Make Way Day, which took place yesterday, is a National Public Awareness Campaign held annually to highlight the issues people with disabilities face getting around their local communities. People with disabilities give the public gentle reminders to consider the needs of PWDs when using the public spaces we all share.
This year saw a strong contingent from Cork CIL campaigning on the streets of Cork, as reported in The Irish Times (see photo below).
Last year the Taskforce on Personalised Budgets Report recommended several pilot projects be rolled out to test various models of delivering personal budgets. The first phase of these project rollouts will take place later this year with the HSE currently looking for 90 people to take part.
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Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) launched its Leader Manual today. The manual is for people who want or have a PA service, or for anyone acting on behalf of others curious to learn more.
The Change Guide features helpful and practical advice from practitioners, leaders, service users, and staff that focuses on people and culture. This Change Guide supports service and quality improvement, and is intended to complement the transformation work taking place within the Health Service Executive (HSE).
Do you know someone who needs a holiday?
The St Vincent de Paul Bundoran Holiday Centre in Co Donegal provides holidays to those that need a break in a relaxing and caring environment at an affordable price.
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.
Event organiser and DEASP 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.