Inclusion Ireland hosted a national learning and sharing event in the Academy Plaza hotel, Dublin on 15th June. The event was part of a project funded by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) on ‘rights committees’ in disability services.
The event itself was a big success with more than 70 people attending. Over half of these were people with lived experience of living in or attending disability services in Ireland. The event allowed us to bring persons with disabilities from all over the country together with professionals from service providers to discuss how we can improve rights for people in these services.
Everyone at the event had an opportunity to contribute with facilitators facilitating the tables around the room. In the morning there was an introduction on the project and the work done by the steering committee so far. This was followed by a talk on what equality and rights with a facilitated discussion at each table. People were encouraged to place post-its on the walls at any time throughout the day on what equality means to them. Participants were also asked to rate on another wall which rights were most important to them, with “making my own decisions” coming out on top.
The afternoon session had a presentation from the Brothers of Charity, Galway on how their Human Rights Committee works. This was followed by a presentation from the steering committee from the project on the Terms of Reference they have created for how they believe Equality and Human Rights committees should work in the future.
This lead to some very interesting discussions in the afternoon with people being encouraged to vote on some issues such as
- How many persons with disabilities should sit on rights committees
- If family members should be involved in these committees.
Below here, you can download the presentations that were shown on the day.
Overall, the event was a huge success and we would like to say a huge thank you to all who attended for contributing to a fantastic day.
For any further enquiries contact Robert@inclusionireland.ie