International Project: Supporting young disabled people to become future leaders of the Independent Living Movement!

As a young disabled person, what does ‘Independent Living’ mean to you?

Would you like to know more about the rights of disabled people?

Do you want to feel empowered and have a voice to promote your views?

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) advocates and lobbies for Independent Living by promoting the values, principles and practices to make full citizenship of disabled people a reality.  One of the priorities for ENIL is to increase the involvement of young disabled people in the Independent Living movement, which is why ENIL has established a project to increase youth participation throughout Europe. This project is supported by the Council of Europe Youth Department.

The project will be a weeklong study session at the Council of Europe Youth Centre, with the purpose of encouraging and supporting young disabled people in advocating for human rights in their countries and at European level.  Participants will have an opportunity to gain a better understanding of disability issues and acquire skills to promote the views of other young disabled people from their country. The session will be delivered by a group of young disabled people from the UK, Iceland and Bulgaria with experience in working with young people in their countries and internationally.

ENIL hopes to create future young leaders of the Independent Living movement and will continue to provide support through an established ENIL Youth Network.

Participants must be between the ages of 18-30 and consider themselves to have an impairment.  The study session will take place between the 21st October and 28th October 2012 in Strasbourg, France, and will be in English; therefore participants need to have a working knowledge of the English language.  Participants must also be from one of the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe (not to be confused with the European Union). You can find a list of the countries by clicking on the map at the Council of Europe website

Regardless of what impairment you have, ENIL encourages young disabled people to apply and will meet the access needs of all selected participants, including the travel expenses of Personal Assistants.  Please note that participants are required to pay a 50 Euro enrolment fee to the Council of Europe Youth Centre if the application is successful; no fee will be charged to Personal Assistants.

If you would like more information about the project or wish to receive an application form, please contact: or visit ENIL: The deadline for applications is 10 June 2012.

Thank you,

Miro Griffiths

Member of the Project Programming Team

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