I am sorry to announce that our friend and colleague Erik Ljungberg died suddenly on the 16th of March. Erik was born in 1973 in Sweden. At 38 years of age Erik was all too young to part with this world. ENIL will miss him greatly: as a board member he contributed actively to ENILs work for the rights of disabled people.
Erik lived in Gothenburg, Sweden, where he was a great activist for the Independent Living movement. His work and efforts to make the transport system accessible were known by many and he was successful awareness-raising through among other things his website Vasttragik. The website exposed the discrimination that transport company rules were inflicting on disabled people.
Erik was a man with many talents; he also set up and edited the popular blog FullDelaktighet.nu - in favour of full inclusion for disabled people. This was an effort to influence the last elections in Sweden. Erik had run his own art gallery, was a programmer and a strong entrepreneur. Many people who use personal assistance do so through AiAi, the administration program he designed for personal assistance.
His achievements as an activist for accessibility made him well known not only in Gothenburg but also throughout Sweden and won him the STIL prize for civil courage in 2005. He was able to expose discrimination and to get his message across in an intelligent and funny way. This is only a glimpse of his achievements.
Erik was a devoted, diplomatic, kind and intelligent person who won the hearts of many. We in the movement will miss him greatly. I personally will miss Erik as a great friend. Erik may you rest in peace......
Those wanting to send condolences can send them via firstname.lastname@example.org. I will send them on the Erik's family.
Jamie Bolling - Director of ENIL
European Network on Independent Living