Inclusion Ireland News Update – April 2017

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LAW & POLICY

  • UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against WomenAs part of their consultation on the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) met with a group of women with disabilities at Inclusion Ireland’s offices.

    The women raised issues relating to access to education and employment, independent living and stereotyping of women with disabilities.

    We also made a submission to the National Women’s Council of Ireland towards the Shadow Report of The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

    ● Submission on a new National Women’s Strategy 

    Inclusion Ireland made a submission to the Department of Justice and Equality as part of the consultation process on a new National Women’s Strategy for the period 2017-2020.

    Our submission highlighted a number of obstacles that women and girls with intellectual disabilities currently face.

    These obstacles include poverty and social exclusion, barriers to employment; difficulties in accessing health services; inadequate protection from sexual offences legislation; undue interference with rights to sexual relationships; lack of support when parenting and barriers to accessing justice.

    ● Incomes fall and poverty increases for people with disabilities 

    In February, the Central Statistics Office released the latest data from the Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) 2015.

    The SILC is the national measure of income, poverty and living conditions in Ireland. Statistics are released every year which allows for the tracking of trends between years.

    The SILC allows us to compare income and living conditions for those out of work due to illness or disability with the population as a whole.

    ● Disability and Additional Needs in Education receives C+ in Report Card

    The Children’s Rights Alliance launched its annual assessment of the Government’s performance of upholding the rights of children in February. Overall, the alliance’s Report Card 2017 gave the Government a D+ grade – a drop from a C grade and the poorest result in six years.

    The report gave Disability and Additional Needs in Education a C+. It reported progress on Government commitments in consultation with stakeholders with regard to how best to progress sections of Educations for Persons with Special Education Needs (EPSEN) Act and examining the adequacy of current special education access and funding provision.

    The report card also noted that in broadly welcoming the new model for resource allocation, Inclusion Ireland has noted that the model does not provide an independent appeal mechanism for parents if they feel their child has not been allocated an adequate amount of hours.

FAMILIES

  • Connect Family Network – Swinford Library and Cultural Centre, Co MayoInclusion Ireland will be providing four free training and information talks for parents, siblings, friends and carers of children and adults with an intellectual disability in Mayo in the coming months.

    The series will cover four talks on community living, assisted decision-making and practical advocacy supports. All talks will take place in Swinford Library and Cultural Centre, Swinford, Co Mayo.

    The meetings will be held on Wednesday, April 12th (7.30pm-9.00pm); Saturday, May 6th (11.00am-1.30pm); and Saturday, June 10th (11.00am-1.30pm).

    ● Connect Family Network – Killarney, Co Kerry, May 3rd

    The Connect Family Network is holding a free event in the KDYS Youth Centre, Fairhill, Killarney, Co Kerry on Wednesday, May 3rd (11.00am to 1.00pm).

    There will be information on the Assisted Decision-Making Act 2015 and advocate with the National Advocacy Service (NAS) for people with disabilities, Mary Carroll, will give information on their service.  The event is also a good opportunity to connect with other family members and share experiences and issues.

    This free event is for family members of people with intellectual disabilities people with intellectual disabilities themselves. Places are limited. Please register with Inclusion Ireland on (01) 8559891 or admin@inclusionireland.ie if you would like a place.

    ● Connect Family Network – Navan, Co Meath, May 27th 

    The Connect Family Network is holding a free event for family members at the Claremont Stadium, Commons Road, Navan, Co Meath on Saturday, May 27th (11.00am to 1.00pm).

    The Agenda will consist of information on the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act and the implications of the act for families; a talk by Maggie Woods on AT Network and Personal Budgets; and an open forum to talk about the issues facing families and a chance to network with other family members.

    This free event is for family members of people with intellectual disabilities people with intellectual disabilities themselves. Places are limited. Please register with Inclusion Ireland on (01) 8559891 or admin@inclusionireland.ie if you would like a place.

    ● Connect Family Network – Letterkenny, Co Donegal, June 13th 

    The Connect Family Network is holding a free event for family members in the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny, Co Donegal on Tuesday, June 13th (11.00am to 1.00pm).

    The agenda will consist of the impact of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act; Ciara Brogan from the National Advocacy Service (NAS); and an open forum to talk about the issues facing families and a chance to network with other family members.

    This free event is for family members of people with intellectual disabilities people with intellectual disabilities themselves. Places are limited. Please register with Inclusion Ireland on (01) 8559891 or admin@inclusionireland.ie if you would like a place.

    ● July Education Programme 2017

    The Department of Education and Skills is currently preparing for the July Education Programme 2017. Please click the link below for more information and to register for updates.

    July Provision (Department of Education

     

inclusion newsSELF-ADVOCACY

  • Paul Alford lights candle for people with a disability who died in HolocaustInclusion Ireland self-advocacy project worker Paul Alford (above right) lit a candle for persons with disabilities in the holocaust at the Holocaust Memorial Day in the Mansion House on Sunday, January 29th.

    The event cherishes the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust and recalls the millions of innocent Jewish men, women and children and others, who were persecuted and murdered by the Nazis because of their ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliations or their religious beliefs.

    The memorial event was also attended by Minister for Expenditure & Public Reform Pascal Donoghue, Brendan Corr (Dublin Lord Mayor), former President Mary McAleese, Chief Justice Susan Denham and Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental..

Joanne O'RiordanEVENTS

  • Joanne O’Riordan organising UNCRPD demonstration in Dublin on March 30thDisability rights activist Joanne O’Riordan – along with over 100 disability organisations – is planning a public demonstration in Dublin on Thursday, March 30th to highlight the 10-year anniversary of Ireland’s failure to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

    The demonstration will be taking place outside Dáil Éireann, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Inclusion Ireland will be supporting the event. More information will be available on Joanne O’Riordan’s Facebook page or via her Twitter feed @nolimbsnolimits

    The UNCRPD is the human rights convention concerning persons with disabilities. It is a list of rights guaranteed to persons with disabilities to improve their access to society, education and employment. Ireland remains the only country in the EU that has failed to ratify the UNCRPD after the Netherlands and Finland ratified it last year.

  • ‘March for our Children’ protests taking place across country on April 3rd A group of parents are organising nationwide ‘March for our Children’ protests to highlight a lack of services for children and families with additional needs on Monday, April 3rd.

    The protests will be taking place in Cork, Tipperary, Dublin, Sligo, Westmeath, Waterford, Kildare and Carlow.

    The protests will start simultaneously at 10.00am. The events will coincide with the ninth annual World Autism Awareness Day on Sunday, April 2nd.

    ● Community Hub for Assistive Technology (CHAT) to hold gathering in ChildVision 

    Community Hub for Assistive Technology (CHAT) – a community of practice driven by people who share a passion and believe in the transformative effect that assistive technology has on individual’s lives – will be hosting their next gathering at the ChildVision in Drumcondra, Dublin 9 on Wednesday, April 26th.

    CHAT raises awareness of barriers (inaccessibility) and also looks at assistive technologies that will help to create a groundswell of support needed to overcome inconsistencies in the provision of assistive technology in Ireland.

    Their Discussion Paper ‘Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities and Older People 2016’ is calling for a national commitment to Assistive Technology service development that will lead to real and lasting change in supporting and empowering people to continue to live in their own homes and in their own communities.

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