The DFI calls on Politicians to Face up to the Disability Crisis in the upcoming General Election on Saturday 8 February 2020.
The Disability Federation call on politicians to:
• See the reality of disability
DFI state: People with disabilities are invisible in today’s Ireland. We have the highest percentage of people with a disability at risk of poverty in Western Europe, 38%.1 All parts of government must respond to these shocking facts.
• Hear the reality of disability
Poverty rates for people with disabilities have doubled since 2011.
22% of people with disability are in work, compared to 61% overall.
Disability services are crumbling, with mounting deficits of €40 million+.
There are 643,131 people with disability in Ireland, 13.5% of the population.
By 2026, the number of people with disability will have increased by around 20%.
85% of people with disabilities between 18 and 65 acquire their disability.
• Speak and Act
1. End Disability Poverty
2. End isolation for people with disabilities
3. Show Leadership
More about DFIs call can be accessed here