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One story at a time, Disable Inequality is making equality a defining issue in Election 2016.
More than 600,000 people are living with a disability in Ireland. Two in three of us know or care for an immediate family member, a friend or a neighbour living with a disability.
Disability is the biggest issue of our time. But, it does not receive the political leadership, attention and commitment needed to make Ireland a truly modern, truly equal Republic.
Taking a bus, enrolling in school, finding a job, going to a gig, keeping warm: Almost everything is more difficult and has more barriers if you are living with a disability.
Does that seem fair to you?
In the coming weeks, we will be collecting stories of inequality – your stories –from across the country.
We will use this volume of evidence to show political leaders and your candidates that it is time to end discrimination against people living with disability.
Together we will make Ireland a fairer place to live and make disability a priority in the new Programme for Government.
Here are just some of the daily discriminations that people with disabilities experience:
- If you want to work you can’t access the same training as everyone else.
- You have to give 24 hours notice if you want to travel by train
- Many children with disabilities are denied entrance to their local school because of the lack of essential supports, segregating them from their brothers, sisters and play-mates from age four.
- You are likely to be among the poorest and most deprived in our country. Many people with disabilities can’t afford to keep warm this winter, have a meal with meat or chicken most days or buy clothes that aren’t second hand.
You can add your voice to Disable Inequality. Together we will be heard.