The Extra Cost of Disability

The extra cost of disability has been highlighted for years. Now is an opportunity for people with disabilities to document the many extra costs they live with on a daily basis, to inform future supports and policy.

A report on the Cost of Disability has been commissioned by the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection, DEASP. Last week a survey on the Cost of Disability was posted to a random sample of over 33,000 people in receipt of relevant disability payments, as well as a survey specifically designed for the over 1,000 people in receipt of Blind Pension.

You can also complete this survey online. It is really important that as many people as possible complete it.

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ILMI Cork City and County Platform: An Online Space for Disabled Adults

ILMI are working with disabled activists in Cork City and County to develop an online discussion space This online City and Country platform will be a shared online space for disabled adults that will include information on the various supports and services available in your local community, aiming to promote wellbeing and create more community connections. This online platform for Cork City and County replicates and approach used by ILMI in a number of other counties over the course of 2020.

These online spaces have proven invaluable for many disabled people to counter the challenge of physical isolation caused by Covid-19, by creating a shared social space for disabled people. County platforms are a mixture of social spaces, peer support, collective discussions on issues, local political lobbying strategies and inputs from local mainstream services which are available for disabled people.

The first ILMI Cork City and County platform will take place on Thursday the 17th September at 3pm. For more information email


Independent Living Movement Ireland are delighted to announce that we are kicking off our Social Nights this Thursday at 8pm.

ILMI Social Nights are a great way for us to connect with each other and have some fun without all the worry of social distancing! As part of each night we will have a guest speaker to get things started and over the coming weeks we will be looking at film, fashion, food music and lot’s more. Some of our exciting line-up includes:

September 3rd: Paddy Slattery, Writer/Director/Producer. Paddy’s most recent film “Broken Law” is currently in Irish Cinemas Nationwide.
September 15th: Rory Gallagher, Donegal Songwriter/Performer, formerly of The Revs.
October 1st: Clara Holmes, fashion model and public speaker, Clara is passionate about self- love, body positivity and the diverse representation of all bodies within the fashion and beauty industry.
October 15th: Christian O Reilly, playwright and screenwriter, Christian has many successful films such as “Sanctuary” and “Inside I’m dancing”

Please note these nights take place using Zoom, with the link only circulated to those who have pre-registered. Spaces for each night are very limited and are almost full. If you would like to register to take part then please do email as soon as possible.