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Editorial Team Update
Freedom Drive and General Assembly Updates
Assistive Technology
ERA Election Campaign 2011
Meet Darek Makosha
Accessible Ljubljana
European Regional Development Fund
2011 CIVICUS World Assembly
Ouch! BBC website
Easy Read Online
Untold Stories
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We apologise that the link to the Assistive Techonology article in our last issue was unavailable. To read about this revolutionary technology click here.

Freedom Drive Update

General Assembly Update  


We can now announce that the dates for the Freedom Drive and General Assembly are : 
  • 14th September Freedom Drive
  • 15th September General Assembly

Both events will take place in Strasbourg so book your accommodation and tickets early to be there!  

To help you find an accessible hotel please download the guide for accessible accommodation in Strasbourg  here 

See you in Strasbourg!   



Assistive Technology and the beginings of a fulfilled life 

AssistiveICT imageSome of us may think that accessing a computer is easy, or writting an email to a friend however for some it can be a difficult or sometimes impossible task that can not be done without the use of ICTs or Assistive Technology.

But what is Assistive Techonology and what a difference can it make to a life? 

To learn about this technology and about a young boy whose life was changed by it read our article.


And if you live in Spain please do not hesitate to join the ENIL Conference on ICTs and Assistive Technology which will take place 24th March.  It promises to be a very engaging day with some fantastic speakers where you can learn more about the possibiilites of how such technology can improve your life.

Documentary Film

Elena Pečarič is a woman of many talents.

She sings, writes, is a leader, protests, shoots and edits videos... She is an inspiration to those who she meets. Learn more about her by watching a trailer of the documentary film about her or by reading the article here

Portrait of an activist: Elena
Portrait of an activist: Elena
Meet Darek Makosha
Independent Living activist from Poland 
Darek MakoshaMeet Dareck Makosha, Independent Living activist in Poland.
Cofunder of the International Team on Wheelchairs Polish Club, expert on UN umbrella organizations and proud father of four children.

 Read more... 

Accesible Tourist Guide  


Ljubljana Triple bridgeIf you are visiting the lovely city of Ljubljana check out this useful tourist guide to find out about all the accessible places in town.

The guide includes a list of accessible tourist and cultural points, places to hang out and have fun with your friends or meet new people

European Regional Development Fund
As the process of building Europe has progressed four types of Structural Funds have been introduced during the years, one of them being the European Regional Development Fund ERDF.
ERDF contributes mainly to assisting the regions whose development is lagging behind and those undergoing economic conversion or experiencing structural difficulties


World Assembly Programme
CIVICUSIn ENIL we know that together we can make a change and we are always looking for new ways to spread Independent Living all over the world and we think the CIVICUS World Assembly is one of them.
"Civil Society and Global Decision-Making: Doing Better"  is the theme for this years Assembly which will take place in September in Montreal.
You are welcome to submit an activity proposal until 11th of April 2011 included.
Do not miss this opportunity to promote Independent Living and its values across the world.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] if you would be willing to partner with ENIL to present a proposal.


It's a disability thing 

Check out Ouch! The BBC's website that covers all aspects of the lives of disabled people.
You will find a very active message board, podcasts, articles and a lot more all with a great sense of humour.
Click here to start surfing the site!

Easy Read Online 

People with learning disabilities find internet access easier thanks to Easy Read Online Limited.
Check their website to learn how to make your website accessible to all,or find out about the top ten most popular websites for people with leaning disabilities here

Untold Stories on Facebook 

Fundamental Rights Agency  

SilhouetteThe Fundamental Rigths Agency is inviting evrybody to contribute with a story about a woman who made a difference in the world or in your private life and who deserves recognition.
We are sure you have someone in mind!
All stories and pictures will be published on the Facebook page created for this purpose called Untold Stories