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ILMI eBulletin 
5th August 2022

The ILMI “Strategies for Change” Project Update

IMAGE: Screenshot of zoom class

In this week’s SFC session we had Seòniad O' Murchadha come and talk to us about our laws in relation to the provision of Reasonable Accommodation to support disabled people to live like everyone else.
 
Under our current equality legislation disabled people are entitled to reasonable accommodations,  when it comes to:
 
1.           Accessing some goods and services
2.           Accessing education - see example.          
3.           Support in accessing employment opportunities and supporting disabled people to carry out their duties when securing employment “Reasonable Accommodations: Obstacles and Opportunities to the Employment of Persons with a Disability - The National Disability Authority” and “Disability and Reasonable Accommodation - IHREC - IHREC - Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission” 

Seòniad invited the group to come up with a list of recommendations in relation to "what disabled people need as opposed to what is currently provided under our current laws"

Check out next week’s eBulletin for our activists' recommendations! And the coming weeks for the recording of the session.
 
 
The ILMI “CREATE BOOTCAMP”

IMAGE: poster with a picture of a starry sky with the text detailed below
 
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 patrickflanagan@ilmi.ie
 

Sligo DPO Steering-Group

IMAGE: photo shows Sligo DPO Pippa Black in the foreground, with Mark Kupczak, ILMI's Peter Kearns and Saoirse Black in the background.

Sligo DPO Steering-Group followed-up their June 'Bloomsday' workshop with an in-person meeting this week to begin planning for their first AGM in November at Sligo Northside Community Centre, Forthill - date to be confirmed with a possible 'surprise' guest speaker.
 
Sligo DPO are also organising a UN International Day for Disabled People public event on week of 3rd December at Northside Centre to bring together Sligo councillors and the County Council to explain to an audience of disabled people about how the Council will realise the UN Convention Articles 4 and 29 on effective lived experience participation in community and political life.
 
 
ILMI VOICE Cork Project Update

IMAGE: screenshot of class participants

This week the ILMI VOICE Cork Project meeting had a guest Speaker on the topic “Money Skills for Life. The person who gave the talk was Tom Martin. He is an experienced financial professional, having worked in banking for 16 years, and as a Credit Union Manager for 6 years. He is also a trainer which was apparent in his effective, relaxed style of delivery.
 
In the current era,  we learned practical tips such as shopping around to compare prices etc and the advantage of repaying a loan over a shorter time if possible and don’t forget to haggle.
 
Nevertheless, the elephant in the room was that until there is a payment to disabled people to compensate for the extra costs incurred i.e. taxis if you don’t live near a bus stop, extra heating costs, the fee for every item on your prescription, the list goes on and no amount of `belt-tightening” can solve the cost of living for disabled people who are reliant on social welfare.
 
 
Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications
The Energy Poverty Strategy Review consultation is open

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