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Leader Training

Our Leader Training Programme continues this October with Phase II. If you are a Leader, currently in receipt of a Personal Assistance Service (PAS) or actively seeking one, and would like to learn more about specific models of PAS then get in touch.

Phase II of the training programme will specifically look at: 
  • Self-Directed Model of PAS
  • Direct Payment Model of PAS 
All training is delivered online via Zoom by a Leader already in receipt of a PAS. To ensure active participation in this training, spaces are extremely limited. If you would like to learn more about the training or reserve a space then please contact   James Cawley as soon as possible. 


Our PAS NOW Campaign is actively gaining momentum with Offaly Local Authority recently passing the Motion in favour of Your Right to PAS! If you would like to get involved in this campaign and ensure your Local Authority is supporting Your Right to PAS then please get in touch. You can contact Susan for more information. 

PAS Peer Support Group

Don't forget our PAS Peer Support Forum is still meeting every Tuesday at 3pm. This group is open online to any individual in receipt of or seeking a PAS. Its purpose is to provide information and peer support in an open and welcoming community space.

ILMI will also be linking in directly again with the HSE to review the draft documentation on resumption of PAS during COVID-19. A meeting will take place on Tuesday the 20th of October from 12pm to 1pm.
If you would like to learn more about the group or register for the HSE meeting please contact James Cawley for further information.

Dying with Dignity Bill: A space for discussion for Disabled Activists Monday 19th October 1-2pm

The Dying with Dignity Bill has passed first stage in the Dáil and will now move to committee stage for discussion. It is a hugely emotive issue, but one where ILMI as a DPO needs to create a space to try and find a collective analysis about the Bill. Are there concerns we need to put forward in a submission to the Committee? ILMI will create a facilitated Zoom discussion to bring disabled activists together to gather our thoughts on this Bill and what it could mean for disabled people, and how as a representative DPO we bring that to legislators. To register for this discussion, email

Here is a link from the Journal in which Des Kenny contributed his own personal views which he would not like to become a policy stance of ILMI without consultation with members to affirm or to postpone any further comment until ILMI policy had been determined by this meeting of our activists.

Introducing Re(al) Productive Justice: Thursday 15th October 2pm


On Thursday 15th October at 2pm, ILMI will host a space for disabled people to feed into the NUIG CDLP research project Re(al)Productive Justice. This discussion will take place via Zoom.
The key goal of this project is to make visible the experiences of disabled people in Ireland seeking reproductive justice.
Disabled people are often denied the right to make reproductive decisions, including decisions about fertility, contraception, pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. In many countries, there are specific laws criminalising sex with disabled people. There are also higher rates of sterilisation and forced abortion among disabled women and girls than non-disabled women.

This project will explore the legal regulation and the real-life experiences of disabled people in Ireland in making reproductive decisions. As part of this project, disabled people will be invited to tell their stories of making, or being denied the opportunity to make, reproductive choices for themselves.
The experiences shared in this project will be used to develop a toolkit for health and social care practitioners. This toolkit will be designed to encourage good practice in respecting the rights of disabled people to make reproductive decisions, and providing appropriate support so that they can make informed choices.
We want to hear about your experiences as a disabled person of all aspects of reproductive decision making. If you have engaged in services providing for fertility and contraception, pregnancy and childbirth, abortion and parenting (including fostering and adoption) and want to learn more about the project visit This might include health, social work and legal services.
To register for this discussion, email

ILMI Social Night 15th October at 6pm with Writer Christian O’Reilly

Writer Christian O’Reilly (‘Inside I’m Dancing’, ‘Sanctuary’) joins ILMI's Peter Kearns & Dr James Casey in our Thursday evening social conversations on 15th October at 6pm to 7pm. The one-hour questions & answers discussion will be about Christian's exciting new theatre projects concerned with disability themes, such as the ILMI supported NO MAGIC PILL, connected with the early years of Centre for Independent Living (CIL).
Galway based Christian (script writer for ‘Inside I’m Dancing’, ‘Sanctuary’) will zoom us with his dramatic thoughts on his developing scripts and the roles with disabled actors and producers. He will also discuss the genesis of his forthcoming UK theatre piece ‘UNSPEAKABLE CONVERSATIONS, developed with disabled actors Matt Fraser and BBC Silent Witness Liz Carr. The stage play is adapted from the writings of, and correspondence between American disability activist Harriet McBryde Johnson and Princeton academic and philosopher Peter Singer. Harriet was an American author, attorney, and disability rights activist and challenged modern eugenicist Peter Singer who argued that it should be legally permissible to euthanize disabled infants. Christian's play explores how Harriet , who had Muscular Dystrophy, disagreed with Singer's modern disguised rational eugenics promotion. Christian's play uses theatre to portray how  they clashed initially in Harriet’s home town of Charleston, USA, and why they continued their argument by email and their ultimate and final dramatic battle which took place on Singer’s home turf at Princeton University.
Moving from international eugenics conflicts, Peter and James will also chat with Christian about Irish film work such as the 2004 INSIDE I'M DANCING in which the lead characters were played by non-disabled performers, towards his wish to embedding disabled people within the writing and production of new work as with the 2016 SANCTUARY, Peter Kearns, who is Dramaturge/Co-producer and actor with Christian's 2022 scheduled staging of activist Martin Naughton's 90s CIL inspired NO MAGIC PILL, will also explore the need for more Irish disabled actor opportunities with Christian.
Following ILMI's recent Thursday evening with Laois filmmaker Paddy Slattery who touched on the role of disabled actors being hired by mainstream cinema, Christian's Irish theatre & film conversation is a not to be missed evening for those interested in genuinely championing the rights and drama lived experiences of disabled practitioners in cultural media.
To register for this event contact

Pro Bono: A Tool for Challenging Injustice and Championing Change – 13 October


PILA (the Public Interest Law Alliance, a project of FLAC) is hosting this online event to help social justice organisations in Ireland develop a deeper understanding of how they can use pro bono to advance their mission and deliver social change in 2020 and beyond.
Date: 13 October 2020
Time: 10.00-11.30
Venue: Online [Zoom details will be circulated in advance to those who have registered]
This event is for social justice organisations working with marginalised and disadvantaged groups who would like to learn more about how they can use the law to advance their social change mission and tackle pressing social issues. We will be joined by a diverse panel of NGO leaders who will each share how they have successfully boosted their impact through accessing PILA’s Pro Bono Referral Scheme.
Panel members will include:
Damien Walshe, Independent Living Movement Ireland
Edel McGinley, Migrants Rights Centre Ireland
Rebecca Keatinge, Mercy Law Resource Centre
Robbie Sinnott, Voice of Vision Impairment
Tanya Ward, Children’s Rights Alliance
To mark over a decade of promoting public interest law, the key findings of the PILA Impact Report 2009-2019: ‘Challenging Injustice, Championing Change’ will also be shared at this event.
You can register here.

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