Jul 03, 2014,

Revised Toolkit on the Use of EU Funds for Deinstitutionalisation

The European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care has just published a Revised Edition of the Toolkit on the Use of EU Funds for the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care. The Revised Toolkit takes account of the final version of the European Structural and Investment Funds Regulations 2014 – 2020….

Apr 28, 2014,

Historical systemic change in disabled people’s sector in Flanders

Press Release from Onafhankelijk Leven vzw (CIL Flanders, Belgium) The disability sector is subject to a historical change as and from the 1st January 2015. The Flemish parliament has approved the Flemish Parliament decree which will realise this change. The decree of Individual Funding is providing a system in which the budget of the government…

Mar 20, 2014,

Disabled Bulgarians Denied the Right to Independent Living

Reasons for my trip to Bulgaria I was invited by ENIL to go and speak at a conference in Sofia on deinstitutionalisation and community-based services, representing the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG). This was one of a number of similar seminars, which the EEG is organising in cooperation…

Mar 04, 2014,

Developing a Strategy to Promote the Rights of People with Disabilities

Across Central and Eastern Europe, hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities are excluded from full participation in society—from education and employment, to housing and marriage. Not all countries with inclusive policies have transformed these into meaningful action. Following the European Union’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, member states…

Jan 30, 2014,

A historic opportunity for people in institutional care: EU Funds must be used to develop community-based alternatives in 2014-2020

A Statement by the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG) Dublin, 30th January 2014 – The European Union is currently preparing to implement the next seven years of the Structural and Investment funding. The framework put in place for this new programming period represents a historic opportunity to protect…

Jan 28, 2014,

From Le Court to Strasbourg: Fighting for Independent Living for 30 Years

On 17 January 2014, the Southampton Centre for Independent Living – SPECTRUM held an event to celebrate 30 years since John Evans left an institution and started to live independently. Numerous independent living activists, from both the UK and abroad, gathered in Southampton or sent messages, paying tribute to John and saying “thank you” for…

Jan 22, 2014,

Urgent Appeal: Stop the building of a new institution in Vancouver

ENIL has received an urgent request for support from the City of Vancouver Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee, regarding plans to build a new institution for people with disabilities in Vancouver – to be discussed at a meeting on 22 January. They are asking for letters of protest to be sent to the Vancouver City…

Nov 08, 2013,

ENIL and OSF-MHI Roundtable on the Use of Structural Funds for People with Disabilities

As part of advocacy for better use of Structural Funds in Central and Eastern Europe, the European Network on Independent Living and the Open Society Foundations – Mental Health Initiative held a successful roundtable with representatives of the European Commission, Member States, the European Parliament and the civil society. The meeting, organised on 7 November…

May 08, 2013,

Community Living for All

‘Community Living for All’, A conference on the Future Role of the European Union Structural Funds to Advance Community Living for Older People and People with Disabilities took place on Friday 3rd May 2013 in Áras Moyola, National University of Ireland, Republic of Ireland. On the occasion of this Conference, a press release urging the…

Feb 25, 2013,

ENIL Independent Living Training and Promotion in Bulgaria

In the first week of February 2013, ENIL representatives traveled to Bulgaria to meet with local authority officials about the current situation of people with disabilities in Bulgaria and about the progress being made toward Independent Living there.  ENIL also held a training session on Independent Living for young people with disabilities who are living…

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…