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PRESS RELEASE Independent Living Movement Ireland PAS NOW Webinar May 5th
Date: 22nd April 2022
With less than two weeks to go to Independent Living Movement Ireland's PAS NOW Webinar the national Disabled Person's Organisation are delighted to announce the event's speakers.
The webinar, which is being held on European Independent Living Day focuses on the importance of Personal Assistance Services (PAS) being protected by Irish legislation. Heading up delegates addressing the webinar will be Anne Rabbitte Minister of State at the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and at the Department of Health. Minister Rabbitte will be joined by Deputy Thomas Pringle TD, who was instrumental in bringing a landmark Motion before the Dail in 2018 as part of the campaign. Also addressing the webinar will be key PAS NOW campaign supporter Senator Erin McGreehan and human rights activist Senator Eileen Flynn.
Explaining the importance of the event Independent Living Movement Ireland's Policy Officer James Cawley stated “We are thrilled to be hosting a dedicated PAS webinar, in the year that we mark 30 years of independent living in Ireland. We all know the vital importance PAS plays in many disabled people’s lives including my own; enabling us to have choice and control over our lives and ensuring our right to access education, employment, family life, social and cultural activities and daily living". James added "30 years after its introduction into Ireland access to PAS is still not a legal right despite ratification of the UNCRPD. It is vitally important that activists, allies and political representatives attend our webinar to look at the next steps in changing that".
Ensuring that the voice of the PAS user is clearly heard on the day Ann Marie Flanagan and Daniel Airey will be delivering an account of their own lived experiences. Dan explains "I was recently granted PAS hours after a long personal campaign. Throughout my campaign to secure my own PAS hours I have always maintained that it was not just about me; there are thousands of disabled people around the country in similar circumstances regarding access to PA Supports. I am committed to helping in any way I can to work on a broader solution that impacts so many people directly and that’s why I’m supporting ILMI’s PAS NOW campaign."
Clare native and ILMI Board Member Ann Marie Flanagan added "I have over thirty years’ experience of continually worrying that my PAS could be restricted or removed. Over those thirty years I have thrived as a mother, partner, key employee and contributing member of society. The constant threat hanging over every PAS user in Ireland has to change. We all deserve the opportunity to live as equals within our communities. I would encourage everyone: peers, politicians, allies and friends to get behind this campaign"
ILMI emphasise that for disabled people to experience true equality the right to Personal Assistance Service (PAS) has to be recognised. For that to happen political representatives need to listen and understand the true impact PAS has on disabled people's lives. To attend this vital Webinar on May 5th at 1pm please visit http://bit.ly/36RMvhY For further information on the PAS NOW Campaign, or any of ILMI’s policy work please contact James Cawley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +353 86 7744 991.
Committee on International Surrogacy
IMAGE: Selina Bonnie ILMI Vice Chair at the Committee
Topic: International Surrogacy - How Best to Provide a Route to Parental Recognition & Issues Arising from Delayed Parental Recognition for Both Intending Parents & Children
Thursday morning our Vice-Chairperson Selina Bonnie added her voice as a ‘survivor’ of the Irish assisted human reproduction system to the Joint Committee. You can listen back to Selina (50:57 timestamp) and the AHR coalition members at the full session here
More info: Opening statement, Elaine Cohalan, Chairperson, Assisted Human Reproduction Coalition of which ILMI is a member.
Community Workers Ireland (CWI) magazine
ILMI has built-up a reputation as a Disabled Persons Org. (DPO) which promotes a Community Development ethos and practice when effectively addressing oppressive barriers impacting on the lived experiences of disabled people in Ireland. ONSIDE Coordinator Peter Kearns has a strong worded article in the current spring edition of Community Workers Ireland (CWI) magazine entitled Have Irish Community Development practitioners failed disabled people? (page 15) Peter has over 30-years of community development work tackling disabling barriers with various communities in Ireland and abroad. As a lecturer involved in setting-up the Centre for Disability Equality Studies at the new Atlantic Technological University, Peter's CWI article asks why are there not more community development and youth work graduates looking at careers supporting disabled people and their DPOs? The personal reflective article goes onto to clearly describe how community development workers and academic courses should be encouraging the real and practical application of UN CRPD Articles of participation and advocacy for and with disabled people in community mainstream environments.
ILMI and Community Workers Irl. Will be hosting a dedicated community development webinar later this year addressing how the ethos and practice of Social Justice, Collective-Participation with DPOs, Effective-Empowerment and other comm. dev. principles should be recognised by non-disabled practitioners as opportunities to work directly with disabled people and their DPOs.
ILMI VOICE Project in Community Workers Ireland (CWI) magazine
Please see page 11 “Using a community development approach, the project will:
• Work with each participant to develop Personal Action Plans, identifying and developing goals through effectively accessing local mainstream services that reduce isolation while improving health and wellbeing.
• Inform, mentor and support disabled people to build authentic local representative structures.
• Build the capacity of local mainstream services to promote real inclusion of disabled people.
• Provide technical guidance to mainstream local community, sporting, educational and cultural organisations in relation to Disability Equality Training, access, engagement and inclusion
in order to promote involvement of disabled people in their communities.”
The ILMI #PASNOW 30 days of action is well under way!
This is how you can get involved
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What is #PASNOW?
PAS NOW is an ILMI Campaign to have Personal Assistance Services (PAS) recognised as a human rights and equality issue with legislative protection for disabled people to access Personal Assistance Services (PAS).
Over 30 Days, individual video testimonies submitted by disabled people across the country are being launched on all our social media channels. A strong, consistent message from disabled people calling for the same thing, #PASNOW. Each video clip tells its own unique story as to what Personal Assistance Services (PAS) means to each of us and why it should be protected by legislation.
The 30 Days leads up to our #PASNOW Webinar on the 5th of May at 1pm. This Webinar will invite all our political representatives to come along and hear why protection and legislation to ensure our right to access PAS is vital.
Get behind the 30 Days Campaign. Every day since April 5th we have been releasing a video on our social media channels - Twitter (@ILMIreland), Facebook (@ILMIreland) and Instagram (@ilmireland). If you could Like, Retweet or Share from our social media pages that would be fantastic.
We need allies in this campaign. By watching the 30 Days Videos you can learn more about the vital role PAS plays in our lives. Promote the need for #PASNOW as a human rights and equality issue.
Want to do more?
If you would like to tag all of your local politicians on each of your posts we can help, by sending you a county social media tag list. Most importantly please talk about the campaign with your colleagues, friends and family. Even if you would like to simply invite your local politician to the #PASNOW webinar on May 5th that would be great. Thank you for your continued support on this, as together we will get it over the line. Nearly forgot! Don’t forget to use the campaign hashtag #PASNOW!
We are united in a push for legislation to protect our right to access PAS. If you are not already part of this campaign and would like to show your support, please get in touch. The campaign is open to everyone - simply email email@example.com
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To sign-up to attend the Webinar on May 5th register at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Remember #PASNOW is open to everyone it is only by uniting that we can finally realise protection for our right to access.