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!
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 email@example.com
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