Monday, September 25, 2017
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Economic inequalities for people with disabilities are a barrier to citizenship, argues Sarah Lennon.

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Persons with disabilities face poverty, and consistent poverty, more than any other group in Ireland. Almost one in four disabled people is in consistent poverty and this is acknowledged by the National Disability Inclusion Strategy. The way out of poverty is imagined through “making work pay” for people with disabilities.

In this opinion piece, David Quinn, Managing Director of Pascal Software, Board member of Inclusion Ireland and member of the Social Democrat party, has taken a close look at the current Irish taxation system. Here he offers a view of a different way of doing it, to be more equitable and eliminate the poverty trap for low-income earners, which could benefit people at all levels of society, including people with disabilities...

Back in the 1930’s, The New Deal was an imaginative but wholly necessary series of programmes enacted in America between 1933 and 1938. They were inspired and enacted by Franklin D. Roosevelt

In advance of the Fine Gael / Labour government’s “Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities”, Kate Butler of Thundercut Alley takes a look at independent living initiatives and opportunities for people with disabilities, and the barriers faced in accessing them due to systemic discrimination and the lack of consistency across services and planning.

This year, a 17 year old girl was given the brilliant opportunity of doing work experience at RTÉ, on the set of Winning Streak. However, because she was a minor and had an intellectual disability, RTÉ requested that she would have support with her.....

Andrew Murray tells us about his sucesses in College, sport and his busy work life. Work has made him more independent, allowing him to have new experinces, meet new people and build his confidence.

Andrew-Murray eating food

Born in Hong Kong 7 April 1992. Moved to Dublin in July 2000- I have one older brother, James and a younger Sister, Lianne. I love travelling and meeting people. I play golf, table tennis and basketball with Blackrock Flyers Special Olympics club. I won a silver medal for golf at the national games in Limerick last year. I did the CCL course in Trinity College from 2010 to 2012.

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Mary O’Halloran explains the many functions that Step SE provides to many employment for those with a disability

STEP Supported Employment team, Minister of State Joan Burton, Sean Gallagher & Teresa Mallon Chairperson IASE

STEP SE, within St John of God Community Services Ltd, is an employment, recruitment and volunteering service to assist men and women to secure and maintain jobs and volunteering roles...

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Supported employment is a tried and tested system, used internationally, of supports to assist people with disabilities to access work. ‘Supported employment is based on the principles of human rights, equality and social inclusion. Work is very important for people,’ explains Eithne Jarrett, a director on the board of the Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE).

Pictured at the DORAS training centre in Cork City are: Kenneth Kiely, David Mullins, Sarah Lynch, Lisa Waterman and Shane O Neill.

Supported employment is a tried and tested system, used internationally, of supports to assist people with disabilities to access work. ‘Supported employment is based on the principles of human rights, equality and social inclusion. Work is very important for people,’ explains Eithne Jarrett, a director on the board of the Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE)...

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Helen McQuillan, Project Leader, explains Let’s Get Started, Brothers of Charity Clare – a new project to aid those with disabilities who wish to start their own business.

L to R: Fran Frey, Pauline Malone, Rebecca Fowler, who set up ‘Upstairs Downstairs’, a second hand vintage charity shop in Ennistymon, Co. Clare

Supported self-employment is a relatively new concept in Ireland. A pilot project—Let’s Get Started—led by the Brothers of Charity Clare service and funded by The Genio Trust—is exploring the best ways to help individuals with a disability or illness to plan and set up a small business in their local are, with family and community supports.

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The Walkways project team: Catherine Kelly, Project Leader; Des Henry, Project Coordinator and Margaret Bergin describe their project

PEER ‘buddy’ trainees

WALK is a progressive organisation where people who have intellectual disabilities are supported to live self-determined lives within socially inclusive communities. WALK is an innovative, forward-thinking organisation that is renowned for leading change within the community and voluntary sector...