Leitrim Association of people with Disabilities as supporters of the Disability Federation of Ireland led Campaign ‘Disable Inequality’ in Election 2016 are hosting an information and Awareness session in our;
Where: Action Ability Centre, Station Rd, Mohill
Day: Friday Feb 5th
Time:10.30am to 11.30am
Tea and coffee will be served
We are inviting all the candidates from Co. Leitrim to attend and hear firsthand the voice of our members and their immediate needs and concerns.
The session will be chaired by an independent person and we will have 3 people put forward the key issues confronting people with Disabilities. We will adhere to the time allocated as we realise your time is very precious during the campaign.
Disable Inequality, a major Election campaign for the disability movement is calling on the next Government to establish a Cabinet Minister for Disability Inclusion.
It is also calling for an end to the anomaly that means that people with disabilities cannot access many Government job activation schemes and the reinstatement of the €150m which has been taken out of disability health services since 2008. This is a grassroots movement election campaign that will engage the public and candidates across all 43 constituencies.
There are 600,000 people living with a disability in Ireland –that’s 13% of the population – a number that is growing as Ireland’s population ages. Two in three people know or care for an immediate family member, a friend or a neighbour living with a disability. There are 4289 people with a disability living in County Leitrim. (Census 2011)
“This campaign is the first election campaign that gives people with disabilities and their families’ one focus and one voice.”
“Disable Inequality is simple, “With just two words it tells us that it is not the disability that we live with that is disabling. It is the inequality that we live with that is disabling.”
Ireland is a deeply unequal country for people with disabilities, it is a country where discrimination, segregation and bias is a daily experience for people with disabilities. We’ve had lots of policies, we’ve had strategies, and we’ve had promises. But we have never had a serious political commitment to ending the unfairness that is a systemic part of life for thousands of people and their families. In this year of election and reflection we must disable inequality forever. The power of this campaign is in people’s stories, so we have mobilised our grassroots to tell their stories, to highlight the inequalities faced, one story at a time.”
People with disabilities are among the poorest and most marginalized groups in the country. People with disabilities can’t access many Government job activation schemes because they are not considered to be on the live register. People with disabilities have to give 24 hours notice if they want to travel by train (maybe a better local transport example). Children with disabilities often can’t attend their local schools because of the lack of basic supports. Does that seem fair to you?”
First, to go to www.disableinequality.ie and share their story of inequality, and encourage their friends and family to do the same. We want them to contact their local candidates from our website. And we want them to ask the candidates that knock on their door three powerful questions – What they will do to ensure: the appointment of a full minister for disability; that people with disabilities will have a fair income; and that people with disabilities have the same access to supports and services as everyone else. Disability needs to be a priority in the next Programme for Government. One vote at a time, we will disable inequality.”
We hope you can attend on the day and listen to the voices of people with Disabilities in Leitrim.