Disable Inequality Key Asks:
1. The appointment of a full Minister for Disability Inclusion.
2. That people with disabilities have a fair income.
3. That people with disabilities have the same access to supports and services as everyone else.
The Green Party is delighted to support the Disable Inequality campaign. Its aims mirror the commitments we have already made in our manifesto. If I am elected on February 26 I will ensure that disability inclusion is embraced by all Government departments and public bodies.
The Green Party supports:
- The ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD) which Ireland signed in 2007
- An Irish Sign Language Bill to accord it official recognition
- An increase in the Disability Allowance
- An increase in the budget for disability services, including Home Support and Personal Assistance
- Financial incentives for employers that employ an individual with a disability
- Making rehabilitation services quicker and easier to access
- Addressing the large unmet need for speech and language, physiotherapy, and occupational therapy
- Extending the funding supports for people with disabilities in education to part-time students
- Specific inclusion of the needs of people with disabilities in future housing policies
- Ensuring that new transport subsidy schemes provide for people with mobility needs, including those who would have been eligible for the Motorised Transport Grant and Mobility Allowance Schemes prior to their closure.
- A sufficient quota of the national taxi pool to be fully accessible and available to people with disabilities by 2017.
- The disability spending above will be provisioned by an additional €90m per annum