Event Update – 5/9/17

Hi folks! Here is an overview of the programme for our first event on Saturday, 23 September 2017 in the Mansion House, Dublin. IN THEIR NAMES IN OUR TIME 23rd September 2017 11am – 5pm The Mansion House, Dublin PROGRAMME OVERVIEW ... A History of the Independent Living Movement: - Presented using both visual and … Continue reading Event Update – 5/9/17

We Need You to Help Us forward the Independent Living Movement!

Hello everybody! Sarah Fitzgerald here. I apologise that I haven’t blogged here in a really long time – I’ve been slacking off! But now it’s time to pull up my socks and play my part in forwarding the Independent Living Movement. Independent Living Movement? you may well be thinking. What is that? Does it even … Continue reading We Need You to Help Us forward the Independent Living Movement!

My ‘Brief Encounter’ with Martin Naughton, by Alannah Murray

My name is Alannah Murray, and I met Martin almost to this day (2 April 2017) a year ago. While I’ve been disabled since I was 6 by an auto immune disease not uncommon to Lupus, I had no contact with the disabled community really. I went to a mainstream school, had a regular upbringing … Continue reading My ‘Brief Encounter’ with Martin Naughton, by Alannah Murray

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

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