Europe in Action

Mar 29, 2012,

Role model: Meet Aaron Abbey, from Ireland

Hello my name is Aaron Abbey. I am 31. I have 3 sisters, all younger than me. I am from Dublin Ireland.  For the past ten years I’ve been involved in the Centre for the Independent Living Movement here in Ireland. I currently work for one of the 24 offices of CIL Ireland which is…

Mar 29, 2012,

ENIL’s visit to Belarus: “What is IL and why is it needed?”

The Office for the Rights of Persons with a Disability (ORPD) in Minsk invited ENIL’s executive director Jamie Bolling to Belarus. The visit took place between 25th and 29th February 2012. The theme for the visit was “What is Independent Living and why is it needed?” The message was communicated through several gatherings bringing together…

Mar 29, 2012,

European Disability Forum (EDF) answers the Accessibility Act Consultation

Over the past three months, the European Commission has run a public consultation on a European Accessibility Act. The Disabled People’s Rights unit within the Directorate-General for Justine, who are leading the consultation, explained that this process is part of the preparatory data collection that will underpin the impact assessment for the development of a…

Mar 29, 2012,

AER Committee two meeting – March 2012 in Joensuu, Finland

The spring meeting of the AER Social Policy and Public Health Committee took place in Joensuu, Finland on 19-21 March 2012.  The meeting was an invitation of the region of North Karelia. AER members joined the Conference on perspectives on ageing that was organized in the framework of the European Year 2012 and focused on health…

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,

After-birth abortion or the danger of thought experiments

“Parents should have the right to kill their newborn baby.” So say two academics in an article in the renowned ‘Journal of Medical Ethics’. Their controversial statement provoked a global wave of horror and even death threats. Alberto Giubilini, Professor at the University of Milan, and Francesca Minerva, from the Centre For Applied Philosophy and…

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 28, 2012,

Irish MEP’s Discuss European Union Austerity Measures

On the 9th February 2012 ENIL and the parliamentary group GUE/NGL held a hearing in the European Parliament entitled ‘Defend the right of Independent Living – How the EU’s austerity policy is undermining the lives of people with disabilities’. Before the hearing I met up with two Irish Members of the European Parliament, Mairead McGuinness…

Mar 28, 2012,

Edward Scissorhands … the cuts in Italy

He couldn’t have done worse than this. The BTP-Bund spread going up and down, the European Central Bank, a crisis in welfare: explain it how you want but at the end of the day there is a scapegoat that has always been used and that’s the weak. In the middle of this, disabled people are…

Mar 28, 2012,

ENIL on the Joint Committee on Human Rights Report on Independent Living and UNCRDP

Rights of disabled people may be at risk, says Human Rights Committee  The disability movement/Independent Living movement of the UK is very pleased about the outcome of this report. It was exactly what we needed after almost two years of challenging the government on how the cuts and austerity measures were affecting disabled people’s ability…

Mar 28, 2012,

Save the date!

27 April 2012 demonstration “Parachutes/bailouts for all!” from the Federal Chancellery to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany More info: http://www.bi-daheim.de/aufrufe_aktionen/2012_02_08_aufruf.php 2nd – 4th May 2012 first European Mind Change Conference „Social inclusion of people with disabilities“ in Villach, Austria Jamie Bolling, Executive Director of ENIL will give a keynote address on “New Policy to…

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: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/mar/01/disabled-people-have-come-far 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…

Mar 02, 2012,

Bolivia’s disabled clash with police over subsidies

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-17150809 Protesters hit the officers with sticks and crutches Dozens of disabled people have clashed with police in Bolivia during a protest calling for higher state subsidies. Several protesters were hurt as they tried to break through a police cordon in the country’s main city of La Paz. Riot police used pepper spray to prevent…

Mar 01, 2012,

U.K.: Rights of disabled people may be at risk, says Human Rights Committee

JOINT COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS PRESS NOTICE No 87, Session 2010-12, 27 February 2012    The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) today publishes its Report on the implementation of the right of disabled people to independent living in the context of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) which was…

Feb 23, 2012,

DPAC: Letter warns Government that Scrapping ILF would ‘wreck lives’

Campaigners have handed the government a letter signed by hundreds of user-led organisations and disabled activists, in an effort to save the Independent Living Fund (ILF). The letter, written by the campaign group Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), warns that scrapping ILF would “wreck disabled people’s lives” and push them into residential institutions rather than…

Feb 21, 2012,

Reminder: Free online seminars on UNCRPD

The Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) are hosting a series of four free online seminars. The aim of these seminars is to relate the Disability Convention to what people with disabilities in Scotland have said are the key issues that they face. To date three seminars have taken…

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…