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

In this months newsletter we focus on the ENIL 2014 Election Campaign. With the upcoming European Elections in May 2014, we recognise that that it is vital that candidates are aware of the pertinent issues affecting disabled people achieving Independent Living. We have created the ENIL 2014 Manifesto which outlines what we think needs to happen to improve disabled people's life chances and support us to achieve our goals and aspirations. As part of the ENIL 2014 Election Campaign, ENIL has created a questionnaire which we are sending to all the leads of the European Parliament Political Groups. These questions which are adapted from ENIL's Demands, provide European Political Groups, Parties and even individual Candidates an opportunity to outline their intentions to support disabled people. ENIL will publish all responses to the Questionnaire on our European Parliament Elections webpage. An ENIL Election Toolkit which outlines the importance of voting in the European Elections in May 2014 and aims to support you in identifying a candidate to vote for that aligns with the independent living philosophy will also be available on this webpage. 

We encourage our members to be as active as possible in this campaigning period, the voice of every disabled person in Europe must be heard and counted! We cannot underestimate our power as disabled citizens of Europe who are champions of the independent living movement!

In this edition, we also introduce you to our newest Role Model, Brian Hogan from Co. Clare in Ireland who has been advocating for the rights of disabled people for the last decade and has been actively developing his research knowledge and skills to help with this endeavour. 

In this newsletter, we bring you an update on the Proposal for a Resolution of the European Parliament on the effect of cuts in public spending on persons with disabilities in the European Union. We also bring you an update on ENIL's Stop Disability Cuts Campaign and speak with Ottmar Miles-Paul from the German Council of Centers for Self-Determined Living about the actions taking place on the 5th May in Germany. A new website www.stopdisabilitycuts.eu has been launched which provides a platform for disabled people in Europe to tell their stories and also provides information on the events taking places across Europe on the 5th May 2014.  If you would like to get involved with the Stop Disability Cuts Campaign please contact us today!

We hope you find this edition of our newsletter motivating and inspiring!

ENIL 2014 Election Manifesto 

With the upcoming European Elections, we recognise that it is vital that the candidates are aware of the pertinent issues affecting disabled people achieving Independent Living.  Equally, eligible voters need to acknowledge the importance of casting a vote as well as know what the candidates, in their Member States, intend to do to improve the inclusion of disabled people within society.  To achieve this we have created our ENIL 2014 Manifesto, which outlines what we think needs to happen to improve disabled people’s life chances and support us to achieve our goals and aspirations.

ENIL European Parliament Election Questionnaire 

As part of the ENIL 2014, Election Campaign ENIL has created a questionnaire which we are sending to all the leads of the European Parliament Political Groups.  These questions, adapted from ENIL’s Demands (see 2014 Manifesto), provide European Political Groups, Parties and even individual Candidates an opportunity to outline their intentions to support disabled people. 

Role Model: Brian Hogan

Brian Hogan is a 47 year old man from Tulla, Co. Clare in Ireland. He has been described by colleagues and friends as a leader in his community due in part to his extensive and varied work within the voluntary sector in Clare. He has been advocating for the rights of people with disabilities for the last decade and has been actively developing his research knowledge and skills to help with this endeavour. Brian is currently looking for paid employment to supplement his voluntary activities.

What is your personal experience with disability?
I have a learning disability. I lived in an institution when I was younger and then with a few people in a house but now I live on my own.
 

ENIL's Resolution on the effects of the cuts on disabled people is still blocked

ENIL was the first INGO that exposed the horrific effects of cuts and austerities on the rights and living conditions of disabled people in Europe. We received alarming messages, warnings and even cries for help from many of our member organisations as well as individual members. This has continuously increased since the beginning of the financial crisis in Europe, which has clearly resulted into a social and a human rights crisis. 

Stop Disability Cuts Campaign: Action in Germany!

We know that 5th of May has been a Campaigning day in Germany for years, why is this?
In 1992, the German Council of Centers for Self-Determined Living (ISL) started together with the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) the first Europe-Wide Protest Day for Equal Rights. We coordinated that protest day for several years in the 1990’s in Germany and on an international level. While we weren`t able to keep up with the international coordination, we were able to keep the activities in Germany going on a broader basis. Equal rights laws and other successes gave us the right push, so that up till today on the May 5th and the days around that date, hundreds of activities for equal rights, self-determination and inclusion are happening in Germany.

Disabled Bulgarian denied the Right to Independent Living 

Reasons for my trip to Bulgaria
I was invited by ENIL to go and speak at a conference in Sofia on deinstitutionalisation and community-based services, representing the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG). This was one of a number of similar seminars, which the EEG is organising in cooperation with the national governments and the European Commission throughout a number of Central and Eastern European countries. 

A Small Revolution 

The Norwegian Government has now included hours for personal support contacts and respite care in the act governing user-controlled personal assistance.
'Respite care and personal support contact hours will be included in the act, which is an important improvement compared with the bill presented by the red-green coalition government last year.Instead of the 3,000 people who have user-controlled personal assistance today, the Norwegian Government expects the new rights to apply to approximately 14,000 people,' says Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie.

Let's Get Started- Supporting self employment for people with disabilities in Ireland

Supported self-employment is a relatively new idea in Ireland. A pilot project – Let’s Get Started - led by Brothers of Charity Clare and funded by The Genio Trust explored the best ways to help individuals with a disability to plan and set up a small business in their local area with family and community supports.  The project started in December 2012. 
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eveloping a strategy to Promote the Rights of People with Disabilities 
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fter 20 years - a Swedish ban prohibiting the discrimination of disabled people due to inacessibility!
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NIL launches new "Stop Disability Cuts" website to raise awareness of the impact of the economic crisis on the lives of disabled people in Europe. 
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pdate on ENIL's Campaign - Stop Disability Cuts 
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