Welcome to the July edition of ENIL, Independent Living News!
Firstly, we would like to introduce you the latest Freedom Drive updates. Now, when you visit the Freedom Drive page at ENIL’s website (http://www.enil.eu/campaigns/freedom-drive/
), you will see on top a table with all useful documents like registration form, program of the event, list with suggested less expensive towns in the area and more. Check this page regularly to stay updated with fresh news!
Next in July’s edition of our newsletter we inform you about a youth meeting that took place in the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg between 29th
June and 3rd
July. The topic of the meeting was better youth policy and youth work response to exclusion, discrimination and violence specifically against young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods. ENIL was well represented by Dilyana Deneva (Bulgaria), Gatis Caunitis (Latvia) and Mari Siilsalu (Estonia).
At the same time another interesting and empowering event took place – in Istanbul, Turkey. More than 35 disabled people and their personal assistants took part in the Youth Summer School on Independent Living as part of the project “Independent Living Network: Promoting the right to independent living of people with disabilities in Turkey” (ILNET). Read more about it in the article below.
Only a few days ago we published a ‘watchdog’ material revealing a vicious practice in France concerning disabled persons. It was brought to our attention that the French government has already been condemned several times for its unwillingness to take care of disabled persons. In the article included in this letter (“Disabled French Alone – or Sent in Belgium”) you can read about eight cases with similar outcome.
To stay positive, we continue showing you the bright side of life too! Get to know the story of ENIL’s role model James Elder-Woodward who was conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of the University of Glasgow on the 26th June 2015 by the Chancellor of the University.
Earlier this month we encouraged you to join ENIL on the first European Action day for victims of hate crime – 22nd
July 2015. We hope that you did so! If you want to share how you did it and what was the reaction of your action, you can send us your story at email@example.com
We also reminded you to submit your application for the Zero Project’s nomination of good policy and practice in the field of education and ICT. ENIL submitted several applications – of both projects and policies, which havе proven to be successful. Fingers crossed the best examples to be made popular and to inspire all of us!
ENIL created an exciting video with photos from the various events that took place on 5th
May. You can see how independent living activists from all over Europe celebrated that day. Also in the article you will find ENIL’s report on the campaign.
Last but not least – we encourage you to familiarise with ULOBA’s great initiative supporting the exchange of experience and competence between disabled people – “Bente Skansgård Independent Living Fond”. Find out how you can apply in our article.
We hope you will enjoy this summer month’s newsletter!