Does That Seem Fair to You?

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Almost 600,000 people in Ireland – that’s one in eight of us – are living with a disability.

 

Two in three of us know an immediate family member, a friend or a neighbour living with a disability. Together we are one of the largest groups of voters in Ireland. Yet, we live with daily inequalities and discrimination. Taking a bus, enrolling in school, finding a job, shopping for basic necessities: Almost everything is more difficult if you are living with a disability.

 

In the coming weeks, disableinequality.ie is collecting stories of unfairness – your stories – from across the country. Together we can make Ireland a fairer place and make disability a priority in the new Programme for Government.

 

Go to disableinequality.ie and send us your story.

Ask your friends and family to tell their story.

Contact your candidates.

It only takes a minute.

Tell them that you are voting to end discrimination against people with disabilities.

 

3 Powerful Questions You Can Ask Candidates

 

What will they 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. 

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