In This Issue
Enil Mission To Bulgaria - Report...
Opening Of A New Regional Cil In Kragujevac (Serbia)...
New book: 'Theses For The Theory And Culture Of Handicap'...
Role model: Meet Alexandra Aleksova (Bulgaria)...
AER Press release: Lets' change our perception of disabilities!...
ENIL supports EDF campaign:..
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Welcome to another issue of Independent Living News! with a special focus on Eastern Europe.

We still need volunteers to help us translate the ENIL Resolution on Cuts into their language. If you think you can help, please contact us at [email protected]

ENIL Mission to Bulgaria - Report 


Training in Burgas - photographer Sara Hamrin
ENIL with the representation of the Executive Director Jamie Bolling was on a mission in Bulgaria, from 1st to 8th October 2011.


The main purpose of the mission was to contribute to a project for activecitizenship of young leaders in the IL movement in Bulgaria and to influence various actors regarding the elections to take place on October 23rd on the importance of Independent Living. 


Meetings were arranged with Candidates, the public through the round table, members of IL, DPOs, the Office of the Ombudsman, with people living in the Institution in Stara Zagora, newspapers, TV, radio and the staff of the CIL Sofia. 


Opening of a new regional CIL in Kragujevac (Serbia)

A new regional CIL was established and officially registered in Kragujevac, Serbia on 18 January 2011.


Guided by the idea that everyone has the right to choose how he or she wants to live, CIL Kragujevac represents and advocates for social approach to disability and is working on providing facilities for Independent Living of disabled persons in the city of Kragujevac.



New book: 'Theses for the theory and culture of handicap' 


On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the Prague conclusions, adopted at the International seminar about Independent Living, YHD would like to present to you the new book on with the title 'Theses for the theory' and culture of handicap written by Ph. D. Dusan Rutar.


The turning point in our lives that charted our course and that we made sure to stay on was meeting Dusan Rutar Ph. D., who came to work as a psychologist at the Institution for Enabling Handicapped Children and Youths, where we had lived since our childhood and where we went to secondary school.


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 Role model: Meet Alexandra Aleksova (Bulgaria)


Alexandra Aleksova (Bulgaria)

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AER Press release: Lets' change our perception of disabilities! 


Conferencia Valencia

The working group "Equal Europe for People with Disabilities" of the Assembly of European Regions (AER) met in La Rochelle (F) to the kind invitation of Segolène Royal, President of Poitou-Charentes, and Michèle Sabban, President of AER, to exchange views on successful strategies for implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. 
The choice of Poitou-Charentes is no accident: disability is a political priority since 2004 and it is the first French region to have adopted an Agenda 22 on 15 December 2008.



ENIL supports EDF campaign:  Observatory of the crisis 



We are very alarmed by the ongoing cuts and austerity measures throughout Europe that disproportionally hit people with disabilities. Among other actions we are working to get our ENIL proposal resolution through the European Parliament.


We also cooperate with other international NGO's and organizations to fight the cuts. The European Disability Forum (EDF) has created an online tool on their website to gather and monitor all the negative measures taken by EU member states. Also cases of negative portrayal of people with disabilities can be reported.