In honor of the 2015 International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) launches the Independent Living Research Network. The aim of the network is to support the Independent Living (IL) movement. Researchers who support the IL philosophy will be encouraged to register and to build the ENIL database with their details and with information on their articles, reports, briefings, surveys and other publications or studies that promote Independent Living. The articles and studies can cover a wide range of topics, including, but not limited to: children’s issues, gender issues, democracy, personal assistance, peer support, the economics of IL, accessibility and the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) or other international treaties. The material will be used to create relevant literature lists that can be spread for future reference.
What does ENIL mean by Independent Living (IL)?
IL is the daily demonstration of human rights-based disability policies. IL is possible through the combination of various environmental and individual factors that allow disabled people to have control over their own lives. This includes the opportunity to make choices and decisions regarding where to live, with whom to live and how to live. Services must be accessible to all and provided on the basis of equal opportunity, allowing disabled people flexibility in our daily life. IL requires that the built environment and transport are accessible, that there is availability of technical aids, access to personal assistance and/or community-based services. It is necessary to point out that IL is for all disabled persons, regardless of the level of their support needs.
The database, which is online as of yesterday, will facilitate contacts with and between researchers and will make it easier for interested organizations and institutions to contact ENIL to identify researchers for meetings, projects or other related activity. The collection of articles and studies can be used to support disabled people, policy-makers and other stakeholders in work at local, national and the international level.
We encourage disabled and non-disabled researchers, who promote IL philosophy to register by completing this online form.
For more information, contact ENIL at firstname.lastname@example.org