Conference: Personal Assistance and Deinstitutionalization. Event in both French and English, on June 26, from 10:00 to 17:00. Online conference organized by CHA and ENIL.

Online conference organised by CHA and ENIL

Monday 26 June 2023, 10:00 – 17:00, in French and English

Join us for the online conference “Personal assistance and deinstitutionalisation” organised by the Coordination Handicap et Autonomie – Vie Autonome France and ENIL. Personal assistance for independent living is a right guaranteed by Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified in 2010 by France. Through a comparison between European practices and the French context, we will try to show that independent living with the help of personal assistance is possible in France, within the framework of a deinstitutionalisation process.

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The morning, from 10:00 – 12:30 :

1.Welcome and opening of the conference by moderator Etienne Membrives, President, CHA
2.Differences between personal assistance and home care: Dr Teodor Mladenov, University of Dundee, Scotland
3.Personal assistance in Slovenia, the problem of understanding independent living: Elena Pečarič and Klaudija Poropat, YHD – Association for the Theory and Culture of Handicap, Slovenia
4.Reflections to make accessible an understanding of the stakes of the autonomist ethics in the Auxiliary of life : The autonomist ADV collective
5.Personal assistance as a communication and decision-making aid: teaming up for true independent living: Nicolas Joncour, Clé-AUTISTES with his personal assistant Claire Grosbois / JAG
6.Independent Living Policies in the European Union: Kamil Goungor, ENIL Policy & Movement Support Officer

The afternoon, from 13:30 – 17:00 :

8.Personal assistance and deinstitutionalisation under the Convention: Catherinne Pedreros, Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, UN
9.Independent Living and Personal Assistance: Adolf Ratzka 
10.How to reconcile the right to autonomy and labour law in the French context? Christine Martin, CHA and Leny Marques, CHLEE
11.Discussion around the reading of Zig Blanquer‘s “handmade” text
12.Specialised institutions, a positive imagination to be dismantled : The Devalidators
13.Training (independent living principles) / peer support: Mathilde Fuchs (CHA)
15.Closing of the conference
Co-funded by the European Union