ILMI eBulletin 11th of August 2023

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ILMI eBulletin 11th August 2023



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In this issue:
SFC Accessible Taxis Activism (ATA) Working Group
SFC Proof of Impairment Working Group
SFC Project
Governance for Change Session 4
A Disorder for Everyone (AD4E) Online Festival 2023

SFC Accessible Taxis Activism (ATA) Working Group

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This week our SFC Accessible Taxis Activism (ATA) Working Group got together to chat about both our work over the coming months and developments regarding disabled people accessing accessible taxis. Not enough disabled people are reporting, or are under reporting incidences to the NTA, it is a serious issue. The group are working towards creating an awareness video about how to complain if a taxi driver refuses your booking because you are a wheelchair user, or does not show up because you are a wheelchair user or disrespects you because you are a wheelchair user. In the coming months the group are going to invite ILMI members and disabled people to complete a survey regarding the lived experiences of disabled people and feed it back to the National Transport Authority.

Two developments were also discussed. In January of this year the National Transport Authority (NTA) sanctioned a new fine in relation to taxi drivers refusing to carry a wheelchair user / or a Guide or Assistance Dog. The fine is €250 per incident and both NTA Compliance Officers and any member of An Garda Síochána may issue this fine. This fine may be issued as a result of a roadside check by a NTA Compliance Officer or a member of An Garda Síochána or they may be issued following a complaint from a customer. The fines payable are up to €250 see this link for more information

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has an app called Driver Check, this information was new to the group. The App allows any passenger to check the licence details of both the vehicle and the driver, and to see an ID photo of the authorised driver. The App is easy to use; all a passenger has to do is launch the app on their phone, and then input one of the following:
1)  Ordinary vehicle registration number
2)  Vehicle licence number – displayed on roof-sign and on door signs
3)  Driver licence number (displayed on the ID card on the dashboard of the taxi) or
4)  Scan the QR code on the vehicle which is located on a disc on both the front and back windscreens.
You can also make a complaint about a driver using the information that you have inputted via the App.
We finished up by posing the following question:

What makes an Accessible Taxi ACCESSIBLE, are there guidelines, as many considerations need to be considered, e.g. size of both a wheelchair and its make and model, its user, e.g. tall person, larger person, the clamping system e.g. is it secure, the make and model of the vehicle?

Stay posted to find out the answer to this question in our next update!

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Strategies for Change (SFC) Proof of Impairment Working Group

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Last week the SFC Proof of Impairment working group gathered. Our initial focus was reviewing the SFC Group contract, recognising its role in fostering a positive group dynamic for our work. The meeting was productive, involving discussions on updates and an engaged dialogue about our forthcoming objectives. Proof of impairment, in the context of disabled people, involves validating our specific disabilities through established processes, despite the likelihood of those impairments being permanent, in order to access appropriate support, accommodations, or benefits. The team is enthusiastic, sensing that our shared goals are indeed attainable. Our next meeting is scheduled for 21st August.

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ILMI Strategies for Change (SFC) Programme, Empowering Disability Activism through Collective Learning

The ILMI (Independent Living Movement Ireland) Strategies for Change (SFC) programme has emerged as a groundbreaking initiative that empowers disabled people across Ireland to come together, strategise, and drive societal transformation. By fostering collective activism, cultivating critical thinking, and harnessing the potential of digital platforms, the programme is shaping a dynamic and unique approach to disability “speak up and speak out” (advocacy) and policy change.

Empowerment through Knowledge and Language, Professor Colin Barnes, who was born blind and whose parents were disabled, concluded the programme by highlighting the significance of understanding the Social Model of Disability and adopting its language. He shared that he was never made to feel different due to his impairment, emphasising that societal organisation, not impairments, is the core issue. Language plays a pivotal role in shaping perception, as Professor Barnes encouraged participants to identify as “Disabled People” to embrace a social model approach and unite as change-makers.

From Seeds to Collective Activism, a core facet of the SFC programme is to continue the work initiated by early disability movement pioneers. A transformation of disability services, policy, and law. The objective is to challenge societal norms and enable disabled people to actively participate as equals. The seeds of collective activism have been sown, encouraging participants to germinate these ideas, foster knowledge sharing, build solidarity, and collaboratively become the agents of change.

Critical Thinking a Tool for Empowerment, another pivotal session within the programme delves into critical thinking’s role in empowerment. Dr. Máire Ní Mhórdha of NUI Maynooth introduced participants to the concept, emphasising the importance of not accepting information at face value. Critical thinking enables individuals to form their own opinions, weigh information, and engage in a deeper understanding of the world. Participants recognised that critical thinking isn’t solely about complex problem solving but also encompasses everyday decisions and assessments.

Digital Platforms Opportunities and Challenges, the SFC programme acknowledges the role of digital platforms in modern activism, providing access to wider audiences and opportunities for collaboration. However, the programme is mindful of the challenges these platforms bring. Participants gained insights into navigating conflicts within online spaces and learned about algorithmic channelling, where private corporations control information dissemination.

Resilience through Shared Solutions, Aileen O’Carroll, David Laudy, and Máire Ní Mhórdha shared findings from their research on digital activism within the abortion rights movement, offering insights into the practical challenges campaigners face. These insights helped participants develop strategies for efficient digital organising. Solutions included moderation groups, blending online and offline interactions, investing in technology, and setting clear boundaries for engagement.

Unity in Diversity for Change, the SFC programme encourages unity among disabled people and allies, focusing on the collective rather than individual stories. By fostering shared goals and providing a platform for diverse voices, the programme aims to disrupt existing power structures. It acknowledges that disabled individuals face unique challenges but possess the tools for critical thinking that empower them to advocate for change.

In the realm of activism, Neill Crowley and Des Kenny both echo the sentiment that activism and values are inextricably linked. Des Kenny said “Our Values are like muscles the more we engage them in our activism work the stronger we become”. This underscores the notion that consistent engagement in activism not only amplifies our values but also strengthens our capacity to drive meaningful change. Values serve as the moral compass that guides our actions, infusing our efforts with purpose and integrity. As we align our activism with these core beliefs, we not only advocate for change but also foster a deeper connection to the causes we champion, ultimately igniting a powerful force for societal transformation.

Forging a Dynamic Future, the ILMI Strategies for Change programme stands as a dynamic, unique, and groundbreaking initiative for disabled people in Ireland. By fostering collective activism, nurturing critical thinking, and harnessing digital platforms, the programme propels a new era of disability “speak up and speak out” (advocacy). As disabled people unite under the banner of “Disabled People,” they embrace the Social Model of Disability, challenge disabling barriers, and collectively strive to bring about transformative societal change. This programme paves the way for a future where disabled voices are heard, understood, strengthened, and empowered to make a lasting impact. Lots more info on this link

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Governance for Change Session 4

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On the 9th of August, ILMI’s “Governance for Change” training programme delved into Session 4, exploring “Financial Oversight for Board Members” with the guidance of Andrea Shupinski from Carmichael, Ireland. To kick off the session, Andrea prompted the group with the question, “What comes to mind when you think of finance?” This set the stage for a comprehensive exploration of financial responsibilities and duties, various types of financial reports, effective financial management, deciphering financial jargon, analysing case studies, and understanding the pertinent questions to ask while identifying potential warning signs.

The session proved to be a valuable source of information, underscoring the indispensable role of money management and bookkeeping in the operation of any organisation or charity. The significance of maintaining financial control was emphasised, highlighting the critical importance of good financial oversight. One notable illustration shared was the means through which fraud can be detected and addressed effectively.”

“I personally found today’s session to be enlightening, recognising the fundamental role that financial vigilance plays in the realm of governance. The insights gained have illuminated the vital connection between financial health and the success of an organisation. As we delved into the nuances of financial oversight, it became clear that this knowledge is crucial for anyone involved in the governance of nonprofits.”

“Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the session and gained valuable insights. Each topic was expertly presented, making the intricacies of financial oversight accessible to everyone. I eagerly anticipate next week’s session, eager to expand my understanding further and continue developing my skills in effective governance practices.”

A Disorder for Everyone (AD4E) Online Festival 2023

Join AD4E on Friday, September 22, for the 4th edition of “A Disorder for Everyone! – The Online Festival 2023.” This transformative event is part of the Workshops that offer non-pathologising approaches collection, challenging the culture of diagnosis and disorder. Backed by the overwhelming success of previous festivals with participants from over 18 countries, this year’s festival promises a whole day of change-making talks, presentations, conversations, and poetry. Their esteemed contributors, including Lucy Johnstone, Johann Hari, Gabor Maté, and many more, are passionate advocates who challenge the mainstream medicalised paradigm of emotional distress. Together, they aim to demand change, support people’s stories, and break free from scientifically questionable labels. The festival is donation-based to ensure accessibility, and we encourage you to spread the word and join in this movement for positive transformation. Reserve your spot now and experience the dynamic energy and wisdom of like-minded individuals. Let’s come together on this day of meaningful discussions and growth! More details on this link



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