Good Practice

Mar 29, 2012,

The chair as art-form!

An original exhibition is currently on show in the metro station Botanique in Brussels: Chais’Art. The theme of the exhibition is the wheelchair as artistic icon, giving a new and amusing take on the subject. The artist is Cleon Angelo, himself a wheelchair user, working in collaboration with Benedict Gastout, graphic designer. The aim of…

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,

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 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 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…

Feb 20, 2012,

Collaboration request for INNOSERV project – report good examples of social innovation

February 1, 2012 marks the beginning of the Social platform on innovative social services or the INNOSERV Project  funded under the European Commission’s Seventh framework programme.  The Project is a unique opportunity for the identification and acknowledgement of innovative services that generate postive outcomes from a service user perspective.  ENIL has found it important to…

Feb 19, 2012,

Good news! Bulgaria ratified the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Bulgaria has finally ratified the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities. After a long and hard battle for the human rights of many disabled people in Bulgaria, Parliament has taken this serious step and ratified the Convention. This historical moment for persons with disabilities in Bulgaria is the first step in finally recognising…

Feb 01, 2012,

EPP Hearing – Tourism and Accessibility on Thursday, 9 February 2012

EPP Group Public Hearing on Tourism for all, a challenge to win! Accessibility of destinations, accommodation and information within the new Tourism Strategy of the EU Thursday, 9 February 2012 9.00 – 12.30 JAN 6 Q 2 Agenda EPP Hearing T&A 09.02.2012 Registration: e-mail to EPP-Turism_and_Accessibility@europarl.europa.eu stating full name, date of birth and home address, as well…

Feb 01, 2012,

European Commision. Public consultation with a view to a European Accessibility Act

Date: 29/02/2012 Objective of the consultation The Commission is reflecting on the development of a European Accessibility Act containing measures to improve the accessibility of goods and services in the European market. This consultation is part of the preparatory data collection that will underpin the assessment of the impact of the measures. Target group(s) All…

Feb 01, 2012,

Recommended reading. ‘Handicapping Rules: The Overly Restrictive Application of Admissibility Criteria by the European Court of Human Rights to Complaints Concerning Disabled People’

‘Handicapping Rules: The Overly Restrictive Application of Admissibility Criteria by the European Court of Human Rights to Complaints Concerning Disabled People’ By Constantin Cojocariu Abstract This article analyses the way in which admissibility rules related to standing and victim status can in certain circumstances exclude persons with disabilities held in mental health institutionsfrom the protection…

Jan 31, 2012,

Research: LGTB Young disabled persons.

This research aims to find out how disabled young people (aged 16 – 25) see themselves, their identities, and their social networks. These networks may contain a variety of people, organisations and services that are an important part of their lives. There are a few ways in which you may be able to help: 1….

Jan 31, 2012,

Implementation of the Article 9 on accessibility of the UNCRPD

Pursuant to the Day of the General Discussion on Article 9 of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, held on October 7th, 2010, and the decision taken by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ Working Group for drafting a General Comment on Article 9 of the Convention, at the…

Jan 12, 2012,

Save the date: Online seminars on the UNCRPD

The Scottish Human Rights Commission and the Equality and Human Rights Commission are holding a series of free online seminars about how the UN Disability Convention relates to what disabled people have told the Commission’s are the main barriers remaining to allow disabled people in Scotland to enjoy the full range of rights to which…