The situation of disabled people living in the EU is not getting better. We are still facing cuts, discrimination and significant barriers to Independent Living, social inclusion and everyday life. Therefore, it is important to be active on May 5th. Through creative actions we can make the news and will be able to spread awareness on Independent Living. Inform your local communities, friends and family about the Independent Living milestones. Only when we are determined, visible and fighting, can we achieve our goals and improve our life conditions.
Each year the participation and the initiatives organized in various European countries and the involvement of disabled and non-disabled people become stronger and more impressive. Up until now, in more than 20 countries, the Independent Living Day has been celebrated in creative and inspiring ways. From conferences and public protests to photo exhibitions and flash mobs, disabled people and their organizations were there, spreading the Independent Living philosophy throughout Europe. 2016 will be the third year of celebrating the European Independent Living Day and we hope that this upward trend will continue.
ENIL’s contact person for the event this year is our intern Kamil Goungor. Please contact him at email@example.com and share your plans or if you have any questions. You can also share your ideas using the hashtag #ENILILDAY on the social media and spread your ideas.
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