ILMI eBulletin November 18th 2022

ILMI Strategic Planning Process: Space for Members 24th Nov 11am to 1pm

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ILMI’s current Strategic Plan outlines the core objectives of the organisation which informs how we work and what we work on. This plan finishes at the end of 2022. To develop a new strategic plan, ILMI is working with Values Lab to develop a new strategic plan to map out the objectives for ILMI as a DPO from 2023 to 2026.

As a grassroots DPO it is vital that we create ways for disabled activists who are involved in ILMI to shape our work. To begin that process we are hosting an online collective discussion for disabled people to inform the development of a new plan. We want to reflect on the successes and challenges for ILMI in the last three years and begin to identify how and what we need to strategically focus on for the next four years.

This workshop will be led by Values Lab, who will record key information to inform the new ILMI plan. To register, email info@ilmi.ie

Sligo DPO

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It was a busy day for Sligo DPO, with the second HSE consultation followed by Sligo DPO AGM. The HSE consultation workshop was focused on examining “what are the benefits and costs of supports we would need as disabled people to have a voice heard by HSE managers and staff.” The consultation was facilitated by ILM’s Peter Kearns and Claire Kenny. This will inform the development of a guidance document currently being developed by Inclusion Ireland and ILMI. After a tea break, Sligo’s first AGM happened. A very productive meeting took place.
Thanks to all that attended looking forward to future meetings

ILMI VOICE Project Cork

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Cork VOICE are delighted to announce that Uplift – People Powered Change will be working with our online platform for three sessions, sharing their knowledge and tips for running campaigns. UPLIFT is a people-powered campaigning community who take coordinated action for progressive change across Ireland. They are a self-supporting independent organisation who believe that working together towards a common goal can create a better society and determine the type of society that we live in. Their campaigns are informed by their shared values; to promote social justice, defend fairness and protect our rights, preserve the planet and to deepen democracy. Using digital tools and a variety of campaigning strategies, UPLIFT members participate and take action to advance Uplift campaigns. The 1st session is on the 1st December. To find out more about Cork VOICE and the UPLIFT sessions, ring/text Nicola on 087 7189237 or email nicolameacle@ilmi.ie

The ILMI VOICE Kilkenny Project Update

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On Monday 14 November, ILMI VOICE Project development officer Kilkenny Paula Soraghan had another workshop. Martina Ellis from National Advocacy Service Kilkenny was the guest speaker.

This is very important for VOICE, because disabled people are learning about advocacy and the importance of NAS in Kilkenny.

The workshop was very beneficial to VOICE Kilkenny because participants are learning about services in their communities that focus on disability rights and how disabled people become empowered. They are realising that barriers that we face are what disabled people have in common, not our conditions/impairment.

Martina spoke about case real life case studies where NAS has supported disabled people to have their voices heard around issues they face, as well as the importance of disabled people understanding that they have choice when using health services and housing.
Disabled people being protected by professionals can be problematic because it stops them from taking risks and making mistakes, which are a part of being an adult.

The workshops will continue on Monday, 21 November from 6-7pm and will run for another three weeks.

To find out more, please contact Paula by email: paulasoraghan@ilmi.ie, or call/text Paula on 087 163 0433.

Atlantic Technological University Sligo (ATU) /St. Angela’s College Disability Equality Studies Graduation photo – Fri. 11th Nov. 2022

IMAGE: photo shows ILMI’s Peter Kearns and ATU’s Susan Carton with broad smiles wearing cap and gowns

Disability Equality Studies allow us to understand disability in a different way; as a positive social and political identity, rather than a health issue or something to be ‘fixed’ or arouse sympathy. The study of ‘disability’ is inextricably linked to the concept of ‘equality’, and for ILMI the promotion of ideas and concepts around Disability Equality led by the social model. The first Disability Equality Masters and Diploma graduates from the new Atlantic Technological University (ATU) enjoyed their well earned post-Grad rolls at Sligo’s Knocknarea Arena this month. ILMI’s scholarship partnership with ATU St. Angela’s College Sligo has a number of ILMI members and staff who are currently studying hard with disabled lecturers on the various post-Grad levels towards becoming Disability Equality scholars.

ILMI staff and member Peter Kearns scrubbed-up with a shirt & tie and swished around in his lecturer black-cloak at the Sligo graduation and was delighted to see disabled scholars getting their Masters with their non-disabled peers. Peter, who is a lecturer with ATU Disability Equality Studies, is constantly promoting the Course as may be of interest to disabled people in Ireland, or people currently working in the disability, community, health and social care sectors. Peter also suggests that people working for, or living with, disabled people may also be interested in the post-grad MA or Diploma or Cert. programme.
The three-year Masters, two-year Diploma and one-year Cert aims to provide Post-Graduate students with an appreciation of identifying, analysing and communicating the social model Lived Experience of Disability in 21st century Ireland as a genuine subject for exploration related to the contemporary Irish experience of disabled people and DPO activists. The many new and unique Modules developed by course colleagues Susan Carton, Peter Kearns & Dr Colin Cameron also explore impairment narrative & perceived narrative discourse and how we can transform the multitude of social and cultural barriers. ILMI’s ONSIDE Coordinator and Course lecturer Peter Kearns looks forward to this year’s, and subsequent years, graduates “becoming active-scholars in demonstrating the need to capacity build on the social model go out into mainstream Irish Society to design. Implement and evaluate its links with rights, disability equality and ideas of empowerment”. A current Masters student on the social model led course and ILMI member & staff said that “Disability Studies at St. Angela’s College is a provocative, enthralling and most importantly, a hugely educational experience for students hoping to learn about disability equality. Students are guaranteed to question their previously formed beliefs around the subject of disability”.

‘Planning 4 All’

IMAGE: Paula standing with a group of students and the ILMI Logo is being projected behind them.

On Friday 11 November, ILMI’s Paula Soraghan gave a presentation to TU Dublin final year students. The group are future planners and the presentation was for Planning Week, with this year’s theme being ‘Planning 4 All’

Paula spoke about the importance of planners engaging with DPOs and disabled people. This is a vital issue in communities as disabled people’s voices are not heard in these conversations.

Paula highlighted the importance of the UNCRPD, Article 9 and by planners understanding its role in planning, it will make their jobs easier.

Paula told the group that by disabled people and planners working collaboratively, there will be accessible communities for everyone in the future

ILMI eBulletin November 11th 2022

ILMI’s SMASHING IT Series

IMAGE: Zoom screenshot of Dr Rosaleen McDonagh and Christian O’Reilly

On Tuesday 8th of November ILMI had a truly wonderful session. It was like an overheard conversation between two old friends. Intimate, warm, funny at times and very very real.

Huge thanks to Smashing It with Dr Rosaleen McDonagh and Christian O’Reilly, A Masterclass in the inner workings of two truly artistic spirits – many messages but embrace the shame, embrace the fear, embrace the pain because then, they have no power over you!

Thank you to everyone who attended.

SMASHING IT: Disabled People tearing up the script in the 21st century

IMAGE: photo shows Samantha Renke a young white woman, glamorous blonde, smiling, seated in her wheelchair in a blue peacock inspired b oho chic style flowing dress

Over the month of November ILMI will have Zoom sessions with some very well-known Disabled Actors, Writers, Artists, Journalists and Comedians talking about their work, what drives them and their brand of Activism. Something for everyone and a series of sessions you do not want to miss!

Session three: ILMI proudly presents Samantha Renke in conversation with Paula Soraghan.

Author of “You Are The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread”- Actress, broadcaster and activist Sam Renke brings you her no-holds-barred look at life and plenty of advice, which will inspire you to live boldly and follow your dreams.” More info here 
Monday the 14th November at 7pm via Zoom
Be part of the audience, email info@ilmi.ie

IHREC’s ‘Achieving Gender Equality in the Workforce’

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It was fantastic for ILMI to be represented by two strong disabled women at IHREC’s ‘Achieving Gender Equality in the Workforce’ conference.

ILMI’s Fiona Weldon spoke on the Panel discussing Disabled People, Older People & Care.

Quite an in-depth poignant conversation, but in a nutshell  how ‘care’ is a loaded term for disabled people and that expectations are extremely low for disabled women in terms of employment.

There are real tangible barriers that disabled women face in employment, altogether at once or at different times over the lifetime of one’s career. They can include ableist attitudes, wage subsidies and lack of personal assistance supports. Fiona has a wealth of lived experience in this area and stressed the importance of genuine inclusion of disabled people in society. Disabled women lead fulfilling lives when given the chance and having appropriate supports, we are talented people who are valuable employees.

Disability is not something a person has, it is something that is done to someone with an impairment label by society in the form of ableist attitudes, inaccessible built environments and policies that do not include the authentic voices of disabled people.

We are mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, aunts, friends and colleagues. The biggest barriers that disabled people face are discrimination and ableist attitudes. We need to be treated equal to non disabled women.

Leitrim DPO drama & disability advocacy workshops

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Leitrim DPO drama & disability advocacy workshops with ILMI’s Peter Kearns at Manorhamilton Glens Arts Centre yesterday Tuesday the 8th of November.
Drama can be used to guide disabled people to be self-advocates and advocates for others. They, in turn, can use drama techniques to help peers build their self-esteem and communication abilities in order to stand up for themselves. Inclusion and equality can be explored freely and in-depth through the means of drama in a empowering way as you are able to learn from scenarios (in a “safe” peer led space) you may experience in your everyday life but thought you must simply endure rather than question.

SFC Update

In our 3rd last SFC Session we had Laurence Cox come and talk to us about the Role of Social Movements in Collective Activism. At the very CORE of every Social Movement is Conflict; about money, about power, about cultural norms or a combination of all THREE.

Conflict with our Government, its laws and policies that systematically excludes a group of people – in this case disabled people. Our CONFLICT is with dominant social values of who is “normal versus who is not (abnormal)”, “ability (doing things for yourself by yourself versus a “perceived dependence on others (we need looking after and special structures)” and “power (non-disabled political and medical professionals) versus perceived powerlessness (about “what is wrong with disabled people”).

So why Should Movements such as the Disability Movement Exist?

Collectively We Need to Tackle:

Oppression, exploitation, and cultural stigmatisation.

Official structures, laws, policies, institutions and normal procedures that do not work the way they should or the way we hope – in part because of underlying interests involved in oppression.

The reality of powerful groups do not want to:

End oppression.

Wealthy groups don’t want to end exploitation.

Culturally respected groups don’t want to end stigma.

EVEN IF THEY ARE AWARE THAT THEY ARE NOT DOING A GOOD JOB! “WHAT THE HELL”…

Video links to support article:

Handicapism 1979

A Brief But Spectacular take on the disability rights movement 

My Body Doesn’t Oppress Me, Society Does

Intro to Social Movement Theory

Sligo’s Disabled Persons Organisation (DPO)

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Sligo’s Disabled Persons Organisation (DPO) is holding an event workshop on implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) into Sligo, this workshop will also coincide with International Disabled Day on the 3rd of December.

This will take place on the 9th of December @2pm until 3:30 pm in the Northside Community Centre, Sligo.

Peter Kearns from ILMI will present the workshop

The workshop will be all about implementing the UNCRPD at a local level with the involvement of TD’s, Cllr’s, and Sligo’s DPO.

For more information email: Mark Kupczak on kupczak.mk@gmail.com

DFI Newsletter – November 2022 Issue

Welcome to our November update. In the past couple of days we received some news about the Pandemic Special Recognition Payment which we wrote to members about last Friday. Details are included below.

We are delighted to be introducing our new Member Spotlight series which this month features a chat with Anna Gunning and Elizabeth Morrin of Children in Hospital Ireland. 

We look ahead to the International Day of Persons With Disabilities and remind you to save the date for the #PurpleLights22 Campaign, all happening on 3 December.

We look forward to the launch on 6 December of a joint social policy report from DFI and Citizen’s Information Board on ‘Addressing the Housing Needs for People with Disabilities’.

Our webinar for members on Employment law is now available for view.

DFI’s Laura O’Callaghan is highlighting best practice when it comes to advocacy and action as she shares a video from the Bray Area Partnership.

We also highlight some reports of interest on poverty and social inclusion and share a report from our quarterly meeting of the Community and Voluntary Pillar.

On our Digital and Technology Hub we feature a brand new podcast from Ellen Keane and remind you of the valuable communications masterclass series available from We Act.

 

In this issue…
Member Spotlight

  • Children in Hospital Ireland

 

Actioning Advocacy

  • Laura O’Callaghan, DISC

 

Events & Consultations

  • #PurpleLights & #IDPwD22
  • CIB/DFI report on housing needs of pwds
  • Employment law webinar
  • NDA conference 2022

 

Health Update

  • Pandemic Special Recognition Payment
  • DFI representing members
  • NASS deadline
  • NDA focus groups
Digital & Technology Hub

 

  • The D Word with Ellen Keane
  • ADHD app
  • We Act masterclass series
  • Emoji use
 
Member Spotlight

Children in Hospital Ireland

We are delighted to introduce a new feature in our monthly update where we will spotlight one of our member organisations.

This month we are featuring Children in Hospital Ireland. Did you know that each year in Ireland there are, on average, over 270,000 hospital visits by children?

  • For over 100,000 children this means an average of a 3-night stay.
  • Every year, 75,000 child inpatients are under 4 years of age and almost all are admitted through A&E – an unexpected and unplanned visit.

Anna Gunning CEO, spoke to us about how a letter in The Irish Times in the late sixties led to a coffee table advocacy group of parents which eventually became Children in Hospital Ireland.  Anna also shares some of the advocacy work being undertaken by CIH around the financial stresses of having a child in hospital. You can listen to Anna’s interview here.

We also met with Elizabeth Morrin, CIH’s Volunteer Manager. Elizabeth spoke to us about the important role of community volunteers. She also shared her hopes for the future development of CIH. You can listen to her interview here.

If you would like to be featured in our Member Spotlight series, please email brendadrumm@disability-federation.ie.

See full Member Spotlight feature
Health Update

Pandemic Special Recognition Payment (PSRP)

The HSE has confirmed that the Pandemic Special Recognition Payment (PSRP) will be issued to eligible organisations this month. This PSRP is a payment of either €1,000 or €600 for employees from non-HSE and non-Section 38 organisations who, between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2021, worked in a frontline Covid-exposed clinical environment e.g., settings where staff had to treat, care for or be in close contact with people who were known to have Covid-19 or Covid symptoms.

PSRP Funding Application Packs are being issued to organisations identified by the HSE.  If you have not received a pack, and employees in your organisation meet the inclusion criteria for the payment, please contact your relevant HSE contact. We can also follow-up with the HSE to request a pack is sent out to you.

Staff from non-HSE and non-section 38 organisations for the payment have been identified as:

  • Private Sector long-term residential care facilities for older people (nursing homes) and hospices, whether they be Private, Voluntary, Section 39, etc
  • Eligible staff working on-site in Section 39 long-term residential care facilities for people with disabilities
  • Agency staff who worked in clinical settings for the HSE or within Cohorts 1, 2 and 4 (e.g. a nurse, doctor, paramedic)
  • Health Care Support Assistants (also known as home help / home care / home support) contracted to the HSE

In addition, for employees to be eligible for the payment they must have worked for at least 4 weeks between 1st March 2020 and 30th June 2021 – this does not have to be a continuous 4-week period. This work must have been in a frontline covid-exposed clinical environment, and which warranted the employee’s inclusion in Sequence Group 1 or 2 for the Vaccination Programme.

The HSE’s intention is to disburse funding from mid-November 2022 to non-HSE and non-Section 38 organisations who have submitted claim forms by COB on Friday 11th November. We will be in contact as we receive more information.

DFI Representing Members

DFI will be representing its members to the HSE National Consultative Committee on 9 November, and the Disability Advisory Group to the National Clinical Programme for People with Disabilities, NCPPD on 17 November. These spaces are where DFI meet with HSE National staff, consulting on disability strategic and operational policy and service provision. If you have key issues or queries get in touch with us today to have them raised.  We update members on the details of this work through the DFI National Health Advisory Forum, NHAF mailing list and meetings.

DFI National Health Advisory Forum Meeting, 24 November 10:30 – 12pm

DFI will be holding its end of year briefing with members on Thursday 24 November. The aim of this meeting will be to reflect with members on this year’s work achievements together and consult with member on DFI health advocacy priorities and campaigns into 2023.

Click here to register for Forum
The National Ability Supports System, NASS, Deadline!

If your organisation is funded by the HSE to deliver services you must upload to the NASS database before 16 December. If you have any questions on NASS and how to ensure your organisation records are uploaded get in touch with Cathy on 086 3847440 today.

The National Disability Authority invitation to Focus Groups. 

The NDA is developing a guidance document for conducting collaborative research with disabled people. If you or a representative from your organisation would like to attend a focus group (dates to be confirmed) to discuss what should be included in this guidance document, email Chloe Walsh at chwalsh@nda.ie .

Actioning Advocacy
A quick word with DFI’s Laura O’Callaghan and an invitation to watch an enlightening video

Laura O’Callaghan is the Disability Federation of Ireland Community Development Officer working in County Wicklow. Laura facilitates the Wicklow County Council Disability and Inclusion Steering Committee (DISC), which was set up to make County Wicklow as accessible as possible for people with disabilities.  She is also an active member of the Bray Aread Partnership, BAP, Disability Network and has found the input from the network invaluable in helping to identify issues for people with disabilities that can be addressed at a local and regional level by the DISC.  We asked her to share a quick word about her work and she did! She is also inviting you to watch this really enlightening video from the Bray Area Partnership.

“Disability organisations often don’t have the capacity or resources themselves to come together to work on issues that are common to them all, so it’s really fantastic that the Bray Area Partnership is doing this at a local level. DISC has had a number of issues come up through the BAP Disability Network in recent months. Local people with disabilities had raised the issue of beach access through the Disability Network. This went to the DISC to be discussed and since then we’ve met with local District Engineers and are starting to work on finding some funding to try to make it more accessible for people to get onto local beaches. Another example would be when network members gave input on the need for Changing Places facilities in local town centres – that’s an adjustable height bench and ceiling track hoist in a bathroom, making it more accessible for people with disabilities so they can get out and about. We’re now hoping to have one installed in Bray in the next year or two and this is definitely top of the agenda on the DISC.”

 

Policy & Research
DFI Submission to Roadmap for Social Inclusion Mid Term Review
The Roadmap for Social Inclusion commits to achieving specific targets for people with disabilities, notably reduced poverty rates and increased employment rates by 2025. However Ireland remains one of the worst performing countries in the EU in both these areas.

The government is currently undertaking a mid-term review of the Roadmap for Social inclusion. DFI’s submission to the consultation says the review offers an opportunity to reflect on disability poverty and its root causes, and to course correct and take action to address the issues. In order to deliver on its commitments in the Roadmap for Social Inclusion and the Programme for Government, the government must provide specific targeted increases in income and social protection supports to disabled people, in particular those who cannot work and live with many extra costs due to their disability.

 

Read our Submission here
DFI hosts quarterly meeting of Community and Voluntary Pillar
DFI was delighted to host the quarterly meeting of the Community and Voluntary (C&V) Pillar last month. DFI is the disability member of this social pillar, made up of 17 civil society organisations. At the meeting pillar members shared their analysis of the recent Budget and discussed plans for 2023. The consensus was that wile one off measures were welcome, the Budget did not do enough to address the ongoing challenges the groups the C&V Pillar represent – including women, older people, young people, the unemployed, those living in poverty, etc. More long term measures and investment are required to address poverty and income inequality, and community needs across Irland. The C&V Pillar will continue its advocacy and collective policy work during the long winter and a difficult 2023 ahead.
Budget 2023 campaign update

DFI are continuing our efforts to clarify aspects of Budget 2023 that are not fully clear. Our breakdown of key measures from the Budget from what we know so far can be read here.

Representatives of the Oireachtas Disability Group (ODG), which DFI is a member of, met with Minister Anne Rabbitte on 18th October. The Letter of Determination is expected to be provided to the HSE in the next two weeks, and the Minister could not share further details of the Budget breakdown until that is sent. Further clarification of the €100m inflationary pressure funding awaits this letter.

The ODG also raised the need for publication of the Disability Capacity Review Action Plan, clarity on the date of the transfer of functions to DCEDIY and the need to develop a Cost of Disability Action Plan.

Many critical areas are being delayed and falling into a vacuum while the transfer of functions has not taken place. This includes the delayed publication of the Capacity Review Action Plan and the lack of action at a national level on workforce planning in disability services. The ODG wrote to the Taoiseach last week calling for the transfer to be completed. In the meantime, the ODG is calling for issues relating to disability to be actionable through effective, transparent and action-focused inter-departmental working.

Public Sector Duty funding from IHREC

DFI are pleased to announce that we have received funding from IHREC to carry out work around the public sector duty. Our project, which will take place this year and next year, will focus on the responsibilities of Section 38 & 39 bodies under the public sector duty. It will include training for members, which we will have more information about next year. You can read about DFI’s successful grant here.

DFI Highlights Cost of Disability in Video on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
To mark International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October), DFI made a short video featuring two disabled advocates from members CRC and MS Ireland. A huge thanks to Catherine and Mark, who spoke to us about the economic challenges of living with a disability, and the extra costs involved.

People with disabilities are disproportionately at risk of poverty. 1 in 5 people who cannot work due to disability live in consistent poverty, while 2 in 5 are at risk of poverty. The cost of living crisis is only adding further pressure, and we are all worried that more disabled people will be pushed into poverty in the coming months.

The video highlights the many extra costs that come with having a disability, and risk of poverty this creates, especially given the lack of sufficient income and supports provided. We need to see permanent and ongoing action on the Cost of Disability to change this, including the introduction of a Cost of Disability payment, which many of us have been calling for years.

Read from a selection of recently released policy reports and briefings which may be of interest to you and could support your advocacy work

Two ESRI Reports Highlight Disability Poverty

  • Two important recent studies by the ESRI give more evidence on the connection between disability and poverty. The first study shows that the presence of disability among those who experienced childhood poverty was also part of the reason for their increased risk of deprivation in adulthood. – Read it here
  • The second study shows that almost half of those who report being materially deprived but are not classified as being at risk of poverty lived in a household where someone reported having a disability. This study again demonstrates the negative impact of Cost of Disability and need to factor it in it when tracking poverty rates by income – Read it here

Social Justice Ireland: Health and Disability in Budget 2023

Social Justice Ireland recently published an analysis of the Health and Disability provisions in Budget 2023 – Read it here

European Anti-Poverty Network Poverty Watch report

European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) recently launched its 2022 Poverty Watch report, entitled “Equality for All? Ireland as a society not just an economy”. The report contains powerful testimony from Gillian on the challenges created by the Cost of Disability – Read it here

 

 

Events & Consultations
Save the date for #PurpleLights22 campaign and #IDPwD22
The one month countdown is underway to this year’s Purple Lights campaign and the International Day for Persons With Disabilities which both fall on Saturday 3 December.

The Purple Lights campaign sees Government buildings local and national, major companies, civic and educational institutions are all turning purple to celebrate the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December.

Speaking ahead of this year’s event, Purple Lights founder, disability activist, Gary Kearney said, “This campaign is something very close to my heart. It’s a day of celebration and awareness where we shine a light on disability. I am really looking forward to seeing this year’s engagement with the campaign. I have no doubt that we will have a wonderful response to the day.”

We will have more information and resources available in the coming weeks. For now you can follow the campaign on its hashtag #PurpleLights22 and start readying your purple lights and dusting off your purple clothes!

The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on 3 December was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. The day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

The theme this year is “Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world“. 

You can read more about this year’s theme on our website where we will also be sharing some new resources closer to 3 December.

We would also love to hear more about what your organisation’s plans are for 3 December. Email us at brendadrumm@disability-federation.ie

Launch of Citizen’s Information Board/DFI Report on ‘Addressing the Housing Needs of People with Disabilities’ – 6 December
DFI and Citizen’s Information Board will launch a joint social policy report on ‘Addressing the Housing Needs of People with Disabilities’ online on Tuesday 6 December. Minister of State for Local Government and Planning in the Department of Housing, Peter Burke, will speak at the launch. The report aims to:

  • Identify specific accommodation difficulties experienced by people with disabilities,
  • Document and analyse the experiences of people with disabilities, and disability and advocacy organisations who support them,
  • Inform a policy action agenda, with particular reference to the implementation of the new National Housing Strategy for Disabled People, 2022-2027

If you are interested in attending the online launch, please contact and we will send you further details on the event closer to the launch date. Email: rionamorris@disability-federation.ie

Employment Law webinar now available

DFI recently held a webinar in partnership with Adare HR around Employment Law. This members-only event provided key updates on gender pay gap reporting, changes to Statutory Sick Pay and remote working legislation.

We heard that in the coming months, it is widely expected that the Right to Request to Work Remotely is just one of several legislative changes that the Government will be looking to enact.

Understanding anticipated legislative changes and remaining compliant is both time-consuming and challenging. Ensuring your policies and procedures are being updated as well as your contracts of employment are essential to maintaining compliance.

You can watch the webinar here.

Adare HR have also shared a free eBook on the upcoming changes which you can download here.

NDA Annual Conference 2022

The National Disability Authority (NDA) Conference took place on 20 October. The conference theme was ‘From accessibility to a Universal Design approach- learning from the public and private sectors’ which focused on Article 9 of the UN CRPD on Accessibility. Minister Anne Rabbitte opened the conference which covered various aspects of accessibility including employment, the built environment and information and services. The speakers included representatives from the public and private sectors, with a mix of national and international speakers. The NDA will be making the videos of the conference available on their YouTube channel here.

 Digital and Technology Hub
The D Word – a new podcast from Ellen Keane

Four-time Paralympian and gold medal winner Ellen Keane, who was born with an undeveloped left hand, has launched a new podcast. The D-Word is a humorous, emotionally engaging, and thought-provoking podcast series that explores the world of disability through conversations with leaders in their field who live with a disability or are involved in the disabled community. In each episode, Ellen and her guest reflect on the challenges they face, including anxiety, the reaction of others, finding love and the best part about being different. Episode one features James Scully, a two-time Paralympic swimmer and former teammate of Ellen, who retired in 2019. Two episodes have already been released, with four more pre-recorded episodes set to air in the coming weeks. The podcast is available on Apple, Amazon, and Spotify.

There’s an app for that! 

ADHD Ireland in conjunction with UCD and the HSE National Clinical Programme for ADHD in Adults has rolled out a free smart app, providing evidence-based information, self-help techniques and further resources to ADHD adults. The app is available for free download from Google Play Store for Android users, and the Apple App Store for iPhone users.

We Act Masterclass Series

We Act joined forces with The National Lottery on The Marketing Masterclass Series, in September 2022.  These sessions were facilitated by experts who shared practical tips and useful takeaways to help you and your organisation reach the right audiences and make your marketing and communications efforts more effective.  The full series, which covers topics such as pitching your stories to media, design and video content creation and talking to influencers, is available here.

Making social media more accessible – emoji use

Emojis were created in 1999 and since then they have become an essential addition to all sorts of communications from text messaging to social media posts.  But, overusing and incorrect use of emojis means that your content is definitely not inclusive.

When someone uses a screen reader or text-to-speech program to read an emoji, they hear the assigned description for that character. This means that if you’re someone who is partial to typing consecutive emojis, changing the colour on customizable icons, or using emojis in the middle of posts or Tweets, you’re slowing down the experience for the visually impaired.

Using this series of emojis for example: 🌴😎🍹💃🏼🎉 for the caption on your holiday photos will mean anyone using a screen reader hears the words “Palm Tree, Smiling Face With Sunglasses, Tropical Drink, Woman Dancing: Medium-Light Skin Tone, Party Popper,” in the middle of a sentence and that is unintelligible.

To keep your emoji usage accessible, be sure to:

  • Use emojis in moderation.
  • Place emojis at the end of your social media posts. The more important information should be consumed by the user first. Interjecting emojis in the middle of sentences or paragraphs could mix up the messaging once it’s read aloud by a screen reader.
  • Avoid using emojis in your social profile name.
  • Resist changing the colour on customizable emojis. Every unique icon gets descriptor information.

You can read more on emojis on emojipedia.org. The site has every emoji’s description, including ones with custom colours, for multiple platforms and devices. It’s also the best way to stay updated on when new emojis are being released, like the long-awaited accessibility icons.

ILMI eBulletin November 4th 2022

SMASHING IT: Disabled People tearing up the script in the 21st century

IMAGE: Poster with text that reads “SMASHING IT with Dr Rosaleen McDonagh”

Over the month of November ILMI will have Zoom sessions with some very well-known Disabled Actors, Writers, Artists, Journalists and Comedians talking about their work, what drives them and their brand of Activism. Something for everyone and a series of sessions you do not want to miss!

Session two: ILMI proudly presents Dr Rosaleen McDonagh
Tuesday 8th of November at 7pm via Zoom
Be part of the audience, email info@ilmi.ie


IMAGE: Mat Fraser and Catherine Gallagher

On the 2nd of November Mat Fraser was in conversation with Catherine Gallagher and they “Smashed It”. Fabulous conversation about art, life, love and strife! Look out for the recording of this, which will be available shortly.

We are Hiring

ILMI is seeking a dynamic, motivated and driven individual to join our staff team as Policy Officer.

ILMI is a national cross-impairment Disabled Persons Organisation (DPO). Our vision is an Ireland where disabled people have freedom, choice and control over all aspects of their lives and can fully participate in an inclusive society as equals.

Full time: 35 hours per week, initial one year contract.

Details on this link 

The last Freedom & Choice Session

IMAGE: Zoom screenshot of Fiona Weldon, Damien Walshe and Patrick Flanagan

In our last Freedom & Choice Session we had Fiona Weldon & Patrick Flannigan come and talk about what a Personal Assistant is, the pathways to applying for one https://ilmi.ie/key-policy-documents/ and how this can benefit disabled people if and when they need it.

Tips and Tricks included:

  • Please learn from and seek support from experienced Personal Assistance Service (PAS) Users
  • Fill out our Independent Assessment of Need with support / guidance from an experienced PAS user and please dream, dream and dream – fill in every detail, ILMI are here to support and guide and mentor when required
  • Seek support from your GP, your consultant, your Occupational Therapist, know about the National Advocacy Service  use them if needs be, identify allies like your local Co Councillors, TD’s and Government Officials, especially those that have a value base of supporting the rights of disabled people
  • Know that Personal Assistance (PA) is a Service to support disabled people to live as their non-disabled peers do, and it is a human rights issue – it is not about getting up, eating and going to bed
  • Never, never, ever give up – applying for a PAS is a long and exhausting process – systems can be broken, and disabled people can and will break this system together
  • Know that you rarely get the number of hrs that you actually need but look for them anyway, you can build on existing hours
  • Know that policy is in accordance with the provision of PAS – use this knowledge again and again – use policy documents, Slaintecare, our National Disability Inclusion Strategy and its implementation plan, the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Disabled People with particular reference to article 19
  • Know that the HSE do not know what a PAS is – we need to educate them
  • Know who is the disability manager in your area – this can be hard because they are always changing
  • Know that if you are already receiving a HSE-funded day care service, you can seek support from the Day Service Opportunity Officer in your area to change the type of service you receive including moving from a Day Service to a PAS
  • It is our lived experience that PA’s do not require experience nor do the need to complete caring courses. Obviously they need manual handling and need to be Garda vetted.

Look out for the recording as it will be available in the near future. If you need any further information on this topic please contact info@ilmi.ie

ILMI VOICE

IMAGE: Zoom screenshot featuring Claude Clancy

On Thursday 27 October, VOICE project workers Nicola Meacle & Paula Soraghan & ILMI CEO Damien Walshe presented to LCDC members in the VOICE region.

Damien opened the webinar by presenting who ILMI are, what we do, what a DPO is and how the local feeding into the national and vice versa benefits disabled people.

It was fantastic to meet LCDC members and discuss the VOICE project. Paula presented the objectives of VOICE, how it is funded, our approach and why it is unique. Paula stated the importance of VOICE being delivered by disabled people for disabled people via Zoom in Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford, Wexford, Cork, Kerry & Tipperary.

Nicola presented on the progress of VOICE so far, the mapping and communication involved with digital outreach to various organisations in each of the seven counties. Nicola also spoke about how the success of VOICE is dependent on organisations that deliver services to disabled people and NGO’s in each county informing their members about the project.

Sligo DPO Workshop

On Wednesday, the 26th of October, ILMIs Peter Kearns and Claire Kenny were in Sligo at the Northside community centre for the first HSE consultation Workshop with Sligo DPO.   Peter and Claire facilitated the active discussion about what effective participation looks and feels like. The consultation will inform the development of a guidance document currently being developed by Inclusion Ireland and ILMI, for more information contact clairekenny@ilmi.ie

ILMI eBulletin October 21st 2022

Creating Sustainable Cities and Towns needs to embed principles of accessibility and inclusion

Welcome efforts to reduce climate impact are creating unreasonable difficulties on the free movement of disabled pedestrians and disabled motorists and passengers

Open letter from Des Kenny, ILMI chairperson

I am writing this open letter as chair of ILMI to raise concerns about how the Government’s lead in progressing climate change in terms of trying to reduce reliance on cars in towns and cities is having unintended negative consequences on the lives of disabled people. ILMI as a human-rights organisation recognises the urgent need to decarbonise our society to try and mitigate the effects of climate change but are calling for leadership to ensure that changes to our towns and cities do not undermine our commitments to the inclusion of disabled people in Ireland under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

Proposed changes in the area of environmental plans often have a disproportionate impact on disabled people as pedestrians and users of the car. Hard-fought gains by disabled people over decades in terms of the safety of our pedestrian areas and parking spaces were steadily eroded over the last two years.  Temporary changes to our public areas made during the phases of managing Covid-19 are now translating into sometimes unwelcome permanency. We as disabled people are being denied access to our towns and cities by pavements restricted to our ease of movement due to new allowances permitted for unregulated external dining.

Our disabled parking spaces are being removed to locations with no reference to where and why the original location was a place of most assistance to facilitate disabled people to access the centres of towns and cities. The promotion of “floating” bus stops which impede disabled people and people with limited mobility in safely accessing public transport and the promotion of dangerous “shared spaces” are directly impacting our ability as disabled people to participate with our accustomed ease of freedom in society.  These are but a sample of a massive problem of restricting the mobility of tens of thousands of disabled people and people of older years.

Assistive Technology & Environmental Control’s: Freedom & Choice Session Marking 30 years of Independent Living

IMAGE: screenshot of group

In our third Freedom & Choice Session Marking 30 years of Independent Living (IL) in Ireland we had Siobhan Long and Karl O’Keefe (Assistive Technology Dept in Enable Ireland) come and talk to us about the importance of Assistive Technology & Environmental Control’s to disabled people.

Assistive Technology & Environmental Control’s is a part of everyone’s lives but for disabled people these can be live changing, from asking Alexa to turn on and of lights, control your TV to wearable technologies that support you to navigate environments. The possibilities are endless…

Look out for the recording of this session on our website in the coming weeks!

Useful links

PowerPoint presentation

Support for people with non-standard speech using Smart Assistants Home – Voiceitt

Very useful introduction to Smart Homes for disabled people

The Power of Alexa


IMAGE: poster with text that reads “FREEDOM and CHOICE marking 30 years of Independent Living in Ireland! Want to know more about independent living? Join us for our online events over October exploring what it is and How to get it! Email info@ilmi.ie to register” and the ILMI logo

The last Freedom & Choice Session next Thursday (27th Oct) at 6 pm. Title – Understanding Personal Assistance, the “How” to Apply for One. To register email info@ilmi.ie

Coming in November: “Smashing It”

IMAGE: poster with text that reads “Why do some people become activists and some people don’t?” and “Smashing It: coming November 2022” and the ILMI Logo

A series of talk show style interviews with some very well-known faces celebrating 30 years of Independent Living in Ireland. What makes some people become activists and some people don’t? This is a question we will be exploring, as well as teasing out the very nature of activism under a rights based lens.  Smashing It: Disabled People tearing up the script in the 21st century. Disabled Actors, Writers and comedians will all be talking about their work their passions and what makes them strive. Something for everyone and a series of sessions you do not want to miss!

The line-up will be announced shortly but we kick off with the Mat Frazer November 2nd at 7pm email info@ilmi.ie to register.

ILMI Galway ‘Find Your Voice’ empowerment programme

IMAGE: screenshot of group

Our Galway ‘Find Your Voice’ empowerment programme continued this week with a session on Independent Living and Personal Assistance Services (PAS). We were joined this week by ILMI Policy Officer James Cawley, who spoke with the group about his own experience of using a PAS and also about the ILMI PAS Campaign. The group now have two more sessions in this current online schedule. If you have an interest in taking part in an ILMI empowerment programme do get in touch with us, we would love to hear from you! Email susanobrien@ilmi.ie

DET (Disability Equality Training)

IMAGE: Zoom screenshot of group

James Casey and Peter Kearns from ILMI delivered a Disability Equality Workshop with the guys from Galway City Community Network Tuesday evening. It was a lively and engaging and we are excited for the second workshop next week.

SFC Project update

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In this week’s SFC Session we had our very own Damien Walshe come and talk to us about Organising for Collective Action.

Some of the things that we learned was that any change that we want is long-term and sometimes it can often seem that change is impossible because of the reality of the systematic exclusion of disabled people.

We need to learn from other movements, like the women’s movement and the gay rights movement. We need to understand that all change is big, even the small wins, these keeps people motivated.

Initial change is with ourselves: this is about changing how we think about ourselves, about our peers and believing that there is a need for change, that we deserve the right to live good lives. Also, of importance here is our want to be part of the change and have hope that we can affect chance (with one voice) by using our shared lived experiences of exclusion, of inequality as a tool – “the personal is political”.

Damien told us that change is not an endpoint in a journey, it is about the journey itself and change can happen at different levels: personal, organizational, social, cultural, political and economic.

As activists we need to understand that there will always be resistance to change, internally, individually, organisationally and from society. So, activism is about collectively “chipping away until we get what we want”. Look out for the recording of this session in the coming weeks to learn more!

NDA Conference

IMAGE: photo shows Selina Bonnie, Paula Soraghan and Shelly Gaynor

On Thursday 20 October, ILMI’s Shelly Gaynor & Paula Soraghan attended the NDA’s Annual conference in Croke Park. The focus was on article 9 of the UNCRPD, with the theme being Universal Design. ILMI’s Vice Chair Selina Bonnie spoke in her capacity as South Dublin County Council Access Officer on having universal design at the heart of any public space to make it great and accessible for everyone to enjoy.

Panels featured disabled people sharing their lived experience with employment, as well as professionals from the UK and US.

Caroline Casey’s struck a chord when she commented Gen Z disabled people are much empowered and have disability pride. It is something we all need as disabled people, so we aren’t stuck in the disability closet. Don’t be afraid to live your truth and use your voice. Be you!

ILMI eBulletin 14th Oct 2022

 

 

As always if you want to know more about any of these articles or ILMI’s work in general then do get in touch. You can reach us at info@ilmi.ie

 

ILMI ‘Find Your Voice’ Empowerment Galway Programme

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Our Galway ‘Find Your Voice’ Empowerment Programme has continued this month with Session 3 and 4.

As part of the programme participants are informing themselves about how ILMI represents disabled people and most importantly how they can be an active part of that process.

Session 3 was dedicated to how the group can work best together, with a brief introduction to Independent Living provided by ILMI Policy Officer James Cawley. Session 4 focused on the issue of Housing, with ILMI’s Policy Assistant Claire Kenny joining the group to explain about the current housing committee structures and how disabled people can become involved.

Despite a few zoom technical difficulties in Session 4 the group have remained positive about taking part in the programme. With three more weeks left in the online programme we are excited to see this group develop and grow. Contact susanobrien@ilmi.ie with any queries

NWCI Claiming our Space: Women in Rural Ireland leading Change

IMAGE: Fiona Weldon on the panel.

ILMI’s Fiona Weldon attended and was a guest on one of the amazing panels. “I have a dream that someday, hopefully soon, Disabled Women and others live free of Domestic Violence and other forms of abuse. I dream of living in a society that nurtures and values diversity, genuine inclusion and all of us belong to the everyday ordinary rhythms of life.” Fiona goes on to sketch a dark picture of what some women in modern Ireland have to endure. More than that, what is the “unmet” need? Listen to her words, understand how we need to be listened to, must be consulted must be included. Thank you Fiona!

What struck us was the sense of community and activism amongst all the speakers. ‘All we need is every woman with a tiny bit of discontent to get organised. If nobody’s going to ask us, we’ve got to go and tell them.’ Louise Coyle NIRWN. Although everyone was going form another space the communal key issues united everyone. There is a need for change, and we are the ones to do it!

ILMI Freedom and Choice series Peer Mentoring explored

IMAGE: screenshot of Group

In our Peer Mentoring (PM) session this week (part of our freedom and choice series of sessions to make 30 yrs of Independent Living in Ireland) we had Maire Meagher, and Dr Pauline Conroy (researchers) with Eileen Daly (Coordinator) come and talk to us about the research that Áiseanna Tacaíochta commissioned a few years ago.

Eileen kicked off the session by telling us that PM is a core element in supporting disabled people to live the philosophy of IL.

PM is when a more experienced disabled person works with a less experience disabled person to support them to live good lives. PM’s can support disabled people with IL issues and also with other things like navigating 3rd level education, assist with using assistive technologies and devices or making real connections with our community in line with our interests.

“There is no disability activist untouched by PM and its empowering and reciprocal relationship”

All of our speakers talked about the skills a PM needs to have, its challenges and its many benefits – watch out for the recording of this session on our website to learn more.

FREEDOM and CHOICE Marking 30 years of Independent Living in Ireland!

IMAGE: poster with text that reads “FREEDOM and CHOICE Marking 30 years of Independent Living in Ireland! Want to know more about independent living? Join us for our next online event this October exploring what it is and How to get it! Email info@ilmi.ie to register” and the ILMI logo

Want to know more about independent living? Join us for online events over October exploring what it is and How to get it! Email info@ilmi.ie to register

Session 3 – Siobhan Long with Karl O’Keefe (Enable Ireland) will present on the topic of The Importance of Assistive Technology and Environmental Controls to Disabled People

Date – 19th Oct Time – 1 pm to 2 pm

Are you going to “Beyond Limits” in Limerick this Saturday?

IMAGE: Logo of Children’s Ombudsman Office

Then check out Session 2 “Disability is not a dirty word” a conversation with ILMI’s Claire Kenny and Paula Soraghan MC’d by Paddy Smyth. Details here

Beyond Limits is an event hosted by the Ombudsman for Children’s Office for children and young people with disabilities, showing them the opportunities open to them, talking about the issues they want to talk about and highlighting inclusiveness.

The ILMI VOICE Kilkenny Project Update

On Tuesday, 11 October, ILMI VOICE Project development officer Kilkenny Paula Soraghan had the fourth workshop. The group had a discussion with Fiona Weldon and they focussed on group work.

Paula knows the group are learning a lot about ILMI from talking to Fiona and getting to know each other better. This is very important for VOICE, because disabled people are connecting with each other and understanding what they have in common and how working as a collective is beneficial to breaking down these barriers.

Fiona asked the group, ‘If you had a magic wand tomorrow, what is one thing you would change about the world or your life for disabled people? The cost of living was discussed and how this affects disabled people, having your dream car and dream home. The workshops are continuing to build their confidence and they are getting to know Paula and ILMI staff.

The workshop was very beneficial to VOICE Kilkenny because people are gaining a better understanding of who ILMI are and why our work is so important. It also means that participants are learning about the basics of disability rights and what it means to work as a collective.

Group work is an excellent foundation to build on the VOICE project future work and goals.
For more information or to get involved reach out to paulasoraghan@ilmi.ie or text/call 087 163 0433

ILMI “Education Equal to Others” Consultation

IMAGE: photo of autumnal leaves with one green leaf standing out from the other with text that reads “ILMI “Education Equal to Others” Consultation, Tuesday 18th October 11am to 1pm email info@ilmi.ie to register” and the ILMI logo.

Tuesday 18th October 11am to 1pm

Article 24 of the UNCRPD guarantees a right to disabled people to education equal to others and calls on States to “ensure an inclusive education system at all levels and lifelong learning”.

In the last twelve months there has been an increasing call for “special” schools, “special classes” and reversal of hard fought gains that disabled people had campaigned for. Going hand-in-hand with this has been the transfer of Therapy services from the Children’s Disability networks to Special education locations.

ILMI is keen to explore this with disabled people to develop an analysis of how to practically implement the UNCRPD in relation to article 24 and key campaign asks to bring to the Department of Education and political parties.

This consultation will take place on Zoom on the 18th October from 11am to 1pm. To participate, email info@ilmi.ie

After a long hiatus it has been fantastic to start up our fundraising events once again and so nice to meet so many of our supporters face to face.  We wanted to touch base and let you know what we have been up and tell you about the exciting fundraising challenges and events we have coming up.

Our summer BBQ took place on the 10th September in the Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire.  Following a drinks reception kindly sponsored by Kinsale Gin, guests were treated to a delicious BBQ with a wide selection of barbecued meats and salads.  The amazing Lester Cassidy then told his remarkable story of how he sustained his spinal cord injury, overcame a brain tumour and went on to climb Croagh Patrick this year with the help of his friends raising an incredible €146,000 for ourselves and the NRH Foundation.  The guests then hit the dancefloor and boogied the night away to the fabulous Heebie BeeGees.  The event raised over €10,000.

The following weekend SII hosted our inaugural London Lunch in the prestigious Queen’s Club.  Despite the air of mourning that hung over the capital city due to the Queen’s death, the sun shone as 120 guests joined us for a drinks reception followed by a delicious lunch in the Presidents Room.  The beautiful Jenna Fitzgerald then shared her personal story of sustaining a spinal cord injury at a friend’s wedding 8 years ago.  Her openness and honesty touched many hearts as she related the turbulent journey of her recovery.  She is a remarkable lady and we are so grateful both to her and to all the guests who supported our first foray into the UK.  It was a great success raising over £30,000 and, it’s safe to say, we’ll be back.

Fundraising Challenges

We have two fantastic fully accessible fundraising challenges coming up in 2023.

Algarve Cycle 14th – 20th May 2023Following the success of last year, Spinal Injuries Ireland and the IRFU Charitable Trust are co-hosting an accessible cycling challenge in the Algarve from May 14th to 20th 2023.

  • 5 days cycling, a different route each day
  • a choice of 2 routes of varying distances available each day to cater for all levels of  experience and ability (over 100 Kms per day for advanced cyclists).
  • support van with spare parts, nutrition and collection option available each day.
  • both able bodied and disabled cyclists welcome.

Fundraising:  €4,000 (€300 non-refundable deposit plus €3,700 additional fundraising)

A reduced cost of €2,000 will be made available to partners of participants. Partners will not take part in the cycling and are free to explore Quinta and/or enjoy the hotel on a daily basis.

To find out more click HERE

Algarve Cycle

Pirates of the Caribbean

Following the success of our first two SII Tall Ships Challenges back in 2019 and again in 2022, which were in Cork and Poole respectively, we decided the only way to improve on the voyages was to head for warmer climes!

Spinal Injuries Ireland has commissioned the SV Tenacious Tall Ship to lead a crew of 35 people of all abilities on the voyage of a lifetime. We will sail from the stunning location of Antigua around the nearby isles (where we will hopefully dock, weather permitting), before heading back to Antigua before flying back home to Dublin.

Our crew shall be made up of 8 people with a spinal cord injury, their personal assistants, and 19 further people from all backgrounds and abilities. No sailing experience is required; all that is needed is determination. There are no passengers on this Tall Ship though. Every person has a role, every person is an equal member of the crew, and every person contributes to the success of this voyage as part of a powerful team of individuals. If you join the crew you will be on shift, on duty and part of the team!

To find out more click on the button below.
Caribbean Tall Ships Adventure
Cork Jazz Ball

We are really looking forward to welcoming back our Cork supporters and revellers to the Cork Jazz Ball on 29th October.  We are moving to a new venue this year, the Cork International Hotel.  Music will be provided by the Underscore Orchestra and Gemma and the Jets.

So, if you are fed up of all the enforced social isolation we have all had to endure and fancy getting your glad rags on and dancing to a bit of ragtime and boogie woogie click HERE to secure your ticket. They’ll go fast. You have been warned!

So, plenty to choose from whether you fancy a cycle, a bit of sailing or hitting the dance floor.  We hope there is something there to tickle your fancy.

Cork Jazz Ball Tickets
That’s it folks.  You’re up to speed with all things fundraising for now.

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported our fundraising efforts by taking on challenges, attending events, providing auction lots and prizes, buying Monthly Prize Draw tickets or just simply donating.  We couldn’t do what we do without you and it is truly appreciated.

Stay well all.

Best wishes from the Fundraising Team

DFI Newsletter – October 2022

Abode Doorway To Life

Are  you  looking  for  a  day service  then  Abode  Doorway to life  might  be  for you?

Abode Day Services

Abode, Doorway to Life is a disability services provider based in the Blackrock area of Cork City. working with people with a primary physical and/or sensory disability

Abode Day Services offer a centre- based day service and provide support to access a range community services and on-site activities and hobbies. Abode day Services are Monday to Friday, between 10 am and 3 pm and tea coffee and a light lunch is provided on the day. Check the link for more information

Abode Day Service Leaflet

If you would like to know more about the services or apply for a Day Service at Abode contact Lorna Hughes

If you would like an Application Form these are available directly from Abode or from Cork CIL call 021 4322651 or email info@corkcil.ie and we can send or email it to you.

Covid  19  vaccination and  boosters

Covid  19  vaccination and  boosters   will offer  you  protection against serious illness with  Covid  19  infection

Why ?

If you work in healthcare, you are at high risk of being exposed to COVID-19. It is important to keep up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccines, even if you are already vaccinated or you have had COVID-19. This is because the protection you got from your previous vaccines or from a COVID-19 infection may weaken over time. Boosters increase your protection from COVID-19 and also protect the people you care for every day

When ?

You should get your booster at least 4 months after your last COVID-19 vaccine. If you have had COVID-19, you should wait at least 4 months after your symptoms started or after you tested positive before getting your booster.

Where ?

Walk in HSE  clinics are  available. In  Cork  these are  in North  Main Street  and  Bantry. Check website  for  details. https://www2.hse.ie/services/covid-19-vaccination-centres/

Or  book  an  appointment at  a participating  pharmacy  or  your  GP and  you  can  get  your  Flu Vaccine  at the  same time

There is  a lot  of  really  useful  information on  HSE  website  follow  the links https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/