Draft Programme

Sunday, 22 September 2024

Arrival of Freedom Drivers

ENIL Board meeting/ENIL Youth Network meeting

Monday, 23 September 2024

Freedom Drive Workshops

9:00 – 10:00Registration and welcome coffee
10:00 – 12:00Supported decision making – how does it work in practiceInvited facilitators:
Uloba – Independent Living Norway
NUI Galway, Centre for Disability Law and Policy
10:00 – 12:00How to promote Independent Living in international cooperationTBC (based on call for proposals)
12:00 – 13:00Sandwich lunch for workshop participants
13:30 – 15:30Ableism – what is it and how to fight itInvited facilitators:
Anais Van Ertvelde
Ingrid Thunem
Inclusion Europe
13:30 – 15:30What can the European Union do to improve independent living in my countryInvited facilitators:
European Commission
CRPD Committee
15:30 – 16:00Coffee break
16:00 – 18:00Building Centres for Independent Living – supporting disabled people’s empowermentInvited facilitators:
Disability Rights UK
CIL Innsbruck
16:00 – 18:00Ensuring respect for Independent Living as part of the EU accessionInvited facilitators:
Lotos, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Fight for Right, Ukraine
16:00 – 18:00Workshop offered by the Leeds University (TBC)Invited facilitators:
Dr. Miro Griffiths
Dr. Hannah Morgan
All dayArt workshop – creating banners for the Freedom Drive protest
EveningYouth Cafe

Tuesday, 24 September 2024

Protest in front of the European Commission and the European Parliament (10:00 – 13:00)

Hearing in the European Parliament: What do we want to see on the European Disability Rights Agenda in the next 5 years?

15:00Welcome by the host MEP(s) and ENIL
15:00 – 16:00Legislation to protect Independent Living in the European UnionInvited speakers:
Dr. Teodor Mladenov, University of Dundee and Independent Living Research Network
Nic Crosby
European Commission
16:00 – 17:00Promoting Independent Living through global actionInvited speakers:
European Disability Forum
Elena Kochoska, ENIL Board member
European Commission

Celebration of ENIL’s 35th Anniversary (18:00 – 22:00, programme to follow)

Wednesday, 25 September 2024

Conference: Rebuilding the Independent Living Pillars

9:00 – 10:00Welcome coffee
10:00 – 10:30Introductory remarksInvited speakers:
ENIL Co-Chairs
UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
European Commission
10:30 – 12:00Deinstitutionalisation: Fighting against golden cagesInvited speakers:
Simone Aspis, Free Our People Now Campaign
Steven Allen, Validity Foundation
Antonia Trikalioti, I-living Greece
The Threshold, Finland
12:00 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 – 15:00Personal Assistance: New strategies to ensure access for allInvited speakers:
The Nordic Centre of Excellence on Personal Assistance
GRIP, Belgium
YHD, Slovenia
15:00 – 15:30Coffee break
15:30 – 16:30All In: Strengthening Europe’s Independent Living movementInvited speakers:
Peter Torres Fremlin, Disability Debrief
Melike Bal, ENIL Youth Network
Young Minds, UK
16:30 – 17:00Independent Living Pillars: From Washington DC to BrusselsInvited speakers:
Nadia Hadad, ENIL Co-Chair
Dr. Teodor Mladenov