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Inclusion Ireland launches Stories of Social Inclusion – Ireland
Inclusion Ireland is launching ’19 Stories of Social Inclusion- Ireland: Stories of Belonging, Contributing and Connecting’, on Wednesday 8th May, at Trinity College Dublin. The project is being launched by Kevin Kilbane, sports journalist, former professional footballer and one of the most capped players for Ireland of all time.
The project is a collaboration between Inclusion Ireland and the School of Social Work and Social Policy in Trinity College, Dublin, the aim of which was to find people with intellectual disabilities living socially included lives in the community, to find out what they have done to get where they are and what has helped along the way.
The event is launching the stories of 19 men and women from cities, towns and villages across Ireland, who told their story of social inclusion as well as the research behind the stories.
Calling on government to ensure that people with disabilities can get the supports they need to live a socially included life in their community, Inclusion Ireland Interim CEO, Sarah Lennon said: “People with intellectual disabilities are far more likely to experience social exclusion than non-disabled people. This is in spite of Irish disability policy aiming to support people with intellectual disabilities to live included lives in their community, in line with the recently ratified UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
“However, there are also people with intellectual disabilities taking part in their communities and living ordinary lives all over Ireland. This research aimed to give an opportunity for people to hear their stories and know that it is possible for people with disabilities to live ordinary lives in the community”.
Commenting on the stories, Christine Magee, one of the researchers, added: “What these stories show us is that it is possible for anyone with a disability to live a socially included life, with the right support”.
“We chose 19 stories because of Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which says that disabled people have a right to live in the community. Taken together, the report and stories show what successful implementation of Article 19 of the UN Convention looks like”.
When: Wednesday 8th May. 11am – 12.30pm
Where: Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2
’19 Stories of Social Inclusion- Ireland: Stories of Belonging, Contributing and Connecting’ used an inclusive research method in that people with intellectual disabilities were involved in all stages of the research. Interviews were carried out by three researchers, two of whom were experts by experience. The research has important implications for policy and practice.
Outputs from the project include a report on the research and a series of stories, some told through video, some through images and text. The dissemination of the participants’ stories by accessible means aims to support people with intellectual disabilities and families to contribute to bringing about greater levels of social inclusion.
The full report as well as the stories can be viewed here: http://www.inclusionireland.ie/stories-of-social-inclusion
The project was funded by the National Disability Authority.
Inclusion Ireland is a national rights-based advocacy organisation that works to promote the rights of people with an intellectual disability. The organisation provides a central forum 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 in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Sandra McCullagh, Acting Communications and Information Manager, 086 8373394