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ENIL Independent Living Myth Buster

18 December 2014

ENIL's Myth Buster on Independent Living deals with some of the most common misconceptions about disabled people, independent living and personal assistance

ENIL Myth Buster

ENIL decided to publish this Myth Buster, which is based on lived experience, in order to raise awareness about independent living and how it can be made a reality for all disabled people

Most of all, ENIL wanted to address the various myths and misconceptions around independent living, because of which what is sometimes referred to as ‘independent living’ is still a form of institution. ENIL hopes that this publication will contribute to a better understanding of the right to live independently in the community, as set out in Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

This publication is aimed at anyone who would like to learn more about independent living, as explained by disabled people active in the independent living movement. You can download it here. There is a wide choice of language options.

About ENIL

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is a Europe-wide network of people with disabilities, with members throughout Europe. ENIL is a forum for all disabled people, Independent Living organisations and their non-disabled allies on the issues of Independent Living. ENIL represents the disability movement for human rights and social inclusion based on solidarity, peer support, deinstitutionalisation, democracy, self-representation, cross disability and self-determination.

ENIL promotes equal opportunities for disabled people and fights against discrimination in Europe. ENIL addresses the under-representation of persons with extensive disabilities in European disability and social politics, as well as in mainstream society.

Disability Rights UK is a partner organisation with ENIL on its Proud, Strong and Visible Project, which promotes Choice, Control and Participation of Disabled people in Europe.