Good Practice

Jun 24, 2014,

ENIL represented at 6th International Disability Law Summer School!

The National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) organised their 6th International Disability Law Summer School from the 16th to the 20th of June 2014. In general terms, this summer school informs about the current status of the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. The core focus of this…

May 29, 2014,

The Role of Assistive Technology in improving the lives of disabled people

Peter Lambreghts, ENIL board member recently spoke about the importance of assistive technology in improving the lives of disabled people at Ku Leuven University. In October 2014 a postgraduate course in ‘Community Service Engineering’ began and the aim of this course is to provide engineers with the necessary tools to be active in companies in…

Feb 19, 2014,

The European Day for Independent Living – May 5th!

ENIL – European Network on Independent Living (IL) celebrates 25 years of being in existence having started in Strasbourg in 1989. To commemorate this event and celebrate our growing network the ENIL board is delighted to announce that May 5th has been declared as the European day on Independent Living. This day can be used…

Feb 13, 2014,

Dobson’s Choice- The first web search engine for people with learning disabilities

Dobson’s Choice is the first web search engine designed for people with learning disabilities who have difficulty with reading and writing. It enables people to find relevant and accessible websites, and it’s totally free! They now have over 1800 websites that people with learning disabilities can access without having to type a word into a…

Dec 19, 2013,

Role Model: Mari Siilsalu

This month our Role Model is Mari Siilsalu and we speak with  her about how she developed the idea of peer counseling being introduced into schools in Estonia and how she made this into a reality. Mari Siilsalu, the ENIL coordinator of Estonia, won a prize! Tartu City in Estonia awarded her the Youth of…

Nov 11, 2013,

Victory For Independent Living Rights In English Appeal Court

Statement by Anne Pridmore, Gabriel Pepper and Stuart Bracking As three of the Independent Living Fund users who have challenged the legality of the government’s decision to close the Fund, we welcome the Appeal Court’s unanimous ruling that this decision should be quashed. Given the Government has decided not to appeal to the Supreme Court,…

Aug 28, 2013,

Freedom Drive Campaign: Article 20

Mareks Odumiņš was born in 1989 and comes from Bauska, Latvia. Marek had a joyful youth and is positive and happy with life. About one year ago, Marek’s life vastly changed as he was involved in an accident and he is now a wheelchair user. The accident altered Mareks daily routine completely as he now…

Jul 30, 2013,

The Worlds most Accessible Building

Jamie Bolling – the ENIL Executive Director visited Stig Langvad the President of the Danish Disability Umbrella Organization (DPOD) in Copenhagen and the world’s most accessible building for disabled people! The name of the building is: The House of Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and is the dream come true of building an accessible central…

Jun 25, 2013,

Tandem Biking!

“My experience was fascinating. I felt like I was flying!” says Aggelos Aslanoglou, 42 years old, in a recent interview in “NEA” (Greek national publicized newspaper). Aggelos, who has vision impairment is describing the second time in his life he ​​pedaled for several kilometers. He participated in the cycling tour of Kallithea (an Athens region)…

Jun 25, 2013,

Conference on the UN CRPD in Drama, Greece

On the 18th June 2013, The Paraplegics Association of Drama, together with the Local Youth Council held a conference about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Drama, Greece. According to statistics approximately 10 per cent of the world’s population or 650 million people live with a disability. The World…

Apr 24, 2013,

Introducing The Association for Promoting Inclusion Serbia – Serbian API

The Association for Promoting Inclusion of Serbia is a non-governmental civil society organization which works in education and in the promotion and provision of services in the field of social protection. Their vision is a society with equal opportunities for all. Their mission is to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and…

Apr 10, 2013,

ENIL Webinar on Innovation in Social Services

As part of a project on innovative social services (INNOSERV), ENIL is holding a webinar on 29 April between 17.00 and 19.30 CET, to watch and discuss videos of innovative services for people with disabilities. The webinar is aimed at young people between 18 and 30. Participation is free of charge and attendance should be confirmed by 15 April.

Feb 28, 2013,

ENIL Shadow Report on Article 19 of UN CRPD

This year, ENIL will begin working on a Shadow Report on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities concentrating on Article 19. Article 19 focuses on Independent Living and Living in the Community. At the present moment, the CRPD Committee has a significant backlog, with this shadow report ENIL hope to capture…

Dec 13, 2012,

Cyprus Volunteers Movement & ESFC Release Announcements

Both the European Social Forum Cyrus (ESFC) and the Cyprus Volunteers Movement released announcements on the 3rd December 2012, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in relation to the effects of the current economic crisis and the rights of people with disabilities which you can read here: At present we find ourselves in the…