Greater Dublin Independent Living is an organisation of people with disabilities, who seek to empower and enable people with disabilities to enhance their quality of life, to assist them in achieving Independent Living and, to assist them in participating in social and economic life. People with disabilities seek to gain their rightful place in society and to have the same access to all life’s opportunities, which are already being afforded to many of their non-disabled counterparts.
Eileen has been a board member of Greater Dublin Independent Living (GDIL since 2011. Eileen moved from Cork to Dublin with the support of the Independent Living Movement in 1994 to begin studying in UCD. She is a qualified Guidance Counsellor and Life/Career Coach who has worked as a Disability Officer and Guidance Practitioner in a variety of educational contexts.
Eileen currently works as a Careers Adviser for Students with Disabilities in Trinity College Dublin and she believes that all people with disabilities have the right to access services and to independent living and support to participate actively in their communities.
My name is Owen Collumb and I currently work as facilities manager at Muscular Dystrophy Ireland, where we provide many services to people with disabilities. I have previously worked for Dublin 7 Center For independent living and volunteered on many committees and boards of managements. I have a background in politics and sociology after graduating from Trinity College in 2004.
I also hold a keen interest in engineering and access for all people in the community regardless of disability.
Valerie has worked in the voluntary/community sector for nearly 20 years. She started as an outreach worker and progressed into management in community education and working with the homeless.
She also teaches personal development and is qualified in public relations.
My name is Clare Louise Creedon, I am 43 years of age and I have Ataxia. I live independently in Dundrum. I have two sisters Mary and Barbara, and a brother John, who also suffers from Friedreichs Ataxia (FA).
I love art and have exhibited my work over the years in the Guinness Hop Store. I have sold a number of my paintings.
I am a member of the Board of Greater Dublin Independent Living and this enables me to have an input into improving the lives of people with disabilities.
My name is Annie Byrne. Recently I decided to go to college to study for a qualification in Advocacy to enable me to work and help people with disabilities.
I worked for two years with the Greater Dublin Independent Living as a Data Processor and was then invited to join the Board of Directors. I am also a Board member of the Lucan Disability Action Group.
I was recently invited to become a member of the Dublin City Council Disability Committee who are working to provide suitable housing for people with disabilities. This Committee is particularly involved with finding suitable accommodation for people leaving Nursing homes and going into supported Independent Living.
My name is John Roche and I am a chartered civil engineer working at PUNCH Consulting Engineers in Dun Laoghaire. I have been a volunteer on many committees and boards of management stretching back to 1988 when I was treasurer of Cambridge Disabled Access and Transport Group while studying for my PhD in Cambridge University. I have been involved in the Independent Living Movement since joining the Center for Independent Living’s pilot personal assistance programme (INCARE) in 1994.
I have been a long term campaigner for independent living supports to enable people with disabilities to lead independent lives of their own choosing and a board member of GDIL since it was set up 8 years ago.
In my spare time and particularly since the economic downturn I have been providing tuition and supervision to mathematics, engineering and business students on a part-paid, part-volunteer basis. I am a firm believer that education opens doors to employment opportunities (and more!) and that personal assistance and other independent living supports are the keys to those doors for people with disabilities.