Video campaign highlights diversity among young disabled people

15/08/2014
Graphic: symbolic figures for equality

ENIL’s video campaign explores the concept of intersectionality and helps young disabled people understand and embrace their multiple identities; © dirk ercken/ panthermedia.net

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is launching a series of four videos entitled "Think Different, Think Equal" to empower and raise awareness about the rights of disabled people in Europe. Developed by a group of young disabled people from fifteen European countries, the video campaign explores the concept of intersectionality and helps young disabled people understand and embrace their multiple identities. Its goal is to build young people’s capacity to identify and respond to discrimination by knowing their rights and the protections available, as well as to encourage self-advocacy.

The "Think Different, Think Equal" video campaign is the result of a week-long study session on multiple discrimination developed by young disabled people for young disabled people. Organised by the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) and the Youth Department of the Council of Europe, it brought together in Strasbourg thirty nine participants and their assistants from fifteen European countries.

Through shared experiences and by using the new knowledge and skills they acquired, participants worked together to produce engaging and thought provoking videos. The resulting recordings focus on the impact of multiple discrimination and hate crime, but also on how young disabled people can work together to counter these problems. The video campaign further promotes the role of Independent Living in the development of self-advocacy and self-determination amongst young disabled people by highlighting the role that these skills can play in challenging negative attitudes and stereotypes.

The "Think Different, Think Equal" video campaign will run on ENIL’s website and the social media, and during different events around Europe.

REHACARE.de; Source: European Network on Independent Living (ENIL)

More about European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) at: www.enil.eu