Minister Doherty and Inclusion Ireland to launch Poverty and Disability

Inclusion Ireland, the National Association for People with an Intellectual Disability, today (20/11/2017) launched an accessible booklet on Poverty and Disability.

The booklet, Poverty and Disability: An easy to read guide to economic inequality and the cost of disability, has been funded by the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection as part of the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17/10/2017) and was launched by Minister Regina Doherty at the Spencer Hotel in Dublin city centre.

Sarah Lennon, Inclusion Ireland Campaigns and Policy Lead, said, “We’re delighted to be launching this booklet which will generate public awareness around the poverty experienced by very many persons with disabilities in Ireland and around the world.”

“We know that two thirds of persons with a disability in the State and 83% of people with an intellectual disability are not in employment, and that those who are in employment tend to earn a lot less than people without a disability.”

“The cost of disability can vary depending on the support needs of the individual but the real amount can be as much as an additional €250 per week per person. These additional costs, combined with lower incomes, put disabled people on an unequal footing with the rest of society.”

“Big ticket items such as home adaptations and disability aids are a cost of disability. They also include everyday items such as the price of a taxi because buses are often inaccessible, increased use of energy or waste disposal and additional tickets for personal assistance to attend events.”

“Inclusion Ireland would like to thank the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection for funding this important document as well as the members of the focus group that gave their time to ensure that Poverty and Disability would be accessible.”




Further Information

Inclusion Ireland

Inclusion Ireland is the national association for people with an intellectual disability. The advocacy organisation provides a central forum for its members to identify priorities and formulate nationally agreed policies to present to government, statutory bodies, other relevant groups as well as the general public. Inclusion Ireland campaigns for changes in services and legislation that will improve the quality of life and participation of people with an intellectual disability in Irish society. The association also provides an information and advice service to people with an intellectual disability, their families, services that support people with an intellectual disability, students and researchers.


International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

The observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty can be traced back to 17 October 1987. Through resolution 47/196 adopted on 22 December 1992, the General Assembly declared 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and invited all States to devote the Day to presenting and promoting, as appropriate in the national context, concrete activities with regard to the eradication of poverty and destitution. The resolution further invites intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to assist States, at their request, in organizing national activities for the observance of the Day, and requests the Secretary-General to take, within existing resources, the measures necessary to ensure the success of the Day's observance by the United Nations.


Note to editors

This event was initially organised to mark the United Nations' (UN) International Day for the Eradication of Poverty but was postponed due to bad weather conditions.



Nyle Lennon, Communications Officer, 086 837 3394