ENIL Freedom Drive Update – March 2017

ENIL Freedom Drive Update – March 2017

ENIL Freedom Drive Update – March 2017


As you already know, this year’s ENIL Freedom Drive will be dedicated to Martin Naughton – the Father of the Freedom Drive. Martin’s favourite colour was red, so we decided to make our Freedom Drive T-shirts red as well, the colour of love – in honour of all the strong Independent Living leaders whom we lost in the recent past. The text at the front part will be “Independent Living: A Voice For All” (the ENIL Freedom Drive conference topic) and on the back – “Independent Heroes: Past, Present and Future” (the slogan of the march).


If you haven’t registered yet, you can do it now, by completing the Registration Form by 15 June. Participation in the Freedom Drive is free of charge. For those taking part in the conference and the celebration dinner and party, there is a charge of 25 EUR per person for ENIL Members (with 50 EUR for non-members), to cover some of the cost of food and drinks. Instructions on how to make this contribution can be found in the Registration form.


The ENIL Freedom Drive conference on 27 September is entitled “Independent Living: A Voice For All”. We plan to show videos, made by children who believe in Independent Living, during the Freedom Drive week. If you know disabled children (up to the age of 18) who would be willing to participate in this, please encourage them and support them in making a short video. These video messages will be spread by us, so that children’s voices are heard as well!

Development Meetings – the time to meet with our allies working at the European or international level, exchange ideas and plans – will be held on Thursday, 28 September. Let us know what topics you find important for this day’s discussions and send your preference to dilyana.deneva@enil.eu

Topics I would like to discuss during the Development Meetings at ENIL 2017 Freedom Drive:

1) children’s rights

2) women’s rights

3) refugees’ rights

4) migrants’ rights

5) LGBTQ rights

6) Human Rights


ENIL encourages you to start searching for funding, if you haven’t done so yet.  Participants are responsible for arranging their travel to Brussels and their accommodation. A list with useful links can be found at the bottom of this page, including:

  • Fundraising guide
  • List of hotels in Brussels with accessible rooms
  • List of less expensive places near Brussels
  • Informational website about Brussels
  • Website about Brussels’ transport accessibility

Visit the ENIL 2017 Freedom Drive page in Facebook for news and updates.

Start planning and contact us at secretariat@enil.eu, if any question arises! We look forward to meeting many of you in Brussels!

1 Comment

tom cunningham

April 6, 2017, 6:24 pm

I met martin noughton in stoke mandevil hospital in 1976 he was a close frein of sir ludvick gutman treir pasing is a huge loss to all disabled people

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