Press Release - DFI PreBudget Submission in the Mansion House 4th Oct 2012

 

PRESS RELEASE

Thursday 4th October2012

“I have applied for more hours but I am waiting.  If I had more hours not only would it mean being able to leave the confines of home, I could work, this would result in an increased contribution to the Exchequer and at the same time give me a sense of purpose; I would be actively contributing to society once more.”

Margaret Kennedy, a spokesperson for the Center for Independent Living, lives in County Wicklow with her twin sister.  They are both wheelchair users. Margaret is unable to travel outside her home without assistance yet she only receives 3 hours personal assistance per week.

“I have applied for more hours but I am waiting.  If I had more hours not only would it mean being able to leave the confines of home, I could work, this would result in an increased contribution to the Exchequer and at the same time give me a sense of purpose; I would be actively contributing to society once more.”

Margaret is not looking for charity she is seeking basic human rights. “Relying upon neighbours to help me is degrading, although they are gladly willing to help, not only does it change the nature of my relationship with my neighbours, it also adversely affect my dignity as a human being. People with Disabilities want rights not charity.”

Gary Lee, Executive Director of the Center for Independent Living, said that it is a shameful fact but that almost the same number of people are waiting for personal assistance as are in receipt of it. “Margaret’s case is by no means an exception, many of our members find themselves effectively imprisoned in their own homes because of a lack of personal assistance.”

Margaret and Gary gave their comments at the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) Pre-budget Submission at the Mansion House on Thursday.  The Center for Independent Living is a member of DFI.

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ENDS.

CONTACT: Nina Byrne 086 77 44 992 Gary Lee Executive Director 086 77 44 989

 

Center for Independent Living,

Carmichael House,

North Brunswick Street,

Dublin 7.  

www.dublincil.org

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PRESS RELEASE

Thursday 4th October2012

“I have applied for more hours but I am waiting.  If I had more hours not only would it mean being able to leave the confines of home, I could work, this would result in an increased contribution to the Exchequer and at the same time give me a sense of purpose; I would be actively contributing to society once more.”

Margaret Kennedy, a spokesperson for the Center for Independent Living, lives in County Wicklow with her twin sister.  They are both wheelchair users. Margaret is unable to travel outside her home without assistance yet she only receives 3 hours personal assistance per week.

“I have applied for more hours but I am waiting.  If I had more hours not only would it mean being able to leave the confines of home, I could work, this would result in an increased contribution to the Exchequer and at the same time give me a sense of purpose; I would be actively contributing to society once more.”

Margaret is not looking for charity she is seeking basic human rights. “Relying upon neighbours to help me is degrading, although they are gladly willing to help, not only does it change the nature of my relationship with my neighbours, it also adversely affect my dignity as a human being. People with Disabilities want rights not charity.”

Gary Lee, Executive Director of the Center for Independent Living, said that it is a shameful fact but that almost the same number of people are waiting for personal assistance as are in receipt of it. “Margaret’s case is by no means an exception, many of our members find themselves effectively imprisoned in their own homes because of a lack of personal assistance.”

Margaret and Gary gave their comments at the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) Pre-budget Submission at the Mansion House on Thursday.  The Center for Independent Living is a member of DFI.

www.dublincil.org

ENDS.

CONTACT:

 

Center for Independent Living,

Carmichael House,

North Brunswick Street,

Dublin 7.  

www.dublincil.org

Nothing About Us Without Us