We have written to all of the party leaders and asked them outline in 750 words what their party will do to ensure:
1. The appointment of a full Minister for Disability Inclusion. This is the only way that government decisions across all departments – like employment or transport for example – will include the rights and needs of people with disabilities from the start. The Minister would also drive Ireland’s immediate ratification and implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.
2. That people with disabilities have a fair income. Living with a disability means extra costs for people. The added burden of paying for extra heating, housing aids and transport leaves many Irish families struggling.
3. That people with disabilities have the same access to supports and services as everyone else. Everyday people with disabilities are denied access and excluded from basic employment, education, income and community services.