Disability Rights

Holly with two young members of the public

Disability rights is one of my main focuses in politics. Of all groups in our society, people with disabilities are some of the most at risk of poverty, social exclusion and unemployment.

In meetings I have had with disabled persons organisations, distressed and frustrated parents, in all the reports from organisations I have been presented with – there is one persistent theme, a lack of basic state supports.

It is absolutely shameful that disabled people and their families must fight the State for basic services, like an assessment of need, essential therapies, or a school place.

Disability services are a right. They are not optional services, or some kind of charity – they are the basic support the state is obliged to provide individuals.

I want to see a rights-based approach to disability in Ireland, starting with the immediate ratification of the Optional Protocol of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

We need urgent reform of the provision of disability services, investment in disability inclusion, and legislation and strategies to improve the quality of life and independence of people with disabilities.

You can read more about our policies and plans in our Disability policy page on the Social Democrats website.