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Disabled people are not 'vulnerable', but our actions are making them feel that way

Published 02/12/2015 | 02:30

For the rest of civic society, we need to do more to support those causes by looking at this as a social justice, rights-based issue – and not a hand-out to ‘vulnerable’ people who need help
For the rest of civic society, we need to do more to support those causes by looking at this as a social justice, rights-based issue – and not a hand-out to ‘vulnerable’ people who need help

Tomorrow is the United Nations International Day of People with Disability - a day which the UN sanctions as a time to promote the understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.

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On entering Government, the Fine Gael and Labour coalition pledged that people with disabilities were going to be their number one social justice priority. The Disability Federation of Ireland's post-Budget comment did not concur.

In their view, Budget 2016 showed no realistic fiscal plan to address in any meaningful way the Government's prior commitment to restore services and promote equality for people with disabilities. But is anybody listening?

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