The European Coalition for Community Living (ECCL) is 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 founded in 2005 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.
As from the beginning of 2008, ECCL has been a project of the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL). In running ECCL, ENIL is advised by an Advisory Council made up of renowned disability activists and experts, which meets once a year.
ECCL’s mission is 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 de-institutionalisation.
ECCL works as a network of disability organisations, service provider organisations, research institutes and individual supporters. Thanks to its diverse membership, ECCL is 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. ECCL publishes a Newsletter, organises an annual event and maintains a website at www.community-living.info.