Independent Living Resources
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the effects emergency measures around Europe are having on disabled people, the European Network on Independent Living has decided to compile resources and statements made by our members. Our focus is primarily on disabled people using personal budgets/direct payments and employing their personal assistants, and who are struggling to retain their independence and continue living safely in their own homes. Should you have anything to share, please write to email@example.com.
For the joint ENIL/EDF statement on the impact of COVID-19 on support services for disabled people click here
Euronews report on the effect of COVID-19 on disabled people (in English), with testimonies by ENIL members from Spain and Belgium: click here
Statement by GRIP about denial of medical treatment to disabled people (in Flemish): click here
Personal experience: Herman Hillen (video)
Personal experience: Alice
Personal experience: Maxime
Resource page for people using direct payments to employ PAs: Coronaheroes
Personal advice (How to be responsible and aware in the situation of COVID-19): John Evans
Twitter feed on PA experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and no PPE: Fran
Article on the difficult situation disabled people are facing in Scotland, by Jim Elder-Woodward: click here
Article by the Spanish Forum on Independent Living: click here
Personal experience: Mats Karnstrom
Our former Board member Stelios Kympouropoulos, now a Member of European Parliament, was interviewed by Euronews about COVID-19.
Together with some organisations of persons with disabilities and other organisations advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities, we sent an urgent appeal to ensure equal access to COVID-19 medical treatment for residents of Sasca Mică Centre and other institutions for persons with disabilities and older persons in Romania: click here
ENIL Youth Network
The ENIL Youth Network organised a webinar on Peer Support in times of crisis (you can watch it here). They announced also a Peer Support initiative for all those that need it in these extraordinary COVID-19 times. If you are interested in either receiving or providing peer support to others, please get in touch with the ENIL Youth Network at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Resource pages and statements by other organisations
International Disability Alliance (IDA): click here
European Disability Forum (EDF): click here
World Independent Living Network (WIN) statement: click here
World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Guidelines on ‘Disability Considerations during the COVID-19 Outbreak’: click here
UNICEF Guidelines on COVID-19 for children and adults with disabilities: click here
Joint Statement by the Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, on behalf of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General on Disability and Accessibility on Persons with Disabilities and COVID-19: click here
COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor
Evidence is emerging that persons with disabilities are being disproportionately affected by the Coronavirus pandemic and emergency measures being taken by governments worldwide. As governments rush to respond to the virus, it is more critical than ever to guarantee that measures taken are fully inclusive of persons with disabilities and prevent human rights violations from taking place.
With the endorsements of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Mr Dainius Pūras, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Ms Catalina Devandas Aguilar, a coalition of six disability rights organisations (ENIL, Validity Foundation, International Disability Alliance, Disability Rights International, Human Rights Centre at the University of Pretoria and the International Disability and Development Consortium) has launched a major international monitoring initiative on the 20th April 2020 entitled “COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor” to conduct rapid independent monitoring of state measures concerning persons with disabilities. The first element of this global initiative is the launch of two surveys requesting official information from governments and requesting the testimonies of persons with disabilities and their representative organisations. The surveys aim to collect information about what states are doing to protect core rights of persons with disabilities including the rights to life, access to health and essential services.
SUPPORT the COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor by completing the survey, or forwarding it to institutions and organisations in your countries/networks. Guidance Note for DPOs and NGOs on how to support the initiative is available here.