Welcome to the October issue of ENIL, Independent Living News!
For many of the Independent Living supporters in Europe this month started in Brussels where the 7th
Freedom Drive took place. It this newsletter we have included several articles dedicated to the results, feedback and follow up of our great lobby event. You’ll find out who the new ENIL board and nominating committee members are, ENIL’s amended constitution after the General Assembly 2015, a response from one of the MEPs who was present at the meeting in the European Parliament on 30th
We kindly remind you that we launched the ENIL Mobility Survey which aims to collect information that disabled people encounter when they want to study, work or live in another EU member state. If you haven’t completed it and wish to share your personal experience, you still have time to do so! Filling in the short survey would take only a few minutes of your time. Download it from here
and send it to email@example.com
ENIL and the Council of Europe organize another study session for young disabled people – in Strasbourg, France, between 17th
April 2016. The name of the study session is “Supporting Young Disabled People to Explore Sexuality and Relationships as Integral to their Social Inclusion and Independent Living”
. Participants must be disabled people, aged 18-35 years, living in one of the 47 Council of Europe member states. More information and the application form can be found in the article below. Please feel free to disseminate the information among your contacts so that more young disabled people get the chance to apply!
This month we published several watchdog articles – disturbingly showing that there are lots of threats for the independent living of disabled people around Europe. Deinstitutionalization, cuts affecting personal assistance are among these threats and below you will find articles about the situation in France, Sweden and Romania.
There is always good news as well and here we present you one young, positive person who is currently working as an intern at at Onafhankelijk Leven (OL) – a Centre for Independent Living in the city of Gent. Kamil shares about his impressions from his work so far which was mainly related to Freedom Drive. He has also produced a report from an event he attended – organised by MEP Daciana Sarbu with the support of the Open Society Foundations – Mental Health Initiative and hosted at the European Parliament in Brussels on 14th
October. The event was entitled “Community not Confinement: the role of the EU in promoting and protecting the right of people with disabilities to live in the community”.
Another supporter of the independent living movement, a Freedom Drive participant and an ENIL ally – Michael Holden – wrote a blog article for ENIL’s website which reveals outrageous practice of local taxi companies in Belfast.
We hope you will enjoy reading October's newsletter of ENIL. Don't forget you can also follow our news from our website