CIL CMH eBulletin, July 6th

The July edition of Dublin CIL’s newsletter is now online. An archive of past issues (as well as an archive of even older issues) is also available.

You may also wish to visit the Publications page to view links to past issues of the Cork CIL Newsletter and links to newsletters published by various physical and sensory disability organisations.

Global Wellness Monthly, July 2nd

The July edition of the Global Wellness Monthly newsletter (PDF, 2.82Mb) is now available. The focus this month is on recognising the signs of stress.

Also this month, the LiveWell portal is running a feature on:

  • Quick fixes for stress.
  • How to manage the symptoms of depression.
  • Yoga, the natural stress reliever.

The portal also features a pre-recorded webinar entitled: “How to Assess your Emotional IQ.”

For instructions on how to access the LiveWell portal, visit the VHI Employee Assistance (EAP) section of the Staff Portal.

Beach Wheelchairs 2018

Kerry County Council are providing a beach wheelchair service at Ballybunion, Ballinskelligs, and Inch Blue Flag beaches this year.

The wheelchairs are available for booking from Jun 1st to Sep 15th.

This is a free service, but the wheelchairs must be booked in advance and for no longer than 3 hours at a time.

Please read this article for full details.

DFI News Bulletin, May 29th

The May edition of the Disability Federation of Ireland’s newsletter is now online. An archive of past issues is also available.

You may also wish to visit the Publications page to view links to past issues of the Cork CIL Newsletter and links to newsletters published by various physical and sensory disability organisations.

SII Ezine, May 24th

The June edition of Spinal Injuries Ireland’s newsletter is now online. An archive of past issues is also available.

You may also wish to visit the Publications page to view links to past issues of the Cork CIL Newsletter and links to newsletters published by various physical and sensory disability organisations.

Cork CIL Annual General Meeting 2018

The 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) for Cork CIL will take place on Tuesday, July 17th, in the Jurys Inn, Anderson’s Quay, Cork. It will start promptly at 5.30pm.

The AGM is a formal meeting which is held once a year. It is a legal requirement for voluntary organisations that have company status. At the AGM, Cork CIL will deal with issues such as the election of committee/board members, as well as reviewing the annual accounts.

All are welcome. If you wish to attend, please send an email to:

Pat Beirne

or phone us on:

021 432 2651

Following the meeting, the Cork CIL Annual Report for 2017 will be published on this website.

Audio Described and Captioned Performance of Les Misérables at the BGE Theatre

The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre has announced an audio described and captioned performance of Les Misérables on Thu, Jan 10th, 2019.

There is also a captioned performance of Wicked on Tue, Aug 14th, 2018.

Bookings for these performances should be made directly through the Group Bookings & Access Department so that they can advise on the most suitable seating. The BGE Theatre have tickets held back for this purpose that aren’t available through other channels. Please phone:

01 677 7770

(9am–6pm, Mon–Fri), or email:

Groups at BGE Theatre

No extra booking fees will be applied when booking through the above channels.

Seán’s Looking Straight Ahead After Spinal Surgery

An article in today’s Irish Examiner reported on Cork CIL service user, Seán Bosonnet. Suffering from progressively-worsening scoliosis since his teens, Seán finally received life-changing surgery in June, 2016, thanks to a voluntary medical support group called Straight Ahead Ireland. The charity provides surgery, support and medical equipment for children with orthopaedic conditions.

Accessing the City

CARL LogoIn collaboration with Cork CIL, Michael O’Donnell has undertaken a Community-Academic Research Links (CARL) project at UCC that explores the lived experiences of wheelchair users in Cork City. A short abstract follows:

People who use wheelchairs regularly encounter physical access barriers while living their everyday lives in the urban environment. This study focuses explicitly on the experiences of people who use wheelchairs accessing a built environment which is designed with an ‘able-bodied’ focus. In this study, I uncover the power relationships built into the physical environment which serve to marginalise and exclude. I explore how, despite decades of advocacy for a social model, much social policy and legislation around disability still draw from theories of a medical model. It is evident from the findings that much work still needs to be done to enable people who use wheelchairs to live fully independent lives and be fully included with regards to the built environment.

The full report is available from the link below:

How to Add Emergency Info to Your Phone’s Lock Screen

Jill Duffy of PCMag UK wrote this useful piece on How to Add Emergency Info to Your Phone’s Lock Screen. The article explains how to add “in case of emergency” (ICE) information—such as an emergency contact and medical notes—that can be accessed even if your phone is locked.

Includes instructions for:

  • iOS
  • Android
  • BlackBerry
  • Windows Phone

And there’s also a clever suggestion for a simple workaround that should work on just about any smartphone.

Stella Young: I’m Not Your Inspiration, Thank You Very Much

Earlier tonight, I attended a meeting of the Cork Centre for Independent Living Peer Forum in the Maldron Hotel on John Redmond Street.

Event organiser and Cork CIL Community Employment Supervisor Nicola Meacle was MC for the evening. She screened four short films on the theme of “A Visual Exploration of Disability and Independent Living” and gave a brief introduction to each one. Nicola prefaced I’m Not Your Inspiration, Thank You Very Much (a talk given by Stella Young at TEDxSydney in April, 2014) by breaking the sad news that Stella had recently passed away.

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