A Manifesto for Community Inclusion
General Election for the 32nd Dáil
The next Government – if committed to the human rights and equality of persons with a disability – will implement a number of key reforms in the provision of disability services and supports. A political party or political grouping that wishes to demonstrate its commitment to the human rights and equality of persons with a disability should include the following reforms in its manifesto for the upcoming election:
Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with a Disability (UNCRPD).
A legislative base for the protection and provision of Personal Assistance (PA) supports.
A system of direct payments to persons with a disability.
A commission on the cost of disability.
A senior Minister to deliver the employment strategy for persons with a disability.
These five key reforms would bring Ireland into the 21st Century in underpinning the rights of persons with a disability.
2016 will mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities report ‘A Strategy for Equality’. The strategy stated that Irish society excluded people with disabilities from almost “every aspect of economic, social, political and cultural life.”
The depth of anger, the level of debate and the demand for change which was expressed during the consultation for this manifesto suggests that many people feel that successive Governments have failed to deliver the commitments contained in ‘A Strategy for Equality’.
The full document is here:Collaboration Manifesto.pdf