PAKT – Personal Assistance as a Key Tool for Independent Living and Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities
On 1 April 2021, ENIL and the Association of Women with Disabilities (ENG-KAD) started a new project, which aims to promote the development of personal assistance in Turkey by ensuring that people with disabilities are better informed and better able to advocate tor personal assistance. The project will run for 15 months.
Following the ratification of the CRPD n 2009, Turkey made important steps to align its legislation with the requirements of the Convention. However, disabled people still do not have access to personal assistance. The project aims to raise the awareness of disabled people, professionals, policy and decision makers about personal assistance, and to support disabled people’s advocacy for personal assistance and independent living. In view of these objectives, several activities will be carried out, including:
– Online peer support forum – allowing people to people interact, exchange ideas, share experiences, raise concerns, and find answers.
– Research – to map the existing policies and practices and gain better understanding of personal assistance.
– Webinars and round-table discussions with domestic and international speakers.
– Promotion materials, including videos on personal assistance.
– Model personal assistance policy, drafted with the involvement of disabled people and in consultations with domestic policy-makers.
The project builds on ENIL’s previous work to promote independent living in Turkey within the Independent Living Network Project. It is funded by the European Union.
To learn more about the project, in English and Turkish, watch this short video presentation.
ENIL is part of a 3-year European project called TRIPS, which was launched in the beginning of 2020 and is funded by the European Union through Horizon 2020. The main aim of the project is to make the transport in seven European cities – Brussels, Stockholm, Sofia, Bologna, Cagliari, Lisbon and Zagreb – more accessible for everyone. To do this, the project brings different people in each city together in co-production groups. In these groups, disabled people, transport providers, city councilors and other people involved in transport work together to find ways to make the transport in the city more accessible.
You can find out more about the TRIPS project here.
Independent Living Research Network
The aim of ENIL’s Independent Living Research Network (ILRN) is to facilitate communication and development of joint initiatives among researchers and campaigners who focus in their work on Independent Living (IL) and kindred topics such as deinstitutionalisation, personal assistance, Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and others.
You can find out more about the Independent Living Research Network here.
European Coalition for Community Living (ECCL)
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.
You can find out more about ECCL here.