Hi. I’m Shelly Gaynor. I have been involved with disability rights and campaigning for many years. Two of the more well known campaigns I was involved with were the overnight sleep out protest, outside the Dáil, against the cuts in funding for Personal Assistants (PA’s) and the other one being the axing of the Mobility Allowance. As part of these campaigns, I did a number of TV and radio interviews.
I am also a massive technology fan in particular assistive technology (AT) as it has brought huge benefits to my life.
I like reading, going to the cinema and meeting up with friends and family.
Gina Lu is a singer-songwriter born and raised in Limerick. She holds a FETAC Level 5 in Radio Programme Production, a BSc in Music Technology & Production and an Honours Degree in Audio & Video Production from LIT. She has completed work experience in RTE Lyric FM.
Gina has a Distinction in Grade 2 of Acoustic Guitar and an Honour in Grade 5 of Singing.
She regularly competes in karaoke competitions and auditioned for You’re A Star in 2004 and X-Factor in 2010. She has taken part in the annual Limerick’s Got Talent since 2010. She is part of the Upbeat On Air team, a pop-up radio station which was created solely for the promotion of positive mental health.
My name is Laura Leeson. I have been an active member of IWA for the past 14 years and have been involved in a number of their projects. One of my highlights has been taking part in a youth exchange programme with a group of Belgium students. Belgium is a very different country but it was a great experience; meeting new people and experiencing their culture.
Nowadays I am heavily involved in IWA’s Mediability Ireland group. I have always had an interest In writing and blogging – the group gives me a chance to explore those skills, meet some great people from the media world and spend time with friends who have similar goals and interests to myself.
Our new blog gives me a chance to develop my blogging skills and I am very excited to see where it leads myself and the group.
In my spare time I love listening to music, going to concerts and to the cinema.
My name is Rachel Creevey. I’m from Raheny, Dublin. I’m a journalist/disability campaigner/volunteer. I have an honours degree in Social Science from University College Dublin and have just recently been awarded a Diploma in Event Management. I am a regular contributor to SpokeOut magazine, a health and lifestyle magazine published by the Irish Wheelchair Association. I’ve appeared on the news to highlight the opportunities I was afforded in education. I’ve also spoken at an EU presidency event on disability issues. I also love LEGO!
My name is Jenny Kerr and I am 29 years old. I live with my family in Meath and am currently seeking employment. I hope that one day, I will be living and working independently; it has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember.
I have been involved with Mediability Ireland since the group was established back in April 2012 through the Irish Wheelchair Association and I have to say, three years later, I am loving it!
For years I have loved writing; ever since I started writing essays in school and finally, here I am, writing for the IWA’s quarterly magazine SpokeOut. Not only has the group helped me find the courage to take up writing again but it has also allowed me to the opportunity to learn how different media outlets, such as social media, help to get a person’s story/message across in a safe and secure way.
My name is Aine Mc Donnell. I am 38 years old. I’m from Belmullet in County Mayo. I am currently doing an online diploma in Public Relations and Event Management with The Fitzwilliam Institute in Dublin. I have been involved in Mediability Ireland since December 2012. I have a very keen interest in writing, particularly short stories and journalistic pieces. I love to read my favourite book Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom. I am passionate about music and the arts.
My name is Jane Fennessy. I live in Navan, Co. Meath.
In 2008, I decided to follow my sisters and brothers lead and move into my very own home.
In the same year, I got the opportunity to speak at a conference called Living My Choice. In speaking at this conference, I found something that I don’t particularly like but I’m comfortable doing.
In 2014, I represented the Irish Wheelchair Association at the European Platform for Rehabilitation conference in Germany
I love music and I am a regular concert goer
I love writing; I find it very relaxing after a busy day.