ENIL, Independent Living News.

Editorial Update

Welcome to August's edition of ENIL, Independent Living News!

Firstly, we would like to inform you that this September, ENIL in cooperation with GRIP and Onafhankelijk Leven will hold a side event entitled " You call this Independent Living -Towards an interpretation of Article 19 that fully respects the rights of persons with disabilities' during the 12th Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 

In this edition of our newsletter we are delighted to introduce you our newest Role Model, Pavel Kadokov who speaks to us about the businesses he has established and how learning new things all the time keeps him motivated! 

We also bring you an interview with Mari Siilsalu who outlines the positive imfluence that meeting with Members of the European Parliament can have on decision making and uses her own story to demonstrate this.    

We hope you have had a lovely summer and enjoy this edition of our newsletter!

Save the date: Side event on Independent Living at the UN

During the 12th Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (15 September – 3 October 2014), ENIL, GRIP and Onafhankelijk Leven are organising a side event on Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The side event, entitled “You call this Independent Living? – Towards an interpretation of Article 19 that fully respects the rights of persons with disabilities” will take place on 19 September at Palais Wilson in Geneva (13:30 – 14:45).

Role Model: Pavel Kadokov

Pavel Kadõkov was 19 years old, when he lost his eyesight and right hand in a bomb explosion. “Am I not going to be able to live a life?”- was the first question that popped up in his head. This accident lead him to a crisis that made him stop escaping from himself and find thoughts and values that gave him the real power to live.
Could you tell me a little bit about your background?
I like hiking and different kind of sporting activities but also I have been reading a lot of books. I have been studying psychology in the University of Tartu. Right now I am the owner of two companies.

Case Study: Experience of influencing decision makers at National and European Level

In this interview with Mari Siilsalu we speak to her about how she became involved in advocating for disabeld people at both a national and at a European Level. Mari tells us of her own experience and why in her own words, Independent Living is so important. She also explains how she became involved with the European Network on Independent Living and how this has increased her desire to ensure that the rights and concerns of disabled people are highlighted and understood at both national and European Level. Mari also gives her tips on how to have a successful meeting and how to ensure that there is follow up action!

Slovenia: 'Conference on the transition from institutional towards community based care'

A Conference on the transition from institutional towards community based care in the republic of Slovenia, BRDO was held in Slovenia on the 6th May 2014. As a result of this meeting  a number of conclusions were drawn up and are listed below:

Deinstitutionalisation, DI, and independent life for various groups, who are living in social, education and health institutions, has to become main political and professional direction of Republic of Slovenia. Therefore it is necessary to strengthen understanding and awareness of the deinstitutionalisation concept as well as development, widening and strengthening of the network of various community based services.

Xabier Ansorena tells us of his time as an ENIL intern!

It has been six months already since I came to ENIL and unfortunately it is time to say goodbye. It has been a wonderful experience to be a part of such a great organization and a wonderful team.

In these six months, I have acquired invaluable knowledge about disability issues in general and the Independent Living movement in particular. Although I had worked with disabled people before, I only had a small idea about aspects regarding Independent Living and article 19 of the UNCRPD, Deinstitutionalization, Hate Crime and Discrimination, and also how international NGOs work and advocate at a political level.
ENIL website
Forward to a Friend
Join ENIL Now!
Find us on Facebook!

More in this Issue

ENIL's "Think Different, Think Equal" video campaign highlights diversity among young disabled people

Advertise in ENIL's Independent Living News!

Please click here to read ENIL's advertising policy.

Independent Living News!

Independent Living news! is ENIL's monthly email newsletter. As a grass roots organisation, ENIL wants to hear from you. Email Independent Living News! with your articles, promotions and photographs

ENIL is supported by: