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

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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

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