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Due to demand we will be rolling out our Leader Training Programme in Dublin during the month of March. If you are currently in receipt of or actively seeking a PAS and want to take part in this training please do let us know.
The aim of our Leader Training programme is to put us, as Leaders, back in control of our PAS by giving us the confidence to lead our service in an effective way. The programme is peer-led and delivered over a one-day session. The training is participatory in nature therefore we are limiting numbers that can take part in each session and only a few places remain for this first Dublin session of 2020. If you would like further information or want to reserve a place on this free training you can email Susan or contact her on 086 1712648.
We are also still accepting names for individuals who would like to support the rollout of the Leader Training Programme during 2020. A panel of trainers is currently being established to support demand for programme rollout. If you are a Leader who has an interest in providing support to other aspiring Leaders through our Leader Training programme then do let us know. Please note that no previous training experience is required as full mandatory training will be provided for all interested trainers. To register your interest please contact Susan by email firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0861712648.
Activism Course: Final Call for Expressions of Interest
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As part of our strategic plan, we are looking to build a network of disability activists across the country who share ILMI's vision and values and who can mentor other disabled people in representation roles.
Led and developed by ILMI ONSIDE coordinator Peter Kearns and based on Peter's extensive experience in adult education and mentoring, this course will be a mix of face-to-face sessions and Zoom mentoring over the course of 10 sessions.
Activists will learn about the social model of disability, the UNCRPD and its practical application, disability equality and human rights, key policy discussions, the equality and human rights infrastructure in Ireland, representation roles and the role of ILMI as a Disabled Person's Organisation (DPO).Training will be peer led and will feature inputs from a number of disabled activists.
ILMI will aim to support the activists on this course to engage on local and national structures and put their learning into practice. There will 8 workshops in total, with a delivered as mixture of face to face workshops in Dublin and via Zoom as well.
Expressions of interest for interested activists will be considered. Places are limited to 15 participants and by application only. Where numbers exceed 15, interviews will be held to choose the most suitable candidates. To apply, email email@example.com with a short introduction to who you are, why you want to participate on this course, and what you would like to achieve from it.
Once participants have been selected, dates for workshops and course outline will be circulated.
Disabled Activists Join Privilege the Musical
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This week ILMI was invited to give a strong disability equality input into a new Irish musical named Privilege. The musical is casting performers, who will investigate and explore privilege from a personal standpoint and who will push the boundaries of the work to convey voices from marginalised groups who are not experiencing any sense of a so called economic recovery. ILMI's ONSIDE Coordinator Peter Kearns led an afternoon workshop on clarifying with the show's cast that disability is about Irish society's disabling barriers and not about portraying the usual staged personal tragedy story or 'Super-Crip' inspirational porn.
The Dublin based musical will incorporate presentations such as ILMI's workshop and disabled performers’ experiences, as well as multiple thematic and political references, and will weave them into the content of the show. The cast includes disability arts dancer and activist Linda Fearon, a Northern Ireland colleague of ILMI's Peter Kearns.
Louise White, the Musical's producer/Director, told Peter at the ILMI workshop that they have performers from various ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+ performers, professional disabled performers and working class actors. According to Louise, these performers have got lived experience dealing with White privilege, gendered oppression, 'Disablist & Ableist' stereotyping and Middle-class power relationships. Louise is interested in more work with ILMI to explore disabled activists lived experiences in a boundary pushing devised musical theatre show. The cast enjoyed the ILMI afternoon intro to disability equality activism and will make sure such social model lived experience narratives are included in the making of a new radical contemporary musical about privilege, inequality and collective denial.
NWCI Forum on Gender Equality
On February 4th Shelly Gaynor, ILMI Peer Mentoring worker, represented ILMI at the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) event on Citizen’s Assembly on Gender Equality. It was important to be part of this event to make sure that disability is on everyone’s agenda. During the workshops, Shelly spoke about PAS and the importance they make to a disabled person’s life and help how we can truly interact with society.
Shelly also spoke about the other barriers which we disabled people face every day such as transport employment etc. It will be important that ILMI members can participate in meetings like this to build solidarity and ensure that disabled women’s voices can be heard in work carried out by the NWCI.
NWCI are encouraging people and groups to make submissions to the Citizens Assembly. The deadline for submissions is the 6 March should you require any further assistance or information please do not hesitate to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details on the public consultation on the Citizens Assembly on Gender Equality see here.
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