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July 15th July 2022


In from the Margins: Advancing a Community Development Approach to achieving Equality, Social Inclusion, Participation and Human Rights for Disabled People in Ireland
On Wednesday 29th June, Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) and Community Work Ireland (CWI) hosted an interactive webinar to look at Community Development approaches to building collective, autonomous spaces for disabled people and Disabled Persons Organisations (DPOs).
This webinar features inputs from ONSIDE project coordinator Peter Kearns, Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre co-director Martin Collins, ILMI VOICE community development worker Paula Soraghan, CWI Joint National Co-ordinator Rachel Doyle and Leitrim Development Company Community Development worker Teresa Butler.
This webinar explored the historic absence of community development approaches with disabled people in Ireland and the impact that this has on disabled people's lives. It will explore the evolution of the disability rights movement in Ireland and reflect on parallels with the Traveller experience of exclusion, oppression and inequality and the traditional paternalistic charity based approaches to working with Travellers which characterised this experience.
It examines the shift to and impact of community development work with Travellers over the past four decades and examine what community workers should do to support meaningful, participative and collective spaces for disabled people and the emergence of Disabled Persons Organisations (DPOs).
In from the Margins is available now on the ILMI YouTube channel 

Event not to be missed!

IMAGE: black and white photo of war debris with ILMI logo and text which reads “ILMI Strategies for Change Lunchtime Master Class with Ellen Clifford. The 28th July via Zoom at 1pm. Email to attend”
ILMI are delighted that disabled activist and author Ellen Clifford is joining us on the 28th July via zoom at 1pm for a special event. We invite you to attend for what will be a truly fascinating input! Author of: “The War on Disabled People: Capitalism, Welfare and the Making of a Human Catastrophe’  
Please email to attend
ILMI Webinar: Everything you wanted to know about disability but were afraid to ask: Let’s talk about Sex!

IMAGE: Screenshot of the panel 

On Wednesday the 13th July ILMI had a brilliant frank and sometimes funny discussion about sex positivity. Owning our own sex lives and seeking out ways to claim our rights and pleasure.

Our ONSIDE project Coordinator Peter Kearns did a great job as the MC. Our amazing panellists  discussion featuring disabled activists from Ireland and abroad, included ILMI Vice Chair Selina Bonnie, Full Spectrum Ireland community development worker Niall Jordan, Dr Áine Sperrin from the Re(al) Productive Justice project NUIG and Jennie Williams, CEO of Enhance the UK.

Thank you to everyone who joined us and there will be a recording in due course up on our YouTube channel.

Theatre of the Oppressed Drama Workshop

IMAGE: photo of the group in action one person in the middle and 4 others pointing sternly at them.

On Thursday 14 July, ILMI’s Peter Kearns & Paula Soraghan delivered a Theatre of the Oppressed workshop. It was a great day and everyone was very engaged with the exercises and material. Character development work was very successful. Some of the work the group enjoyed as part of the creative process was group sculpt work and Hot seating. The group learned the importance of vocal warm ups, filling the space and working in pairs and being in sync with your partner.

ILMI ONSIDE Project Monaghan update

Image: A group of young disabled people holding their certs and ILMI's Clive beside them, ILMI logo poster in the background.

On the 12th July the cool guys in Monaghan received their certificates of completion from ILMI's Clive Lowry. The gang completed the six week Onside Project successfully and were a genuine awesome bunch and it was a pleasure to have them take part in the workshops, To date, over 600 disabled people in the border counties have completed Onside and many, many more have engaged with the team. But yesterday was the guys' day - g'wan Monaghan!

ILMI VOICE Project Update
On Tuesday 12 July, VOICE project workers, Nicola Meacle & Paula Soraghan spoke to the South East Region NAS Team. There was a great discussion about the VOICE project and the NAS Team expressed their enthusiasm for VOICE and they will send any referrals to any disabled people who will be interested. Outreach work and networking with VOICE has proven that it is an exciting project that has great opportunities for disabled people in the Southeast!
VOICE is a community development project focussed on connecting with disabled people in Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford, Wexford, Cork, Kerry & Tipperary. VOICE address the isolation that many disabled people face and highlights the benefits of social inclusion. VOICE will create collective online spaces for disabled people in each county to come together and identify goals they have, as well as barriers they want to challenge in their local communities, such as transport, housing and employment.

ILMI VOICE Cork Project

IMAGE: screenshot of Zoom meeting participants and a snippet of the Arts Officer PowerPoint
On Wednesday 13th July, the Cork online platform held a session. The guest Speaker was Michelle Carew who is the Arts Officer who gave us a look at the Councils Arts Strategic Plan and explained the type of events and festivals they fund to create a vibrant city for residents and visitors alike. Michelle also encouraged disabled people to volunteer with the various festivals.
The second part of the meeting was a facilitated group discussion about the kind of inputs that we want. It was agreed that we wanted more inputs from ILMI staff and other activists on topics such as the Public Sector Duty or to learn about the history of how Disabled Persons were perceived in the past and the treatment they received based on that perception.
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