On Wednesday 28th June, the Little Flower Hall was filled with voices advocating for people with disabilities who live, work and socialise in the Bray and Greystones Area.
As part of their Let’s Talk About information and community engagement series, Co Wicklow PPN in collaboration with Disability Federation Ireland and Wicklow County Council invited people to examine some of the articles in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which Ireland signed up to in March 2007 but have yet to ratify. With the hope that ratification will take place in 2017, people were asked how the convention could be implemented at local level.
Topics covered included participation in public and political life; participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport; accessibility; freedom of expression and opinion and access to information; personal mobility; awareness raising and more. At the end of the discussions volunteers agreed to form an advocacy group for the Bray and Greystones area to work towards raising awareness, as well as identifying and progressing solutions to the challenges they identified. Co Wicklow PPN and Disability Federation Ireland hope to encourage more regional groups to develop in the county and bring them together so that they can feed in to the Wicklow Local Authorities Disability Action Group. Councillor Miriam Murphy said “It’s a great achievement that we have Laura from DFI involved with Wicklow County Council. We had a full-time Access Officer who did great work but the position was lost. Wicklow Local Authorities Action Group members fought hard to get the position filled and it is a huge achievement that we now have this”.
For more information contact Laura English on 086 8206736, Email: Lauraenglish@Disability-federation.ie. For more information about Co Wicklow PPN contact Helen Howes on 087 1895145, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.