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Welcome to the April issue of ENIL, Independent Living News!


This month ENIL dedicated its time and efforts in different directions, but probably the ENIL 5th May Campaign deserves to be listed as first and foremost! On 5th April ENIL launched the campaign for the European Independent Living Day with the question to all supporters of the movement – “What does Independent Living mean for you?”. In the first article below you can read more about the campaign and most importantly – how to join it!

The ENIL Youth Network study session on sexuality and relationships as integral to social inclusion and Independent Living finished only three days ago and the organising team proudly announces a short summary of what has been achieved. More news, photos and follow-up ideas are to come out in the next weeks, so stay tuned!

On 19th April, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, disability organisations, human rights groups, researchers and others came together at the United Nations in Geneva to discuss the States’ obligations under Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. ENIL was represented by its executive director Jamie Bolling, its Co-chair Kapka Panayotova and Adolf Ratzka, one of the founding members.

Next in this edition of the ENIL Newsletter is a report from our volunteer Kamil Goungor. In March he attended the “Seminar on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care”, organized by the Polish Ministry of Economic Development, the European Expert Group on Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG) and the European Commission. Kamil presented a personal assistance scheme based on the successful Swedish model and emphasized on the key elements needed to live independently with maximum self-determination.

The ENIL board member, co-founder and steering group member of the English NGO ‘Disabled People Against Cuts’ (DPAC) – Debbie Jolly – wrote an article about her position against BREXIT. She justifies her position with numerous benefits that disabled people have because of UK’s EU membership.

ENIL’s member organisation ‘Center for Independent living Serbia’, together with the National organization of disabled people in Serbia and with the support of the US Agency for International Development – USAID, present a project about strengthening the political participation of disabled persons in Serbia. More information and useful links can be found in the article below.

Last but not least, ENIL shares Zero Project’s call for submitting nominations on innovative policies. The focus in 2017 will be on work, employment and vocational education and training. Deadline is 15th May, so hurry up and join this good practice campaign.

We hope you will enjoy reading April’s newsletter of ENIL. Don't forget you can also follow our news from our website, facebook and twitter! We also remind you that you can register online for ENIL’s Independent Living Research Network whose aim is to support the Independent Living movement. Researchers who support the IL philosophy can contribute with their details and with information on their articles, reports, briefings, surveys and other publications or studies that promote Independent Living. Materials will be used to create relevant literature lists that can be spread for future reference. For more information, contact ENIL at secretariat@enil.eu



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5th May – Just Around the Corner!

A bit more than one week remains until the 5th May – the 3rd European Independent Living Day...

Yes, We Talked About Sex!

The third ENIL study session, jointly organised with the Youth Department of the Council of Europe (CoE) last week was a success – confirmed by participants, organizers and observers!

Time to Clarify Obligations Under Article 19 of Disability Convention

On 19 April, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, disability organisations, human rights groups, researchers and others will come together at the United Nations in Geneva to discuss the States’ obligations under Article 19 of the UN CRPD.

Seminar on De-Institutionalisation in Warsaw: Something that Poland Needed

On 14th and 15th March, in the Polish capital Warsaw, the “Seminar on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care” took place.

ENIL Against BREXIT

The EU is important for disabled people with a minimum floor of rights being created in Europe pulling up standards for all. The referendum is quickly approaching, taking place on 23rd June 2016.

Strengthening Political Participation of Disabled People in Serbia

Early parliamentary and local elections are called in Serbia and voters will hit the polls on 24th April 2016.  Those with a right to vote among approximately 800,000 disabled people are likely to abstain yet again from participation in elections.

Zero Project 2017 on Employment – Submit a Nomination Now

ENIL’s partners from the Zero Project team once again invite leading experts and organizations to nominate innovative policies. The focus in 2017 will be on work, employment and vocational education and training.
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