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Entitlements of People with Disabilities and their Families must be Timely, Real, and Relevant – Conway-Walsh

28 March, 2018 - by Rose Conway-Walsh

Mayo Sinn Féin Senator Rose Conway-Walsh has welcomed the passing of a Dáil Motion by her Sinn Féin Colleague Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin to enshrine the entitlements of people with disabilities and their families in Legislation saying services and supports must be timely, real, and relevant.

Speaking in the Seanad, Senator Conway-Walsh said:

“This motion covers a number of key areas that when implemented will make a real difference for people with disabilities and make real and relevant the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

“Firstly, it will prioritise the publication and passage into law of the Misability (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill.

“It secured agreement to provide significant additional investment to combat the long waiting lists for therapy supports such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, and psychology.

“It recognises the additional expense of having a disability and increase income supports accordingly.

“It sought agreement to increase Personal Assistance hours by 500,000 to address the unmet need and enable people to be active participants within their families, their communities, employment and society.

“It also sought funding for housing adaptation grants and increase of respite care services.

“It received agreement to fund appropriate employment services to enable and empower people with a disability to gain or retain employment and assurance that everybody with serious medical needs has a secure medical card.

“It sought the immediate abolishment of the loco parentis clause in homecare nursing contracts for sick children as well as a significant increase in investment in transport accessibility and replacement for the mobility allowance and motorised transport grant.

“Finally, the motion outlined the need for a lead co-ordinating Department to ensure joined-up thinking and joined up action across all Government Departments in the interest of people with disabilities.  Services and supports must be accessible and equitable in Mayo and right across Rural Ireland.” 

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