Personal Assistance

Nov 30, 2018,

Sweden in Alytus, Lithuania. Is it possible?

It is normal to say that we are still far from Sweden, but we are already very close to Sweden in some areas. At least in Alytus, Lithuania and at least regarding personal assistance services. Is it hard to believe? It is possible, when you want and try to connect the community to a common…

Nov 30, 2018,

Reflections from the 2nd European Independent Living Congress in Valencia

Fifteen years after the first Independent Living Congress in Tenerife, Spain (2003), it was time to reflect on the experience of over 15 years of work – the successes and the mistakes – and the effect these changes have had on people’s lives. ENIL was pleased to be able to support the Congress, which was…

Nov 30, 2018,

Portuguese Man to Hold Cage Protest in front of Government

This week, ENIL was contacted by Eduardo Jorge, a disabled activist from Portugal, who asked us to share information about his protest in front of the Portuguese Assembly on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on 3 December. Eduardo lives in a nursing home and decided to protest in order to…

Nov 30, 2018,

Albanian DPOs Meet to Plan Alternative Report

On 22 – 23 November, the Albanian Disability Rights Federation organised a conference entitled “Translating generalities of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into tangible actions – Strengthening networks and advocacy”. The event was organised in cooperation with the European Disability Forum and UNICEF, as part of a project they have been…

Nov 30, 2018,

Ten years of personal assistance service in Novi Sad

On November 8, Centre LIVING UPRIGHT (CLU) brought almost all the people who contributed to the personal assistance service in Novi Sad together in order to discuss its outcomes. Unfortunately, personal assistance in Novi Sad is still a project-based service, funded through the lottery funds, with the amount which cannot be predicted until the end…

Oct 31, 2018,

Disability High Level Group Meets in Brussels

The second annual meeting of the Disability High Level Group took place in Brussels on the 25th October 2018. Organised by the Disability Unit at DG Employment, the meeting was attended by representatives of the Member States (from the Ministries or permanent representations in Brussels) and EU level NGOs involved in promoting the rights of…

Oct 31, 2018,

Parliament Event Brings Together Activists from Sweden, Portugal and Greece

Veronika Kallandar, an active member of the Swedish left party and the Swedish Independent Living movement, left her wheel prints and voice echoing in the European Parliament this month, when she spoke on Human Rights of disabled people and the right to personal assistance for all disabled citizens in Europe. The event, titled “Human Rights:…

Sep 27, 2018,

Towards the 2nd Congress on Independent Living in Valencia, Spain

On 25 – 26 October, the Spanish Federation of Independent Living (FEVI), in cooperation with ENIL, is organising the 2nd Congress on Independent Living. It will be held in Valencia, in English and Spanish, and broadcast online on the Congress website. This article provides some background to the conference, with information about the Independent Living…

Jul 30, 2018,

ECJ Rules in Favour of Personal Assistance

In a landmark ruling of 25 July 2018, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has concluded that the Finnish municipality of Espoo must award personal assistance to a Finnish national pursuing a law degree in Tallinn, Estonia, as EU citizens cannot be denied their right to freedom of movement. The appellant was originally denied personal…

Jul 30, 2018,

New Fact Sheet on Independent Living

In cooperation with Inclusion Europe, we drafted a Fact sheet on Independent Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities. The new fact sheet covers the questions of whether people with intellectual disabilities can benefit from independent living, personal assistance, and how they can be supported in making decisions and being in control of their life. Download…

Jun 28, 2018,

Survey Results: What is good Personal Assistance made of?

The survey on personal assistance(PA), conducted by ENIL in the period 19 January – 4 March 2018, contained 138 characteristics of PA, arranged into 5 categories: Context, Funding, Needs assessment, Provision, and Working conditions. Participants were asked to assess each characteristic on a scale from -3 (maximal hindrance of choice and control) to +3 (maximal…

Jun 19, 2018,

Italy is fighting for the right to Independent Living

On June 8, 9 and 10 synchronized marches took place in 15 Italian cities to protest against the lack of funding for personal assistance. Despite several laws for the inclusion of disabled people in the society and the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, Italy is still lacking a national program for independent living

Apr 27, 2018,

ENIL Highlights Discrimination of Disabled Older People

On the 12th and 13th of April, ENIL attended the European Expert and Stakeholder Meeting to Provide Input for the 9th Session of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWGA). This seminar on the Human Rights of Older Persons was co-hosted by Age Platform Europe and the Office of the UN High Commissioner on Human…

Jan 26, 2018,

What Is Good Personal Assistance Made Of? Have Your Say!

Should personal assistance for disabled people be codified in a separate national law? Should the users receive direct payments instead of support in kind? Should assistance be provided irrespective of the type and degree of impairment?

Dec 04, 2017,

No Place for Institutions in a Sustainable and Resilient Society

Brussels, 4 December – The International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on 3 December, is an opportunity to take stock of progress achieved towards the right to independent living for all. It is a day to celebrate, but also to protest, against the continued denial of basic human rights that allow disabled people to live dignified lives.

Oct 31, 2017,

Disability Rights in Asia and Europe

A training on Human Rights and Persons with Disabilities, under the framework of the Informal Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Seminar on Human Rights was designed and delivered by a team of ENIL trainers.

Sep 06, 2017,

ENIL Welcomes Key UN Guidance on the Right to Independent Living

ENIL welcomes the recent adoption of the General comment No 5 on Article 19 of the UN CRPD on living independently and being included in the community. It is a key step forward in clarifying the States parties obligations under the Convention, with a potential to improve access to independent living.