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May 31, 2021, De-institutionalisation

Sorrow in Potsdam: Let our people go

In the wake of the terrible killings in Potsdam in Germany on the 28th of April, we reached out to our members in the country to ask them to give their thoughts on what happened and what can be done to prevent such horrors from happening again in the future. The basic summary of what…

May 31, 2021, De-institutionalisation

South Korea: Deinstitutionalisation Law Discussed in Parliament

On 10 December 2020, a long-awaited Deinstitutionalisation Support Act bill was proposed in the Republic of Korea by lawmaker Choi Hyeyoung, with support from 67 lawmakers. The law consists of two main parts; closing all forms of institutions in Korea and supporting the resettlement of persons with disabilities. First, the bill aims to close EVERY…

May 31, 2021, Independent Living

8th Independent Living Day Celebrated across Europe

On May 5th, it was the European Independent Living Day, or as some of our friends put it, “#ENILDay”. The 5th May is one of the biggest days in the ENIL calendar. The theme for this year’s celebrations was movement and mobility, which of course goes hand in hand with the UN Convention on the…

May 31, 2021, De-institutionalisation

European Coalition for Community Living Discusses Ongoing DI Reforms

On 16th April, the European Network on Independent Living – ENIL, in the framework of the European Coalition for Community Living – ECCL and in partnership with Nic Crosby (GatherBuildWork), organised a successful webinar on European deinstitutionalisation reforms. The webinar, titled “Deinstitutionalisation in Practice – A Conversation with Practitioners and Disabled People”, brought together speakers…

May 31, 2021, Independent Living

Meet Áine, Claudia and Peadar – our new volunteers!

During May and June, we have three volunteers joining the ENIL Team. Peadar O’Dea is part of our 8-month long European Solidarity Corps programme and will be based at the Brussels Office, while the other two volunteers will work remotely for approximately 3 months. We are happy to have them on board, and you can…

May 26, 2021, Europe in Action

ENIL Annual Report 2020

On 24th May, the Board of the European Network on Independent Living – ENIL adopted the Annual Report for 2020. The report covers ENIL’s activities between 1 January and 31 December 2020. It is aimed at anyone who would like to find out more about ENIL and its work. This includes our members, allies, disabled…

May 07, 2021, Independent Living

Personal Assistance as a Key Tool for Independent Living and Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities (PAKT)

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) and the Association of Women with Disabilities (ENG-KAD) are starting a new project, which aims to promote the development of personal assistance in Turkey by ensuring that people with disabilities are better informed and better able to advocate tor personal assistance. Personal assistance is a tool, which allows…

Apr 30, 2021, Europe in Action

Everything You Need to Know about the #ILDay2021!

The 8th edition of the European Independent Living Day on the 5th May is around the corner, and, as we recently wrote, this year we decided to dedicate it to the idea of movement or mobility, in a broader way. With this, we hope that many people and organisations across Europe and beyond will be motivated to…

Apr 30, 2021, Independent Living

CHA – France and ENIL’s Recommendations on France

In view of the dialogue between France and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee), which is scheduled for August 2021, Coordination Handicap et Autonomie – Vie Autonome France (CHA – France) – supported by ENIL – sent a number of recommendations for the Concluding Observations. The contribution gives an overview…

Apr 30, 2021, Independent Living

Independent Living in Rural Africa

The name of our Association is the Association of the Physically Disabled, Lower River Region. This Association is in the countryside, in which we have children, elders and women. We are from Gambia, within the West Africa. Our Association is registered to the Anthony general chamber and we have a Land of 50/50 meter square….

Apr 20, 2021, De-institutionalisation

Press Release: Disability Groups File Second Complaint against Austria for EU Funds Misuse

Vienna and Brussels, 20 April 2021 – Independent Living Austria (ILA) and the European Network for Independent Living (ENIL) filed a second official complaint to the European Commission against Austria. The complaint concerns the misuse of an estimated 3.2 million EUR from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), used in Tyrol for the renovation…

Mar 31, 2021, Independent Living

Book Review: Vying for a Choice: Gordana Rajkov – A Life Story

Independent Living has spread from the USA to many countries across the world. Started in the 60s by American activists, the ideology, philosophy and movement of Independent Living has been important for changes, making the world a better place for disabled people[1].  In the book – Vying for a Choice: Gordana Rajkov – A Life…

Mar 31, 2021, Europe in Action

New Research Project – Disability Youth Activism Across Europe: Do you want to participate?

Disability Activism in Europe: Young Disabled Activist’s Views and Experiences is a research project that explores disability activism, politics, and the activities of young disabled activists across Europe to challenge marginalisation and discrimination. It is co-funded by the University of Leeds and the Leverhulme Trust. It is led by Dr Miro Griffiths, a former board…

Mar 31, 2021, Funding

Meet Our New Office Manager – Stanislas

My name is Stanislas. I come from a small city in France called Elancourt, close to Paris. I lived abroad for around 10 years. I studied in France and Japan and worked mostly in Belgium. My speciality is finance and accounting for NGOs. I also dedicate my time to French teaching and to music. I…

Feb 26, 2021, Europe in Action

Join us for the European Independent Living Day – May 5th 2021!

In 2014, the European Network on Independent Living – ENIL celebrated 25 years of existence. To commemorate this event and to celebrate our growing network, the ENIL Board decided to declare May 5th as the European Day on Independent Living. This day can be used as a day of celebration, for protests or any other…