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ILMI eBulletin 
14th April 2022

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With one week down in a 30-Day lead in to the Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) PAS NOW Webinar on May 5th. ILMI are releasing personal video testimonies on all their social media channels to highlight the vital role Personal Assistance Services (PAS) plays in disabled people’s lives and why the service urgently needs to be protected by legislation.
ILMI Press Release: ILMI Members Selina Bonnie and Grace Murphy explain how 'PAS enables disabled people to realise our full potential and be active citizens of Ireland' and 'that's why the #PASNOW campaign is so important and why you need to support it.
ILMI emphasise that the #PASNOW campaign is not just relevant to disabled people. It is for all people who support an individual’s right to equality and freedom, which disabled people in this country have been fighting for 30 years.

To attend the #PASNOW Webinar on May 5th at 1pm please register  


ILMI PASNOW - Grace Murphy 
ILMI PASNOW - Ross Coleman 
ILMI PASNOW - Isolde Carmody 
ILMI PASNOW - Alan Carrigan 


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Art is a diverse range of human activity, and resulting product, that involves creative or imaginative talent expressive of technical proficiency, beauty, emotional power, or conceptual ideas.  To earn a living as an artist is extremely hard. If you factor in the precarious nature of actually being paid and the actual "cost of disability" being a disabled artist is doubly hard. What if you manage to secure payment, probably one off and at the same time you lose supports? Doesn’t seem fair does it? In fact you are being punished for being a good/great artist.
ILMI is amplifying the current situation for disabled artists which is eloquently explained by two of our members this week. Emilie Conway and Isolde Carmody spoke to RTE and outlined not only the issues but also the steps needed to improve the situation.

Disabled artists fear new basic income could mean cut to disability allowance
Ailbhe Conneely, Social Affairs Correspondent, reports on calls for clarity around disabled artists accessing the Basic Income Scheme for the Arts.
Clarity sought over disabled artists' access to income scheme 
“Arts organisations are seeking clarity from the Department of Social Protection around the accessibility of disabled artists to the Basic Income Scheme announced by the Government last week.
The pilot scheme will enable a random selection of artists to receive over €300 per week over the next three years.
Disabled artists say that by categorising the income as self-employed - retaining their disability support is not protected or guaranteed under the scheme - and this has been a problem for decades.” Full article here 

First Of Many SFC Working Group Meetings

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On Tuesday evening last we had our first Strategies For Change (SFC) Working Group Meeting. During this time, we talked about some of the tools that we felt important in bringing out about change.
These included:
•            deciding on a common set of values which we can work towards
•            implementing the principles of community development
•            ensuring that the social model of disability is at the forefront of our campaign work
•            using our knowledge of equality legislation.
These key learnings from will be instrumental in supporting us in our working groups this year.
Everyone also agreed that their confidence had grown and feel better equipped to challenge people when they face discrimination, even though it can be exhausting/draining at times, but we are ALL up for the challenge!
For more information please contact the SFC Project Worker

Strategies for Change Master Class

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“It Is Perfectly Normal To Be Different - Key Lessons from the Book “Why are you pretending to be normal?”  By its author Phil Friend OBE Hon D.Sc. FRSA Taking place via Zoom on the 19th May Time: 6 - 7 pm email to register
Phil Friend OBE Hon D.Sc. FRSA
Phil Friend is acknowledged as one of the UK's foremost consultants on disability matters. A powerful and highly popular communicator, he has provided consultancy and training support to many of the country's best-known companies.
He is the co-author of “Why are you pretending to be normal?” a self-help book designed to encourage disabled people to manage rather than cope with their disability. He co-hosts the podcast “The Way We Roll” and produces and hosts the “Gear, Gadgets and Gizmos” podcast for RIDC.
Phil is a long-standing Ambassador of the Business Disability Forum, Chair of Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RIDC), and Vice Chair of the Activity Alliance, a Churchill Fellow, and a former chair of Disability Rights UK and
RADAR. He is Vice Chair of the BT Customer Inclusion Panel.
He was awarded an OBE in 2001 for services to equal opportunities and disabled people an became an honorary Doctor of Science (Hon DSc) in 2009 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to equality and diversity from University of Hertfordshire.

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