ILMI eBulletin January 21st 2022

“Media + Me”

IMAGE: poster with the words “Media + Me: Representation of Disabled People in the Media” and the ILMI Logo

Invitation to ILMI Webinar “Media + Me: Representation of Disabled People in the Media”
When: February 2nd 2022, 7pm to 8pm (GMT)
Location: Zoom

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We all know how crucial media (broadcast, print and online) is for framing how we think and shaping our understanding. Our webinar presents a unique opportunity to hear directly from disabled activists for the change that is needed in Irish media to reflect the diversity in society and make media inclusive of disabled people.

Our webinar will feature a panel discussion with James LeBrecht (Oscar nominated film maker, director of Crip Camp and disabled activist), Selina Bonnie (ILMI Vice Chair), and Mik Scarlet (UK broadcaster and disabled activist).

Claire Kenny (ILMI member and participant on our Strategies for Change project) will give her own insights into how the absence of disabled people in the media impacted on her growing up and Páraic Kerrigan (Assistant Professor in the School of Information and Communication Studies at University College Dublin) will present some of his research on diversity in Irish media.

The event will close with a brief presentation of the core findings of the ILMI position paper “Our Lives, Our Voice” based on discussions held with disabled activists in Ireland and how they want disabled people involved in the creation of media.

The webinar is important for anyone who is genuinely interested in making Ireland more inclusive. The ILMI “Media + Me” event is a genuinely unique opportunity to spend an hour and hear about the practical change that is necessary to ensure disabled people are accurately represented in media and broadcasting in Ireland.

We would love to have you join us for this event to listen to our wonderful guest speakers.

For any queries please contact

The SFC Project update “The Role of Social Movements with Laurence Cox – Part 1”

IMAGE: zoom screenshot featuring Laurence Cox from NUI Maynooth

In our second last session of Strategies for Change we had Laurence Cox from NUI Maynooth come and talk to us about the Role of Social Movements and how they can help us (as informed Disabled Activists) to strategically bring about collective change for disabled people.

Laurence kicked off his session by telling us that he got involved in researching Social Movements in the 1980s – over 40 years ago. His work has involves helping diverse movements in different ways and sharing what he has learned over his working time. Laurence told us that there is a lot of similarities between different movements in what they need to do regarding fighting for their rights to live ordinary lives, even though the issues can be very different, which is sometimes “a hard thing to hear and understand”.

But the “reality of trying to change the world is very similar for different movements that experience oppression, social injustice and inequality”.

Laurence told us that he has a disabled partner, and he “has learned quite a bit from them”. He also told us that his partner can get very despondent and sometimes feels overwhelmed and feels that it’s just impossible. This feeling as we know is true for a lot of us.

So, What Are Social Movements?
Understanding exactly what constitutes a social movement can be confusing. This is because a lot of organisations can call themselves movements which is fine, and it doesn’t mean they are not but there’s a bigger way of thinking about “the Disability Movement”.

Social Movements are networks and can be made up of…
Full article is on this link

ILMI Submission to the Assisted Decision- Making (Capacity) (Amendment) Bill 2021

ILMI made a submission on the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) (Amendment) Bill 2021. Our submission focusses on the need for this bill to promote the preferences for disabled people to make their own decisions.

The submission can be accessed as a PDF here

And MS Word here

National housing strategy for disabled people 2022-2027

The new National housing strategy for disabled people 2022 to 2027 was launched on Friday 14th of January 2022 by Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien, Minister Anne Rabbitte and Minister Peter Burke.

ILMI really welcomed the launch of the New National Housing Strategy for Disabled people 2022 to 2027. We hope that the new strategy will implement change so that disabled people can live independently with the appropriate accommodation, choices, and independent living supports as per article 19 of the UNCRPD.

The vision of the strategy is “to facilitate disabled people to live independently with the appropriate choices and control over where, how and with whom they live, promoting their inclusion in the community. To further enable equal access for disabled people to housing with integrated support services”. The new strategy has six main themes:
•            Accessible Housing and Communities
•            Interagency Collaboration and the Provision of Support
•            Affordability of Housing
•            Communication and Access to Information
•            Knowledge, Capacity, and Expertise
•            Strategy Alignment

ILMI welcomes the use of the social model of language throughout the strategy which reflects values of equality and empowerment, echoing that our impairments don’t disable us and that it society, structures, attitudes and systems that do.

ILMI also welcomes the call for people with lived experience onto the local Housing Disability Steering Groups (HDSGs). ILMI positively supports that the Housing and Disability Steering Group structure will be maintained and strengthened over the lifetime of the new national Strategy.

Over the course of 2021 ILMI hosted online programmes such as “Making Inclusion a Reality “and “The ILMI Housing Network” to prepare and build our members capacity to enable them to contribute and participate effectively on their HDSGs locally. We look forward to continuing this work in 2022 by running a new phase of the “ILMI Housing network” This network sets out to prepare disabled people to represent ILMI on these structures.

If you want to join the new ILMI Housing Network email our Policy Officer on

You can access the National Housing Strategy for Disabled People 2022 – 2027 and other research which informed the Strategy HERE

Disability Participation and Consultation Network (DPCN) are looking for a Coordinator

ILMI would strongly encourage disabled activists to apply for this position.

Job description: The DPCN Coordinator is a full-time post on a fixed-term contract until December 31st, 2022, with good potential for extension subject to continued funding from the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY).

The Coordinator will be employed by Inclusion Ireland, the ‘organising member’ of the DPCN.

Salary: The annual salary for this position will be €40,209

Location There is flexibility regarding the base for this post. The successful candidate will be required to travel to various locations to fulfil the demands of the post.

Description of role

The key role of the Coordinator will be to lead out on and implement the agreed Operational Plan for 2022.
Full details on this link

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