She’s no stranger to our superhero radar and yet Sinead Burke continues to surprise and amaze us. The intelligence, wit, and passion she has for her cause has the ability to lighten up a darkened room and she is undoubtedly a powerful and courageous force of nature.
This week she pulled off another incredible feat and, continuing her admirable work for little people, successfully campaigned to have the correct term added to the Irish language dictionary to better represent them.
“Is duine beag mé”
Sinead announced the news on her Twitter account this week, explaining her ongoing liaise with Foras na Gaeilge in a bid to better represent little people both here and abroad. She later said she wished she could re-sit her leaving cert Irish oral again, just so she could introduce herself as “is duine beag mé”. Speaking about her success to The Daily Edge, Sinead explained her reasoning behind the challenge:
“I first emailed Forás na Gaeilge in late September. October is Dwarfism Awareness Month and I had hoped that the entry into the foclóir could align with that campaign. A meeting to include new words takes place once a month and whilst little person was not considered in October, it was proposed and agreed upon in November”
— Sinéad Burke (@minniemelange) November 9, 2016
This is just one of many changes taking place to help little people to become more inclusive in our communities. Sinead has helped to make a significant impact in the fashion industry – having even been invited to The White House last month to talk about fashion and disability.
An invitation to the White House is an incredible honour but when it's purpose is to talk about fashion and disability, it's almost unimaginable. I'm indebted to @colmcorrigan for styling and helping me to design this exceptional outfit. After sending out a tweeting, asking for a suggestions of what I could wear to speak on an international stage, @dohertymoya and @riverdance made contact asking if they could dress me. My yes was almost too enthusiastic and combined with beautiful earrings and bangles from @momusejewellery, I've spent the day in the White House feeling so confident, powerful and proud to be Ireland's sole representation in this vital conversation. Werk! #DesignforAll
Ar fheabhas, Sinead!