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Report from the Freedom Drive 2011...
Progress in Implementing Freedom Drive Demands...
Road Movie Contest...
Swedish MEPs Call for De-Institutionalisation...
Back to Italy after the Freedom Drive...
Volunteers Needed for Translation
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    20th October, 2011


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Editorial Team Update


Welcome to another issue of Independent Living news! with a special focus on the Freedom Drive 2011 (12 - 15 September). It has been a month now since the end of the Freedom Drive and for those of you that participated, we hope it has been a good experience.

For those who could not make it to Strasbourg this year, please have a look at the Freedom Drive report, which includes summaries of all the meetings and events.


Thank you to everyone who has sent in their Evaluations. If you haven't done so yet, we would appreciate it if you could still send them to [email protected]


Any feedback is very welcome.


 Report from the Freedom Drive 2011


This report includes summaries of all the meetings and events organised during the Freedom Drive week. You will also find the selected press coverage and the main documents in the Annex to the report.




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Progress in Implementing Freedom Drive Demands




Before this year's Freedom Drive, we analysed the progress made in implementing the demands from 2009. In case you have not had a chance to read this document, we are sending it to you again. The second document, Freedom Drive Demands Explained, sets out what is behind this year's demands. ENIL will use the next two years to lobby for their implementation with the relevant institutions, such as the European Commission and the European Parliament Disability Intergroup.




 Road Movie Contest


Now that the Freedom Drive is over, ENIL is collecting entries to its Road Movie Contest. If you have photos or videos from the Freedom Drive, please send them to the ENIL Secretariat at [email protected]. The best photo story or documentary will be shown at the Freedom Drive 2013! Participants from Belgium can also send their videos to Onafhankelijk Level, who will reimburse the winner's travel and accommodation costs to the Freedom Drive. 


Swedish MEPs Call for De-Institutionalisation


During the Freedom Drive, the delegation from Sweden held a meeting with a number of Swedish MEPs. As a result of this meeting, a group of MEPs published an article in a major newspaper calling for the closure of long stay residential institutions for persons with disabilities in Europe. The article also refers to the European Coalition for Community Living (ECCL), which is a project of ENIL.


 Back to Italy after the Freedom Drive


On 15 September, the fifth edition of the Freedom Drive was held in Strasbourg. The Freedom Drive is a march for freedom organised every two years by ENIL, which this year saw over two hundred people with disabilities from 20 countries marching from Place de la Republic to the European Parliament.


The aim of the event is to ensure the right for people with disabilities to live independently, by adopting policies based on respect for human rights. 


Volunteers Needed for Translation of the Resolution


Now that we are back from the Freedom Drive, the real work to get the ENIL Proposal for the Parliament Resolution on Cuts begins. In order to get the support from as many MEPs as possible, we would like to have the Draft Resolution translated into more languages. We are therefore looking for volunteers, who could translate the 3-page text into their own language. If you think you could help us, please contact [email protected]


Thank you in advance!