ILMI June 4th 2021 E-Bulletin

Welcome to our June 4th 2021 E-Bulletin

The role of Assistive Technology (AT) in independent living:
Tuesday 15th June 11:00am to 12:30pm

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Assistive Technology (AT) can play a huge role in the lives of disabled people giving them greater control in their lives to do the things they want to do. But is the system for accessing AT in Ireland working? How easy is it for disabled people to find out what AT is there that could work for them, and are AT supports readily available. ILMI is keen to get the views of disabled people in how they would design a truly accessible system for AT in Ireland.

If you are interested in being part of this discussion, please email info@ilmi.ie to register for the online event. Spaces are limited.

Bank Holiday Weekend

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To all our readers the ILMI Team would like to wish you a fantastic bank holiday weekend and hope the sun is shining in your corner of Ireland. Here are some of the ILMI resources we have up on our website.

ILMI Podcasts

There is nothing like a good Podcast. Independent Living Movement Ireland’s Podcast page has the “Conversations About Activism and Change” series, where disabled Activists talk about the experiences that shaped them, the campaigns won and their views on building a disability rights movement in the 21st Century.

ILMI Blogs

There are some pieces on our blog page that will make you think, give you strength and sometimes give you another way of looking at things. Dive in and have a read.

ILMI Videos

We’d love to highlight the “Declaration of Independence series” if you haven’t already seen it.

ILMI Submissions

Just in case you’ve missed any of our submissions you can find them all here.

Public consultations on the Third National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based violence

The Department of Justice together with the National Women’s Council and Safe Ireland have launched a review of the Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.

The consultants undertaking this work are very keen to engage with as many groups and individuals as possible to hear their feedback and recommendations on how the government should address domestic, sexual and gender-based violence, and we encourage you to make your own submission.

You can do this by completing the survey which is open to all until Friday 18th June 2021, or you can take part in an online workshop.

There are a number of online workshops, split by region which are open to all, however you must register in advance.

Leinster Workshop (Wednesday 16thJune 11am-1pm)
Connacht Workshop (Monday 21st June 11am-1pm)
Ulster Workshop (Friday 25thJune 11am-1pm)
Munster Workshop (Monday 28thJune 11am-1pm)
Dublin Workshop (Tuesday 29thJune 11am-1pm)

Click here for further information, the survey and to register for the workshops

New first-of-its-kind research published on decent work

New research published by IHREC and the ESRI holds insights for Ireland’s post-COVID work environment, by looking at the realities of people’s access to decent work before the pandemic.

The report entitled “Monitoring Decent Work in Ireland” sets out how young people, people with disabilities, Travellers and East European migrants are at much higher risk of disadvantage around employment, and have less access to what the International Labour Organisation defines as decent work.

It highlights how these groups have seen consistent inequalities in access to employment, job security and seniority.

“The employment rate for people with disabilities (41 per cent) was 32 percentage points below the national average (73 per cent), highlighting a significant gap in employment.”

The report’s analysis includes lessons stemming from the findings for Ireland:
“A focus on decent work should be a priority for Ireland’s implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).”

You can find the full report here 

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