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Nov 28, 2011, Europe in Action

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 26, 2011, Europe in Action

The Swedish crisis

The Independent Living movement in Sweden has a long history of demonstrations. Now it’s time to take on the placards again and rescue assistance! Country after country uses the economic crisis to cut the funding of reforms of personal assistance. In Sweden the savings proposals is threatening the world’s best personal assistance legislation. Due to…

Nov 24, 2011, Europe in Action

Researching participation in the family for children with disabilities

Jenny Wilder, PhD in Psychology, Senior Lecturer in Special Needs Education Mälardalen University, and her colleagues started an inquiry in 2010 that will continue for three years, called PFA-CHILD, on how children with considerable disabilities participate in different family activities. The JAG Association inSweden is collaborating withJönköpingUniversity and two other organizations in this project.  …

Nov 24, 2011, De-institutionalisation

Institutions and personal assistance in northern Europe

By Josefin Sterner, intern at the JAG Association  A charting of the existence of institutions and personal assistance in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Finland shows that though the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities have been signed and soon ratified by all of these countries the result vastly varies…

Nov 24, 2011, Europe in Action

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 24, 2011, Europe in Action

DPAC Charter of Rights for Disabled People

Extract from the document: “Disabled People demand Rights not Charity and we reject all cuts to our services and benefits. INDEPENDENT LIVING Disabled people must have the right to live independently in society with the necessary levels of support to take a full and inclusive part in everyday activities their non-disabled peers take for granted….

Nov 19, 2011, Europe in Action

ENIL Conference in the University of Valencia (Spain)

  Last 18th  november 2011, there was a conference under the title “Independent Living, a Life Empowerment Strategy”, it took place in the Social Education Faculty of the Valencia University. The speakers were the ENIL collaborators Katjia Villatoro, José Alfonso López and Juan Benages. The conference sparked off big interest and the audience was implicated,…

Nov 19, 2011, News

DPAC first National Conference London 29th Oct

Activists take next step in fight against cuts Scores of disabled activists have come together to plan the next stage of the fight against the government’s cuts to disability benefits and services. Members of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) heard from activists, politicians and celebrities and discussed their campaigning priorities. DPAC was formed after its…

Nov 19, 2011, News

MDAC launches Croatia report

Last October MDAC, in partnership with The Association for Social Affirmation of People with Mental Disabilities (SHINE), launched the publication “Out of Sight: Human Rights in Psychiatric Hospitals and Social Care Institutions in Croatia”. The report (available in Croatian and English) presents the findings of monitoring visits made to four psychiatric hospitals and four social…

Nov 19, 2011, News

Sterilization of Women and Girls with Disabilities: A Briefing Paper (November 2011)

In many parts of the world, women rely on access to a range of methods to control their fertility, including voluntary sterilisation. However, too often, sterilisation is not a choice. Women with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to forced sterilisations performed under the auspices of legitimate medical care. The practice of forced sterilisation is part of…

Nov 19, 2011, Europe in Action

Role model: Meet Jose Alfonso Lopez from Spain

That’s my evolution in “The two Europes”: a mix of contrasts with a bittersweet taste. I’m José Alfonso. I’ve been on a wheelchair all my life and this is what I want to explain. My experience on wheels is a continuous challenge. I hate the monotony and I am so emotive, restless, that I can…

Nov 15, 2011, Europe in Action

Valencia conference on Independent Living and Human Rights

Jamie Bolling – Executive Director of ENIL visited the Secretariat in October. The main event was a conference on Independent Living and Human Rights organized by Carmen Najera– the Spanish Coordinator. Jamie spoke on the Freedom Drive and follow-up  through meetings with MEPs. In the background during the day a TV team was conducting interviews…

Nov 02, 2011, Europe in Action

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…

Nov 02, 2011, Europe in Action

Enil Mission To Bulgaria – Report

ENIL with the representation of the Executive Director Jamie Bolling was on a mission in Bulgaria, from 1st to 8th October 2011. The main purpose of the mission was to contribute to a project for active citizenship of young leaders in the IL movement in Bulgaria and to influence various actors regarding the elections to take…

Nov 02, 2011, Good Practice

AER Press release: Lets’ change our perception of disabilities!

La Rochelle, Poitou-Charentes (F), 20th October 2011 The working group “Equal Europe for People with Disabilities” of the Assembly of European Regions (AER) met in La Rochelle (F) to the kind invitation of Segolène Royal, President of Poitou-Charentes, and Michèle Sabban, President of AER, to exchange views on successful strategies for implementing the UN Convention…

Oct 31, 2011, Europe in Action

Role model: Meet Alexandra Aleksova (Bulgaria)

My name is Aleksandra. I’m 16 years of old and I’m from Bulgaria. I live with my mother in a small town west of Sofia. I have a lot of friends and relatives, who love me. I was happy that I had the chance to participate in the Strasburg Freedom Drive 2011. What is your…

Oct 27, 2011, News

Enil Promotes Edf’s Crisis Observatory

As you know ENIL is very alarmed by the ongoing cuts and austerity measures throughout Europe that disproportionally hit people with disabilities. Among other actions we are working to get our ENIL proposal resolution through the European Parliament. We also cooperate with other international NGO’s and organizations to fight the cuts. The European Disability Forum…

Oct 27, 2011, News

Inclusion Europe and Eurochild Launch Report on the Rights of Children with Intellectual Disabilities

After two years of extensive research, the European Report on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child for children with intellectual disabilities was officially launched at a European conference in Brussels. The report revealed that children with intellectual disabilities face a significantly higher risk of discrimination, exclusion and neglect than…