Tuesday 16 January 2018

Disability is the last frontier in inequality - and Leo should get that

Increasing SNA numbers is a start, but the begging-bowl mentality remains for children with disability

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Photo: Tom Burke
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Photo: Tom Burke

Sarah Caden

We're not supposed to dwell on Leo as being part of two minorities, but parents of children with disability dare to feel hope when someone like him is at the helm.

We live for people who get it - and now we have a Taoiseach who, in his inaugural speech, said that there was a time when he didn't dare dream of scaling the heights if he lived as his true self.

Leo knows how it is to feel that the world isn't yours for the taking, that avenues are closed off to you, that you are excluded - so we hope that he can empathise with our kids.

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