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Dec 16, 2011,

ENIL Hearing on Cuts at the European Parliament

Save the Date! 9 February 2012, European Parliament   On 9 February 2012 ENIL is holding a hearing at the European Parliament entitled ‘Defend the Right of Independent Living – How the EU’s Austerity Policy Is Undermining the Lives of People with Disabilities’. The hearing is hosted by the European United Left / Nordic Green…

Dec 16, 2011,

Recent reports

  ENIL would like to raise awareness on the work and publications of ESSL. The Essl Family have been involved in social affairs for many years. The Essl Foundation was established in 2007 in order to consolidate the family’s social activities with the mission to remove barriers, especially for disadvantaged persons, and to work for…

Dec 16, 2011,

Jim Mansell Recognised for Outstanding Contribution to Social Care

Jim Mansell, Emeritus Professor of Learning Disability at the Tizard Centre at the University of Kent, and a member of the Advisory Council of the European Coalition for Community Living (ECCL), was awarded the SCIE Knowledge Award for Outstanding Contribution to Knowledge in Social Care for 2011.   The UK’s Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)…

Dec 16, 2011,

ENIL is active in the FRA

ENIL is active in the FRA (The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights) and supports the research the FRA is conducting. The FRA launched a report on ‘The legal protection of persons with mental health problems under non-discrimination law’ in October.   The publication analysed how national and international non-discrimination legislation and case law defines…

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…

Dec 16, 2011,

INNOSERV research project for innovative social services

ENIL is proud to be a member of the INNOSERV consortium starting its work in February 2012. A short description of the project follows: Other members of the consortium are: • Diakonhjemmet University College, Oslo, Norway • University of Roskilde, Denmark • Diakoniewissenschaftliches Institut, Heidelberg University, Germany • Universite Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne, Paris, France •…

Dec 16, 2011,

DREAM – Disability Rights Expanding Accessible Markets

ENIL is an Associated Partner in the EU funded project DREAM – Disability Rights Expanding Accessibly Markets, led by the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at the National University of Ireland, Galway. During the 3-year project, ENIL will host two early stage researchers (ESRs) – Ciara Brennan and Orla Kelly – based at the…

Dec 08, 2011,

Personal Assistance as a condition of freedom

When we were at the beginning of our struggle for our right to personal assistance and we started looking for role models we began by reading up on the history of the independent living movement. We were very surprised to find out how similar the struggle these pioneers faced was to our humble beginnings. The…

Dec 08, 2011,

15 years of independent living initiatives in Serbia

CIL Serbia from its foundation has been working on providing the condition for PA service establishing and development. The result of the 2-year pilot project from 2003 and 2005 and local advocacy activists is that 4 municipalities (Sombor, Smederevo, Jagodina and Leskovac) recognized the importance of the service and allocate the funds for it. The…

Dec 04, 2011,

Independent Living Classics: the 2007 Barcelona speech by Dr Ratzka

If we speak about inspirational leaders in the Independent living movement we quickly come to Dr Adolf Ratzka. In 2007 he spoke in Barcelona on the dependency culture towards people with disabilities and how to break it. The title of his speech was: “Independent Living for people with disabilities: from patient to citizen and customer”….

Dec 04, 2011,

Broad support for ENIL Resolution!

As you all know the financial and economical crisis is hitting people with disabilities in a disproportionately way. Through our network of independent living activists in Europe we are receiving alarming messages about austerity measures and cuts in independent living services and personal assistance. Fighting this negative tendency is one of the main focuses for…

Dec 04, 2011,

UN Human Rights: Study on the Implementation of Article 33 of the UNCRPD in Europe

The Study aims to provide States with detailed information on the bodies set up under Article 33 CRPD so that they can take stock of the experiences of other States. It also purports to assist international human rights mechanisms, including the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in providing guidance on the…

Dec 04, 2011,

Salzburg Won! Most accessible European City 2012!

The City of Salzburg won the 2011 Access City Award. The Commissioner Reding at the European Day of Persons with Disabilities Conference in Brussels presented the award on December 1, 2011. At the ceremony the three other finalists “runners-up” were also revealed as well as the cities receiving special mentions. Special mentions were given to…

Dec 02, 2011,

ENIL Press Release: Cuts to Independent Living Services Call for More Rigorous Implementation of the UN Disability Convention in 2012.

Cuts to Independent Living services across Europe, slow progress towards de-institutionalisation, abuse of disabled people in institutional care, and some advancement in the right to Personal Assistance. This is a summary of 2011 by the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) on the occasion of 3 December, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. A…

Nov 28, 2011,

World Report on Disability at EP

The first ever World Report on Disability, produced jointly by WHO and the World Bank, will be presented in the European Parliament, Where: Josef Antall building, room 6Q1 When: 7th December 12:30 – 15:00 The event will be hosted by Dr Adam Kosa, MEP and EDF Acting Director, Javier Güemes will be speaking. Other speakers include: László Andor, Commissioner for Employment,…

Nov 24, 2011,

Artist challenges stereotypes by using models from “Funkisbyrån”

We have previously written about the model agency for people with disabilities that JAG started three years ago. Two of the models, Stefan Nilsson and Frida Gustavsson, is currently present in a cross-border exhibition of photographs by famous Swedish artist Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin. The aim of the exhibition is to challenge norms. The title of…

Nov 02, 2011,

New book: ‘Theses For The Theory And Culture Of Handicap’

On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the Prague conclusions, adopted at the International seminar about Independent Living, YHD would like to present to you the new book on with the title ‘Theses for the theory’ and culture of handicap written by Ph. D. Dušan Rutar. The turning point in our…