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By: Gcil  05/12/2011
Keywords: Disabilities, Independent Living

Saturday December 3rd at 1 pm.

Shop St. Galway, outside Brown Thomas, beside the Oscar Wilde statue.

There will be a Public Awareness Speak out,TO END EXCLUSION, highlighting and demonstrating the obstacles that people with disabilities, particularly the visually impaired and the wheelchair users, have to encounter every day in Galway – pavement kerbs, potholes, cobble-stones, access to public toilets, access to buses , access to legal parking spaces and many more.

December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disability, a global call for practical action to make a better world for all; where speakers in many different countries will tell the stories of their good and bad experiences and their struggles to end exclusion and their demands for effective change. Wheelchair users, others with disability, relatives and carers will make their voices heard, an historic occasion for the spoken word and effective action.

People with disabilities make up an estimated 15 % of the world’s population. Almost one fifth of the global total of persons living with disabilities encounter significant difficulties, while a quarter of the world’s population is directly affected by disability, as carers or family members. There are thousands affected in Galway alone.

Come along and tell your story to END EXCLUSION.

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Access for All - Galway City Partnership

Galway Centre for Independent Living

We are delighted to announce that the official Launch of Galway Centre forIndependent Living’s Leader Forum will take place 11am-1pm on 25th November 2011.

Mayor of Galway City, Cllr Hildegarde Naughton will launch our Leader Forum in conjunction with Galway City Council’s Launch of National Accessibility Week.

This event will take place in the Council Chambers, Galway City Hall and includes keynote speakers from the Galway Leader Forum and CIL’s National Leader Forum. All are welcome.

Light refreshments will be available.

The main purpose of the Galway Leader Forum is to bring people with disabilities together in a shared positive space and advocate for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in society.

If you are interested in joining or learning more about the Leader Forum, this will be a good opportunity to meet with members and find out what they have planned for 2012.

The Galway Centre for Independent Living’s Leader Forum will exhibit pieces from their recent Art Exhibition titled ‘Tá muid in ann’, in Galway City Hall from 24th November to 2nd December.

In addition, music and poetry is available on audio at . All artists involved are local people with disabilities. The exhibition celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities held annually on 3rd December.

November 24th, 2011

So far this season the following Galway Centre for Independent

Living members have won the use of our season tickets as follows:

Connacht Vs Exeter Chiefs, 5.30pm Sat 13th Aug - Dubarry Park , Athlone

Marian Greene

Sally Fahy

Connacht Vs Scarlets, 3.15pm Sat 10th September 2011

John Conneely

Kathleen Cunningham

Connacht Vs Dragons, 7.30pm Friday 23th September 2011

Marian Greene

Sally Fahy

Connacht Vs Cardiff Blues, 6.00pm  Saturday 29th October 2011

Deirdre Dunne

John Dillon

Connacht Vs Toulouse, 6.00pm Saturday 19th November 2011

John Conneely

Kathleen Cunningham

November 22nd, 2011

Leitrim Association for People with Disabilities have launched an accessible boat for People with Disabilities.
The Wheelyboat is a specially designed accessible boat, built to meet the needs of people with disabilities, to have access to lakes and partake in fishing, angling or just pleasure trips on the lakes.
The Wheelyboat was designed by the Wheelyboat Trust. Wheelyboats provide their disabled users with the dignity of their own independence: they make the entire water accessible, are simplicity itself to board via the roll-on, roll-off bow ramp and the level deck provides access to every corner of the boat including the helm. The boat will support disabled people with the opportunity and freedom to enjoy the lakes of Leitrim.
Leitrim Association for People with Disabilities have extended an invitation to members of Galway Centre for Independent Living to come and enjoy this new resource. If interested please contact the Galway Centre for Independent Living office on 091 773910.

We wish Leitrim Association for People with Disabilities well with their new venture.

November 4th, 2011

Calling all wheelchair users, carers and organizations, who wish to be involved in the making of a documentary film on wheelchair access in Galway City.

The film will investigate specific locations where improvements should be made.

The aim of the film is to show how Galway can become a wheelchair-friendly city, with genuine equality and independence for its citizens and visitors.

Please reply by the end of October


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C/O 10 St Bridget’s Place Lower Galway

Phone:  091 565430

October 18th, 2011

Ref: NUIG Website

The drop-in clinic will be staffed by law student volunteers and supervised by legal practitioners and Centre for Disability Law and Policy staff. Sessions will be held in the Centre for Disability Law and Policy boardroom. The clinic will run once a month and will be held on the first Wednesday of each month from 6pm-7.30pm. The first clinic session will be held on 5 October 2011. A legal practitioner and a Centre for Disability Law and Policy staff member will supervise all clinic sessions.

Volunteers at the clinic are students and not legal practitioners, and therefore cannot provide legal advice, simply information on how to address legal issues facing people with disabilities. Anyone requiring legal advice will have to consult a solicitor separately.

October 3rd, 2011

Ref: Irish Times 15th September 2011

People with disabilities have become prisoners in their own home due to cuts in welfare payments and support services, it was claimed today.

Ten leading organisations have demanded that the Government should recognise the social and care needs of people with a disability or mental health problem in December’s austerity Budget.

The umbrella groups - which represent 800,000 people with disabilities - argued there is no Croke Park Agreement to protect service users across the country.

John Dolan, of the Disability Federation of Ireland, said 18.5 per cent of the population have a disability -with the percentage increasing as people age.

“Disability is not a sectoral issue, it is a social issue,” he said.

“The Taoiseach (Enda Kenny), the Tanaiste (Eamon Gilmore) and the Programme for Government have named people with disabilities, including mental health, as the Government’s social justice priority.

“There is no plan how to protect people (with a disability) from the cradle to the grave,” he added.

The groups, a range of disability and mental health support organisations, called on the Government to halt reductions in the income supports for people with disabilities who are dependent on benefits.

The Government was also urged to maintain funding for services needed by people with disabilities.

The groups maintain Government still has its social sovereignty and should put the same energy into maintaining disability services as to job creation.

September 15th, 2011

Part-Time Personal Assistants

Inishmore Island, Spiddeal, Moycullen, Oughterard, Roscahill, Inverin and surrounding areas.

To work on a one-to-one basis with individual(s) who have a physical and/or sensory disability. Previous experience essential.

Community Employment Scheme Personal Assistant vacancies in Gort /Loughrea area

To work on a one-to-one basis with individual(s) who have a physical and/or sensory disability. Previous experience essential.

For all the above, please send C.V and covering letter to:

Galway Centre for Independent Living,
10 Town Park Centre, Tuam Road, Galway.

September 7th, 2011

Ref: Disability Federation of Ireland website

The Department of Transport is calling for submissions in regard to the public consultation on the Department’s Sectoral Plan under the Disability Act, 2005.

The Department’s Sectoral Plan under the Disability Act 2005 titled “Transport Access for All” is currently being reviewed.  It was last published in 2009.

In anticipation of this consultation, DFI has been active in consulting with people with disabilities in preparation for DFI’s submission to the Department.  If you or your organisation would like to contribute to DFI’s submission, please contact, Martin Naughton, DFI Support Officer by email – or by phone on 01- 45 47978 or 086-8270196.

The current plan is available from the Department’s website and is also available by request in paper copies, together with Braille, Easy Read and Audio formats.

If you would like any further information, please feel free to contact Martin Naughton on 086-8207196 or your local Support Officer.

The Closing Date for receipt of comments to the Department of Transport is 23rd September 2011.

September 7th, 2011

Event for Social Inclusion Week:

‘Tá muid in ann!’

!7th-23rd October – Art Exhibition displaying Leaders’ work in Galway City Library.

Opening Reception  - 5.30-6.30pm Tuesday 18th October. The Exhibition will be officially opened by Mayor of Galway City, Cllr Hildegarde Naughton.

Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities:

28th November – 2nd December – Art Exhibition of Leaders’ work in Galway City Hall. More details to follow.

September 5th, 2011

Keywords: Disabilities, Independent Living

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Galway Centre for Independent Living - job vacancies

To work on a one-to-one basis with individualwho have a physical and/or sensory disability. Please check eligibility with FÁS, Island House, Galway, before applying. Applicants must be eligible for the FÁS Community Employment Scheme. Part-Time Personal Assistants – Female and Male. 10 Town Park Centre, Tuam Road, Galway.