Presenting the european project team for the supporting disabled young people to become future leaders of the independent living movement programme
The project will entail a weeklong study session at the Council of Europe with the purpose of encouraging and supporting disabled young people to advocate 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 disabled young people from their countries. The project team consists of 5 members who have the responsibility for choosing who will attend the study session at the Council of Europe.
Miro Griffits – has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and is currently doing a Masters in Disability Studies. He runs his own company, which advises and consults on all issues to do with Disability Equality. His work involves advising, negotiating and training, from government departments to charities and small regional networks. He is also a member of Equality2025 – the United Kingdom Government Advisory Body for Disability Issues.
Zara Todd – has a degree in psychology and a Masters in Central and Eastern European studies. She works for a Disabled Peoples Organisation called ALLFIE (the Alliance for Inclusive Education) supporting and training a group of disabled young people to become researchers. Before that, she has worked with a number of disabled children’s organisations working on participation and involvement. Zara has worked on policy and campaign work including advising government, since the age of 11 both in the UK and internationally. Currently she is setting up a website with a friend in New Zealand to help disabled activists under 30 connect and share knowledge internationally.
Embla Augustsdottir – is a 21 year old who would describe herself as a disability activist. She became interested in disability and gender studies at the age of 17, when she first heard about the social model of disability and she has always been interested in looking at gender and disability studies together and how they affect others. At the moment she is the chair of an Independent Living Cooperative in Iceland.
Peter Kichashki – is 22 years old and works as a Co-ordinator for ENIL activities in Southern Europe. Besides working for ENIL Peter is a Law student. He is also very active in disability rights campaigns and has led several dozen cases in front of the Bulgarian Protection against Discrimination Committee. He likes to describe himself as an expert in the anti-discrimination field.
Danči Maraž – works as Co-ordinator for ENIL Eastern group, which started in 2010. He studied at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana, from where he graduated in 2007 with an assessment on analysis of networking within ASEF (Europe – Asia Foundation). He is also very active when human rights need to be defended.