Minister Rabbitte, at the Department of Health and at the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth has published ‘The Future of Disability,’ with The Fianna Fáil Disability Network.
The report showcases the value of incorporating diverse perspectives from members, advocates, disability service providers, and organizations to advance disability policy.
By bringing together these voices and ideas, the discussion document highlights how it can generate innovative policy concepts with the aim of promoting the rights of disabled individuals in our society.
Minister Rabbitte commented about the report:
The Minister went on to say:
As Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, I am delighted to contribute to this discussion document.
I and my Government colleagues are committed to providing services and support for people with disabilities, which will empower them to live their lives and provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose.
This is evidenced in the Programme for Government – Our Shared Future and the continued cross-departmental work being carried out.
For me, it is essential there are clear pathways in place for people with disabilities, so people know what and where supports are available, regardless of diagnosis or need.
Notwithstanding this, I recognise the continuing need to address the bespoke challenges that people with disabilities face today in Ireland.
These challenges occur at all stages of life and in all facets of life, from healthcare, to education, to employment, and other areas.
We must lead by example in these areas so that nobody is left behind.
The Fianna Fáil Disability Network strives for equal rights for disabled people and bridging the gaps in disability policies, resources, and facilities across various societal areas to promote inclusion and equality for disabled individuals.
Fianna Fáil is the only political party in Ireland with a disability network, demonstrating their dedication to giving priority to disability policies and advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities within our society.
The report aims to raise awareness about the challenges disabled people face, promote engagement and spark a discussion on disability and equality issues and develop party and government policy formation to create progressive disabilities and equality policies.
The Minister concluded:
I will continue to be an advocate for people with disabilities across Government and I look forward to continuing to work with the Fianna Fáil Disability Network to build on the outstanding work presented in this discussion document.
To access the full discussion document, click here.