Application Now Open- ENIL Study Session 2014!


Application Now Open- ENIL Study Session 2014!

Interested in finding out how you can challenge multiple discrimination in your country?

Want to learn about your rights and meet with other young disabled people from across Europe?

We have this opportunity for you!

The European Network on Independent Living ( ENIL) is running a week long study session, “ Understanding and countering multiple discrimination faced by young people with disabilities in Europe”, 29th June – 6th July 2014, at the Council of Europe Youth Centre in Strasbourg, France. The aim of the study session is to empower young disabled people to tackle multiple discrimination and to develop a video campaign to highlight this issue and promote tolerance and understanding.

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) advocates and lobbies for Independent Living by promoting the values, principles and practices to make full citizenship of disabled people a reality. One of the priorities for ENIL is to increase the involvement of young disabled people in the Independent Living movement, which is why ENIL has established a project to increase youth participation throughout Europe.

ENIL hopes to develop and facilitate cooperation between young disabled people from different European countries and create better links with organisations representing people from minority and marginalised groups. ENIL recognises that multiple discrimination affects young disabled people’s ability to access independent living.

The session will be organised and delivered by an international team of youth leaders from the UK, Hungary, Ireland, Bulgaria and Latvia with experience in working with young people in their countries and internationally.

The study session will take place between 29 June – 6 July 2014 in Strasbourg, France. The working language will be English (and sign language if needed). Participants need to have a working knowledge of English. Participants must be between the ages of 18-30 and consider themselves to have an impairment or disability and must also be from one of the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe (not to be confused with the European Union).Please note there will be a selection process. All travel and accommodation expenses for successful applicants and personal assistants (where needed) will be reimbursed with 50 Euro being deducted by the Council of Europe as a participation fee.

ENIL encourages young disabled people from all backgrounds to apply. Every effort will be made to meet the access needs of all selected participants.

To find out more about what to expect from this year’s study session, please take a look at ‘Young People with Disabilities as Future Leaders of the Independent Living Movement- Training Manual’. For more information please read these Frequently Asked Questions or contact . The 2014 Application Form is available here.


  1. Lawyer / Mohammed Barakat, February 26, 2014:

    It would a pleasure to have membership of ENIL as Spanish DPO registred also in Palestine to empower persons with different disabilities in all Palestinian territories

  2. Lawyer / Mohammed Barakat, February 26, 2014:

    It would be a pleasure to have membership of ENIL as Spanish DPO registred also in Palestine to empower persons with different disabilities in all Palestinian territories

  3. Lawyer / Mohammed Barakat, February 26, 2014:

    Thank you so much

  4. Conings glenn, March 3, 2014:


    My name is Glenn Conings, i am 23 years old.
    I have been active for almost 3 years in the independent living movement in Belgium.

    A new world was open for me.
    My old school was a special school, but they have no idea off independent living as a concept.
    I will like to come to the study session to be a beter activist, so i can help open a new word for more people.


    Glenn Conings

  5. vanessa, March 3, 2014:

    Hi Glenn,

    Thats super that you would like to attend the study session, please fill in the application form and if you have any questions please email,

    Thank you,


  6. Rob, March 18, 2014:

    My son is 19, from Scotland, has Down’s Syndrome, and has always attended mainstream school and college, but he doesn’t really regard himself as disabled or disadvantaged and does not have any political awareness about disability. But he did attend a week-long European Leader course in Finland three years back and really enjoyed it, and he is smart and likes using his computer and iphone. Would he feel out of place attending this event? Is it going to be fun and accept the needs of people with intellectual disabilities?

  7. vanessa, March 19, 2014:

    Hi Rob,

    Thank you for getting in contact. The style of learning is non- formal so it is focused on active participation and activities. There is an emphasis placed on working together and learning more about each other and the issues that affect young people. The session is delivered by a group of young people and every effort will me made to meet the access needs of all participants. Please feel free to email the if you have any questions. I hope these answers help.


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