ILMI urges Minister Donohoe to urgently act

Press Release from the Independent Living Movement Ireland 
Immediate Release 7th October 2020 

ILMI says that any discussion on restoring the suspended Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers Scheme needs to include other supports that were removed from disabled people seven years ago

Today (Thursday 7th October 2020) ILMI called on the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe TD to act urgently to ensure any changes in legislation are brought in as quickly as possible to ensure disabled people can again access supports under the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers Scheme. 

As a Disabled Person’s Organisation (DPO) Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) is extremely concerned about the suspension of medical certificates for disabled drivers and any delays in disabled people accessing supports under the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers Scheme. It is an essential measure and it is vital to support disabled people’s inclusion in society. The surprising news that it has been suspended is of huge concern, especially given closure of the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant schemes in 2013. There have been repeated promises that a new scheme would be brought in to support disabled people to access their own transport, fashioned into the Health (transport support) Bill in 2018 which reached the Cabinet but never was tabled as a bill. So instead of developing new supports to promote inclusion for disabled people, we have a further regress”  said ILMI Chairperson Des Kenny.

“We are calling on Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and his officials to urgently prioritise whatever amendments are needed on foot of the supreme Court Ruling in June last to ensure that disabled people are not left in limbo and denied the supports they need to access transport to be active members of their communities. We need to recognize that for many disabled people, especially in rural areas, access to private transport is vital due to inaccessible public transport services.  ILMI believes that any conversation about restoring the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers Scheme needs to spark a Governmental conversation about supports for disabled drivers and disabled passengers and a commitment to a new Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant Scheme” added Mr Kenny.

ILMI urges Minister Donohoe to urgently act  
ILMI says that any discussion on restoring the suspended Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers Scheme needs to include other supports that were removed from disabled people seven years ago

Today (Thursday 7th October 2020) ILMI called on the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe TD to act urgently to ensure any changes in legislation are brought in as quickly as possible to ensure disabled people can again access supports under the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers Scheme. 

“As a Disabled Person’s Organisation (DPO) Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) is extremely concerned about the suspension of medical certificates for disabled drivers and any delays in disabled people accessing supports under the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers Scheme. It is an essential measure and it is vital to support disabled people’s inclusion in society. The surprising news that it has been suspended is of huge concern, especially given closure of the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant schemes in 2013. There have been repeated promises that a new scheme would be brought in to support disabled people to access their own transport, fashioned into the Health (transport support) Bill in 2018 which reached the Cabinet but never was tabled as a bill. So instead of developing new supports to promote inclusion for disabled people, we have a further regress”  ” said ILMI Chairperson Des Kenny.

“We are calling on Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and his officials to urgently prioritise whatever amendments are needed on foot of the supreme Court Ruling in June last to ensure that disabled people are not left in limbo and denied the supports they need to access transport to be active members of their communities. We need to recognize that for many disabled people, especially in rural areas, access to private transport is vital due to inaccessible public transport services.  ILMI believes that any conversation about restoring the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers Scheme needs to spark a Governmental conversation about supports for disabled drivers and disabled passengers and a commitment to a new Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant Scheme” added Mr Kenny.

Information for Editors:

Who is ILMI? 
Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) was established in 1992 by and for people with disabilities with the main aim of ensuring that disabled people achieved Independent Living, choice and control over their lives and full participation in society as equal citizens.

We are a campaigning, national representative organisation that promotes the philosophy of independent living and to build an inclusive society. Central to the way we work is to ensure that policy decisions that impact on the lives of disabled people have to be directly influenced by those whose lives are directly affected.

Our philosophy can be summed up as: ‘Nothing about us without us!’ and ‘Rights Not Charity’.

Our Vision
Our vision is an Ireland where disabled persons have freedom, choice and control over all aspects of their lives and can fully participate in an inclusive society as equals

Mission
We are working collectively to create an independent living Movement in Ireland which is led by disabled people and promotes a rights-based social model of disability, challenging the unacceptable charity / medical model of disability. We are working towards the removal of societal barriers that prevent active equal participation of disabled people, challenging the denial of people’s rights and the promotion of the philosophy of independent living.

Core Values
Our core values are underpinned by the philosophy of Independent Living and all activities are aimed towards promoting:

  • Independence
  • Options
  • Rights
  • Empowerment

Our Principles

  • We promote the active participation of leaders in all aspects of the work of ILMI: locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • We are a DPO (disabled persons organisation) formed to ensure that the voice of disabled people will be heard in campaigns, research and policy development.
  • We recognise and promote equality within our members, in terms of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, age, marital status, socio-economic status and impairment.
  • We will actively promote an understanding of disability as an interaction between a person’s impairment and the societal and environmental barriers that disable people’s participation in society – and actively lobby to remove these barriers to participation and challenge the unacceptable medical / charity model of disability.
  • We are committed that ILMI continue to develop new innovative models to achieve equality of outcome, recognising that people have a variety of abilities, needs and wants.

Language
Independent Living Movement Ireland recognises that language is a very powerful and evocative tool. Therefore, the language and terminology used in this press release has been carefully chosen to reflect the values of equality and empowerment which at the core of this organisation. The term ‘disabled people’ has been used throughout the press release in accordance with the UPIAS classification of disability and impairment which has been developed by disabled people themselves (UPIAS 1976). Where disabled people are referred to in the website this should be understood to include all disabled people, including those with learning difficulties, mental health difficulties and sensory impairments.

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