As people regain their independence with the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, not everyone will be enjoying their full freedom.
Irish Wheelchair Association launched #NotMyIndependenceDay. This is a 4th July campaign to urge the new Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration to ensure that people with disabilities can live the life they choose, with independence. It’s not too late to join this campaign and support the Irish Wheelchair Association in raising awareness.
Challenges and Restrictions damage independence every day
For people with physical disabilities, life can be a struggle. They experience challenges, obstacles and restrictions that damage their independence every single day.
Lockdown restrictions give just a small flavour of what life is like every day for people with disabilities. Lack of wheelchair accessible transport, lack of home support hours, discrimination in the job market and inaccessible buildings and public amenities, are just some of the challenges that restrict people with disabilities from living an independent life.
Irish Wheelchair Association has launched its #NotMyIndependenceDay campaign and are calling on the new Government to ensure that disability organisations are properly funded for the vital services they carry out.
Prior to Covid-19 organisations in the disability sector were facing a €20 million deficit. This has been made much worse by the pandemic and creates great uncertainty for those who rely on their services to live independently.
People with disabilities want real investment in providing people with disabilities the right to live the life they choose, with full inclusion into society.
Support the campaign by signing the petition
The organisation is asking the public to support the campaign, which will run across its social media channels.
Sign #NotMyIndependenceDay petition by following the link below:
Follow the link below to watch Not My Independence Video:
Follow the link below to listen to Irish Wheelchair Association’s National Advocacy Officer Joan Carthy:
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