Since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the focus on promoting independent living and inclusion of people with disabilities has been constantly growing. Reflecting on the experience from Turkey and the EU, the event will look at the ways in which external funding can facilitate or hinder the development of independent living policies and practices. It will discuss the importance of pilot projects as a tool for domestic change and the key components a personal assistance project should have to be in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The event is organised by ENIL in cooperation with the Association of Women with Disabilities (ENG-KAD) and will be hosted by MEP Nacho Sánchez Amor, from the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament. It is within the framework of the project Personal Assistance as a Key Tool for Independent Living and Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities (PAKT), supported financially by the EU, through the Civil Society Development – III programme.

Draft Programme

Time: 14 June 2022, 16:00 – 18:00

Place: European Parliament, room ASP 3H1

Hosted by MEP Nacho Sánchez Amor, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament

Welcome and introduction: MEP Nacho Sánchez Amor & Nadia Hadad, European Network on Independent Living (ENIL)

Promoting independent living in Turkey: Lilia Angelova-Mladenova, ENIL

The right to live independently and be included in the community of people with disabilities in Turkey – challenges and opportunities: Elif Emir Öksüz, Association of Women with Disabilities (ENG-KAD)

EU support for independent living in Turkey and the EU Neighbourhood: DG NEAR (TBC)

Lessons learned from EU funding for disability inclusion in Europe: Natasa Kokic, ENIL

Role of UN agencies in supporting the introduction of new disability services: UNDP (TBC)

Key elements of a personal assistance pilot project: Alaz Ada Yener, activist & Lilia Angelova-Mladenova, ENIL

Discussion

Please register at: https://forms.gle/iwf5tvY9zicGT4qv7

Deadline for registration: 9 June 2022, 12:00 CEST (noon)