Promoting Disability Equality in Ireland The Role of DESSA – the Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency. Presentation to the FRC National Forum Tuesday 10 th March 2009 . Social Model of Disability.
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Presentation to the FRC National Forum
Tuesday 10th March 2009
Restrictions imposed on disabled people are not a natural or inevitable consequence of their impairment but are a product of a social environment which fails to take into account certain people.
To change society so that disabled people can participate on an equal basis with everyone else
Delivery of strategic supports to Family Resource Centres
FRCs identify actions to include all members of their communities
DESSA will pursue the active involvement and full participation of disabled people in society by delivering strategic supports to Community Development Organisations
A series of programmes and supports designed to empower disabled people and community development practitioners with knowledge and capacity to ensure the active participation of disabled people within the community
Use the FRC model as a means of providing representative advocacy services to disabled people and their families
Disabled people will have access to a professional and effective advocacy service within their local community
The Community Inclusion Initiative will bring together FRCs and other stakeholders in the West Cork / South Kerry region to develop a coherent strategic approach to the inclusion of families experiencing disability
A model of good practice for the inclusion of disabled children within community based childcare and play settings which contributes to the overall mainstreaming of disabled children within their communities
Establishment of a peer support structure for parents of disabled children
Meeting with the Caha Centre and local parents
Family Support & Inclusion Network
2006 – 2007
DESSA Childcare Inclusion Programme
92 childcare and play workers trained in Inclusive Provision
Manual of Best Practice developed
Framework for accredited Early Years Training