People with a disability and their families will march on 21st November to say in one loud voice, ‘We Demand Rights, Not Charity’ & Call on Government to Implement Disability Promises in the 2011 Programme for Government.
A list of the Promises made in the 2011 Programme for Government relating to disability, are available to view HERE
Everyone who supports the rights of people with disabilities should attend! This includes grandparents, cousins, neighbours, work colleagues, team mates etc etc. This is about demanding equal rights and if you believe in this, then we need your support!!
Date: Wednesday, 21st November 2012
Time: Assemble at 2pm, leaving at 2.30pm
Where: Central Bank, College Green, Dublin 2, with a march to Leinster House, Kildare St, Dublin 2
This march is for individuals with disabilities and their families. None of the organisations that are part of the Disability Rights Coalition will bring placards with their organisation names on it, and we ask others to respect this by also not bringing banners or placards highlighting issues associated with a service or organisation.
Instead of placards with organisation names, we want people to highlight where they are from. Please bring placards with slogans like ‘Ballinasloe says Nothing About Us Without Us’, or ‘Cork says Rights Not Charity’. Please use red card or placards for these banners – we want to send a strong message that we are giving Government a red card. If everyone uses red, then this will be a great visual message.
Also, no political party posters. This march is about promoting people’s individual rights.
The Disability Rights Coalition are facilitating this protest by sending out information, but we want it to be about individuals with disabilities and their families coming together to support each other in demanding greater equality.
The Programme for Government published in March 2011 contained many keys promises to people with disabilities, including “tackling Ireland’s economic crisis in a way that is fair, balanced, and which recognises the need for social solidarity”. But cuts affecting people with disabilities and their families continue to build up, and people are feeling increasingly isolated and abandoned by this Government.
This march calls on Government to fully implement Disability Promises in the 2011 Programme for Government.
In June 2012 a number of organisations came together to discuss cuts affecting people with a disabilities, particularly young adults leaving school. Several meetings followed at which the following organisations were represented:Inclusion Ireland, Down Syndrome Ireland, National Parents Alliance, Special Needs Parents Association, Irish Autism Action, and Autism Rights & Equality Alliance, and Disability Activist Suzy Byrne.
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