Did you know 1 in 7 people in Ireland have a disability? Did you know Ireland remains the only country in the European Union that has failed to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)? What this means is people with a disability in Ireland don’t have the same rights as others. Why???
People with a disability do not have the right to choose where to live, the right to employment, the right to engage in a sexual relationship. Until the government ratifies the UNCRPD this situation will continue. Why are the government discriminating against people with a disability?
I suppose not everyone will have thought about this situation but as Jono has an intellectual and physical disability this is something that is very close to our hearts. I’m writing this with Jono’s blessing. He can’t understand why he doesn’t have the same rights as other Irish citizens.
“I’m allowed to vote, I’m allowed to smoke, I’m allowed to drink, but I’m not allowed to have the same rights as other people can.” Jono
We already have had many battles regarding Jono’s education and his health care – in this day and age this shouldn’t be allowed to continue. I can use my voice and fight as much as I can but what about the people who have no voice? Who will talk on their behalf? When will the battles ever end for those with disabilities and their families?
So far only 419 people have signed the petition to get the government to ratify the CRPD – that’s not enough. Please sign and help to give people with a disability equal rights in Ireland. The petition is here.
We’d be very grateful of any shares of this post too, not just for Jono but for others like him. Thank you in advance.