanding of the PA database for PA legislation in Member States and other European countries.
Disabled People against Cuts Storm the British Parliament Against Closure of the Independent Living Fund
On the 24th June Independent Living Fund (ILF) users and Disabled People against Cuts (DPAC) stormed Westminster Parliament to protest against the closure of the Independent Living Fund.
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).
“Stop Disability Cuts” campaign culminates in a number of awareness raising activities throughout Europe to mark European Independent Living Day, 5th May 2014
The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) celebrates the first European Day for Independent Living with the Walk of Shame through Brussels and other events across Europe. A part of the “Stop Disability Cuts” campaign, they aim to raise awareness of the impact of financial crisis on disabled people and to show that, despite all the cutbacks,…
The Stop Disability Cuts Campaign will culminate on the 5th May 2014 with a number of events taking place across Europe. ENIL are delighted with the response from so many Centers of Independent Living and Disabled People’s Organisations who have shown their support to the campaign and are organising events in their country. This is…
Save the Date; “Walk of Shame on 5th May 2014”
On May 5th, the European Day for Independent Living, we will take part in a solidarity march through Brussels; The Walk of Shame. We want you to join us!