New #GE16 Video Ask Voters to Vote to End the Inequality and Discrimination Experienced by People with Disabilities.
Hear the story of Owen Columb, Joanne Chester, Joan Bradley, Davy O’Meara and Joe Feely by clicking the following link……….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deewn7Ca18o&feature=youtu.be
The Disable Inequality Campaign today launched its ‘Does That Seem Fair to You?’ online video, showing real life issues facing people with a disability in Ireland, from support needs for young people with mental health to additional costs faced by older people with disabilities, to policy change needed to make employment pay.
John Dolan, the Campaign Director, and CEO Disability Federation of Ireland, said today, “The short video portrays the real challenges faced by people with disabilities in Ireland – the people who took part showed their determination to campaign and fight to highlight need. While capturing that determination, it also captures the frustration at having to live with a lack of access to the services, supports and policy changes that are needed. Most importantly the video motivates us all, every citizen, to use our Vote on the 26th February”
The 112 -second video on youtube and other social media outlets shows Owen Collumb, who acquired a spinal injury in his early twenties and works for Muscular Dystrophy Ireland; Joanne Chester, a student in Maynooth University, who is deaf; Joan Bradley who lives with the late effects of Polio; Davy O’Meara who is a young man who experienced mental health difficulties in the past, Des Kenny who is blind is denied a secret ballot and Joe Feeley, who has a learning disability, works part time and receives support from Cheeverstown House in living independently.
Davy O’Meara said “I wanted to be involved so that I could show people that access to mental health supports is vital. Good supports make the difference between continuing on or not. It’s a crucial issue, and at election time, we need to focus on the things that actually make a difference to people’s lives.”
Joe Feeley said : “I took part because I want people to know how crazy the system is. I have a part time job that I really enjoy. But if I went to work full time, I would lose my medical card and travel pass. I rely on those. Does that seem fair to you?”
Jacqueline Grogan, Communications Officer, Tel: 086 388 2600 John Dolan, Campaign Director, Allen Dunne Operational Manager Tel: 086 8502112
Note to editors:
Disable Inequality is supported by Disability Federation of Ireland – working with people with disabilities to achieve their equal inclusion. It is also supported by many well-known activists including Louise Bruton, Legless in Dublin blogger; Tom Clonan, advocate for active citizenship; Marian Maloney, disability activist; and Ellen Keane, Paralympian Swimmer and double world bronze medallist.
Recent research by DFI, carried out by iReach, shows that one out of two people agree that people with disabilities don’t have the same opportunities to participate in Irish society as everyone else. This was backed up by qualitative research to test the fundamental principles of equality at the centre of the Disable Inequality campaign.