Independent Living through direct payments, 3 & 4 June, Gent

April 23, 2010

The Expertise Centre Independent Living  and the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) invite you to the international conference ‘Independent Living through direct payments’ on the 3rd  and 4th of June in Gent, Belgium.

The Expertise Centre Independent Living is a partnership between grassroots organizations working with and for disabled persons (and their representatives) that builds up expertise about direct payments. The power of direct payments is that disabled people are granted a budget so that they are able to organize their support independently of others.  The goal of our organization is the empowerment of disabled people so that they may lead an independent life.

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is a European wide network of disabled people. It represents a forum intended for all disabled people, independent living organizations and their non-disabled allies on the issues of independent living and the independent living movement.

In June 2010 (03 and 04 of June), the Expertise Centre, in collaboration with the European Network on Independent Living ENIL, organizes the 2-days international conference called ‘Independent Living through direct payments’. The focus of the conference will be aimed at the national and international audience of people with a disability. Apart from presenting our research results, there will  be a great opportunity for international networking, exchange of expertise, experiences  and debates.

The following topics will be discussed:

Current situation of working with direct payments in Belgium

  • Quality of Life for users of a Personal Assistance Budget: conclusion of a new scientific research.
  • The Personal Budget in the Netherlands.
  • Personal Assistance in Sweden
  • Market forces in the support of disabled people. 

The working language of the conference will be English (depending on the public and budget there might be a translation into French).

There is no participation fee for attending the conference. Participants will be provided with materials, coffee breaks and a sandwich lunch. However, participants are responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements and also for covering their own travel expanses, hotel and food costs. The Expertise Centre Independent Living has put a list with accessible hotels on the website. We took an option on all these rooms, so explicitly mention the international conference when you book and book as soon as possible.  As there are not many completely accessible rooms,  please only take a room that is accessible according to your own needs.

For registration form, a list of accessible hotels in Gent, program, location of the conference, transport – please see our website and/or contact Maja Wojcik,, tel: + 32.9.324.38.77

Expertise Centre Independent Living

Kerkstraat 108

9050 Gentbrugge


Tel: +32.9.324.38.77

Fax: +32.9.324.38.79


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