ILMI eBulletin 29th April 2022




In recognition of European Independent Living Day 2022, Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) are delighted to host a PAS NOW webinar to discuss the right to a Personal Assistance Service (PAS) for disabled people in Ireland. The webinar is part of our ongoing PAS NOW campaign.


We Need Your Support!
For the event to have a political impact it is vital that as many TDs and Senators attend this webinar as possible. However, to date the registration from politicians has been slow. We now need your support if this next step in the PAS NOW Campaign is to be successful.

We know from our previous work on PAS NOW, that disabled people themselves reaching out to their political representatives has had a huge impact. When we worked to bring a Motion in front of the Dáil in November 2019, the unanimous support for the Motion was based on disabled people ringing and emailing their TDs to get them to attend and vote in its favour. We now need you to do the same again.

Reach out and contact your TDs and ask them to attend the ILMI PAS NOW Webinar on Thursday the 5th of May at 1pm. Let them know as their constituent that this is an important equality issue to you and that they need to attend, learn and show their support for the rights of all disabled people. Each of your political representatives has already received an invitation to this Webinar from ILMI so they should be aware of it.

How can I Help?
You can either ring your local TDs or email them. We have prepared a template email that you can use or of course you can write your own. We know from experience that disabled people lobbying their local TDs on issues does have an impact, so it is really important that you continue as an activist to have your voice heard. If you need contact details for your local TD, please email who will be happy to provide you with the contact details for TDs in your constituency.
Any questions you may have about this webinar or the ILMI PAS NOW Campaign please do get in touch at 086172648 or by return email.

Thank you for your support.
Damien Walshe, ILMI CEO

Dear Deputy,
My name is (insert name), and I am one of your constituents. As a disabled activist, I have been involved in the Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) PAS NOW Campaign. This is a campaign to bring around Personal Assistance Service (PAS) as a human right and to ensure legislation is enacted to give us the right to access a PAS that provides us with freedom, choice and control in our lives.

Deputy, there is a really important webinar taking place on Thursday 5th May at 1pm. This webinar will hear from disabled people on how important PAS is to our lives and how we have built this campaign. We will also hear from politicians who support the Independent Living Movement including: Minister Anne Rabbitte, Deputy Thomas Pringle, Senator Eileen Flynn and Senator Erin McGreehan.

Deputy, as one of your constituents, I am asking you to attend this important webinar for you to listen, learn and to become a strong ally for the rights of disabled people in Ireland. You can register in advance for this webinar through this link:

I hope you can attend and I look forward to working with you and other local politicians to realise the right of disabled people to a PAS to participate in society as equals.


Background to the PAS NOW Campaign
The #PASNOW campaign began in 2019 based on ILMI consultations with disabled people. As a result of these consultations 5 Key Asks were defined for the PAS NOW Campaign, including:

  • Define the PAS,
  • Invest in it to ensure disabled people have the hours they needed,
  • Standardise the assessment process,
  • Promote PAS as an option among disabled people and
  • Legislate to guarantee a right to PAS as per Article 19 of the UNCRPD.

You can read more on the PAS NOW Campaign here.

Webinar Registration:
For more information on the ILMI #PASNOW Campaign visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
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 Disabled Person’s Organisation (DPO Information Session, Wednesday 4th May at 12pm

Are you a disabled person living in County Cavan or Monaghan? Are you interested in getting involved in developing a group to tackle local issues experienced by disabled people?

Disabled Person’s Organisations (DPO’s), unlike disability service providers, are led by and for disabled people. DPO’s are about disabled people collectively coming together to work on local issues to bring about a more inclusive, and equal society. On Wednesday 4th May at 12pm, ILMI are inviting Cavan and Monaghan disabled people to attend DPO information session on zoom. This information session will explore what a DPO is and ILMI’s vison to develop local DPO’s in Cavan and Monaghan.
To find out more information and to register for this event please email or


Exciting New VOICE Project for Disabled People in Tipperary

If you are a disabled person, or have a friend or family member who is disabled and lives in Tipperary then read on to learn about an exciting new project that starts on the 5th May at 4p.m.

Virtual Online Inclusive Communities for Empowerment (VOICE) is a new community development project aimed at working with disabled people in seven counties. The project is delivered by ILMI.

VOICE is based on digital networking, peer mentoring and empowering disabled people to be agents for change. It uses Zoom to build online collective spaces for disabled people. This is a practical way to connect with other disabled people and work together to resolve a local issue i.e. an access issue or get advice from others in the sessions on getting on the local council housing list etc. If there is a national issue impacting disabled people, we have power in numbers if there is a group in all counties that will collectively raise our objections.

The online sessions will include a mix of Guest Speakers on relevant topics.

If you would like to find out more or register to get the zoom link for the sessions in Tipperary, please text/ring Nicola 087 7189237 or email her at


Strategies for Change

The ILMI Strategies for Change Project had a very exciting guest speaker recently. Phil Friend from the UK came and talked to us about understanding the importance of the Social Model of Disability.
Informative, enlightening and sometimes a good shot of humour lifted everyone in the class. Here’s an excerpt from a wonderfully written article on the entire masterclass experience as written by Fiona Weldon SFC project leader.

“The second thing that these guys did was to tackle the negative stereotypes and the “tragedy & charity” systems that perpetuates difference – the idea that we were dependent on non-disabled people to “look after us” and service us (passive recipients) and that good non-disabled people would run marathons or host fundraisers and we had to feel and be grateful. All these notions were under attack because of social model thinking”….. more on this link




Cavan Disability Network Press Release 26/04/2022

Disability Rights Campaigners Urge Public to Send Email in Support of Vital Toilet Facilities
Have your say in Public Consultation and make Changing Places Toilet Facilities Mandatory

“We are urging as many people as possible to take part in this public consultation and send an email to the department of housing to highlight how vitally important these facilities are to people with disabilities and their families. “People with disabilities in County Cavan often experience inadequate toilet facilities that are extremely small, have a lack of appropriate equipment or are of poor design and are therefore inaccessible to many people with disabilities,”  said Damien O’Reilly, Cavan Disability Network secretary.

Full details on how to take part in the consultation, including an easy read consultation document,–
The closing date for the receipt of submissions and comments is no later than 5:00 p.m. on 12 May, 2022.

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