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…
Fifteen years after the first Independent Living Congress in Tenerife, Spain (2003), it was time to reflect on the experience of over 15 years of work – the successes and the mistakes – and the effect these changes have had on people’s lives. ENIL was pleased to be able to support the Congress, which was…
The European Commission is working on a study on the accessibility of websites and apps of public sector bodies, with a focus on disabled users (as a group that is most affected by the Web Accessibility Directive). For this reason, they launched a survey, available in all EU languages. The survey will close on Monday,…
The Independent Living Insitute, founded in 1993 by Adolf Ratzka, is a policy evaluation and policy formulation center based in Stockholm. At the moment, ILI is implementing two main projects: Law as a Tool for Social Change, and Disabled Refugees Welcome. Law as a Tool for Social Change The aim of the Law as a…
Our Advocacy Officer Frank Sioen and EVS volunteer Miriam Graute represented ENIL at the ESF (European Social Fund) Thematic Network on Partnership meeting in Berlin, on the 14thand 15thMay. ENIL is active in two ESF Thematic Networks: on Partnership and Social Inclusion. These groups meet regularly and seek to improve how the European Social Fund is…
ENIL Youth and the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) organised a joint study session on intercultural inclusive learning in the Council of Europe’s Youth Centre in Strasbourg on 28 May – 4 June 2017. We now present you the final report of the event, entitled “Inclusion Culture Promoting Leadership in Intercultural Understanding within Mixed ability Groups”….
The aim of ENIL’s Independent Living Research Network is to facilitate communication and development of joint initiatives among researchers and campaigners who focus in their work on Independent Living and kindred topics such as deinstitutionalisation, personal assistance, Article 19 of the UN CRPD, and others.
The 8th Freedom Drive is now over, bringing an end to a week of promoting independent living, peer support, protest and celebration of disability rights.
Last summer, ENIL attended the Global Independent Living Summit in Washington DC. Organised by the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) on 23 July, the Summit brought together Independent Living activists from 50 States and from countries around the world, who were there to exchange information and support one another.
On 31 May, the Balkan Disability Independent Framework (BDIF), represented by Suad Zahirović from IC Lotos in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, visited the ENIL Office in Brussels. The meeting was a part of the BDIF study visit to Brussels, to increase the NGO network building in the Balkans region.
From 28 May to 4 June, ENIL Youth and the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) organised a joint study session on intercultural inclusive learning in the Council of Europe’s Youth Centre in Strasbourg.
ENIL is proud to present the report for the 4th European Independent Living Day on 5th May 2017.
The European Solidarity Corps is a new EU initiative which will provide opportunities for young people aged 18-30 to participate in projects which will benefit individuals and communities across Europe.
May 5th 2017 is the fourth European Independent Living Day to be celebrated around Europe, by Centers for Independent Living and other members of the European Independent Living Movement.
The Lisbon municipality has financed a pilot project for personal assistance in cooperation with the Independent Living Center of Lisbon.
The European Commission has launched a new initiative – the European Solidarity Corps. As an organisation promoting employment opportunities for young disabled people, ENIL has taken part in the process of consultation by attending meetings and submitting a written response.
In 2017, ENIL is planning a series of webinars, led by our Advocacy Officer Frank Sioen, on different topics related to ENIL’s work on the EU level. Next event is on 29 March, 19.00h CET.
ENIL is glad to present you an interesting paper on the impact of promoting accessible tourism, created by Gavin Toal and Michael Holden.
ENIL continues its work against Hate Crime during 2017 and plans to supply its members with regular updates. In this article you’ll find the first updates and future plans.
Last year, ENIL assisted our member CIL Serbia in organizing a study visit to London. The visit – which took place between 3 and 7 July – was part of the project “Strengthening political participation of persons with disabilities in the Republic of Serbia”. It was facilitated by Disability Rights UK (DRUK) and ENIL.