ILMI Mailshot  November 30th  2021

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Your “Making Inclusion a Reality” invitation

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Publication of “Making Inclusion a Reality”: Developing Best Practice for the Active Participation of Disabled People in their Housing Disability Steering Groups
Wednesday 1st December 2021 10:30 to 11:30am (via Zoom)
Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) have been working with South Dublin County Council (SDCC) to support the inclusion of disabled people in developing and implementing housing policy and provision in the South Dublin County area over the course of 2021.

Through funding from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC), ILMI contracted Values Lab to develop a model of best practice for the participation of disabled people on a local authority housing and disability steering group. This model was to encompass the establishment of a platform of disabled people, to enable this participation, and to include a model for the implementation of the public sector equality and human rights duty.

We are inviting you to the launch of the report from this exciting project. There will be inputs from ILMI, SDCC, Values Lab, members of the South Dublin Disability Platform and the Housing Agency.

In accordance with Public Health advice, this launch will take place via Zoom at the following link:
Passcode: 586781

Copies of the report will be sent to all participants in PDF and accessible MS-Word and will be available from the ILMI website after the event

Leitrim DPO

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On Monday, 29th November, Leitrim Disabled Person’s Organisation (DPO) hosted a special online meeting to mark the International Day of Disabled People. Guest speaker, Peter Kearns (ILMI), opened the meeting with a presentation outlining the important role that social model DPO’s have at both a national and local level. He explained of the context of UN CRPD Article 14 and Ireland’s general obligations impacting DPO informed social policy.

Niall Jordan, DPO member, shared an interesting and informative presentation on the signs and symbols of the LGBTI+ Community and Disability Community. An important reminder that the values of inclusion, diversity and intersectionality should be very core of the DPO’s work.

For more information about Leitrim DPO, contact Audrey Wilson (Community Navigator). Email:

Louth DPO

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ILMI would like to thank the DisABILITY Louth for inviting ONSIDE Project Louth Community Navigator Clive Lowry to their 2021 AGM to promote the ILMI and Louth Leader Partnership webinar event on Friday 3rd December, at noon on zoom.  This event will launch the idea of establishing an ILMI supported Social Model-Led Louth DPO in 2022.  To register for the event, email

December 3rd at 7pm the CLARE LEADER FORUM Presents EMPOWER

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A better future for younger people, deprived of their liberty in nursing homes/ December 3rd at 7pm. Email for your free ticket

“Join us online to celebrate international day of disabled people 2021. Guests include Anne Rynne, Shannon Sisters, Fionnathan, Ann Marie Flanagan, Paddy Mulcahy, Marie Griffin, Donnellan Dancers and many more!”

ILMI discussion on Universal Design

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The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) at the National Disability Authority (NDA) has published Universal Design Guidelines for Homes in Ireland.

Universal Design homes benefit a wide range of people regardless of age or impairment including families with young children, people with a temporary or permanent injury, disabled people and older people living independently.  Adopting Universal Design standards in the construction of homes enables people to live comfortably and safely at home.

The CEUD is currently undertaking a comprehensive economic and social evaluation of UD Homes through the performance of a Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) in accordance with the Public Spending Code. As a component of the UD Homes CBA project the NDA are holding structured consultations with DPOs and persons with lived experience of ageing and disabilities, representative bodies and policy experts.

ILMI members have been identified as a valuable contributor to this consultation process.  A consultation will take place between ILMI members and the NDA on Wednesday 8th December at 4pm. If you would like to attend please contact

This event will take place on zoom and the link will be sent to registered participants.

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