Researching Independent Living Across the World

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) begins working on a research paper on the implementation of Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which sets out the right of disabled people to live independently and be included in the community. The research will seek to support the work of the CRPD Committee on a General Comment on Article 19.

General Comments are adopted by the CRPD Committee ‘with regard to articles, observations or specific themes concerning the Convention, with the aim of assisting States parties in the implementation of the Convention, and to encourage international organizations and NGOs to efficiently foster the realization of the rights established under the Convention’[1]. They provide an authoritative interpretation of the rights contained in the articles and provisions of the Convention.

ENIL’s research will be looking at the main issues covered by Article 19 in the context of different cultures. It will address the following topics:

  • Independent living and culture: How culture affects the understanding and experience of independent living?
  • Barriers to independent living: What are the key challenges to the realisation of the right to independent living across the world?
  • Legislation, policies and practices from across the world that support the right to independent living.

The research will involve broad consultations with disabled people from different parts of the world and impairment groups. Interviews, focus groups discussions and/or seminars will be carried out with disability activists and experts from Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Australia, Europe, North and South America.

If you would like to contribute to this research, or would like more information, please contact Lilia Angelova at Thank you!


[1] Working methods of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopted at its fifth session (11-15 April 2011), available at

1 Comment

Gautam Chaudhury

December 22, 2017, 11:28 am

Researching Independent Living Across the World

Dear sir,
I am intersted to join in Researching Independent Living Across the World Project
Gautam Chaudhury

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