Oct 05, 2021, Independent Living

Meet Michael Goossens, our new Human Rights Officer

Hello everyone, my name is Michael Goossens and I am the new Human Rights Officer at ENIL. I am happy to be part of the team, which has welcomed me and is helping me to integrate well and have the best tools to work and advance the fight for Independent living across Europe and beyond….

Sep 22, 2021, Disability Watchdog

Austria: Segregation and social exclusion of disabled people in facilities co-financed by the EAFRD

Vienna and Brussels, 22 September 2021 – In July 2020, Independent Living Austria (ILA) and the European Network for Independent Living (ENIL) submitted an official complaint to the European Commission, challenging the segregation and social exclusion of disabled people in facilities co-financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). At the heart of…

Sep 21, 2021, Disability Watchdog

Is the European Union supporting deinstitutionalisation outside its borders? – We’d like to hear from you!

The European Network on Independent Living – ENIL has been commissioned by the European Disability Forum (EDF) to draft a report on deinstitutionalisation and independent living in EU global actions. We are looking at how funding provided by the European Union to other countries supports or hinders progress towards the right to independent living and…

Sep 10, 2021, De-institutionalisation

The Freedom Surf is just around the corner. Register now!

On 21 – 23 September,  the European Network on Independent Living will hold its first Freedom Surf. This three-day online event will be held instead of the Freedom Drive, which was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic for 2022. The Freedom Surf will consist of a series of events, some of which are being organised…

Aug 20, 2021, Independent Living

“Entrepreneurship for All” Project Surveys – Let Us Know about the Entrepreneurship & Disability Situation in your Country!

ENIL recently started a new project called “Entrepreneurship for All”, funded by the European Union under Erasmus+. “Entrepreneurship for All” will be implemented until the end of 2022, and we are working together with organisations from Turkey and Bulgaria. The project will promote inclusive entrepreneurship, as well as inclusive learning and training methodologies on entrepreneurship…

Jul 30, 2021, De-institutionalisation

Response of ENIL and i-living to the Greek Deinstitutionalisation Strategy

The European Network on Independent Living – ENIL and i-living, the Independent Living Organization of Greece, welcome the Greek Deinstitutionalisation Strategy, Action Plan and other accompanying documents, published by the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) last month. The Strategy is an important step in recognising the need to move away…

Jul 30, 2021, De-institutionalisation

Personal Assistance for Children: Why do we need it?

On 16- 17 September, the Committee on the Rights of the Child is holding a Day of General Discussion (DGD) on “Children’s Rights in Alternative Care”. The purpose of the DGD is to look at the situation of children in alternative care, to discuss areas of concern, to review implementation of relevant international standards, including…

Jul 30, 2021, Independent Living

New Project on Entrepreneurship for All

Earlier this month, we started a new project – “Entrepreneurship for All” – funded by the European Union under Erasmus+. Entrepreneurship is defined as “the activity of setting up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit”. “Entrepreneurship for All” will be implemented until the end of 2022, and we…

Jun 30, 2021, Independent Living

A Call for Web Developers to Create New ENIL Website

Are you a web development agency with experience in designing beautiful and accessible WordPress websites? Are you based in Europe? Have you worked with advocacy NGOS before? If so, the European Network on Independent Living would love to hear from you. We are redeveloping our website in the second half of 2021 and invite you…

Jun 30, 2021, Independent Living

Disability Crosses Borders

For disabled migrants and those living between cultures, too often our stories and rights are invisible in immigration conversations, and invisible in disability conversations. Moving and living between places and cultures can be exhilarating and overwhelming, fruitful and stressful. When we add disability to the mix, it’s even more complex. My name is Áine Kelly-Costello….

Jun 30, 2021, Independent Living

How Montenegro Celebrated the European Independent Living Day

Celebration of the European Independent Living Day was organized through a set of different activities which started before this day and lasted during May. Topic of this year celebration was Mobility, which includes right to personal mobility (freedom of movement) of persons with disabilities, therefore it was set as a key topic of organized activities….

Jun 22, 2021, Independent Living

Join ENIL as a European Solidarity Corps Volunteer!

The European Network on Independent Living – ENIL is looking for a 3 months European Solidarity Corps volunteer, from 1 October 2021 to 31 December 2021. As a European Solidarity Corps (ESC) volunteer, you will work in the ENIL Brussels office and gain experience in advocating for changes in European laws and policies, as part…

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…