Study Session 2019: “Supporting young disabled people’s right to live independently and to be included in the community through exploring mental health as a disability issue”
Preparations are about to start for the study session about mental health and Independent Living, which will take place at the European Youth Centre Strasbourg in June 2019. Please check this website for updates.
Study Session 2018: “Active citizenship and political participation of young disabled people as a pathway towards Independent Living”; 24th – 30th June 2018
The full report will be published soon. For now, refer to the announcement for more information.
Study Session 2017: “Inclusion Culture – Promoting Leadership in Intercultural Understanding within Mixed-ability Groups”; 28th May – 4th June 2017
This week-long study session at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg was organised in collaboration with the Erasmus Student Network. Besides the final report, it also resulted in a training manual providing resources for the development and implementation of inclusive trainings. To see what it the study session was like, have a look at or listen to this video.
Study Session 2016b: “All In – creating inclusive and empowering spaces for all”; 13th – 20th November 2016
This week-long study session at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg was organised in collaboration with the International Falcon Movement – Socialist Education International. A report was published on the Council of Europe Website.
Study Session 2016a: “Supporting Young Disabled People to Explore Sexuality and Relationships as Integral to Their Social Inclusion and Independent Living”; 17th – 24th April2016
This week-long study session was held at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg. A report was published on the Council of Europe Website.
Study session 2014 “Understanding and Countering Multiple Discrimination Faced by Young People with Disabilities in Europe”; 29th June – 6th July 2014
This project entailed a weeklong study session at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg with the purpose of encouraging and supporting young disabled people to advocate for human rights in their countries and at European level. Participants had an opportunity to gain a better understanding of multiple discrimination and hate crime and acquire the skills to develop a youth led ENIL campaign on tackling multiple discrimination. As part of our aims and objectives for this study session we wanted to empower young disabled people to counteract and prevent discrimination and to raise awareness of this issue in their respective countries. In order to do that, it was very important that they were given the opportunity to increase their competences knowledge on multiple discrimination, hate crime and campaigning. As a result of the study session, young disabled people have increased their capacity to tackle multiple discrimination and hate crime and to advocate for the right to Independent Living.
Study session 2012 – “Supporting Young Disabled People to Become Future Leaders of the Independent Living Movement”; 21st – 28th October 2012
This week-long study session took place at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg with the purpose of encouraging and supporting disabled young people to advocate for human rights in their countries and at European level. Participants had an opportunity to gain a better understanding of disability issues and acquire skills to promote the views of other disabled young people from their respective countries. The project team consisted of five members from the UK, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Iceland, all young disability activists in their countries and at the European level. As part of our aims and objectives for this study session, we wanted to empower young disabled people to be a part of the Independent Living movement and to act as leaders. In order to do that, it was very important that they were given the opportunity to increase their knowledge on the Independent Living philosophy, personal assistance, human rights and lobbying.
As a result of the study session a Training Manual was created and a list of recommendations to national governments compiled. It could help other individuals or organisations in the preparation of a similar event. One of the participants wrote an article about his experience at the study session.
Webinar ‘Education – Is It for All?’
On 29th April 2014 ENIL organized a webinar for 20 people from across Europe, who are interested on the topic of accessible education and provided them with the opportunity to share their personal experience and learn from the lived experience of others. Guest speaker was Patrick Vandelanotte from Belgium who has a child with Down syndrome and is actively working in the Belgian disability organisation GRIP.
Webinar ‘Disability Employment in Europe’
This webinar continued the topic of access to education for young disabled people tackled in the first webinar and again gathered 20 people from across Europe. The webinar turned into an enriching and empowering event not only raising awareness among disabled people about their right to accessible employment, but also inspiring them to pursue their goals and implement their ideas in whatever job they have interest in. Guest speaker was Danny Estrada Disability Rights UK, also a coordinator of ‘The London Apprenticeship Project’.
Participation in European projects
In 2014, EINL was officially invited to be a partner organisation of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) on its project about student mobility ‘MapAbility’. MapAbility’s primary aim was to conduct extensive research into the accessibility level of Higher Education Institutions in Europe. With this new online map, ESN is using MapAbility data to provide disabled students with an exclusive guide to accessibility in European Universities. ENIL members from the Youth Network were giving their advice and tips in creating this guide throughout 2014. In addition Zara Todd, independent living activist and one of the founders of ENIL Youth Network, gave a presentation at a conference in Belgium where she shared her valuable experience as a student with mobility difficulties, who is currently a PhD candidate.
On the 28th August the MapAbility platform was launched.
Participation in events
“Training Course for Facilitators of Study Sessions Held by Youth Organisations in Cooperation with European Youth Centres” in Budapest, Hungary
Beyza Ünal, Youth Network Board Member, and Charlie Willis, an active member of the Network, participated in the “Training Course for Facilitators of Study Sessions Held by Youth Organisations in Cooperation with European Youth Centres”, which was organised by Council of Europe’s Youth Department. The training course took place in European Youth Centre Budapest, Hungary, between 1-6 October 2018 with the aim of supporting participants to increase their knowledge, awareness, skills, and motivation regarding acting as facilitators in intercultural non-formal education activities.
Throughout the week, 32 youth workers from different countries worked together to have a better understanding on the essentials of developing, implementing, and evaluating intercultural non-formal education activities. The training mainly focused on experiential learning, non-formality, team work, designing program, facilitating, debriefing, and inclusion for all. As participants, Beyza Ünal and Charlie Willis had important contributions on the content regarding the inclusion of disabled youth in educational activities. Moreover, On October 5th, Agnes Sarolta Fazekas, another active member of ENIL Youth Network and member of the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe 2016-2017, was invited to make a presentation about her experiences of designing a mixed-ability study session, which mainly emphasized the importance of getting prepared for the access needs of participants in advance in order to ensure the full participation of disabled youth in educational activities.
“My Rights: Independent living, activism and participation for young people with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus” training in Lisbon
Kamil Goungor was one of the trainers at the “My Rights: Independent living, activism and participation for young people with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus” training, organized by International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF) from 5thto 7thOctober, in Lisbon, Portugal. Participants were 11 young representatives of IF’s European member associations, from various countries across the continent. They took part in different kinds of activities, learnt about their rights and how to advocate for them with various tools (i.e. UN CRPD).
Kamil’s role – apart from co-facilitating the training – was to introduce the participants to the concept of Independent Living and its philosophy. He explained that all disabled people, no matter of their impairment, can live independently in the community with the right support (personal assistance, supported decision-making etc), having choice and control over their lives as everyone else. Moreover, he spoke on how to create a CIL, based on his personal experience with “i-living” in Greece, and showed their short animated film“Independent Living means…”. The participants showed great interest in these topics and fruitful discussions took place.
“Mobilization of Youth” speech in San Marino
ENIL was invited in San Marino to take part in the first official Independent Living conference on 3rd December, the international day of the IL philosophy. Dilyana Deneva, Coordinator of ENIL Youth Network, had a presentation entitled “Mobilization of youth”. It was divided in four main elements – 1) Why do we need it?; 2) How can we achieve it?; 3) Potential obstacles and 4) Overcoming them.
‘Mapping of Barriers to Social Inclusion for Young People in Vulnerable Situations’
ENIL has been involved in a project called ‘Mapping of Barriers to Social Inclusion for Young People in Vulnerable Situations’. Its main aim is to take a closer look into the barriers to inclusion faced by young people, analyzing the relations between these barriers and giving recommendations for changes in youth policy. One important message of the project is the paradigm shift – from ‘vulnerable young people’ to ‘young people in vulnerable situations’ – a shift from labeling an individual to identifying the situation that is hindering an individual from social inclusion. Mari Siilsalu from Estonia represented ENIL at the expert seminar in Strasbourg from 30 September to 2 October 2014, along with some 30 other experts. One of the main purposes of this seminar was to gather the initial feedback to the first draft of the report, to be produced by three experts in the field of youth research.