The West Awakes, and Making Waves in Clare, by Dermot Hayes

In the mid-eighties and up to 1992 I worked in a place that was known locally as  ‘’The Shed’’: Roxton, Corofin County Clare. I am a native of there and from a family of 13 children. My family expected me to remain an invalid at home: and go to mass, with only the annual trip … Continue reading The West Awakes, and Making Waves in Clare, by Dermot Hayes

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My Experience of Employing Personal Assistants – We must Have the Courage to Bite the Hand that Feeds Us – By Peter Moore

      I employed my first assistant in 1984, shortly after Liam Maguire’s death.  I was 33 years of age, and Liam was such a huge figure in the disability rights movement of the time and had had such an influence on me I decided a book about his life should be written.  I … Continue reading My Experience of Employing Personal Assistants – We must Have the Courage to Bite the Hand that Feeds Us – By Peter Moore

Our ‘Father’: Ed Roberts

Today, the 14 March 2017, marks the 22nd anniversary of the passing of Ed Roberts, otherwise known as the 'father of the Independent Living Movement'. The first American Center for Independent Living was established in Berkeley, California in 1972 and Carmichael House was set up twenty years later in 1992, with Ed Roberts' (and others') … Continue reading Our ‘Father’: Ed Roberts

My Journey through the Independent Living Movement, by Lorraine Cooke

Lorraine Cooke recalls her experience of moving from a residential service back to her family home, before moving to a home of her own. She also tells us why the Independent Living Movement is so important to her.      My name is Lorraine Cooke. This time 7 years ago I was in a dark place.  I had … Continue reading My Journey through the Independent Living Movement, by Lorraine Cooke

By Us With US. Get onboard there Ain’t No Stopping Us Now – We’re on the Move. by John Doyle

Moving forward requires FORWARD MOVEMENT and PERPETUAL MOTION. We cannot get to where we want to go without unity of purpose, vision, and fearless determination. Remembering where we came from is the key to getting to where we want to go. The way in which western society reacts to people with a disability has changed … Continue reading By Us With US. Get onboard there Ain’t No Stopping Us Now – We’re on the Move. by John Doyle

Why I’m here, by Sarah Fitzgerald

    I am a Celtic Tiger cub. I was just eight years old when the first Centre for Independent Living was   established in Carmichael House in 1992. Back then, I had no idea that there was an Independent Living Movement. Little did I know that a group of activists were out there struggling to … Continue reading Why I’m here, by Sarah Fitzgerald