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Jul 23, 2020, De-institutionalisation

UN Special Rapporteurs on Disability and Housing Express Concern Over Systematic Misuse of EU Funds to Promote Disability-Based Institutionalisation Across Europe

Brussels and Budapest, 23 July 2020 – Two senior United Nations (UN) experts have expressed concern about numerous instances of EU funding being used to finance the maintenance and expansion of institutions for persons with disabilities across the continent, in violation of international human rights law. UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with…

Jul 23, 2020, De-institutionalisation

COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor (DRM)  calls for an emergency response to the catastrophic abuse of the human  rights of persons with disabilities in institutions 

On 20 April 2020, the COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor (DRM) launched an international survey to monitor state measures concerning persons with disabilities  amid  the  pandemic. The initial  analysis of the ongoing global survey has revealed grave and systemic violations of fundamental freedoms and human rights of persons with disabilities detained in large- and small-scale institutions, which have…

Jul 14, 2020, News

ENIL is Looking for a European Solidarity Corps Volunteer

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is looking for a 5 – 7 months European Solidarity Corps volunteer, with a starting date in May or June 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,…

Jun 30, 2020, De-institutionalisation

First Steps towards a New Disability Strategy

On 18 June, the European Parliament adopted a progressive Resolution for a new European Disability Strategy post 2020 (further referred to as ‘the Resolution’).  ENIL is pleased to see strong emphasis on Independent Living throughout the document. This is particularly visible in three points: deinstitutionalisation with access to services, personal assistance and freedom of movement….

Jun 30, 2020, De-institutionalisation

Emergency Deinstitutionalisation: A joint call to act now!

On 11 June, ENIL, Validity Foundation and Disability Rights International organised a webinar “Safety through Inclusion: the Case for Emergency Deinstitutionalisation*”. The webinar was a call to action to ensure that disabled people can leave institutions as a matter of priority, in order to prevent further deaths from COVID-19 and to accelerate access to living…

Jun 30, 2020, News

ENIL Launches Independent Living Survey (in English, German, French)

The European Network on Independent Living is launching its first Independent Living Survey, with the aim of getting a better picture of access to Independent Living in Europe. Responses will be analysed and published in December 2020. The Independent Living Survey should be completed by disabled people, DPOs or NGOs familiar with access to Independent…

Jun 30, 2020, De-institutionalisation

Independent Living Research Network: Miro Griffiths

My experience of disability was shaped, initially, by my personal experience of impairment. Before the introduction to disability politics, my overall perspective was one rooted in the individual model of disability, wrapped in a tragedy narrative. I was ashamed of identifying as a disabled person, professionals and practitioners encouraged me to be passive and dependent,…

Jun 30, 2020, Good Practice

COVID-19 Impact on Mental Health: Impressions from the Webinar

Last month, I was one of the guest speakers in the webinar ’Impact of COVID-19 on mental health: After the crisis’. It was organized by our member Euro Youth Mental Health (EYMH), and broadcast on Facebook live, as part of the European Youth Event 2020. This session was also a follow-up on last year’s study…

Jun 30, 2020, De-institutionalisation

French People Stand Up to Institutions

It was close to +35 degrees on the 25th of June and there was no shade to take shelter in front of the Palais de Justice law courts of the busy city of Lyon. At noon, as the first protesters unfolded their banners, the barristers, judges, clerks and litigants had just started to leave the…

Jun 30, 2020, Disability Watchdog

All That Hurts

My name is Elvira Popa and I have been a wheelchair user for many years, living in Râmnicu-Vâlcea, Romania. Life has been very harsh most of the time and here I am telling  one of those episodes when I was kicked down to the ground and left alone to find my way back. 1.The assault The…

Jun 16, 2020, News

Overview of Data during COVID-19 Pandemic

This overview provides information about the living situation of disabled people in the European Union during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is based on the data collected by the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) and the European Disability Forum (EDF), until 15 May 2020. The personal experiences that are part of this overview have been…

Jun 02, 2020, Disability Watchdog

Launch of the COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor Dashboard

Since 20 April 2020, through a global survey, the COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor (DRM) has been gathering data to conduct rapid independent monitoring of state measures concerning persons with disabilities in the context of the pandemic. Today, the initiative reaches a new milestone with the launch of the COVID-19 DRM Dashboard that allows the public…

May 29, 2020, News

In Memoriam: Emil Bohinc

When Elena called me on the morning of Wednesday, May 20, I quickly told her I didn’t have time and had pleased her she should be short. This is my standard response to phone calls when I draw. “Wait, I HAVE to tell you that. Emil died tonight. ”At that moment, I collapsed and a…

May 29, 2020, De-institutionalisation

Independent Living Research Network: Rados Keravica

My pathway to disability research was not a straightforward one but it’s certainly an interesting one. Originally, I had studied international economics at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, and obtained a master’s degree there but I’ve never seen myself as the practitioner in the field of finance. What’s more, I didn’t exhibit much interest…

May 29, 2020, News

Train Trips, Tricky Tracks

COVID has been restricting our travel ability for a while now. To make sure we do not forget the good old time when we could travel through much of Europe without border controls, I will share with you my experience of booking a train and train assistance for a journey from Brussels (Belgium) to Rennes…

May 29, 2020, Europe in Action

Meet FREEkey Movement for Personal Assistance in Hungary

We are the FREEkey. We are a team of disabled and non-disabled people. The aim of our bottom-up initiative is to provide services that allow persons with disabilities to live in a self-determined way. This means we want to control our lives, to be able to decide on issues that concern us and are important…