ILMI – Welcome to our May 21st 2021 E-Bulletin

Welcome to our May 21st 2021 E-Bulletin

ILMI space to explore progress on the Personalised Budgets Demonstration Models

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Date: Tuesday 25th May 12noon to 1pm

In September 2019 the HSE out a call out for disabled people who were interested in participating in demonstration models to explore the implementation of personalised budgets.

These demonstration models are based on three approaches to personalised budgets from the Taskforce on Personalised Budgets  : a person managed fund (which is often referred to as a direct payment), a co-managed fund and a broker managed fund.

The announcement stated that the demonstration models will work with 180 disabled people over the next two years. What we want to explore is how far these demonstration models have progressed and what if anything is working.

ILMI is interested in creating a space for disabled people who applied to be part of these demonstration models to gauge what level of interaction they have had and where the process is at with a view to developing a shared analysis to influence a potentially vital part of independent living for disabled people in Ireland.

If you are interested in participating, please email

Public Consultation on Flexible Working

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman T.D. has launched a consultation seeking the public’s views on flexible working. “The findings of the consultation will be used to develop a policy framework that is responsive to the changing business environment, promotes better work-life balance and supports labour market participation for parents and carers through family-friendly work practices. As a DPO ILMI will be making a submission.

The Government is seeking to develop a flexible working policy and guidance that takes account of the needs of families (particularly those with young children); of individuals, including those with disabilities; of employers and of the broader economy”.
This consultation is being undertaken to seek views from employers, employees and the wider public on:
•            the issues that are most important for them in terms of flexible working, the types of flexible working arrangements currently in place and the changes that they wish to see;
•            the potential impact of changes in technology, the workplace, the family and society on the types of flexible working arrangements available to, or sought by, employees;
•            the changing nature of flexible working arrangements in light of the pandemic;
•            the potential obstacles that may exist for small, medium and large employers when facilitating flexible working arrangements for employees as well as the potential administrative impact;
•            the success factors that will help the Government and businesses to develop flexible working options that suit employees and employers.

Read more HERE

Free Training Workshops for Disabled People Living in Co. Leitrim!

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Are you a disabled adult living Co. Leitrim?

Would you like to meet other disabled people to see how every-day life can be improved for disabled people in your local area?

Would you like to find out more about Leitrim Disabled Person’s Organisation?

Leitrim Disabled Person’s Organisation is pleased to invite you to two Zoom workshops facilitated by International Disability Equality Expert and Activist Maggie Cameron.

Workshop 1: Monday, 24th May 2021, 12PM – 1PM

Workshop 2: Wednesday. 2nd June 2021, 12PM -1PM

RSVP to to register or to request further information

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020


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“When we are more aggressive or personal, it’s often because our milder initial efforts have already been met with defensiveness, denial, or “ablesplaining” about why disabled people don’t understand how ableism works.

Most disabled people are already more knowledgeable and reasonable about everyday ableism than the stereotype of the vengeful advocate would suggest. If anything, too many disabled people worry too much about not hurting other people’s feelings or making a situation more awkward.

For non-disabled people, the best way to help is to take Emily Ladau’s advice. “If a disabled person is asking you to recognize your ableism,” she says, “please try to avoid jumping to defend yourself. Instead, take some time to listen, engage, and learn.”

That’s really that simple, and remarkably effective”. Full article is here

Written by Andrew Pulrang in Forbes magazine

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