European Network on Independent Living

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is a European wide network of disabled people with members throughout Europe.

ENIL is a cross disability forum for disabled people, independent living organizations and non-disabled allies for independent living and the movement. ENIL promotes human rights, solidarity and social inclusion through peer support, de-institutionalization, democracy, self-representation and self-determination. ENIL promotes equal opportunities for disabled people fighting against discrimination in Europe.

ENIL addresses the under-representation of persons with extensive disabilities in European disability politics and social organizations as well as in mainstream society.

ENIL’s mission is to:

• Promote Independent Living philosophy and raise awareness within the general public and with disabled people, national policy makers, government administrations as well as regional bodies such as the European Commission, the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). • Develop the concept, principles and definition of Independent Living. Promote the development of Centers of Independent Living throughout Europe and enhance solidarity and networking among them.

• Carry out training and awareness raising activities at the European level.

• Represent Independent Living Organizations and IL movement at the European level and in different European bodies, organizations and projects such as EDF –European Disability Forum, FRA – Fundamental Rights Agency, DREAM – FP7 project: Disability Rights Expanding Accessible Markets and InnoServ – FP7 project: Innovative Social Services Platform. • Combat social exclusion and discrimination through disability policies, which allow for Independent Living of disabled people. Make Independent Living framework instrumental to end discrimination against disabled people in Europe.

• Embrace the human rights model of disability in acquiring independence and self-determination by overcoming the barriers of the medical and attitudinal models.

Key Personnel:

Jamie Bolling – Executive Director:

Martin Naughton – ENIL Co-Director:

Ines Bulic – Policy Officer and Regional Team Manager and Coordinator of the European Coalition for Community Living:

Sanja Nikolin  – ENIL Researcher :





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