Jun 29, 2012,

Personal assistance law for Iceland in 2014

Iceland is due to enact a personal assistance law (NPA) in 2014. In 2012 the Icelandic Ministry for Welfare published a guidebook outlining the rules for personal assistance, but this is not the law. Until the law is enacted each municipality in Iceland can decide whether or not to follow the guidelines. This article will…

May 31, 2012,

First European Mind Change conference in Villach, Austria – May 2 – 4, 2012

“We have a dream of a society where all people are born equal and remain equal their whole lives, let’s achieve it” Thomas Stenitzer, Founder of Mind Change. Thomas is one of the founding members of a new NGO, Mind Change, in Carinthia, Austria. Thomas was inspired to start Mind Change by a bad disability-related social…

May 30, 2012,

CIL Sofia organise a study visit for Aglaia Katsigianni from Drama, Greece for the European day of protest for equal rights for disabled people

Aglaia Katsigianni from Drama,Greece was the dear guest of CIL Sofia for the European day of protests for equal rights for disabled people. Katsigianni represents the Paraplegic Association of Drama which is an affiliated member of ENIL. The point of the study visit was to exchange experiences and knowledge of Independent Living between Greece and…

May 30, 2012,

Who keeps us in cages?

European day of protest for equal rights for disabled people in Sofia, Bulgaria Several dozen people participated in a protest organized by CIL Sofia in front of the Bulgarian National Assembly inSofia. At the event there were 4 cages – one big enough to fit 5 or 6 people and 3 smaller cages for one or two persons….

Mar 29, 2012,

Struggle for personal assistance in Finland

Finland has a plan to close down all institutions for people with intellectual disabilities by 2020 and that by 2016 no more than 500 persons will be living in institutions.  The close-down of these institutions is a necessity for Finland to be able to ratify the UN convention of the rights of persons with disabilities….

Mar 29, 2012,

Mind Change Conference

The first European Mind Change Conference will take place in Villach, Austria from the 2nd – 4th May 2012. Mind Change is an NGO that promotes the social inclusion of disabled people. They believe that in order “to achieve a liveable, fearless and equal society for all people including people with disabilities, a public Mind…

Mar 28, 2012,

Protest in Germany

Every year around the 5th May, the European day of protest for equal rights for people with disabilities, there are many actions and initiatives of disability organizations in many parts of Germany. On 10 May 2011 more than 1,000 people with and without disabilities met for a demonstration with the motto “bailout/parachutes for all!” going…

Mar 08, 2012,

Reprint: Disabled people have come so far – don’t undo all the progress

The UK is at risk of breaching international obligations to disabled people, so I’m proud to help safeguard independence Source: As a severely disabled person, I am reminded every day of the tremendous progress made over the past 30 years in the UK to enable disabled people to become active citizens. Autonomy and freedom would…

Feb 20, 2012,

Spotlight: Hearing in the European Parliament: “Defend the Right of Independent Living – How the EU’s austerity policy is undermining the lives of people with disabilities.”

On the 9th February 2012 ENIL and the European parliamentary group GUE/NGL (European United Left/Nordic Green Left) held a hearing in the European Parliament. The purpose of this hearing was to show from a number of perspectives how people with disabilities are being negatively affected by the EU current austerity policies. This is the first…

Feb 19, 2012,

Human rights violations in the Czech Republic

Letter about human rights violations in the Czech Republic in the so-called “Homes for the Elderly This letter is based on my personal experiences and findings in the so-called “Home for the Elderly” in Hermanuv Mestec, which is under the direction of the Prague Municipality.   People are placed in these “homes” without knowing what…

Dec 16, 2011,

Common European Guidelines on De-institutionalisation

Through its project the European Coalition for Community Living, ENIL is a member of the Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG). The Group, established in 2009 at the initiative of the then Commissioner Spidla, has already produced the Report of the Ad Hoc Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional…

Nov 24, 2011,

Institutions and personal assistance in northern Europe

By Josefin Sterner, intern at the JAG Association  A charting of the existence of institutions and personal assistance in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Finland shows that though the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities have been signed and soon ratified by all of these countries the result vastly varies…