2016 is a year that promises much by way of societal change and reflection - a year in which the political consciousness and deliberations of a people will be upfront like never before. It is a historical centenary year in which concepts of equality and citizenship are up for scrutiny and re-consideration. Yet for most people with disabilities in Ireland real substantive change remains elusive, despite the promises and assurances of the State. The time to act is now – a General Election, a new Programme for Government and the impending ratification of the UNCRPD (United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) offers the opportunity for people with disabilities, their families and friends to engage in public and political discourse and to become effective agents of change.
Here at Áiseanna Tacaíochta (ÁT), we're all about bringing everyone together to empower people with disabilities in being as independent as they can be and in taking control of their own lives, just like everybody else.
A Declaration of Independence: The First Assembly saw us define and launch the next major and exciting shift needed to achieve real equality and independence for people with disabilities. To find out more, head to "News & Events" on the menu bar above and click "First Assembly 2015" on the drop-down list.
We’re very excited to have launched our Annual Raffle 2015, with ten brilliant prizes up for grabs, including a trip for two to New York! We hope to raise essential funds so that we can continue to support people with disabilities to live independent lives in their own communities. To find out more, just visit the "Fundraising" tab on the menu above, and hit "Annual Raffle 2015" on the drop-down menu.
2015 marks fifty years since the Selma to Montgomery march, a crucial moment in civil rights history led by Martin Luther King, and twenty-five years since the passing of the influential Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), brought about through an action by disability rights activists. We celebrated both events - and walked the 50 miles of the Selma march - in our 'Two Hearts Beat as One' initiative, a powerfully symbolic journey designed to connect with the key leaders and locations associated with these remarkable moments in time. Find out more under the "News and Events" menu option above.
Some of the speakers at our event: Realising Equality through Active Participation - including Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, who opened the event.
Moving to managing our own personal budgets and services
in a mainstream market environment.
Áiseanna Tacaíochta (ÁT) is emerging as a leading organisation in the Independent Living movement in Ireland by facilitating a Direct Payments model to people with disabilities for the first time. Through Direct Payments, our members move from dependency on disability service providers to directing their own services, mainly Personal Assistance.
We provide leadership and support to empower people with disabilities to live with the independence, choice and freedom that they are entitled to. By giving people with disabilities more control and independence, we are moving towards a fairer, more inclusive and progressive future.
ÁT is an innovative and change making organisation. We are working to create structural and cultural change for people with disabilities and their families by changing how disability is funded and how services are delivered in Ireland – as well as how we think about people with disabilities.
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