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Disability Rights Defenders is a network of individuals and organizations with an interest in disability rights and disability law. The purpose of the network is to spread and deepen legal expertise about disability rights among disabled persons, disabled people’s organization, lawyers and law schools. We invite people interested in disability rights to join our closed facebook-group “Disability Rights Defenders” and to share their experiences, methods and advice. Together we spread information and knowledge on how to use the law as a tool to implement and defend the rights of disabled people. We welcome contributions in form of brief descriptions of legal cases, court decisions, references to legislation, publications, reports as well as announcements of events, learning and funding opportunities. The content shared in the facebook-group is summarized in a newsletter four times a year. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.

Survey Report on Remedies

Independent Living Institute.  2020.  Survey Report on Remedies.
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DRD conducted a survey on remedies in cooperation with the project Article 19 as a tool. The survey was carried out with the aim to gain an overview of the topic of remedies, to see where and what law systems in general are lacking or which remedies can be transferred from one country to another for better effectiveness in using the law as a tool for social change and individual justice. The following report sumarizes the results of the survey and provides an overview of some legal remedies to enable interested readers to learn from other countries' experiences as well as to gain knowledge about other types of remedies which might be more effective for ensuring protection and enforcement of rights.

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Webinar 'Legal Clinics - a tool to promote disability rights' May 2020

Independent Living Institute.  2020.  Webinar 'Legal Clinics - a tool to promote disability rights' May 2020.
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In cooperation with the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), DRD held a webinar on ‘Legal Clinics - a tool to promote disability rights’ on the 26th of May 2020. This report summarizes the webinar. A recording of the webinar can be watched with subtitles on youtube.

Guide: How to Webinar

DRD developed a guide on how to plan, organize and hold webinars. Webinars are a great opportunity to bring people together from all over the world to network, collaborate and discuss. Based on our experiences in organizing and holding webinars we created this timeline including all necessary steps to plan and hold a webinar. Different icons mark concrete tips and examples, steps where we recommend to pay attention and tips for more accessibility. We suggest going through your webinar plan with different ‘disability-glasses’ in order to identify and remove potential barriers for accessibility. Please feel free to download, use and share this guide with your colleagues and friends. 

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Disability Rights Defenders Newsletter April 2020

In this newsletter, you will find hand-picked resources on disability rights and information about the COVID19 pandemic. We draw your attention to webinars and other opportunities for (virtual) joining and mingling in times of social distancing and lock down at home. 

  1.  Participate!
  2. Resources
  3. Court Cases
  4. Covid-19
  5. Job Opportunities
  6. Funding
  7. News 
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Webinar 'Aging with Disabilities in the Community' Febraury 2020

Independent Living Institute.  2020.  Webinar 'Aging with Disabilities in the Community' Febraury 2020.
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In cooperation with the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), DRD held a webinar on ‘Aging with Disabilities in the Community’ on the 6th of February 2020. This report summarizes the webinar. A recording of the webinar can be watched on youtube.

Webinar 'Law for Accessibility' November 2019

Independent Living Institute.  2019.  Webinar 'Law for Accessibility' November 2019.
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In cooperation with the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), DRD held a webinar focused on ‘Law for Accessibility’ on the 25th of November 2019. This report summarizes briefly the webinar. A recording of the webinar can also be watched on youtube.

Disability Rights Defenders Newsletter October 2019

  • Cases and Court Decisions
  • Resources
  • Participate
  • News and Articles
  • Webinar Announcement
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Disability Rights Defenders Newsletter July 2019

  • Cases and Court Decisions
  • Participate!
  • Resources
  • News
  • Announcements
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Annual Report 2018/2019

Disability Rights Defenders (DRD) / ‘IL Nordic Network’ is a network started on the 30th of May 2018 by the Independent Living Institute (ILI). This report is on the project funded by the Bente Skansgård IL Fund between June 2018 to May 2019 which was carried out to continue the development of the network.

This annual report gives a short insight to why the network is needed and what goals it has.  It describes the activities carried out through the year which include: moderating the Facebook group, collecting and editing the newsletters and organizing webinars. DRD researched court cases to build a database of cases on disability-based discrimination. Furthermore, contact details of individuals and organizations were collected to widen the network.

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