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Welcome to the October edition of ENIL, Independent Living News!

In this edition of our newsletter, we would like to introduce you to our newest Role Model, Katie Cragg from the United Kingdom. In this interview, Katie tells us about her experience of gaining meaningful employment and what she hopes to do in the future. 

Also, in this edition, we are delighted to launch the publication of a Peer Support Training manual which was created in cooperation with CIL Sofia. The training manual brings together materials developed for the Peer Support Training held on 21st June 2014 in Sofia, Bulgaria. These can be used by other Disabled Persons’ Organisations at the local, national or European level, when organising similar events on Peer Support and Independent Living. 

We would also like to invite you to participate in some of our upcoming events this year. ENIL will launch our Shadow Report on the implementation of Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) on the 14th November 2014 in Brussels. Also on the 18th November, ENIL will hold a Roundtable in the European Parliament on the portability of personal assistance in the European Union. If you would like to attend either of these events, please contact Vanessa Scanlon at the ENIL Secretariat, vanessa.scanlon@enil.eu

We hope you enjoy this edition of our newsletter!

Invitation: Roundtable on the portability of personal assistance in the European Union

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is organising a roundtable in the European Parliament on the issue of portability of, and access to, personal assistance within the European Union. The roundtable will present the results of ENIL’s survey on the availability of personal assistance in Europe and the initiatives of ENIL and other organisations – the Erasmus Student Network and the European Disability Forum – to promote the freedom of movement of disabled people in the European Union.

Role Model: Katie Cragg

Katie Cragg is our newest Role Model and was one of the participants at the ENIL Study Session in July this year. Here in her own words, Katie tells us about how she became involved in the disability movement in the United Kingdom and tells us how she used her own unique skills to gain employment in these difficult economic times.

Zero Project 2015: Innovative Policies and Practices Finalists!

 The Zero Project has announced the finalists from the nominations submitted for Innovative Policies and Practices 2015 call. This years topic focused on Independent Living and Political Participation. ENIL are delighted that both the PAB Persoonlijk Assistentbudget ( Personal Assistant Budget) programme in Flanders ( nominated by Peter Lambreghts, Onafhankelijk Leven & ENIL) and the Swedish Personal Assistance Act of 1994 ( nominated by Jamie Bolling, ENIL) were selected by as part of the 11 finalists from the shortlist.

Dis (ability) vs Pro (bability) ensuring the rights of People with Disabilities, Lithuania

The Lithuanian Forum for the Disabled (LFD) is setting a great example by coordinating the Lithuanian disability movement in the work of writing an alternative report for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).  ENIL participated in the launch of the project by attending a conference held by the Lithuanian Forum for the Disabled (LFD) on September 29 – 30, 2014 in Vilnius. 

ENIL and CIL Sofia publish a Training Manual on Peer Support for Independent Living

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) and Centre for Independent Living Sofia (CIL Sofia) are delighted to publish a training manual on Peer Support for Independent Living.
Peer support is one of the key principles of Independent Living and the aim of peer support within the Independent Living movement is as follows:
  • To use peer support as the foremost educational tool for sharing information, experiences and insights, in order to make disabled people conscious of the audio, visual and cultural, psychological, social, economic and political oppression and discrimination that they are exposed to.

Democracy for all?

This Sunday will be a symbolic day in contemporary Bulgarian history as a democratic country. After nine months of civil protests the government finally resigned and on 5th October 2014 people will have the opportunity to vote to elect as new one. 

ENIL takes a look back at our achievements in 2014 so far!

ENIL are delighted to report that our project “ Proud, Strong and Visible – Promoting Choice, Control and Participation of disabled people in Europe funded by the European Commission 2014 PROGRESS Action grant is continues to achieve its targets.

In September, activists from across Europe gathered for a study visit in Southampton, United Kingdom. The main objective of these study session was to discuss the role of Centers of Independent Living in the employment of disabled people. 
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