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Friday, 7th January 2022

Social inclusion project for disabled people in County Louth

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A Screenshot of an ONSIDE Social Inclusion workshop from 2021

Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI), which helps people with a disability to participate in society as equal citizens, is inviting disabled people in County Louth to be a part of a social inclusion project scheduled to begin later this month.

The Outreach and Navigation for Social Inclusion and Digital Engagement (ONSIDE) project is a thriving social inclusion initiative to eliminate social isolation for people with impairment labels in County Louth. 

ONSIDE will work with disabled adults (16 and above) around the county who wish to be more engaged online and in their communities.

ONSIDE assists disabled people by providing them with six free one-hour computer training classes and six free social inclusion sessions.  All workshops are facilitated online via Zoom.  

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The computer training workshops will equip participants with skills to use their tablet devices to browse the internet to gain greater independence safely.  

ONSIDE social inclusion workshops welcome guest speakers from County Louth’s mainstream services to promote their mainstream supports and raise awareness of the community development possibilities accessible to disabled people, both online and in community spaces.

Clive Lowry, who works with Independent Living Movement Ireland in Louth, will provide individuals with knowledge and online assistance to enhance their independent living thinking mindset. 

This might involve learning how to pay bills online, using library services, learning about educational options, or even becoming a disabled activist informed by the social model of disability. 

Perhaps participants might prefer to increase their internet abilities to connect with disabled people, family, and friends, which is also fine. 

The disabled person can also choose whether or not to pursue additional education or employment options or join some ILMI auxillary programmes such as the Youth Collective, Women’s group, or the Louth Disabled Person’s Organisation development platforms.  

Clive will set up Lenovo Tablets for eligible participants and install the Zoom app, and Gmail account on their devices before starting their ONSIDE training programme.  Participants who graduate from their six-week training programme will keep their free tablet and keyboard.  They will also have the opportunity to order additional IT equipment to enhance their online experience after their ONSIDE journey is complete.

If you wish to be a part of the ONSIDE project, please get in touch with Clive Lowry at clivelowry@ilmi.ie  or on 087 380 7268 to request an ONSIDE expression of interest form.

Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) was established as CIL in 1992 by and for disabled people. Its aim is to ensure that disabled people achieved Independent Living, choice and control over their lives and full participation in society as equal citizens.

They are a campaigning, national representative organisation that promotes the philosophy of independent living and to build an inclusive society. Central to the way they work is to ensure that policy decisions that impact on the lives of disabled people have to be directly influenced by those whose lives are directly affected.

The ONSIDE Project is supported by the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB)  ONSIDE is co-ordinated by the Republic of Ireland’s Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) and our Northern Ireland partners, Disability Action Northern Ireland, Supporting Communities, and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

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