As most of you may know, November is the so-called MEN’S MONTH. Every year in November, all men stand behind a cause – the fight against prostate cancer. Or put another way – Movember or No shave Movember. This is the month when most men leave their razors and shaving creams and put on mustaches. And this is for the sole purpose of showing empathy for each other and inviting everyone to visit their doctors.Read More
From 5th to 9th of September 2016, the European Network for Independent Living – ENIL organized a study visit about the deinstitutionalization in Stockholm, Sweden. The purpose of the visit was to present the steps taken by Sweden to close institutional care for people with disabilities – a process that ended 16 years ago on 01.01.2000. The key messages of the study visit were captured in a short film, which ENIL has been distributing since Friday (07.10.2016)Read More
On September 26th, at the Anel Hotel, Sofia, 14 Todor Alexandrov Str, from 10 am to 3 pm, Center for Independent Living will hold the conference on topic – How Social Are the Social Policies for People with Disabilities in Bulgaria? From group etiquette to individual approach and support for the participation of every disabled person, the two main topics will be:Read More
Today, September 14th, protested! We joined and supported the protest of parents of children with disabilities, which began in the garden near the National Assembly building. Its route was determined by the municipality and would go before Parliament (behind the monument of Tsar Osvoboditel) and from there to the Council of Ministers and in particular the MLSP, where the parents would make a heap of plush children toys.Read More
Just two months ago, the Center organized a press conference to tell the public – through the media of course – that no deinstitutionalization was taking place in Bulgaria. The interest in the subject was then weak. A few days ago, the broadcast was blown up by another case of violence against a disabled child in Shumen. The Minister of Social Policy – Zornitsa Rusinova – though new, reacted in the old way, namely to protect the social workers and the institution, which for us as citizens and human rights defenders was extremely inadequate and inhumane.Read More
Dear friends and associates, on the occasion of May 5th – European Independent Living Day, the Center for Independent Living invites you to the exhibition organized by us. It is the result of four months of artistic communication between people with and without disabilities, of different generations, who painted with their fingers and oil paints. They shared their views, tastes and fantasies under the project “Art at the tip of the finger”, funded by the Sofia Culture Program of Sofia Municipality 2016.Read More
Dear colleagues and friends,
Over the last 10 months, a team of analysts from the Center for Independent Living has been researching Bulgarian practices in 3 main topics for social inclusion for people with disabilities, namely the quality of assistance services, benefits and technical aids, as well as the process of deinstitutionalization.Read More
On April 13th at 10 am at the Hotel Accord will be held three thematic meetings with the following topics and order:
- from 10:00 to 14:00 o’clock in the large conference hall. The topic is Personal assistance for disabled people
- from 10:00 to 14:00 o’clock in the small hall (unfortunately inaccessible for disabled people). The theme is The deinstitutionalisation in Bulgaria
- from 15:00 to 18:00 o’clock in the large conference hall. The theme is Benefits for disabled people.
The meetings are organized by CIL, the project “Free choice or free of choice”- advocacy of human rights of disabled people”, funded under the program for support of NGOs in Bulgaria under the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area.
Meetings are open and anyone wishing to attend feel invited.
Friends, are you satisfied with the urban accessibility in Sofia? Well, we are not, so we continue our efforts to demand Sofia Municipality to do this. And we keep trying to explain to every citizen or visitor to the capital that there are still some citizens who can’t visit many places in Sofia due to the inaccessible environment.
Our next initiative is a continuation of campaign “I wasn’t born to be here!” and it is an exhibition on wheels, showing posters with inaccessible environment in various public places in the capital city.
The opening will be held on March 2nd 2016 in the lobby of the State Theatre of Satire “Aleko Konstantinov”, where every fan of the art will be able to see absurd situations with people with disability, who dared to move around the city of Sofia.Read More
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