24 January 2022
The Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) are looking to garner attention for their upcoming webinar titled Media + Me: Representation of Disabled People in the Media.
The webinar Media + Me: Representation of Disabled People in the Media will take place on February 2nd 2022 from7- 8pm. This webinar presents a unique opportunity to hear directly from disabled activists for the change that is needed in Irish media to reflect the diversity in society and make media inclusive of disabled people.
The webinar will feature a panel discussion with James LeBrecht (Oscar nominated film maker, director of Crip Camp and disabled activist), Selina Bonnie (ILMI Vice Chair), and Mik Scarlet (UK broadcaster and disabled activist).
Furthermore, Claire Kenny (ILMI member and participant on their Strategies for Change project) will give her own insights into how the absence of disabled people in the media impacted on her growing up and Páraic Kerrigan (Assistant Professor in the School of Information and Communication Studies at University College Dublin) will present some of his research on diversity in Irish media.
To reiterate, this webinar is important for anyone who is genuinely interested in making Ireland more inclusive. Sadly few policy makers, funders, politicians and community groups talk to or directly hear from disabled people on this issue.
The ILMI “Media + Me” event is a genuinely unique opportunity to spend an hour to hear about the practical change that is necessary to ensure disabled people are accurately represented in media and broadcasting in Ireland.
The ILMI are a Carmichael resident organisation. They are a campaigning, national representative Disabled Persons Organisation (DPO) that promotes the philosophy of independent living and works to build an inclusive society. If you wish to get involved with ILMI, you can check out this page on their website. Finally, you can check the ILMI on Facebook and Twitter.