ILMI eBulletin ILMI 21st April 2023

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ILMI at the the Irish Network Against Racism (INAR) Event
IMAGE photo shows people seated around a high table including Seantor Eileen Flynn and ILMI CEO Damien Walshe

ILMI as members of the Irish Network Against Racism (INAR), were delighted to attend the launch announcing Google support for the INAR development of Digital Advocacy Resource on the National Action Plan Against Racism. The event featured a world café discussion on how digital tools could challenge racism in Ireland and featured a panel discussion with Reuben Hambakachere (Cultur), Senator Eileen Flynn, Anastasia Crickley, Kensika Monshengwo (Immigrant Council of Ireland) which was chaired by Patrisha Munatsi from INAR.

ILMI is delighted to be part of the discussion  “The National Action Plan Against Racism” #NAPAR shadow report and the Irish Network against Racism (INAR) new Digital Advocacy Resource to support a critical response from civil society orgs.

National Sustainable Mobility Forum
IMAGE: photo shows one of the TV screens used at the forum with text that reads National Sustainable Mobility Forum 19-20 April 2023

ILMI are attended the National Sustainable Mobility Forum 19-20 April 2023 in Athlone. The forum, organised by the Department of Transport, seeks to inform policy about inclusive and sustainable travel solutions and practices that can shape our society’s responses to climate change.

Our position, as a DPO working from a cross impairment basis , whether locally, regionally or nationally is to insist that real consultation with disabled people through their DPOs can offer a real, democratic and collective response to inclusivity, that puts disabled people before the disability industry. Nothing about us, without us. More info on this link about the forum

‘Let’s Strengthen Our Voices Together!’
IMAGE: photo shows Nicola Meacle and Damon Matthew Wise Âû

Yesterday, Nicola, the VOICE Community Development Worker went to the Tipperary PPN Spring Plenary meeting. They had a stall in the Rosegreen Community Hall near Cashel where Nicola explained the VOICE project with whoever had wanted to learn more about it.  It was a chance to network with other groups in the county including an innovative project training Climate Coaches whilst being entertained by the Cahir Men’s Shed.  At 7pm, the guest Speakers commenced. For more information, ring/text Nicola at 087 7189237 or email

“1 in 8 people on the planet is a menopausal woman…”
Smacked into Menopause – Thankfully… I Learned Some More – By Fiona Weldon
IMAGE photo shows Fiona Weldon with a broad smile at the Summit event and the room is lit in purple, she is wearing a flower design printed blouse and glasses.

On the 23rd of March of this year, I attended the first ever National Menopause Summit in Ireland on behalf of Independent Living Ireland Movement (ILMI) and it was just amazing! It was factual, empowering, serious, and fun. Ladies its 2023 and we are just starting to talk about Menopause, why? because it is a taboo subject for a lot of women and there is still stigma. I am deeply concerned that disabled women are and feel disconnected from the whole Premenopausal, Menopausal conversation.

So, I am calling all the disabled women of a certain age that live in Ireland to start talking, to have the conversations, to get informed.

Last year ILMI hosted an online forum for disabled women to talk about their lived experiences of accessing healthcare, and what they told us was stark. Our healthcare system is broken and extremely broken in relation to disabled women’s health care needs. We know from what disabled women have told us that some of us have experienced sexual and domestic violence, are treated as asexual, our access needs are largely ignored, worry, stress and of course not being really listened too. So, the important smear and breast checks that we need, don’t happen. I could go on and on, but I suspect that the disabled women that read this are acutely aware of what I am talking about. We need to increase awareness and break the taboos about Menopause. Become aware, the more you know, the better.

The last taboo surrounding menopause, disabled women. Fiona’s full article can be found on this link

Maynooth University:  Master of Social Science Community Work & Youth Work

INFO SESSION: ‘Are you ready to make a change?’ Monday, 24th April 18.30-20.00
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