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Towards Independent Living: Collection of examples from Europe

This Collection is a joint initiative of the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) and the European Disability Forum (EDF). It features examples from different EU Member States, which to a different extent facilitate the right to live independently in the community.

It seeks to promote and encourage the development of policies and measures fostering disabled people’s independence, in line with Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) – Living Independently and Being Included in the Community. Its overarching objective is to ensure that disabled people can live in the community ‘with choices equal to others’.

The publication can be of assistance to a wide range of stakeholders – legislators, policy-makers at national, regional or local level responsible for the development and implementation of disability policies, service providers, organisations of disabled people and other non-governmental organisations. It can be used to identify measures and approaches supporting the realisation of disabled people’s right to live independently and participate in the community.