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ILMI eBulletin 
12th August 2022

ILMI VOICE Project Cork Update

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Wednesdays ILMI VOICE Project Cork online session focused on accessible sporting activities in the city and county. Cliona Horan, Sports Inclusion Officer with Cork Sports Partnership gave a comprehensive overview ranging from the hill-walking club for visually impaired people to the motor-boat in Kinsale with a steel floor which allows people who use a motorized wheelchair to get on the boat via a ramp without having to get out of their wheelchair. On the 17th September there will be a Sportsability day event in the Mardyke arena in Cork city from 11am until 2pm.  If you live in Cork and want to see what might suit you, go along. . In fact, we had a new disabled person join the session for the first time and she is on the Ukraine Paralympic swimming team. Olga was happy to connect with other disabled people in Cork. Never underestimate the power of peer support.
Whilst there are many swimming pools in Cork, none of the state-funded pools have an overhead ceiling hoist which generated a lot of frustration. It means the only option is to transfer from a wheelchair to the seat that is lowered into the pool. This is not an easy option for disabled people who require PA’s to assist them when skin is wet and sticking to the sliding board which is usually made out of plastic. Many of the participants at the session already went swimming or wanted to but couldn’t due to the lack of a ceiling hoist As a group, we discussed ways to address this problem including exploring the Public Sector Duty to see if this counted as a breach of publicly-funded bodies obligation to treat all customers equally and ensure everyone can access the services they provide.

Want to get involved? Contact VOICE Community Development Worker
SFC Project update

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In last week’s SFC session Participant's explored what Reasonable Accommodation should look like for disabled people.
Our Activists believe that:
•            The provision of reasonable accommodation's  must be well resourced and robust. "It is not a one size fits all approach; every individual is unique with a unique set of needs" with regard to this provision.
•            Our collective lived experience is paramount and must play a key role in developing, monitoring and oversee these supports
•            We are "concerned about who decides what is reasonable and what is not reasonable" – disabled people need to determine this in partnership with the "powers that be", this is where rights come in, we have a right to paid employment - this means having access to the accommodations that "supports our success" - we need to be consulted in relation to what enables us
•            The "legal obligation in the provision of reasonable accommodation must be robust" - employers and those providing goods and services must be aware of the needs of disabled people - they must undergo disability equality training provided by Disabled People's Organisation's, they need to be well informed - our rights to study, be employed and have access to goods and services are imperative to us living like everyone else
•            Access to the built environment plays a key role - regulations needs to be fit for purpose
•            Our assistive technologies, aids and devices  must travel with us when leaving school, leaving college or changing work.
•            It is well researched that attitudes of employers is a huge issue for disabled people - this must change - see -
•            Having access to Personal Assistant Services should be a right when required - disabled people have a right to the same life chances as our non-disabled peers 
•            Lifetime adaptable homes or universally designed homes and environments  needs to be high on our governments agenda - we are all temporary non-disabled - fact - most disabled people acquire their impairments.
Architects, building designers do not see what we see, they do not have the "lived experience". We know that if things were well designed in the initial phase rather retrofitting - it’s a win win for everyone.
•            Grant application forms and employment application forms can be a nightmare – all need be available in an accessible formats. We know that it is difficult to find work – the process can be all online, it involves screening, online questionnaires, it is difficult to get face to face interviews
We did discuss the WAM programme (Willing Able Mentoring) - Run by AHEAD (Association for Higher Education Access and Disability), it is not perfect but it is worth finding out more if you are a 3rd level graduate 


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Our CREATE employment project will be running one last programme in early September with a "Bootcamp" of workshops and talks and taking place in the first week, and CV clinics and mock interviews taking place in the second week.
Bootcamp is for any disabled person, who is current working or looking for work, as well as past participants of CREATE. Every day of Bootcamp will be run as a separate event so you can register for one or as many days as you like. These days will include:
Confidence Building
Disability and the Workplace
Improving your CV
Finding and Applying for a Job
Interview Skills
Professional CV Clinic
Professional Mock Interview
To register for a day/event, or to find out more information, email

ILMI ONSIDE Project updates

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ONSIDE Participants from Louth and Monaghan attended our information technology (IT) workshop, during which Supporting Communities IT teacher Carla Mulholland gave a presentation on how to use the e-mail functions available on the participants' Lenovo Tablets.  On August 9th, at 1.30pm, we held our third IT workshop for the counties of Louth and Monaghan. During this session, participants learned how to register with Libraries Ireland and utilise the Borrow Box Libraries app.


ONSIDE participants enjoyed an engaging and interactive Disability Equality Training (DET) workshop in the first of our social inclusion workshops.  Pictured inset on the column list to the left are a variety of impairments that participants named and on the column to the right are some of the social consequences they identified from the workshop of having an impairment label.  80% of participants attending the workshop believe that the social implications of having an impairment label are more disabling to them than their impairment itself.  


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