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					Disability Action Ezine
                June 2012


Contents

   Disability Exhibition 2012

   Disability Action Information and Advice Clinics

    Equality Commission Event - Discrimination: Attitudes and Experience in Northern
Ireland

   Peaceday Campaign: 2012 Community Inspiration Award

   The Northern Ireland Fuel Poverty Coalition: 5 Nations Meet At Stormont To Tackle
Fuel Poverty

   OFMDFM Consultation Event on 2012- 2015 Disability Strategy- Ballymena

   Disability Action Training Event: Accessible Communications

   Skydive Event in support of Disability Action

   National University of Ireland: International Disability Summer School

   Keep up to date with Disability Action on Facebook and Twitter



Disability Exhibition 2012

The Disability Exhibition 2012 took place on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th May in the
Lagan Valley Leisureplex, Lisburn and was a great success! Excellent weather and a wide
range of exhibitors attracted a large number of people with disabilities, families, carers and
healthcare professionals. The Exhibition was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of
Lisburn, Brian Heading and Darran Gough who won a 'Mayor for the Day' competition.

>> View the official opening of the Disability Exhibition 2012

School Art Competition

This year in the run up to the exhibition Ability NI magazine launched a colouring
competition for schools based on the theme ‘My Life at School’. The competition was open
to schools for children with disabilities across Northern Ireland and sponsored by Fred
Storey Ltd, leading supplier of Medical Mobility and Rehabilitation Supplies in Ireland
who provided the winning prize of £500 worth of vouchers for the winning school followed
by prizes of £100 for runner ups. Aside from picking up the top prize which was presented
at the Exhibition on Friday 25th the picture will also be published in Ability NI Magazine
and used as the front cover for Ability NI 2013 calendar. The winners were as follows:

      Overall Winner: Ashleigh Baird, Jordanstown School
       >> View Ashleigh receiving her prize

      Runner Up: Colleen Attwood, Belmont House Special School
      Runner Up: Holly Hughes, Glenveagh Special School
      Highly Commended: Amanda Jones, Glenveagh Special School
      Highly Commended: Thomas Morgan, Parkview School

All of the entries including the winning picture were displayed throughout the exhibition.

The Disability Action stand proved to be very popular in particular the Information and
Advice stand.
>> View the Disability Action staff at their stand

Disability Action and Ability NI would like to thank the exhibitors, our sponsors
McElmeels, the Leisureplex staff and all those who took the time to visit the exhibition
over the two days.


>> More photos and information on the Disability Exhibition can be found on the
dedicated Facebook page Disability Exhibition NI



Disability Action Information and Advice Clinics
Disability Action are continuing the Benefit Entitlement Clinics throughout June.

These sessions are an ideal opportunity to come and find out about what you may be
entitled to. Even if you are already claiming benefit it is worthwhile coming along to make
sure you are claiming everything you are entitled to.

>>Read more about Benefits Entitlement Clinics and register for events online.

Upcoming Clinics in June:

Whitehead
7 June 2012: 10am - 12 midday
>>Read more and register for the 7 June morning event

Kilkeel
12 June 2012: 10am - 12 midday
>>Read more and register for the 12 June morning event

Larne
26 June 2012: 10am - 12midday
>>Read more and register for the 26 June morning event



Equality Commission Event - Discrimination: Attitudes and Experience in Northern Ireland
Every three years the Equality Commission carries out an equality awareness survey which
looks at trends in public attitudes towards particular groups in society; personal experiences
of discrimination and knowledge of rights and protections.

The Equality Commission invites you to an open and interactive forum to contribute your
views on the findings on our Equality Awareness Survey 2011. The survey looks at trends
in public attitudes towards particular groups in society; personal experiences of
discrimination and knowledge of rights and protections. It considers who is most likely to
express negative feelings and who is most likely to be the target of their prejudice.

This free half day event will present the findings of our survey and facilitate discussion of
the best ways to respond to the challenges they demonstrate to equality.

Aims of the Event

      To share the findings

      To explore what they mean

      To hear your views on them

      Find out what you think the Equality Commission should all be doing to improve
       people's lives in Northern Ireland

Venue: Titanic House, Belfast
Date: Wednesday 13 June 2012
Time: Registration from 9 am

For those who cannot attend, the event will be streamed live on Equality Commission
website and viewers will be able to submit their questions online.

>> For more information or to register your attendance visit the event page



Peaceday Campaign: 2012 Community Inspiration Award
In 2010 Springboard launched the annual Inspiration Awards which recognises positive role
models and their inspirational influence on others. The Award ceremony takes place on UN
Peace Day on 21st September and in 2012 awards will be presented by the Lord Mayor,
before an invited audience in Belfast City Hall.

2012 Community Inspiration Award

There are a number of award categories, one of which is the Community Inspiration
Award. This award recognises an inspirational role model who works in the community
and makes a difference to the lives of others. Each year the Community Inspiration Award
is open to a different area within the community sector and in 2012 an individual or team
who volunteers/works in the disability services field will be recognised and honoured.

The Award will celebrate and acknowledge those who demonstrate excellence, passion,
vision and commitment to the development of individuals with a disability to achieve their
life goals, through upholding their rights and choices in a way that promotes inclusion.

Nominations for the Community Inspiration Award are open to organisations, individuals
or members of the public who wish to recognise and honour the achievements and role of
an individual or a team who works / volunteers within the disability services field.

>> For more information or to make a nomination visit the Peaceday Campaign
website



The Northern Ireland Fuel Poverty Coalition: 5 Nations Meet At Stormont To Tackle Fuel
Poverty
The Northern Ireland Fuel Poverty Coalition brought their fight against fuel poverty to
Stormont at an event in the Long Gallery in Parliament Buildings Stormont on Monday
28th May. Experts from across the five Nations; England, Scotland, Wales, Northern
Ireland and the Republic of Ireland examined the main fuel poverty policies and
interventions implemented in each of the Nations and identify what could work for the 44
per cent of households here in fuel poverty.


The Chairperson of Social Development Committee, Alex Maskey MLA hosted the event.
 NI Assembly MLAs, local MPs, local government, public bodies, health sector,
young/older persons groups and voluntary/community organisations also attended.
Discussions focused on key successes, challenges and lessons learnt and practical measures
and interventions that could make a difference for Northern Ireland.

>> If you would like more information or to sign up, visit the Northern Ireland Fuel
Poverty Coalition website
OFMDFM Consultation Event on 2012- 2015 Disability Strategy- Ballymena
A period of consultation has been launched on the Executive’s draft Disability Strategy.

During the consultation process, OFMDFM will start work on developing an action plan in
collaboration with other government departments. This plan will outline key actions that
will give effect to the strategic priorities within the final strategy. Ministers would like you
to tell us what you think these actions should be to deliver on the strategic priorities. It is
important that not only you tell us if we have got the strategic direction right but also let us
know your views on how we should go about achieving the strategy’s aims.

To give you an opportunity to have your say in person a public meeting is being held:

Date: Thursday 7 June

Venue: Tullyglass House Hotel, Ballymena

Time: 7pm

Please let OFMDFM know if you have any specific access requirements and they will be
met.

Additionally, if you have a group that wishes to make a representation directly to officials
or that has particular requirements which, if unmet, would limit their access to consultation
please contact disability.info@ofmdfmni.gov.ukor by telephone at 028 90 523194 and
alternative arrangements will be made to allow you to contribute on an equal basis.

>> For more information visit the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister
website



Disability Action Training Event: Accessible Communications
Ensuring Your Communications are Accessible to People with Disabilities

This is a full day training programme to encourage good practice in accessible
communications provision for people with disabilities. It is a practical course is aimed at
those with responsibility for communications and marketing within your organisation.

It is hoped that as result of this training:

       Participants will have a better understanding of the importance of accessible
        communications;

       Participants will have increased knowledge of different types of communication and
        accessible formats;
      Practical knowledge on how to produce accessible communications material;and

      Explore the practical steps needed to build an accessible communications strategy
       and deliver this across the business functions of their organisation.


The training will take place at Disability Action's office on Airport Road West, Belfast on
Thursday 14 June 2012 from 10am to 4pm.

>> In order to book a place please register on the Disability Action website

Alternatively contact Eamonn Donaghy on:

Telephone: 028 9029 7880
Textphone: 028 9029 7882
Email: eamonndonaghy@disabilityaction.org



Skydive Event in support of Disability Action
Ever wanted to experience the thrill and excitement of jumping from a plane at 13,000ft
and support a good cause at the same time?

Why not take part in a Tandem Skydive event for Disability Action?

The Skydive is taking place on Saturday 1st September at the Moonjumper Skycentre,
Garvagh, Coleraine.

For further information or to register please contact Clare Sheeran at Disability Action on:

Telephone: 028 9029 7880

Textphone: 028 9029 7882

Email: claresheeran@disabilityaction.org



National University of Ireland: International Disability Summer School
Centre for Disability Law & Policy National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic
of Ireland

This years International Disability Summer School will focus on the UN Convention on the
Rights of Persons with Disabilities and how it can be put to use.

The purpose of this six day International Summer School is to equip participants with the
insights and skills necessary to translate the generalities of the UN Convention on the
Rights of Persons with Disabilities into tangible reform for persons with disabilities.

The participants will include persons with disabilities, their families, civil society groups of
persons with disabilities as well as advocates for disability law reform, lawyers, policy
makers, policy analysts and others.

Fees and Scholarship

The fee for the Summer School is €300. The fee covers attendance on the 6 day teaching
programme and a social evening event at the end of the week. The course fee covers the
cost of teaching, teaching materials, lunch and refreshments during teaching hours.
Accommodation is not covered by the course fee. The course fee must be paid by credit
card.

Participant places are limited, and will be reserved on a first come first served basis.

>> Find out more about the Disability Summer School and register for your place



Keep up to date with Disability Action on Facebook and Twitter
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follow us on twitter www.twitter.com

You can now access our Facebook page on www.facebook.com/disabilityaction


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