The European Coalition for Community Living (ECCL) was founded in 2005, as a Europe-wide cross disability initiative working towards the social inclusion of disabled people by promoting the provision of comprehensive, quality community-based services as an alternative to institutionalisation. ECCL was established by ENIL, Autism Europe, the Center for Policy Studies of the Central European University, the European Disability Forum, Inclusion Europe, Mental Health Europe and the Open Society Mental Health Initiative, following publication of Included in Society, the first EU-funded report on the situation of disabled people in institutions.
ECCL’s mission was to advocate for and monitor progress towards de-institutionalisation in Europe, campaign for, and provide information on, the development of comprehensive, quality community-based services and deinstitutionalisation. Thanks to its diverse membership, ECCL was able to monitor developments across Europe, influence the national and regional policy and support the efforts of its members by exchanging information and examples of good practice.
As from the beginning of 2008, ECCL has been a project of the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL). Until 2010, ENIL-ECCL were advised by an Advisory Council made up of renowned disability activists and experts, which met once a year. The Council was disbanded due to the lack of resources.
In 2009, ENIL-ECCL became one of the founding members of the Ad Hoc Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care, established at the initiative of the then EU Commissioner Vladimir Spidla. ENIL-ECCL continues to be a member of this group, now referred to as the European Expert Group for the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care.
In 2010, ECCL launched the first ever report exposing how the European Union funds are being used for perpetuating segregation of disabled people in institutions. It was titled “Wasted Time, Wasted Money, Wasted Lives – A Wasted Opportunity?”.
In 2018 and 2019, ENIL-ECCL organised a series of webinars on deinstitutionalisation – summarised in this document – in partnership with the GatherBuildWork Consultancy
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Since then, ENIL-ECCL continues to work as an informal group of activists and practitioners advocating for the closure of institutions and the development of community-based supports and services around Europe, and monitoring progress of deinstitutionalisation projects and initiatives. The focus of our work is on bringing together people actively engaged in the closure of institutions, sharing their experiences, learning together and supporting each other.
Information about the upcoming webinars is available under Events.
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