(ENIL) European Network on Independent Living Study Session in Strasbourg

Deadline: 12 November 2015
Open to: people between the age of 18 and 35, from the Council of Europe Member States who consider themselves as disabled persons
Venue: 17-24 April 2016 Strasbourg, France


The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is a Europe-wide network of disabled people, with members throughout Europe, and includes all disabled people and their non-disabled allies on the issues on independent living. ENIL represents the Disability movement for human rights and social inclusion based on solidarity, peer support, deinstitutionalization, democracy, self-representation, cross disability and self-determination fighting against discrimination through Europe. One of the main missions of ENIL is to carry out training and awareness raising activities at the European level. Therefore, ENIL organizes this Study Session on the matters of disability and sexuality.

This will be a week-long study session for young disabled people in Strasbourg, France, between 17- 24 April 2016.

During the study session they will:

  • Promote social inclusion of young disabled people by providing them with a safe space to explore how sexuality and relationships relate to social inclusion and achievement of Independent Living;
  • Address the varying aspects associated with an individual’s identity when exploring barriers within disability and sexuality, especially the process of realising sexual and reproductive rights;
  • Produce materials which support young disabled people across Europe to explore their sexual identities and relationships in the context of social inclusion and Independent Living;
  • Empower young disabled people so that they can be leaders in their communities and support other young disabled people to understand their rights around sexuality and relationships;
  • Give young disabled people the needed skills to explore sensitive issues through non-formal education, as part of their efforts to promote Independent Living of young disabled people;
  • Encourage young disabled people to understand the connections between the Independent Living philosophy and women’s rights and issues affecting the LGBTQ community, and to work in a collaborative way with different groups in their countries.


This Study Session is for people between the age of 18 and 35, from the Council of Europe Member States who consider themselves as disabled persons. Working language will be English.


All costs for participants will be covered by ENIL including the travel expenses of Personal Assistants if needed. Please note that if an application is successful, the participant is required to pay a EUR 50 enrollment fee to the Council of Europe Youth Centre. No fee will be charged to Personal Assistants.


In order to apply you should fill in the application form and send it to enilstudysession2016@gmail.com latest by 12 November 2015.

If you need any help or have any questions about completing this form, please contact: enilstudysession2016@gmail.com.

For more information please check the FAQ or visit the official website.

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