During my daily berating of myself, I decided to stop for once and give myself abit of credit.
It’s not easy living inside a paralyzed body.
I am not making excuses for not having achieved similar aspirations to that of my many peers but I do feel I need to explain alittle.
Cheshire’s Sligo Service, provides myself with an average of 34 hours per week assistance despite an assessment of 46 hours estimated by same.
Cheshire Ireland, they explain in the letter below, “are not currently resourced to provide social supports outside of the building to attend social and medical appointments, job interviews, education,social activities and to access the community for normal activities like shopping”.
Basically the service provided covers “household supports within own apartment” and sadly this is the case for many.
The simple and sad fact being this version of a nation of opportunity and equality only includes those who can fully participate in society by paying taxes. Collectively the disability sector is facing a twenty million euro deficit to pay for services, services that are a human right and the government should be supporting with pride.
The system fails so many people to be independent by not helping them to help themselves in terms of support hours, accommodation, equipment, access etc. and creating a mentality with little expectation that a person with a disability will live independently or establish a household of their own.
I am left with the choice of relying on friends or family or holding back some of the 34 hours in order to be able to get to appointments which can be in Dublin or elsewhere and to attend family or other social events. This is often quit hard with my family living over an hour and a half away. #GE2020
So let’s ask the parties their commitments to Disability rights ahead of General Election 2020 #GE2020
Áiseanna Tacaíochta Cheshire IrelandHSE Ireland #GE2020
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