If you are like me then independent living means having choices about the way we live, who we live with, where we live and how we live. It’s about equal access, just like our peers to services, facilities and resources such as education, health, leisure, transport and accessible buildings/environments. It’s about having the opportunity to work and fulfill our potential. For many this will only be possible with personal assistance – funds made available following assessment for the full costs of employing personal assistants to support how we choose to live.
In October 2012 I attended the European Network on Independent Living Youth Group week long workshop in Strasbourg to work alongside inspiring young people from all over Europe. We have made our recommendations to Governments on raising awareness of young people with disabilities, education, transition to work and access. You can see the press release about our work at http://www.enil.eu/news/strasbourg-study-session-recommendations-to-national-governments/
and find out more about the European Network on Independent Living here