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 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.