REAP: ÁT Annual Event 2014
Realising Equality through Active Participation
3rd December 2014
9.30am to 4.30pm
Davenport Hotel, Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Held to coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, this event from Áiseanna Tacaíochta (ÁT) examined the evolution and lived experience of Independent Living and Direct Payments for people with disabilities in Ireland, and the ways in which society can come together in solidarity to promote equality and active citizenship for all.
Exploring the concepts and context of Independent Living, the event marked a day of great insight and possibility, forging new ways to securing true inclusion and equality for everyone. Minister for Equality, Aodhán O’Ríordáin TD, opened the day, with Sara Burke, well-known journalist, researcher and policy analyst, acting as our chair.
They were joined by an exciting range of speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds and interests; to see the full line-up of speakers and sessions at REAP, just click on the following link to access the event brochure: Realising Equality through Active Participation | Event Brochure
At ÁT, we are challenging society to move towards a more fair, equal and inclusive future for all. Everything we do is underpinned by the values of human rights and Independent Living, and your attendance at this event represented another step forward to making this the reality for all.
You can now watch back on all of the presentations and discussions from the event by visiting our Youtube channel, ATfisean, or by clicking here to browse through them.
Some of the excellent presentations from the various sessions at the event can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:
Journey to Independent Living: Achieving Equality Through Direct Payments
Mairide Woods – Perspective of an ÁT Board member
Supporting Innovation and change through the ÁT Model
Sheila Marshall – Area Operations Manager, Health Service Executive (HSE) North Dublin
Madeline Clarke – Executive Director of Genio
Michael Doyle – Director of Assisted Living Services, Irish Wheelchair Association
Maria Walls – National Manager at the National Advocacy Service
Building Support Networks and Promoting Active Participation
Jacinta Fortune – ÁT Member
Helen Lahert – Member of a Circle of Support
The Future: Visions of an Equal and Inclusive Society for All
Patrick Flanagan – Communications Graduate
Lynda Stopford – Director of the School for Social Entrepreneurs Ireland
Martin Naughton and Orlaith Grehan – ÁT
To take a look at some of what went on at the event, just click here to flick through our photos of the day.
For more information on the event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the ÁT office on 01 525 0707. All media queries should be directed to Orlaith Grehan on 086 183 1502 or by emailing email@example.com.