Minister Rabbitte opens National Disability Strategy Town Hall Event in Galway 1
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Minister of State at the Department of Health and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Anne Rabbitte TD, opened a Town Hall event on the National Disability Strategy at the Galmont hotel in Galway.

Minister Rabbitte opens National Disability Strategy Town Hall Event in Galway 3
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The event is part of a series taking place across regional centres to develop the National Disability Strategy and receive valuable input to policy from people with disabilities, activists and social care workers.

The new national strategy for people with disabilities will build on the momentum of its predecessor and address ongoing and emerging needs in supporting and promoting over 640,000 disabled citizens.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) of which Ireland is a party states that persons with disabilities must have full and effective participation within society, equality of opportunity, accessibility and inherent dignity and individual autonomy respected.

The formulation of the new National Disability Strategy aims to uphold these guiding principles.

The Galway event had a large attendance of stakeholders from advocacy and care groups in the region along with people with disabilities who gave valuable feedback on emerging themes identified by the Department which included: employment and anti-poverty, transport and mobility, wellbeing and social care services, education and training and independent living within the community.

Speaking at the event, Minister Rabbitte said:

I am delighted to give people a further opportunity to have their say on the Autism Innovation Strategy before it is finalised and launched.

I encourage all stakeholders to engage in shaping the final form of the National Disability Strategy.

It is vital that the Strategy be informed by the lived experience of disabled people, their families, carers, and supporters, so we can ensure that challenges and barriers are being adequately addressed.

Your valuable insights and experiences will guide us in creating a more inclusive and responsive Strategy.

The town hall consultation events will continue in Cork where a similar event will be held on the 17th February, people who wish to attend the town hall can do so here.

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