Life with No Limits Champion - Mossie Forde | Enable Ireland

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Life with No Limits Champion - Mossie Forde

Elderly lady in a wheelchair seated in front of painting workspace

Mossie Forde is one of this year’s Life With No Limits Champions. Mossie shares with us her experience of living with a disability in Ireland over the last 70 years and her goal to live independently and be empowered to make her own choices in her own home. 

“My name is Mossie Forde and I am 71 years of age. I am from County Meath. I love painting, meeting with friends and family to talk, doing word searches and keeping my home neat and tidy. I grew up in a time where disability services were not very person-centred and experienced first-hand how challenging times were for people with disabilities in Ireland.

I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the age of four and went to live in Marino. I lived in disability services until the age of sixteen, but returned home to live with my family at that point, where I was supported by my parents and siblings! I ended up needing full-time care following a surgery in 1999 and was in a nursing home for nine years.

I felt that I ended up feeling more and more dependant as the years passed by. I was lucky enough to have a wonderful support team working with me and was able to avail of a pilot Scheme for Supported Independent Living. I had become so dependant that I didn’t think I would be capable of living in my own home and managing all of the responsibility that comes with it. I gave it a shot and in 1999 I moved into my own apartment where I have 24-hour on-call support from Enable Ireland. I have never looked back since that day.

I attend the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) some weekdays and have great friends and a busy social life.

We have all had a difficult year having to adapt to live alongside Covid-19. I was unable to leave my home for almost 13 weeks as I had to cocoon and it was very tough. I was so grateful that I was in my home and had the support that I needed as I did not see my family for many weeks. I am not sure what the next few months have in store for me but to stay healthy and well is my main goal. I keep focusing on the positives and am delighted to have got back to my day service last week, I have learnt how to join online classes on my laptop and have been doing lots of painting. 

As a person living with a disability in Ireland and to mark Life with No Limits week, I would like to encourage you to believe in yourself, in your abilities and don’t give up on your dreams.”