Mediability Ireland is run by Irish Wheelchair Association’s (IWA) Media Group.
In 2012, the Irish Wheelchair Association formed a Youth Media Group, which brought together approximately 15 young adults with an interest in media, communications, lobbying and activism. The group continues to meet regularly for training programmes and activities.
Members of the Media Group have acquired the skills necessary to write opinion pieces and articles for IWA’s Youth Microsite www.iwa.ie/youth, IWA’s health and lifestyle magazine – SpokeOut and other national media.
The Youth Media Group has grown from strength to strength over the past four years with many of the young people involved representing the views of people with disabilities at national and European level. They regularly participate in broadcast interviews on topics relating to disability and have been contributors to national debates.
The group meets regularly throughout the year at Irish Wheelchair Association in Clontarf. At these meeting IWA’s Youth Service and Communications Department arrange various themed workshops with speakers from different sectors to engage with the younger members on issues from activism, public speaking to interviewing skills and techniques.
IWA’s Communication’s Department and Youth Services liaise closely with members of the group to develop their journalistic and writing skills and pitches stories and features on behalf of the group to the national and local press.
Members have participated in work and job shadowing programmes with businesses and organisations and internships have been facilitated by IWA where possible to develop and grow the relevant work experience necessary for members to apply for jobs and pursue careers.